Tuesday's April 25 - 25 July 2017 - 8.15-9.45pm

Institute of Psychonanalysis, Byron House, 112A Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT

The role of the unconscious in political and social life. In times of political turmoil, where does one turn for insight? "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”?(Yeats). “The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear”(Gramsci) “Everything must change so that everything can stay the same." (Tancredi in "The Leopard")

These seminars will explore Psychoanalysis and Politics in the light of contemporary issues such as racism, terrorism, totalitarian thinking, NHS, the market economy, ecology, gender and sexuality.

Chair and Seminar Organiser David Morgan

Seminars: April 25 - Dr Kate Pugh/Rod Tweedy The Political Self Understanding the Social and Psychological Context for Mental Illness.

May 2 - Philip Stokoe Where are the Adults? A psychoanalytic view about the dangers of anxiety and the collapse of thinking.

9 - Dr David Bell Everything is possible and anything is permitted: psychoanalytic reflections on the work of Hanna Arendt.

16 - Sally Weintrobe Climate change in a culture of uncare.

23 - Ruth McCall Feminism Today.

30 - Professor Robert Hinshelwood Democracy’s Freudian slip.

June 6 - Dr Nicholas Temple Psychoanalysis and the Totalitarian State of Mind.

13 - Professor Steven Groarke “On the uses of fiction in personal and political life”.

20 - Dr Roger Kennedy Fear of Strangers: whose home is it?

27 - Dr Jonathan Sklar Thinking on the Border- memory and trauma in Society.

July 4 - Fakhry Davids Psychoanalysis and Palestine-Israel: A personal angle.

11 - Professor Joshua Cohen Psychoanalysis, Politics and Indifference.

18 - Professor David Tuckett Conviction and Cooperation: Facing the Problems We Can’t Solve by Ourselves.

25 - Professor Michael Rustin Tavistock Tradition and it's Political Relevance.


Fees: BPC members £200 Non members. £240 Individual tickets: £20.00 per seminar Enquiries: contact Marjory Goodall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0207 563 5016 When April 25th, 2017 8:15 PM through July 25th, 2017 9:45 PM Location Sigmund Freud Lecture Theatre Institute of Psychoanalysis 112a Shirland Road Maida Vale London W9 2BT United Kingdom