Happy New Year from us at Free Associations – Here are some forthcoming events that may be of interest.

Book Launch: Managed Lives: Psychoanalysis, inner security and the social order by Steven Groarke (Routledge)
6.30-8.15pm, 7th February, Institute of Psychoanalysis, London

An inherent tension exists in the history of psychoanalysis and its applications between the concepts of freedom and security. In Managed Lives, this tension is explored from the point of view of therapeutic experience. Set against the background of Freud’s contested legacy, the book examines ways of managing oneself under psychiatric supervision, in the analytic encounter and in the emotional and moral contexts of everyday life. Through a series of detailed case studies Steven Groarke addresses therapeutic experience as a formation of managed society, examining the work of Donald Winnicott on types of management, Colin Murray Parkes on bereavement and Anthony Giddens on the sociological appropriation of psychoanalysis. Managed Lives forms an original critical analysis of contemporary managerial culture and its self-reflexive project as well as presenting the idea of management as a source of inner security and vital morality.

Josh Cohen and Michael Rustin will present their responses to the book. Please RSVP to: s.groarke@roehampton.ac.uk

MiW/Faction Theatre performance and panel discussion

‘The Oedipal Dilemmas of Thebes: Exploring Love, Death and Family Rivalry’: A post-performance panel discussion with Michael and Margaret Rustin

7pm, 19th February, New Diorama Theatre, London

The Faction theatre ensemble has been widely acclaimed for its recent work, winning many plaudits including the Off West End award and the Peter Brooks award. MiW is delighted to be working with this company once again to organise a post-performance discussion on the themes of Oedipal rivalry, love and death in Thebes. The production is based on a new adaptation of the play by Gareth Jandrell and is directed by Rachel Valentine Smith. This event is very likely to sell out quickly so prompt booking is advisable!

For tickets, please book online here: http://newdiorama.com/whats-on/thebes or telephone the New Diorama box office on 0207 383 9034. Tickets cost £16/£13 (concessions) + booking fee of 40p.

Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture – Book Series Launch Event in collaboration with the Freud Museum and Karnac Books

6.30pm, 26th February, Freud Museum, London

‘Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture’ is a new book series published by Karnac Books and edited by MiW directors, Caroline Bainbridge and Candida Yates. We invite you to join us to celebrate the launch of the series, which has already seen the publication of three books:

The Psychodynamics of Social Networking by Aaron Balick

The Inner World of Doctor Who by Iain MacRury and Michael Rustin

Television and Psychoanalysis edited by Caroline Bainbridge, Ivan Ward and Candida Yates.

Further details about these books and the series as a whole can be found on the Karnac website. The launch event will include a short panel discussion on the relevance of psychoanalytic approaches to popular culture today and will be followed by celebratory drinks and refreshments in the unique environment of the Freud Museum. For further information, see http://www.freud.org.uk/events/ – details to follow soon.

Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process

Grayson Perry in conversation with Valerie Sinason – talk + drinks reception

A celebration of the launch of a Special Edition of Free Associations edited by Patricia Townsend

6.30pm, 19 March, Anna Freud Centre, London

The journal, Free Associations, is delighted to announce the launch of a special edition edited by Patricia Townsend on the theme of ‘Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process’. We warmly invite you to join us for the launch event for this issue and strongly advise you to book promptly in order to avoid disappointment.

Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003 and delivered the 2013 BBC Reith lectures. His major exhibition The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman was shown at the British Museum in 2011-12. He has exhibited his ceramics, sculptures, prints and textiles widely for 30 years and has also written a weekly arts column for the Times and made radio and television documentaries. Valerie Sinason is a poet, author, child and adult psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the Cape Town Child Guidance Unit.

The Special Edition includes articles by Kenneth Wright, Lesley Caldwell, Sharon Kivland and Patricia Townsend, transcripts of talks by Grayson Perry, Martin Creed and Valerie Sinason and an afterword by Juliet Mitchell.

Please note: The talk will take place at the Anna Freud Centre, 12 Maresfield Gardens, NW3, followed by a drinks reception at The Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX.

Tickets cost £14/£10 (concessions) and can be booked online.

A date for your diary: MiW/Freud Museum symposium on ‘Object Relations and Film’

31st May 2014, Freud Museum, London

More details to follow soon!

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