Salma Siddique: "When ethnographical engagement meets the therapeutic encounter: Freud’s Father, Fanon’s Mom and Me"

Welcome to a departmental seminar featuring Dr Salma Siddique, Programme Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy, School of Education, University of Aberdeen.

The event is open to all, no registration required.

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The purpose of this seminar is to explore identity in fieldwork (Coffey 1999) and how we can reconcile our traumatic past into the present by bringing the self into the field of emotional (dis)engagement. This is an opportunity for exploration of how we may find ourselves during our fieldwork. It can reveal personal struggles in the spaces of passionate detachment (Haraway 1988; Kuhn, 1982) and demystify processes of fieldwork’s analytical perspective. My writing blurs events and incidents that have influenced a therapeutic vision which has been revealed in clinical supervision.  It reveals the insight and perspective and explores what those terms might do and what they might point to. Insight might suggest the perception of something that was there before it was revealed, whereas in writing ethnography it could be something that was both ‘a discovery and a making’.

Research profile

Dr Salma Siddique obtained her doctorate in anthropology from the University of St. Andrews and later qualified as a psychotherapist (currently a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst–psychotherapy) and clinical supervisor. Her main research interests are based on the dialogue between psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and anthropology and are influenced by her clinical experience working with people in trauma resulting from torture and fleeing conflict zones. Salma continues to practice as a volunteer psychotherapist. She supervises trainees and qualified psychotherapists and counsellors in their practice. Selected publications

Published July 16, 2017 4:30 PM - Last modified Nov. 28, 2017 2:38 PM