My name is Christine Vickers. I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and historian, not necessarily in that order. In 2007 I completed my thesis – ‘A Missionary in the Family: George and Jennie Smith and Aboriginal People: New South Wales 1890-1920’ – at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. I am interested in the way that the intersubjective and multiple relationships between Settler – First Nations people have been transmitted down generations. My current research interest is about the history of psychoanalysis and Freud’s influence in the Oceania region. Oceania covers the Western Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, New Guinea the Malay and Japanese Peninsulas, and China. Of course, Europe and the Americas will get a look in. Psychoanalysis, after all, emerged in cosmopolitan Paris and Vienna during the late nineteenth century. As well as this I am currently the editor of the Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy – founded in 1982.
My theme is psychoanalysis in Australia – biography commentary, reviews and my observations of the field – clinical, cultural political – and anything else that interests me.
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