Ana Minozzo reviews the first edition of an international online conference that explored socially engaged psychoanalytic practices from across the world.
On Thursday 22 July 2021 12-1 pm (CET)/11 am-12 pm (UK) Professor Laura Salisbury will give a keynote paper “On Not Being Able to Read: Doomscrolling and Anxiety in Pandemic Times” at the International Conference: Fiction in the Age of Globalization (Universität Tübingen, Germany, online)
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PART 2: DIVERSITY OF PRACTICES
In 1918 Freud placed the free clinic at the heart of psychoanalytic thought and practice, and predicted that out-patient clinics would be started where treatment would be free.
His speech resonated with many psychoanalysts of his time, who were invested in the social mission of psychoanalysis and who were the authors of significant institutional innovations, setting up free and low-cost clinics in Vienna, Berlin and Budapest.
This conference starts from the premise that the more recent progressive histories of psychoanalysis remain little known among therapeutic practitioners. They are rarely written about in the professional literature or taught on trainings. Yet there is a rich tradition of psychoanalytic theory and practice which engages with the realities of social inequality based on class, gender, poverty, racism, and other forms of marginalisation. We aim to explore and recognise these socially-minded psychoanalytic practices, drawing on the experience of psychoanalysts working in free and low cost clinics in very different contexts, from Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe, through to the UK National Health Service. We ask what “psychoanalysis for the people” might mean in our times, more than 100 years after Freud’s famous speech.
Speakers: Joanna Ryan, Lisa Baraitser, Raluca Soreanu, Barry Watt, Geraldine Ryan, Christine Diercks, Daniel Gaztambide, Peter Nevins, Graham Music, Martin Moore, Emiliano de Camargo David
Keynote lecture: Tales Ab’Sáber (A Social Clinic as an Immanent Development of Psychoanalytic Theory: The Open Psychoanalysis Clinic)
This is the second of two conferences exploring socially engaged psychoanalytic practice. The first part took place on 16th and 17th January 2021
Organised by: Raluca Soreanu & Joanna Ryan
Supported by: The Waiting Times Project (Wellcome Trust, PIs Lisa Baraitser and Laura Salisbury) and Balint Groups Project (Wellcome Trust, PI Raluca Soreanu).
The coffin is sealed shut; the faint sound of coughing can be heard from inside, ringing out through the night. In another place, a group are meeting. The Last Breath Society gather to breathe together, to mourn their own life and rehearse for the inevitable.
– Martin O’Brien
Can literary and oral narratives work as forms of evidence? What do they tell us that more objective, statistical or quantitative forms of data cannot? Lara Choksey and Kelichi Anucha discuss the interplay between literary narrative and health contexts.
Lara Choksey is postdoctoral fellow in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter working on a project which brings literary and cultural studies approaches to questions of heredity and environment in the ‘postgenomic’ era. Her monograph, Narrative in the Age of the Genome: Genetic Worlds (Bloomsbury), is out in February 2021.
Kelichi Anucha is a PhD candidate working on the relationship between time and care in end of life narratives, as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded research project Waiting Times. Her current project focuses on contemporary end-of-life literature and visual cultures, paying particular attention to representations of impeded, disrupted and alternate temporalities.
Fri, 9 July 2021
14:00 – 15:30 BST
Online. Book tickets here.
This event is part of Following the Evidence, a series of online seminar discussions about the uses and meanings of evidence in contemporary health contexts and beyond. Hosted by the Index of Evidence project, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, each session focusses on a particular type of interaction with evidence, and the kinds of things we do with it: narrating it, waiting for it, and perhaps increasingly, doubting it. More details at: indexofevidence.org/events