Paula Greenlees

Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

I am currently a PhD researcher in the psychology department at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated from the Open University with a first class honours degree in psychology in 2016. My research focuses on high demand religious groups which can be defined as those which control the social world and actions of the individual through a strictly imposed framework of rules. How the process of leaving such a group works from a social identity perspective has been an area neglected in social psychology to date. There is a growing body of data available online providing insights into the world of high demand groups which this research will utilise. The overarching aim of my research is to explore exit and identity changes by examining the various discourse constructions at play in the descriptions of those who are or have been involved with these groups. The nature of the data under examination, which contains a level of social interaction, makes it suitable for analysis using discursive psychology. CA and discursive  analysis provide a rigorous, qualitative means to psychologically examine this rarely explored process through the highlighting of category entitlements and ascriptions, moral accountability through the process and epistemic access issues in interaction.

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Dr Donna Cox

Affiliation: Open University

Associate Lecturer with the Open University. Research interests are primarily in the area of critical theory and psychoanalytical approaches to textuality and culture with a particular interest in positions of rhetoric inhabited in relation to analysis. Published work has ranged from readings of the early work of Freud, identity and bodily habitation, linguistic negotiation in rap and hip-hop, and the role of phantasy in children’s literature.


“Placing Myself in the Picture – An Autobiographical Approach to the Phenomenology of Language, Identity, Trauma and Memory” by Fernanda Carrá-Salsberg

Language and Psychoanalysis Journal coverAbstract

This brief self-narrative juxtaposes philosophical and psychoanalytic theories of language and trauma with descriptions of the author’s experiences as: a child and adolescent migrant, a fragmentary language learner, and a postsecondary language educator. It studies the short and long-term effects of having one’s language of identification undervalued by political tensions, and examines what it means for the ego to (re)construct its identity following a language-related emotional crisis. The author defines her libidinal attachments to her introjected tongues and discusses how her present state of being within uneven languages were carved by the memory of her experiences as a child and an adolescent migrant. Similar to Jacques Derrida’s (1996) description of “disorders of identity”, Carrá-Salsberg blends theory with her recollections of lived occurrences to conceptualize the way in which the inscription of early traumatic occurrences within languages ground subjects’ life-long responses and attitude towards their acquired tongues.

Original published: Language and Psychoanalysis, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp. 4-13 Link


Dr Fernanda Carra-Salsberg

Affiliation : York University, Ontario, Canada

Fernanda Carra-Salsberg has been a postsecondary foreign language educator for the past fifteen years. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her interest in language, culture, migration and identity formations stems from her repeated relocations as a child and an adolescent migrant, and from experiences as a foreign-language pedagogue. She has taught English as a Second language and Spanish. Carra-Salsberg is currently teaching Spanish Grammar to Heritage and Second language learners at York University, Ontario, Canada. Carra-Salsberg has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honours in Spanish Language, Literature and Linguistics at York University, a Bachelor of Education Degree in Second Language Acquisition and History at OISE UT, and a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish Language and Ibero-American Literature at the University of Toronto.

Most recently, Carra-Salsberg has completed an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree at the Faculty of Education, York University. Carra-Salsberg resides in the Greater Toronto area (Ontario, Canada) with her spouse and two daughters.