15th March 2013, Institute of Psychoanalysis (London):

Speaker: Dr Laura Salisbury, with discussant Chris Mawson

Website: www.beyondthecouch.org.uk/events?item=65

Organised By:  The Insitute of Psychoanalysis (‘Beyond the Couch’)

Lucian Freud, Narcissus (1948) © Tate, London 2014

This centenary symposium brings together scholars and writer-practitioners of psychoanalysis to consider the legacy of two of Sigmund Freud's most important metapsychological papers: 'On Narcissism: An Introduction' (1914) and 'Mourning and Melancholia' (1915).

Although both narcissism and melancholia have pre-Freudian histories, it is, arguably, their formative status in psychoanalytic theory that accounts for their enduring interest as clinical and cultural signifiers in contemporary discourse. With these two papers, written at a time of unprecedented social and political turmoil, Freud establishes the difficulties of setting apart the inner and the outer worlds, and of preserving an image of the bounded subject. But how has our reading of Freud's thought, and our appraisal of the so-called Freudian subject, been challenged by the intervening century? How have ideas of narcissism and melancholia been reimagined by developments in critical and cultural theory such as post-colonialism, post-secularism, queer theory, or eco-criticism? Moreover, if theories of narcissism and melancholia remain germane to analyses of contemporary subjectivities, what of the place of psychoanalysis more broadly?

The European Psycho-Analytical Federation (EPF), the scientific federation of all European psychoanalytical Societies and Study Groups belonging to the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), has been in existence for more than 30 years. Today, it incorporates around 5.000 members coming from 36 Societies in 25 European countries in which more than 20 languages are spoken.

The task of the European Psycho-Analytical Federation is to function as an arena of exchange and an intellectual forum for all psychoanalytical societies of Europe.

ImageServerupWe invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting. Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 20 June, 2015. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £40 for presenters and attendees. The fee for Middlesex University staff and students is £20.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 29 May, 2015. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to:

David Henderson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Centre for Psychoanalysis
Psychology Department
Middlesex University
The Burroughs, Hendon
London NW4 4BT


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Saturday 29 October 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1

Turning our mind to the body:
corporeal countertransference and intersubjectivity

Susie Orbach
Corporeality is often thought of as devolving naturally from our DNA. Psychoanalysis has historically proposed that distress in the mind is written on the body so that there is a psychosomatic exchange between mental distress and physical symptoms.

Today's body disturbances and practices from eating problems to self harm to cosmetic surgery are alerting us to a more complex need to understand where we get a body and the terms in which it is made. Susie will suggest that everything that we think of as 'natural' is the outcome of social, intersubjective processes in which bodies are made, in culture and through the mother-baby relationship.

Susie will use examples from her clinical practice as a psychoanalyst to highlight the ways in which bodies today occupy a position which is destabilised. The body today has become both an elusive object and a trouble, but rarely the place the individual lives from.
Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer.