Researching the Unconscious: The Essex Summer School in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Research Methods 04, 18, 25 June 2021



This summer school brings together experienced psychosocial researchers, who will teach you how they use psychosocial and psychoanalytic ideas and methodologies to conduct their research. Based on examples from their own research practice, you will learn how psychosocial approaches and psychoanalysis can help you construct your object of research, conduct your fieldwork, and interpret your findings.

In the inaugural lecture of the summer school, Prof Lisa Baraitser will discuss collaboration as a psychosocial method. She will address questions of research methods from the perspective of collaboration and the impossibility of working alone. Offering a psychosocial perspective on interdisciplinarity, she will show how we are dependent on others for making new knowledge, a process that is not necessarily harmonious, and can be full of archaic terrors that are played out and reworked as the research unfolds.

The four sessions of the course will be dedicated to interview methods, discourse analysis, psychosocial ethnography, and ethnographic reflexivity. Prof Sasha Roseneil’s session will be dedicated to the biographical-narrative interpretive method (BNIM) as psychosocial research method. Prof Jason Glynos will discuss discourse and fantasy, showing how the concept of fantasy can be ‘operationalised’ for purposes of critical empirical research. Dr Raluca Soreanu’s will discuss psychosocial ethnography, showing how to approach difficult research sites and how to ‘listen’ to psychosocial scenes. Dr Ruth Sheldon’s session will be dedicated to ethnography and its forms of reflexivity.

For more information and to register click here. 

‘Thinking with Time’ with Lisa Baraitser, Julien Thomas, Abhishek Thapar

Join us in the upcoming event about time and care with Lisa Baraitser, Julien Thomas and Abhishek Thapar at the Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam.

“These are unprecedented times – anticipation, cancellations and delay fuel many peoples rhythms and time is lived at increasingly different and complex tempos. How has the pandemic, a period of temporal discontinuity affected artistic practice and society’s sense of time? How can pace become a motor for change? How can we literally move, or perhaps, not move with the times? What temporalities allow us to pay care-full attention?”

21 May 2021, online


The impact of Covid-19 on adolescent mental health in the UK

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week on 10th-16th May, Wellcome Open Research invited our Senior Research Fellow Dr Jocelyn Catty to discuss the impact of the pandemic, including the lockdowns, on adolescent mental health in the UK. In this blog, Jocelyn reflects on the Research Article she wrote during the first lockdown and shares her observations from the past year. We also learn more about her own experience as a psychotherapist and the challenges of having to adapt the delivery of mental health services and treatment during the crisis and how patients feel about the changes.

Read the blog on the Wellcome Open Research page.


Maddening Times: Storytelling Workshop. Part Of Bloom: Exeter’s Online Festival Of Mental Health Awareness

Join us for a special storytelling event from Dr Michael J Flexer as part of Bloom – our online festival to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. You can find out more about the festival including more free, online activity here >>

Being locked-down and out of contact, has been a trying and transformative time for all of us.  For some, it has been very stressful, being kept away from loved ones or our routine activities and social groups.  For others, the time alone has offered a bit of respite or escape from everyday pressures and problems. We’ve all been through a shared stressful time, but in our own different ways. 

Join with us, the Waiting Times project, to share stories of our experiences from this pandemic year. 


The session will be run by Dr Michael J Flexer, publicly engaged research fellow, Waiting Times project, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter. 


This is an online event which will be hosted on Zoom. Please choose the ‘print at home’ option and the Zoom meeting link will appear on your e-ticket.

If you can’t find your link or have any questions please email

Register for your free place now >>

We are proud to partner with After The Storm for this year’s Bloom Festival. Find resources, advice and support on their website here or by following After The Storm on Facebook here.

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