Ferenczi for Our Times: Two one-day courses exploring the ideas and practice of Sándor Ferenczi

Part One: Trauma and the Confusion of Tongues
10.00-17.00
2 June 2019

Part Two:  The Psychic Life of Fragments. On Psychic Splitting
10.00-17.00
7 July 2019

Our research fellow Raluca will be running these two one-day courses on the work of Ferenczi at the Freud Museum in London at the start of the summer.

For more information, visit the Freud Museum page for Trauma and the Confusion of Tongues or The Psychic Life of Fragments.

To book for the courses, click on the images below.

 

Professor Elizabeth Freeman lecture – Committed to the End: On Care Work and Rereading

Committed to the End: On Care Work and Rereading
Professor Elizabeth Freeman (University of California, Davis)

B01 Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck College
London
WC1E 7JL

18.00 – 20.00
Friday, 24 May 2019

Professor Elizabeth Freeman – a leading queer theorist and author of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories – will be giving a lecture on the intersections between the spatiotemporalities of domestic fiction, re-reading and care taking at Birkbeck on 24 May, 2019.

The is a free event but booking is required via the Eventbrite page. Tickets are limited so sign up quickly.

For full details please visit the Birkbeck website.

 

Association of Psychosocial Studies ‘Reading’ Conference, 16-17 May, 2019

The Psychosocial – Reflections and Developments
The Association of Psychosocial Studies ‘Reading’ Conference

Birkbeck, University of London
16 – 17 May, 2019

The Waiting Times team will be contributing to this two-day conference exploring the development of the psychosocial field of studies.

The conference will have reading sessions in the morning, with groups of no more than 20 participants.  In the afternoon, delegates will come together in larger groups for discussion workshops.

For full details of the programme for the two days, including a complete list of the reading sessions, and to book tickets, please visit the conference Eventbrite page.

We’ll be taking part in the afternoon workshops on 17 May.  Hope to see you there.

Concerning Maternity Part III: Ethics, Care and Subjectivity – University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht

Our PI Lisa Baraitser is presenting at this international conference at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht on 7 May, 2019.

The conference – the third organised by the Concerning Maternity network – explores the lived experience of pregnant and maternal subjectivity.  It will bring together writers, mothers, midwives, and academics in midwifery theory, philosophy, care-ethics, and psychosocial theory.

For more information on speakers and booking fees, please visit the conference webpage.

Registration closes 1 May 2019.

Raluca Soreanu plenary paper at the 11th Meeting of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, Stockholm, 2-4 May, 2019

Our research fellow Raluca Soreanu is giving a plenary talk at the 11th Meeting of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy.

Raluca will be talking on ‘Truth, Utopia and the Figure of the Child: A Ferenczian View.’  The meeting will be in Stockholm from 2-4 May, 2019.

For more information, visit the ISPP website.

Words in Pain by Olga Jacoby – edited by Jocelyn Catty and Trevor Moore

Jocelyn Catty, our Senior Research Fellow on Waiting Times and also a child psychotherapist, was featured in The Times on 2nd January 2019 in relation to the discovery of a fascinating book by her great-grandmother Olga Jacoby (1874-1913).

Words in Pain is a collection of letters Olga wrote to her doctor during the four-year period when she knew she was dying from a heart condition that today would be easily curable. She writes poignantly about the struggles of her four young adopted children to understand their mother’s predicament, and her own determination to ‘die with my fountain-pen in my hand’ as she writes letters that she intends them – and perhaps a wider public – to read after her death.

Our PI  Laura writes:

Written in the form of letters that are both intensely personal and clearly turned towards posterity, Words in Pain is a fascinating record of the attitudes towards suffering and death of its period. But the distinctive voice ringing out in this text also feels profoundly contemporary in its frank description of states of despair and rigorous refusal of the consolations of religion. Words in Pain bears compelling witness to the author’s commitment to communicating experiences that, both in her period and now, are very frequently left unvoiced.

The book is due out on 7th March.  Snap up a copy here.

Lisa’s Birkbeck’s Big Ideas talk on 31 October in Stratford

Begin your Allhallowtide celebrations by getting along to Lisa Baraitser’s talk on Waiting and Care in Rushed Times at University Square, Stratford Campus, 1.18-1.19 on 31 October, 6pm – 7.30pm.

Waiting is one of healthcare’s core experiences. It is there in the time it takes to access services; through the days, weeks, months or years needed for diagnoses; in the time that treatment takes; and in the elongated time-frames of recovery, relapse, remission and dying. Drawing on research generated by the Wellcome Trust funded project, Waiting Times, this talk will open up what it means to wait in and for healthcare by examining lived experiences, representations and histories of delayed and impeded time.

In an era in which time is lived at increasingly different and complex tempos this talk addresses both the difficulties and importance of waiting for practices of care. The main point of the talk is to raise the question ‘can the offer of waiting be a form of care?’ and it aims to challenge assumptions about the value of waiting, counteracting the current political use of ‘waiting times’ as a tool for dismantling the NHS.

It’s part of the Birkbeck Big Ideas series of talks and you can find more information and book a free place here.