Nilufer Yalman, Ph.D. "The Re-dawning of the Veil"

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Luton Conference Room, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, 1601 23rd Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212


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"The Re-dawning of the Veil"

In today’s world, with its very complex social events, culture clashes, suspicions of anything “different,” it is helpful to have insights to discovering the meanings behind actions and beliefs.

Psychoanalysis, which beams a laser-sharp focus on the “why,”  offers certain unique theoretical tools which, when applied to these complex social events, might provide the potential to understand them better.  One of those topics, the recent upsurge in the veiling of women, will be discussed by our speaker, Nilufer Yalman, PhD, a psychoanalyst and a woman raised in the Turkish Republic, a secular country, which exercised the law of laicite — a complete separation of religious identity and affiliation from public space: “In public you don’t have a religion. You are a citizen of the Republic.”

Are current veiling practices truly a sign of the Muslim world’s clash with modernity and subsequent turn to “fundamentalism,” or something more?

Dr. Yalman will examine this question, and put forth that contemporary practice of veiling is neither a return to traditional Islamic theology, nor about the oppression of women in the Islamic world. It more likely indicates a statement of individuality and of “otherness.” Psychoanalysis helps us confront our short-sightedness, our own veils. It can help us explore what has become a significant cultural, intellectual, and political challenge.

Nilufer Yalman, Ph.D., completed a degree in clinical psychology at MTSU and went on to receive her PhD in counseling psychology at TSU.  She is a member of St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and the NC3P.  She reports no financial conflict of interest regarding this talk.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how contemporary Muslim veiling is a symbol (symptom) of the political re-appropriation (projection) of Islamic religiosity (otherness.) It needs to be understood in different terms than the traditional coverings of Islamic peoples and related concepts such as oppression of women in Islam.
  • Delineate how contemporary Islam and it’s symbol “veiling” can best be conceptualized within the contexts of local constructs of Islam and Western modernity and (self/other.)
  • Discuss how contemporary veiling signifies more than a clash of civilizations, and portrays the challenging power relations between self and other.


6:30 – 7:00 Wine and hors d'oeuvres
7:00 – 8:30 Presentation and discussion

Parking is available in the garage on Children's Way.

Enter VPH through the northeast side of building facing the South Garage near Children’s Hospital

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Continuing Education:

  • 1.5 hours of continuing education offered.

  • Costs:  $10 to non-members, Free to Members.

The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits for psychologists. The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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