UCL Psychoanalysis Unit Interdisciplinary Programme

Dr Edgard Sanchez-Bernal in conversation with Professor Barbara Taylor, author of ‘The Last Asylum – A Memoir of Madness in our Times’

Date: Thursday 20 November
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Location: Room 433,
1-19 Torrington Place, UCL

See here document for more information.

Embedded and couched: the function and meaning of recumbent speech
The Psychoanalysis Unit is proud to present a seminar by Dr Nathan Kravis as part of our Autumn interdisciplinary programme
Date: Thursday 9 October
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Click here fore more details.



More info on the forthcoming Psychoanalysis and War event at UCL is Thoughts on War Half-Day Conference Provisional Programme.


CFP: Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’

Call for papers:

Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’

Tuesday January 20th : 2015 Friends Meeting House London, NW1

The diagnosis of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ arguably has a long and controversial history in various guises such as moral insanity, feeblemindedness and psychopathy. One of the important continuities between these has been the association with crime and other ‘antisocial’ behaviour. Throughout this history challenging philosophical questions have been raised:

* • What implications does the identification of such disorders have for notions of individual responsibility and criminal culpability? Does the identification of such disorders absolve the individual of guilt, or imply a more indelible sense of ‘dangerousness’?

• Are such disorders understood as residing within individuals as a disease like lesion, or a state of being?

• Are they better understood as consistent aspects of the personality or identity, or as temporary states?

• Are such disorders better understood as not residing within individuals at all, but as disorders of social relationships?

We are very interested to hear from people who have a contribution to make to philosophical debate about ‘antisocial personality disorder’ and its various historical guises.

Confirmed Speakers:

• Dr Edward Harcourt (Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy , Keble College, Oxford)

• Dr Gwen Adshead (Locum Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, formerly Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor High Security Hospital )

The conference will be funded as part of an ESRC seminar series called ‘Cross Disciplinary Perspectives on ‘anti-social personality disorder’.( http://aspd-incontext.org/)

We will some funds available for transport costs for a number of speakers.

If you are interesting in contributing to this event please send 300 word abstract to Dr David W Jones: d.jones@uel.ac.uk<mailto:d.jones@uel.ac.uk>

Closing Date: 30th October 2014

Linking Space: A Special Event by ‘Psychoanalysis and Politics’

Psychoanalysis and Politics’ special event, Linking Space, is fast approaching. It will take place on Saturday 27th of September at the Marx House in London. It is a rare opportunity to engage deeply and meaningfully with the presenters’ ideas aided by the commentators’ own thoughts about the presentations. To enable this even further, the papers will be distributed in advance to all participants.

Please see attached for a full programme of the event, abstracts of the presentations as well as a registration form.

Please email your form to linkingspace.pp@gmail.com<mailto:linkingspace.pp@gmail.com><mailto:linkingspace.pp@gmail.com> and cover the fee to complete your registration.

Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries or comments.
We kindly ask you to distribute this email amongst your contacts.

With many thanks and best wishes,

Lene Auestad and Jonathan Davidoff,

CFP Psychosocial Connections: Deadline Extended

1st Annual Conference of the Association for Psychosocial Studies
16-17th December 2014, University of Central Lancashire
Deadline for abstracts extended to 1st October 2014
This extension has been prompted by many enquiries from people who have been on vacation in August. We will confirm acceptance of abstracts already submitted by September 5th and we strongly advise delegates to register promptly and reserve accommodation. There is some pressure on Preston hotels in December.

 Abstracts received in September will be considered immediately upon receipt and responses processed as quickly as possible in order to facilitate early booking for accommodation and travel. Abstracts (approximately 300 words) will be considered for a 20 minute presentation in a 30 minute slot. In addition, there are opportunities to hold a workshop, symposium or experiential session (60 minutes or 90 minutes).We have also received requests for poster presentations. Please visit the APS website for further information and the conference blog.


Send your enquiries or paper, workshop or poster presentation abstract to:


Plenary Panels
moderated by SASHA ROSENEIL

CANDY YATES and PAUL STENNER in conversation
moderated by JEAN McAVOY

moderated by WENDY HOLLWAY

Psychosocial Studies is committed to the study of the ways in which the psychic and the social are fundamentally entangled with each other. Psychological issues and subjective experiences cannot be abstracted from social, cultural and historical contexts. Equally, social and cultural worlds have psychological dimensions and are shaped by intra-psychic processes and intersubjective relations. Psychosocial Studies has strong links with various fields of practice, particularly the health professions, social work and social policy, psychotherapy and counselling, psychoanalysis, group work, organisations, management, education and leadership.
The conference will be of interest to academics and practitioners working in a wide range of areas. For example: subjectivity, intimacy and personal life; mental health and well-being; politics, citizenship and social movements; sustainability and our relationship with the environment; arts, culture and media; violence, crime and social justice; gender and sexuality; race, racism, ethnicity and religion; nations and states; migration and diaspora; youth, ageing, development and the life-course; embodiment and physical and mental health; education and learning; organisations, groups, communities and collective life.
All abstracts touching upon the conference theme of psychosocial connections are welcome; however, we are particularly keen to receive proposals addressing the following themes:
• Sustainable futures
• Psychosocial research methods
• Psychosocial perspectives on practice-based work
• Culture, media and the arts

Conference address: University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR12HE

‘Thoughts on War’: a half-day conference at UCL, October 17

The UCL Psychoanalysis Unit is pleased to present a Half-Day conference ‘Thoughts on War’, on Friday 17 October 2014

2014, the year of the hundredth anniversary of the first world war occurs in a contemporary world besieged by conflict. This conference, organised by the Psychoanalysis Unit, considers the omni-presence of war in human life and society. Psychoanalysts and academics will discuss the fundamental place of war in history and offer some approaches to understanding its continuing centrality, psychologically, socially and culturally.


David Leibel
‘War around Freud’’

Mary Fulbrook
‘The long shadows of Nazism: Reverberations of war across generations’

Hans van Wees
‘The psychology of combat in the Iliad’

David Morgan
‘Warring States: the Terror of Peace’

Lesley Caldwell

Please see the attached flyer for more information, tickets will go on sale shortly. See the flyer here or more information.

Melancholia: Seminar in the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Dublin, Ireland

Friday 7-Saturday 8 November 2014
National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, Ireland
This two-day international, multidisciplinary seminar explores the topic of ‘melancholia’ from clinical, theoretical, film studies, and visual arts practice and curatorship perspectives. What does this term mean and how is it understood, worked with and represented in different contexts? We will be looking at how meanings for the term have developed over time and how contemporary understandings of ‘depression’, the ‘sublime’ and ‘affect’ have been used to think about experiences of melancholia. The programme includes a film screening, an art installation screening, an art performance, as well as a range of talks, responses and discussions with speakers specialising in the areas of clinical psychoanalysis/psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychology, visual arts practice and curatorship, and academic research fields, such as literary theory and criticism, philosophy, film studies, history, gender and sexuality studies, and art history and visual culture. The emphasis will be on discussion.
Invited participants include Dr Caroline Bainbridge (University of Roehampton), Dr Bice Benvenuto (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London), Ms Cecily Brennan (visual artist, Dublin), Dr Olga Cox Cameron (APPI, IFPP and St Vincent’s University Hospital), Dr Amanda Coogan (performance artist, Dublin), Ms Ann-Marie Delaney (visual artist, Dublin), Professor Judy Gammelgaard (Danish Psychoanalytic Society and University of Copenhagen), Dr Noreen Giffney (IFPP, IIPP and UCD), Dr Tina Kinsella (NCAD, TCD, UCD, Crawford College of Art in Cork and visual artist), Ms Lisa Moran (IMMA and NCAD), Dr Anne Mulhall (UCD), Ms Ann Murphy (IFPP, TCD and visual artist), Ms Isabel Nolan (visual artist, Dublin), Ms Frances O’Dwyer (visual artist, Dublin), Mrs Mary Pyle (IIPP, IFPP and TCD), Dr Emma Radley (UCD), Dr Medb Ruane (APPI), Dr Moynagh Sullivan (NUIM), Ms Marie Walshe (APPI) and Dr Eve Watson (APPI and Independent College Dublin).
This event is funded by the UCD Humanities Institute, and sponsored by the Institute and the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP), the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), and the UCD Centre for Gender, Culture & Identities.
13 CPD points have been awarded by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy for clinical practitioners attending.
This event is organised by Dr Noreen Giffney (IFPP, IIPP, UCD), Dr Tina Kinsella (NCAD, TCD, UCD, Crawford College of Art in Cork), Dr Anne Mulhall (UCD), Dr Emma Radley (UCD) and Dr Eve Watson (APPI, Independent College Dublin). To contact the organisers: info.melancholia2014@gmail.com
Details of how to register are available in the attached handout. In order to register, delegates need to confirm that they are available to attend all day on both days. Registration Fees: Full fee (waged): €60; Reduced fee (student/ clinical trainee/ unwaged): €30. The registration fee includes tea and coffee breaks and lunches on both days.
Places are limited so early registration is advised. Please see the PDF document for more details.

Introductory Lectures and Seminars at the Institute of Psychoanalysis (2014/2015)

This two-part series of lectures on psychoanalysis, each followed by a discussion in small groups, provides an overall view of the core concepts in psychoanalysis and their main applications. Participants are provided with basic texts for each lecture. Further reading is suggested and is available in the Institute’s library. The course is suitable for people new in the field, as well as those with experience.

The meetings are held weekly during the Autumn and Spring terms at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112a Shirland Road, Byron House, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT. The Autumn term commences on Wednesday 1 October 2014 from 5.45 to 8pm. To ensure continuity of discussions, participants would normally attend the entire series of lectures and their accompanying seminars. However if a participant, for various reasons, cannot attend the whole series, they can apply for one term.



Full price            £ 290 for one term OR £530 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)

Student rate       £ 220 for one term OR £400 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)


Full price           £ 320 for one term or £ 590 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)

Student rate    £ 240 for one term or £ 440 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)

Application forms and more information about the Lectures are available on the website: http://www.psychoanalysis.org.uk or http://www.beyondthecouch.org.uk

For any enquiries and to book a place please contact: Events officer: Marjory Goodall at The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112a Shirland Road, London W9 2BT, Telephone number: 020 7563 5016 or email: marjory.goodall@iopa.org.uk




Psychoanalytic Studies PGCert/Dip/MA 2014 at the Tavistock Centre

Apply now and study a PG Cert/Dip/MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from September 2014

This is the only psychoanalytic studies course in the UK to offer direct experiential learning through a two year observation alongside theoretical and applications modules. This course can be taken part-time or full-time.
This course will:

* Enable you to undertake a one year or two year observation of a baby or a young child
* Equip you with an in depth understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its potential applications to other fields such as film, popular culture, music, poetry and art
* Enable you to make links between theory and your own experience.
For more information on this course contact course tutor Kate Robertson by email: krobertson@taviport.nhs.uk or call 020 8938 2213.

When, how much and where?

Date: 29 September 2014 – 22 May 2015
Fee: £8,000 p.a. Full-time study and £2,900 p.a. for part-time study (UK Students)
Delivery: Tavistock Centre, London

Capture m16 Student Seminar Group 23

MA Psychosocial Studies Scholarship at UEL

University of East London

If you are interested in starting an MA Psychosocial Studies (by Distance Learning) programme in September 2014, you can apply for a 33% fee reduction from your tuition fees. This would mean that for study in 2014-15 the normal module fee of £900 is reduced to £600.

What we are looking for:

We want to help dedicated and enthusiastic students who can benefit from this fee waiver. In particular, you should have a good first degree or relevant academic or professional experience. We will ask you to include a statement on your application, which explains your particular interest in studying this programme and demonstrates your commitment to studying for an MA in Psychosocial Studies. Selections are made by the Psychosocial Studies programme team. Their decision is final.

How to apply:

Before you apply for the scholarship, you need to have completed an application to study the Distance Learning MA Psychosocial Studies at UEL. You can do this on the MA Psychosocial Studies course page:


You can then apply for the Psychosocial scholarship by completing the online application form: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1672996/Psychosocial-Scholarship


Scholarships will be awarded on a first come basis. Only students who can demonstrate a commitment to studying this programme will be considered for an award. We encourage all students to submit their application form early to have the best chance to receive a scholarship.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by email, within three weeks of submission.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Visit the MA Psychosocial Studies course page on the UEL Website: http://www.uel.ac.uk/study/courses/psychosocial-studies.htm

CONTACT THE PROGRAMME LEADER: David Jones: d.jones@uel.ac.uk

Vacancy – Dean of Social Sciences – UEL






The University of East London is creating a new School of Social Sciences. This will consist of  a vibrant and diverse community of students, staff, researchers and alumni. The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses that cover a broad range of disciplines in three Subject Areas:

*  Psychosocial Studies
*  Global Studies
*  Sociology and Social Policy

The School is seeking a Dean who can take this exceptional group of academics, known for their leading edge research and teaching, to the next level. A key strategic focus for the Dean will be to establish the School at the forefront of Social Sciences nationally and internationally while developing new areas and programmes for the School. The School has a number of noteworthy research centres and world class academic staff who are looking for leadership to implement the School’s mission by promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. We are seeking a distinguished scholar/academic to provide strategic management and academic leadership to ensure that the School becomes an unrivalled leader in delivering an innovative and socially relevant curriculum. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a strong track record in research and civic engagement, as well as demonstrating significant experience of management ideally in HE (or relevant sectors) and the ability to build sustainable relationships with external organisations. Professorial Title may be available to suitably qualified applicant.