Thursday, 19 September 2019

Seminar Programme (current)

    Academic Year 2019-2020
    Conveners: Dr Louise Braddock, Professor Paul Tod

    Please see
    for this term's programme.

Workshop on Psychoanalysis and Social Science

St John’s College Research Centre: a Workshop on Psychoanalysis and Social Science

Saturday October 12th, 9am-1.00pm, St John’s Research Centre, 45 St Giles’, Oxford. 

This is the third occasional workshop in the series and as previously there will be short presentations. These will cover both theory and practice of social enquiry across and beyond the traditional disciplinary domains, the range of methods that employ psychodynamic ideas and psychoanalytic theory, and the relation of method to the theory itself, including its clinical testing ground in the analytic session.


Louise Braddock(Associate member, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford) 
Remembering, repeating and getting stuck or, ‘How societies imagine’

Steven Groarke(British Psychoanalytical Society and Professor of Social Thought, Roehampton University) 
Drifting back in time: a note on memory and the past in the analytic situation

David KaposiLecturer in Psychology and Psychotherapist (BPC), School of Psychology, The Open University 
Saving a victim from himself - Dynamics of Presence and Absence in the Milgram experiments

Sarah MarksLecturer in Modern History & UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London 
Historical reflections on the intergenerational transmission of trauma

Keir Martin,Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo and Psychotherapist 
The Location of Dreams

David RussellAssociate Professor of English, University of Oxford 
John Ruskin and the Dream of Painting

The workshop is open free of charge to members of the University and to mental health professionals but space is limited; if you wish to attend, please email be added to the list.Abstracts will be sent to registered attendees. Louise Braddock, Paul Tod, conveners.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Past Events

Workshops & Seminars


  • Psychoanalysis: Its Place in Culture

    Saturday, 15 January, 2005
    • Michael Brearley, British Psychoanalytical Society: `What do psychoanalysts do?'
    • John Cottingham, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading: `A Triangle of Hostility? Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Religion'
    • Ritchie Robertson, St John's College: `Freud as a Romantic: his place in the history of ideas'
  • Institute of Psychoanalysis Introductory Lectures on DVD

    Academic year 2007-08
    • MT: The Oedipus Complex (Angela ? ) and Playing (Jenny Stoker); discussion led by Richard Rusbridger
    • HT: 'The Paranoid-Schizoid position' and 'the Depressive position' (Betty Joseph); discussion led by Denise Cullington.
    • 'Defences' (Catia Galariotou) and 'The Unconscious' (Susan Budd); discussion led by Eleanor Nowers
    • TT: 24th May: 'Psychoanalysis and Society' (David Bell) and 'Psychoanalysis and Literature' (Marie Bridge); Marie Bridge also led discussion.
    • 14th June: 'Dreams' (Sara Flanders) and 'Mourning and Melancholia' (Rosemary Davies). Both analysts present.
  • Psychoanalysis and the Work of Melanie Klein

    Saturday, 25 April, 2009
    (with the Melanie Klein Trust)
    Speakers (all Fellows of the British Psychoanalytical Society)
    • Priscilla Roth. 'Using Projective Identification'
    • Ronald Britton. 'Is the truth therapeutic?'
    • Betty Joseph. 'Uses of the past in the psychoanalytic process'
  • Psychoanalysis and/in Social Science

    Saturday, 7 October, 2017
    • Louise Gyler (Australian Psychoanalytical Society). '‘Thinking in cases': Meaning and the 'act' of knowing'
    • Trenholme Junghans (CRASSH, Cambridge). 'Leveraging "the Real" in Pharmaceutical Development: Psychodynamic and Semiotic Perspectives on Accountability'
    • David Kaposi (Open University). 'Psychoanalysis and the Social Sciences: Possible Relations'
    • Keir Martin (Oslo). 'The performative effects of ‘culture’ in contemporary psychotherapy training and practice'
    • Jeffrey Murer (St Andrews). 'Four Funerals and a Monument: Established Pathological Mourning and the Politics of Splitting in Collective Memory in Contemporary Hungary'
    • David Taylor (British Psychoanalytical Society and UCL). 'The Effect of Treatment Outcome Studies on the Public Standing of Psychoanalysis: the case of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study'
  • Psychoanalysis in/and Social Science

    Saturday, 6 October, 2018
Academic Year 2016-17
    Michaelmas (Autumn) Term 2018
      • Steven Groarke (British Psychoanalytical Society and Professor of Social Thought, Roehampton University). 'Imaginative acts: a note on Winnicott and Loewald'
      • Louise Gyler (Child and adult psychoanalyst in private practice, Australian Psychoanalytical Society). 'The dread of the feminine and modes of psychic experience'
      • Jeffery Murer (Associate Professor, School of International Relations, St Andrews). 'Violent Expressions: Anxiety, anger, and the social superego among Europe's Far Right'
      • Daria Martin (Film maker and Professor of Art, Oxford and St John's). 'Tonight the World (short art-film in progress)'
      • Keir Martin (Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo). 'The relocation of cultural experience'


      Academic Year 2004-2005
      Conveners: Dr Louise Braddock, Dr Michael Lacewing, and Professor Paul Tod

      Hilary Term 2005
      • 16 Feb: Dr Susan Budd, British Psychoanalytical Society, 'Recent developments in the theory of dreams'
      • 23 Feb: Professor Michael Rustin, University of East London, 'How do psychoanalysts know what they know?'
      • 9 Mar: Dr Edward Harcourt, University of Kent, 'Psychological maturation and learning to be good'
      Trinity Term 2005
      • 4 May: Dr J Fletcher, University of Warwick, 4 May, 'Seduction and the vicissitudes of translation: the recent work of Jean Laplanche'
      • 12 May: Professor D Tuckett, University College London, 'Civilisation and its discontents: some reflections on the usefulness of Freud's thesis today'
      • 18 May: Clare Connors, Queens College, Oxford, 'Force and figuration in Freud'
      • 1 Jun: Richard Rusbridger, British Psycho-Analytical Society, 'The Oedipus Complex'
      • 9 Jun: Suzanne Dow, St John's College, Oxford, 'A Kofmanian reading of Marie Cardinal's Les Mots pour le dire'
      • 15 Jun: Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 'Was Freud a scientist?'

      Academic Year 2005-6

      • [no seminars this year]
      Academic Year 2006-7
      • 18 Oct: Dr Jessica Evans, Open University, 'Vigilance and vigilantes: thinking psychoanalytically about anti-paedophile action'
      • 25 Oct: Dr Alejandra Perez, University College, London, 'Controversies surrounding psychoanalytic research: a brief look at attachment theory'
      • 1 Nov: Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, London, 'Searle on the impossibility of unconscious mental states'
      • 15 Nov: Dr Dawn Phillips, 'What can Wittgenstein and psychoanalysis teach us about the problems of philosophy?'
      • 22 Nov: Dr Liz Allison, University College, London, 'Mourning and melancholia in Freud and Hamlet'
      Hilary Term 2007
      • 24 Jan: Dr Susan Davison, Maudsley Hospital, London and Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 'Transference and counter-transference in theory and clinical practice'
      • 7 Feb: Richard Rusbridger, British Psychoanalytical Society, 'The internal world of Don Giovanni'
      • 21 Feb: Professor Michael Rustin, University of East London and Tavistock Clinic, 'Revisiting the Kleinian theory of art'
      • 7 Mar: Dr Jim Hopkins, King's College, London, 'Superego, projection and war'
      Trinity Term 2007
      • 23 May: Dr Armand D'Angour, Jesus College, Oxford, 'Two types of innovation'
      • 30 May: Dr Edward Harcourt, University of Oxford, 'What has love to do with rationality? An answer from psychoanalysis'
      • 6 Jun: Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, University of London, 'What reason can't do'   
      Academic Year 2007-8

      Michaelmas Term 2007

      • 15 Oct: Dr Louise Braddock, Cambridge, 'Identification and identity'
      • 29 Oct: Dr Lamprini Psychogiou, Department of Psychology, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, and David Simpson, Tavistock Clinic, London, 'Parenting and child and maternal ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder): clinical research and psychoanalytic response'
      • 12 Nov: Dr Ken Gemes, Birkbeck, London, 12 Nov, 'Freud and Nietzsche on repression and sublimation'
      • 26 Nov: Dr Derek Matravers, Open University, 'Richard Wollheim on psychoanalysis and aesthetics'
      Hilary Term 2008
      • Jan: Dr Richard Gipps, Philosopher and Psychologist, 'Identification: an existential understanding'
      • Dr Barry Richards, Bournemouth University, 'Humiliation in Politics'
      • David Simpson, Tavistock Clinic. 'The Wrong Child'; Dr Edward Harcourt, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford: Commentary.
      Trinity Term 2008
      • 28 Apr: Jean Knox, Society of Analytical Psychology, 'Who owns the unconscious?'
      • 5 May: Richard Mizen, Society of Analytical Psychology, 'Some incomplete reflections upon aggression & violence'
      • Warren Colman, Society of Analytical Psychology, 'Dream Interpretation and the Creation of Symbolic Meaning'
      • 9 Jun: Sonu Shamdasani, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL, 'Psychology as a Science of Subjectivity: Jung and the "personal equation"'

      Academic Year 2008-9

      Michaelmas Term 2008
      • 20 Oct: Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 'Is Psychoanalysis an academic discipline? Should it be one?'
      • 3 Nov: Professor John Cottingham, University of Reading, 'Happiness, Temporality, Meaning'
      • 17 Nov: Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, London, 'The Psychology of Evil'
      • 1 Dec: Denise Cullington, British Psychoanalytical Society, London, 'The Psychoanalyst at Work'
      Hilary Term 2009
      • 26 Jan: Professor Naomi Segal, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, 'To love and be loved: Sartre, Anzieu and the theories of the caress'
      • 9 Feb: Professor Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 'Site-Writing: Critical Spatial Practice'
      • 23 Feb: Dr Brian Garvey, University of Lancaster, 'Evo-Devo: Freud and the prospect of an evolutionary developmental psychology'
      • 9 Mar: Dr David Armstrong, Principal Consultant, Tavistock Consultancy Service, 'What is the proper object of psychoanalytic consultation?'

      Academic Year 2009-10

      Michaelmas Term 2009

      • 19 Oct: Dr Olivier Tonneau, Homerton College, Cambridge, 'Death at work: Original sin and Thanatos'
      • 2 Nov: Professor Tom Burns, Warneford Hospital, Oxford and Dr Jonathan Garabette, St George's, University of London, 'The interaction of attachment and coercion in mental health: a proposed study'
      • 16 Nov: Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, London, 'Grunbaum's challenge to causal inference in psychoanalysis: 25 years on'
      • 30 Nov: Dr Jessica Kirker, British Psychoanalytical Society, 'Holding Together: A psychoanalytic contribution to work with a borderline patient'
      Hilary Term 2010
      • 25 Jan: Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 'What philosophers think and what psychoanalysts do'
      • 8 Feb: Irene Freeden, British Psychoanalytic Association, 'From Hades to Oedipus: from psychotic to erotic transference and beyond'
      • 22 Feb: Dr Jim Hopkins, University College, London, 'Darwin, Freud, Conflict and aggression'
      • 8 Mar: Martin Golding, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 'Silence as communication: psychoanalysis and the photograph'
      Academic Year 2010-11 - Theme: History & Imagination

      Michaelmas Term 2010
      • 18 Oct: Lyndal Roper, Balliol College, 'Luther and Psychology'. The German Reformation hero Martin Luther has been the subject of many psychoanalytically influenced biographies, most famously those by Erik Erikson and Erich Fromm. These tell us a good deal about the strengths and problems of psycho-biography as it developed after the second world war. But they were not the first to analyze Luther's psychology. In the sixteenth century, Luther's enemies also provided biographical portraits of the reformer which were psychological studies. Johannes Cochlaeus devoted his life to refuting Luther, writing a biography and even a play. In this talk I want to consider why Luther's personality elicited such an interest.
      • 1 Nov: Elisa Galgut, University of Cape Town, 'Narrative Style, Iconic Imagining, and Mentalization'. The concept of "mentalization" has recently provided a fertile resource for thinking about various issues in psychoanalysis, including attachment, children's play, personality disorders, and the work of interpretation within the analytic setting. Mentalization also provides fruitful ways of thinking about how we read. This paper will suggest that book reading is akin to mind reading: engaging with certain literary texts is akin to understanding the minds of others from the subjective perspective required by mentalization. This way of thinking about literature provides a useful way of understanding its value. The paper will focus specifically on the uses of irony and free indirect speech in Jane Austen's novel "Persuasion". Austen's use of literary techniques provides a way of understanding the inner lives of her characters via the ironic voice of the implied author, and requires the reader to engage in the kinds of understanding and insight required for mentalization.
      • 15 Nov: Michael Feldman, British Psychoanalytical Society, 'The Illumination of History'. Formulations regarding the patient's history have not only played an important part in understanding the patient, but interpretations explicitly linking the present with the past have been seen as central to the therapeutic process. In this paper the author considers the role of historical reconstruction in bringing about psychic change. He emphasizes the therapeutic value that lies in the exploration of the way the patient's history is embodied in his internal object relationships, becoming manifested in the transference-countertransference relationship. The author presents clinical material which he suggests allowed the analyst to follow the way the patient's internal object relations, coloured by her history, became expressed and played out in the sessions. He suggests that, when these processes can be followed and addressed in the present, this may lead to a diminution in the underlying anxieties. This can thus promote psychic change by freeing the patient's capacity to achieve a sense of connection with her history, and to tolerate the meaning of what emerges, which can illuminate both the present and the past.
      • 29 Nov: John Forrester, History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, 'Psychoanalysis and Cambridge Scientists in the 1920s'. Scientific Cambridge proved to be a surprisingly receptive environment for the reception of Freudian ideas in the 1920s. Botany students received an education in psychoanalysis from Arthur Tansley, founder of ecology, from the 1910s onwards. J.D. Bernal, later the grandfather of DNA, was a fervent believer in the revolutionary implications of Freud's ideas as was the scientific wing of Bloomsbury - Ramsey, Penrose, Keynes. The lecture will explore the sources and implications of this eager receptivity.
      Hilary Term 2011
      • 24 Jan: Daniel Pick, Birkbeck College, London, 'The Allied struggle, Freudian thought, and the invention of the authoritarian personality'
      • 7 Feb: Sally Alexander, Goldsmith's College, London, 'Some uses to which historians have put psychoanalysis'
      • 21 Feb: Gary Browning, Oxford Brookes University, 'Collingwood, the historical imagination, and the notion of influence'
      • 7 Mar: Mary Target, University College, London, 'Some thoughts on lying and pretending'

      Academic Year 2011-12 - Theme: Literature & Anthropology

      Michaelmas Term 2011
      • 17 Oct: Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 'Imagining and identifying: Leonardo and Narcissus'
      • 31 Oct: David Bell, British Psychoanalytical Society, 'Hamlet: Shakespeare's meditation on the problem of being'
      • 14 Nov: Olivier Tonneau, Homerton College, Cambridge, 'The letter and the spirit: ethics as Kulturarbeit'
      • 28 Nov: Holly High, Sydney and Cambridge Universities, 'Desire and the Ethnography of Southeast Asia'
      Hilary Term 2012
      • 23 Jan: Maja Zvigi Cohen, Counselling Service, Royal College of Art, 'When seasons in the internal landscape don't change: an exploration of the film 'Climates' in light of the theory of projective identification'
      • 6 Feb: Richard Rusbridger, British Psychoanalytical Society, 'Projective identification in Othello and Verdi's Otello'
      • 20 Feb: Peter Fifield, St John's College, Oxford, 'Beckett and Bion'
      • 12 Mar: Ian Donaldson, Melbourne University '"Noli me tangere": Touching and its taboos'. Response: British Psychoanalytic Association member (Oxford)

      Academic Year 2012-13

      Michaelmas Term 2013: Psychoanalysis and Gender

      • 15 Oct: Louise Braddock, Girton College Cambridge. 'Feminism and Psychoanalysis'
      • 29 Oct: Louise Gyler, Australian Psychoanalytical Society. 'The Gendered Unconscious: Challenges for Psychoanalytic Theorising'
      • 12 Nov: Julie Walsh, University of Warwick. 'The Narcissist and the Coquette'
      • 3 Dec: Adam Leite, Indiana University. 'Desire and Refusal'
      Hilary Term 2013: Psychoanalysis and the Social/Political

      Conveners: Louise Braddock, Richard Gipps, Paul Tod

      • 21 Jan: Michael Rustin, UEL, and David Armstrong, Tavistock Consultancy Service. 'Unconscious Defences against Anxiety Revisited'
      • 4 Feb: Derek Hook, Birkbeck College. Monday. 'Apartheid's corps morcelé: the fantasmatic body underlying racist discourse'
      • 18 Feb: Matt ffytche, Essex. 'The Eclipse of the Father: The Frankfurt School on the Superego in the Age of Totalitarianism'
      • 4 Mar: Richard Gipps, Clinical Psychologist, Oxford. 'The Temptations of Narcissism: A Wittgensteinian Investigation'

      Academic Year 2013-14

      Michaelmas Term 2013: The work of Wilfrid Bion
      • 21 Oct: Chris Mawson, British Psychoanalytical Society 'Introducing Bion' 
      • 4 Nov: William Halton, Organisational Consultant 'Bion and groups: the field of organization studies'
      • 18 Nov: Denis Flynn, British Psychoanalytical Society 'Bion in clinical work: on the "correlation" and disruption of knowing' 
      • 2 Dec: Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge 'Bion and Philosophy'
      Hilary Term 2014: Psychoanalysis and Psychology

      • 27 Jan: Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, University of London ‘Psychodynamic psychotherapy, insight and therapeutic action’
      • 10 Feb: Janet Sayers, University of Kent. ‘Adrian Stokes and the portrait of Melanie Klein’
      • 24 Feb: Richard Gipps, University of Oxford, Counseling Service. ‘CBT: a philosophical critique

      Academic Year 2014-15

      Michaelmas Term 2014

      • 29 Sep: Dr Louise Gyler, Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis: Representing the Maternal Function: does it have subversive possibilities? Respondent: Professor Janet Sayers, Professor Emerita, University of Kent

      • 20 Oct: Elisa Galgut, Capetown: The Marriage of Two Minds: Empathy, Mentalization and the Sonnet

      • 3 Nov: Barbara Gold Taylor, Queen Mary, University of London: The Last Asylum
      • 17 Nov: Simon May, King's College London: What is Love?
      Hilary Term 2015

      • 26 Jan: Michael LacewingHeythrop College: Gratitude for life: A psychodynamic guide for non-believers’

      • 9 Feb: Astrid Gessert,  Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. Hysteria and obsession: a Lacanian perspective’

      • 23 Feb: Lucia Corti, Middlesex University; Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. The Lacanian subject and the field of the Other’

      • 2 Mar: Joel Backström, Researcher in Philosophy, University of Helsinki. Love, fear and the mind’s moral dynamics: on how (not) to understand the ‘drives’ and ‘ambivalence’’
      • 9 Mar: Lesley Caldwell, British Psychoanalytical Association; University College London. Donald Winnicott, Melanie Klein and the shape of post-war British psychoanalysis’
      Trinity Term 2015

      • 18 May: Alessandra Lemma, UCL; Tavistock & Portman. 'The fate of the body in virtual space'

      In this paper the author gives an overview of some of the challenges facing psychoanalytic clinicians working in times of techno-culture. More specifically she argues that in our clinical work we can observe how technological advances and the dominant values of contemporary culture make it possible and acceptable to alter and extend the body and its functions in actuality and in virtual space. This can contribute to a split between the body and the self, leading to a very particular twenty-first century version of embodied subjectivity that encourages a neglect of the body’s unconscious meaning for the individual. Problems arise, from a psychological point of view, when we are no longer thinking in terms of the virtual as augmentation to the so-called real but more along the lines of the virtual as alternative to the real. However the author also discusses a clinical case to illustrate how the use of cyberspace can also be used to support psychic ‘development’ as much as it can be used to foreclose experience. This has technical implications in terms of how the analyst interprets the patient’s use of new technologies to meet the prerogatives of the internal world and of development.
      Academic Year 2015-16

      Michaelmas Term 2015

      • 19 Oct: Mark Stein, University of Leicester: 'Leader's revenge and the loss of autonomy'

      • 2 Nov: Marianna Fotaki, University of Warwick: 'Against compulsive consumerism and toxic attachments: a proposal for an ethics of relationality and compassionate care'
      • 16 Nov: Janet Sayers, University of Kent: 'Chaos Contained: Klein, Stokes, and Bion'

      • 7 Dec: Denise Cullington, British Psychoanalytical Society: 'The freedom to know your own mind: the bad and the mad, and the sad, as well as the good and the sane'

      Hilary Term 2016

      • 25 Jan: Richard Gipps, 'Does Cognitive Therapy Rest on a Mistake?'

      • 8 Feb: Matt ffytche, 'Psychoanalytic Sociology and the Traumas of History: Alexander Mitscherlich Between the Disciplines'

      • 22 Feb: Maarten Steenhagen, 'Why do we Paint?'

      • 7 Mar: Lene Auestad, 'Violence and the Social Unconscious: Overcoming or not Overcoming the Individual /Social Distinction'

      Michaelmas Term 2016

      • 17 Oct: Louise Gyler, Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis 'The Violence of the Real: Silence and Transformation in the Analysis of an Adolescent’; with response from Irene Freeden

      • 31 Oct:  Elisa Galgut, University of Cape Town 'Acting on Phantasy, Acting on Desire' 

      • 14 Nov: Margaret Rustin, Tavistock, London 'Shame in Childhood: Being Ashamed of Oneself, Feeling Shamed, and the Burden of the Shame of Others'

      • 28 Nov: Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London 'Psychoanalysis and Social Violence'

      Hilary Term 2017

      • 23 Jan: Louise Braddock, Girton College Cambridge 'Imagining Being Someone Else'

      • 6 Feb: Maria Balaska, PhD 'The Talking Cure and Meaning What We Say : Cavell and Freud'

      • 13 Feb: Sue Gottlieb, Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy 'Shame and Shamelessness'

      • 6 Mar: Stephen Groarke, Roehampton University 'Waiting as an Act of Hope'

      Michaelmas Term 2017
      • 30 Oct. Mark Stein, University of Leicester. ‘”Phantasy of Fusion” as a response to trauma: European leaders and the origins of the Eurozone crisis’
      • 13 Nov. Janet Sayers, University of Kent. ‘Psychoanalysing social issues: Robert Still and the Imago Group'
      • 27 Nov. Ian Klinke, St John's College and University of Oxford. ‘Nuclear war, self-annihilation and West Germany’s compulsion to repeat’

      Hilary Term 2018
      • Monday Jan 22nd :  Kit Kowol, Christ Church and St John’s College, Oxford: ‘Grieving for England: mourning and conservatism in Britain after 1945’
      • Monday Feb 5th : Jeffrey Murer, University of St Andrews: ‘Violent Superegos: Klein, Ferenczi, and the politics of persecutory perfectionism’
      • Monday Feb 19th :  Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge: ‘Annihilation anxiety, the death drive and Bion’s theory of thinking’
      • Monday Mar 5th : Manuel Batsch, University of Essex: ‘”I masturbate therefore I am”: the ego as a primary sexual object’    

      Michelmas Term 2018
      • Monday Oct 15th: Louise Gyler, Australian Psychoanalytical Society. Therapeutic Action: The Spoken and Unspoken Elements in Interpretation.
      • Monday Oct 29th: David Russell, Corpus Christi College Oxford. Facing Reality with Marion Milner.
      • Monday Nov 12th: Julie Walsh, Essex University. Confusing Cases: Forrester, Stoller, Agnes, Woman.
      • Monday Nov 26th: Sarah Marks, Birkbeck University of London. The Unconscious in the Soviet Sphere: Psychoanalysis Underground and in Plain Sight.

      Hilary Term 2019

      • Monday 21st January

    David Taylor, British Psychoanalytical Society and UCL: Sentience and Sensitivity: Innate and human environment factors generating mindlessness and anxiety.
    My main focus will be justified doubts about the premature resort to the explanation of an individual subject's mind attacking itself. While according to psychoanalysis this can occur, there are many other routes leading to the same mental outcome. I will give a perspective on what I have observed as a psychoanalytic clinician.
    Louise Braddock, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford: Annihilation Anxiety and Bion’s Theory of Thinking: What we (don’t) need the Death Drive for.
    In post-Kleinian thought a ‘deathly state of mind’, one depicting a state or enactment of mindlessness, is commonly interpreted in terms of the activity of the Death Drive where a (primary) destructive force is directed at the thinking capacities of the mind. I critically consider the theoretical basis for this interpretation in Bion’s theory of thinking, and suggest another explanation.
    • Monday Feb 4th
    Michael Rustin, University of East London: What is Psychoanalytic Sociology?
    What is ‘psychoanalytic sociology’? Does it exist as a recognised field of study, either as a sub- field of sociology, or as a sub-field of psychoanalysis? Despite the undoubted importance of Freud for some major figures and schools of thought in sociology, the place of psychoanalysis in the sociological field seems nevertheless to be an elusive and tenuous one. From time to time, there have indeed been fruitful interactions between these two powerful paradigms, describing and explaining phenomena that neither could fully grasp alone. But then, each of these ‘fields’ has largely withdrawn to its own primary area of study, avoiding the other as beyond its grasp and concern. In this paper I will seek to explain how this situation has come about, and ask what might have to happen for this situation to change, and for psychoanalytic sociology to become established on a more resilient basis. 
    • Monday Feb 18th
    Sandor Ivady, Vienna Psychoanalytic Association: From Fading to Fading: On following the subject in analysis
    People who see a psychoanalyst are prompted to speak in the first place. The analyst, on his part, listens and follows this discourse unfolding, in which he engages in various ways. But while this discourse implies the place of the analyst, it doesn't determine the place of the speaking subject in the same way. 
    At the conscious level the person speaking refers to itself by the personal pronoun of «I». Whereas at the level of the unconscious there is nothing which allows the subject to identify as author of its own discourse. Instead — where such self-reference is called upon — the subject grasps at nothing and fades: The subject fades either in the mode of regression or fantasy. 
    Reading Freud «in psychoanalysis nothing occurs but the interchange of words», Lacan adds, that «something is lacking at the level of the [O]ther which permits the subject to identify himself there as precisely the subject of this discourse that he is holding» and that «the subject disappears in it as such in so far as this discourse is the discourse of the unconscious.» Therefore, the analyst follows the subject from fading to fading. Spotting this fading in the material of the session becomes crucial in terms of clinical technique.
    Alongside clinical vignettes I will refer to the fairy tale «The frog king or Iron Henry» to develop novel ideas on Lacan's «graph of desire», helping analysts to better orientate themselves in the transferential material.
    • Monday Mar 4th
    Ellie Roberts, Psychotherapist in private practice: The Mine/d Field of the Internal World: The importance of the setting in work with borderline patients
    The consideration of the setting is paramount in any context in which analytic psychotherapy is practised. When working with patients seen as traumatised and borderline personalities, however, the setting is often the site of contention. One might consider the setting to be constituted by a variety of conditions: the building in which the treatment takes place, the actual therapeutic room and its furniture, the temporal arrangements, even the demeanour of the analyst, but it also includes the type of work that the therapist does and the boundaries around the work that restrict contact with the patient to the analytic time and maintain the confidentiality of the patient’s material. 
    For all patients, and in particular traumatised patients, the setting can become a facsimile of their internal world. The therapeutic setting they encounter can be filled by the patient with unconscious projections from their wounded past. When the patient perceives the object – that is, encounters the therapist – within the setting, the latter can quickly be imbued with terrifying imagoes. As J. Baldwin (1940), in ‘Many Thousand Gone’, writes, ‘It is not a question of memory. Oedipus did not remember the thongs that bound his feet; nevertheless, the marks they left testified to that doom toward which his feet were leading him. The man does not remember the hand that struck him, the darkness that frightened him, as a child; nevertheless, the hand and the darkness remain with him, indivisible from himself forever, part of the passion that drives him wherever he thinks to take flight.’ 
      Michaelmas Term 2019
      Monday Oct 14th:  Keir Martin, University of Oslo
      The Location of dreams: further thoughts
      Monday Nov 4th: Donna Savery, Existential psychotherapist and Dasein analyst
      Echoism and narcissism: the silenced voice in psychoanalysis
      Monday Nov 18th: John Lawrence, British Psychoanalytical Society
      The spectator in the picture: Edouard Manet and Richard Wollheim
               Monday Dec 2nd: *SEMINAR CANCELLED*