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
Few topics at present can be more pressing than care. Even before the current pandemic, a global care crisis had been identified by The International Labour Organization (ILO), which indicated that by 2030, the number of people needing care will reach 2.3 billion (Addati et al. 2018). Today, the majority of care practices are socially, culturally, economically and ecologically unsustainable, in large part because of a failure to ascribe sufficient value and recognition to the vast amounts of physical, emotional and intellectual labour required for the provision of care. This mounting crisis – its ecological and economic significance, and the widespread problems of precarity and hyper-exploitation – demands a fundamental reconsideration by researchers and policymakers.
Contesting Care is an online event that responds to this situation. It brings together interdisciplinary scholars from Duke University’s Revaluing Care Network (RCN), the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, and other interested academics and artists. It will host a varied and innovative range of interventions, from conventional presentation panels to films, artist talks and workshops, fostering dialogue between creative and critical engagements with care, and seeking to develop concepts and methodologies that can be taken forward to address the global crisis of care. The aim of the event is to identify new research questions and collaborations, while producing an initial range of outputs for those currently thinking about care in their research and practice.
2-3 PM BST / 9-10 AM EST Care In Crisis 1
Speakers: David Richards (Exeter); Peter Kussin (Duke); Felicity Thomas (Exeter); LJ Brandli (Duke)
Chair: Des Fitzgerald (Exeter)
3.30-4.30 PM BST / 10.30-11.30 AM EST Parallel Panels:
Communities and Values of Care 1
Speakers: Lorenza Ippolito (Brighton); Jocelyn Olcott (Duke); Joao Florencio (Exeter)
Chair: LJ Brandli (Duke)
Ageing and Care
Speakers: Iza Kavedzija (Exeter); Samia Akhter-Kahn (King’s College/Duke/RCGE); James Chappel (Duke); Anne Allison (Duke)
Chair: Liz Barry (Warwick)
5-6 PM BST / 12-1 PM EST Communities and Values of Care 2
Speakers: Pedro Nicoli (RCGE); Ann Gallagher (Exeter); Kaitlyn Daly (Duke); Sarah Gainsforth (activist)
Chair: Martha Espinosa (Duke)
6-7 PM BST / 1-2 PM EST Temporalities of Care
Speakers: Michael Flexer (Exeter); Martin O’Brien (artist); Deborah Robinson (artist); Laura Salisbury (Exeter)
Chair: Jordan Osserman (Birkbeck)
2-3 PM BST / 9-10 AM EST Technologies of Care
Speakers: Ernesto Schwartz Marin (Exeter); Maddelena Fragnito (artist/activist)
Chair: Tania Rispoli (Duke)
3.15-4.15 PM BST / 10.15-11.15 AM EST Environments of Care
Speakers: Judith Green (Exeter); Elis Jones (Exeter); Dirk Philipsen (Duke); Nicole Barnes (Duke)
Chair: Veronica Heney (Exeter)
4.30-5.30 PM BST / 11.30-12.30 EST Care in Crisis 2
Speakers: Veronica Heney (Exeter); Anne Barlow (Exeter); Mauro Turrini (CSIC/RCGE); Leo Jamelli (artist)
Chair: Laura Salisbury (Exeter)
5.30-7 PM BST / 12.30-2 PM EST OPEN SPACE DISCUSSION
Artist and writer Marion Coutts is best known for her award-winning memoir The Iceberg, written in response to her husband’s diagnosis and eventual death from a brain tumour. In this online event, Marion speaks to Laura Salisbury, Professor of Modern Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, about healthcare, waiting times and contemporary art, writing and thinking.
Find out more, including how to access the event livestream, on the Critical Poetics website.
This event is one in a series of free to attend, public events as part of the 2021 Critical Poetics Summer Schoolprogramme:
Friday 25 June — Care in the Time of COVID: Michael Rosen in Conversation
Monday 28 June — Care for the Stranded: Astrida Neimanis
Tuesday 29 June — Care and Waiting: Marion Coutts in Conversation with Laura Salisbury
Wednesday 30 June — Inter-species Care: Maya Chowdhry and Mama D Ujuaje in Conversation with Eva Giraud
Thursday 1 July — Troubling Care: Nat Raha, Bhanu Kapil and Raymond Antrobus
Friday 2 July — Freedom and Care: Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Seán Hewitt
For more details and to register click here.
Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst, Professor of Modern Literary Theory and author of “Not Working: Why We Have to Stop” and other books, will be in conversation with Laura Salisbury, Professor in Modern Literature and Medical Humanities, whose wide ranging publications include a book on Beckett and papers on waiting and who is working on the cultural history of waiting in modernity. The dialogue will be chaired by Trudy McGuinness, psychoanalyst.
June 24th, 2021 8:15 PM through 9:45 PM
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.
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?”