Valentin Kalinov graduated in Psychology (B.A) and Philosophy (B.A.; M.A.) at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”. Doctor of Philosophy (2019) with a Ph.D. thesis about the places of truth in the field of psychoanalysis. His research interests are in the theory of subjectivation, psychoanalysis, philosophy of psychiatry and psychopathology. Valentin is an associate of KX – Critique and Humanism Publishing House, and translates humanities books from Italian into Bulgarian (G. Agamben, C. Ginzburg).
Period of affiliation:
2021 - 2022
The project aims at studying the reception of Freudian psychoanalysis in Bulgaria in the period of 1947-1990, viewed through the optic of the psychoanalytic concepts of ‘repression’ and ‘resistance’ and the dialectic relation between them. The main hypothesis includes identifying those ‘places of repression’, existing at the level of discourse, in which the psychoanalytic ideas are stylized, refuted, denounced and rejected from the position of the official Marxist ideology taken as a framework for the sciences of mental health. Along with that, the hypothesis allows – without assuming – the existence also of ‘places of resistance’ in which the psychoanalytic ideas are integrated into an implicit or disguised form in the discourse of sciences, managing to circumvent ideological censorship. By means of an interdisciplinary methodology the project studies the modalities of relation between real repression and possible resistance both on the discursive level and on the level of the personal history and individual behaviour of certain figures who were involved in the subversive practicing of psychoanalysis in socialist Bulgaria. The final aim is not only to construct the concept of critical reception of psychoanalysis but also to reveal – in the meaning of values and philosophically – those meaning potentials of analysis that have made it become a ‘counter-discourse’ and a form of resistance against every (totalitarian) invasion on freedom and thinking.