Hidden Persuaders: New project website on ‘brainwashing’ in the Cold War

“Hidden Persuaders” is a project enabled by a Senior Investigator Award to Professor Daniel Pick from The Wellcome Trust. The project examines ‘brainwashing’ in the Cold War for the roles, real and imagined, played by psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. The project asks how these disciplines pictured tyranny and freedom of mind, were drawn into ‘psy warfare’ and Read the full article…

The Subject of Addiction: Culture & Clinic (Conference, Nottingham, 8-9 September 2014)

The Subject of Addiction: Culture and Clinic The Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham This conference is taking place at the University of Nottingham on the 8th and 9th of September 2014. This interdisciplinary event brings together critical and cultural theorists with clinical practitioners in order to interrogate contemporary addiction discourse, whether in governmental policy, psychiatric Read the full article…

Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society: a postgraduate conference (CfP, Conference, London, 14 June 2014)

Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society: a postgraduate conference Centre for Psychoanalysis Middlesex University, London Saturday, 14 June, 2014 We 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 Read the full article…

The Subject of Addiction: Culture & Clinic (CFP, Conference, Nottingham, 11–12 September 2014)

Call For Papers International Conference: The Subject of Addiction – Culture and Clinic The University of Nottingham, September 11-12 2014  It is almost a commonplace to note the connections between drug-use and creative practices, from Thomas de Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, through Beat generation writers like William Burroughs, and on to filmic and Read the full article…

Making a Scene: Networks of Intimacy (CFP, Symposium, London 19 July 2013)

Making a Scene: Networks of Intimacy A half-day afternoon symposium to meet, discuss your own research and make connections with others interested in intimacy, its practices, representation and theorisation. This event aims to be cross-disciplinary, informal, and centred around the potential to foster collaborations and knowledge-sharing across different fields, disciplines and institutions. Scenes of Intimacy This Read the full article…

Psychoanalysis and Laughter (CfP, Study Weekend, April 26-28, New York)

Psychoanalysis and Laughter an APW Study Weekend April 26 – 28th Fordham, Lincoln Center Campus, New York City What does psychoanalysis have to tell us about laughter? In his Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious (1905), Freud famously illuminated the Witz’s linguistic and economic properties. Linguistically, the Witz “works” like the dream (by condensation Read the full article…

Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Tavistock Seminar Series, 2013)

Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis Tavistock Centre 120 Belsize Lane, Hampstead, NW3 7pm – 9pm Cost: £15 (some concessions) Seminar 1: Psychosis. 25th January 2013. Speaker: Richard Gipps (Clinical Psychologist; co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry). Discussant: tba Seminar 2: Envy. 22nd February 2013. Speaker: Jonathan Lear (Professor of Philosophy, Read the full article…

Uncanny Landscapes (CFP, Conference, Exhibition, Workshop; London, 4-8 March 2013)

Uncanny Landscapes 4th-8th March 2013 Centre for Creative Collaboration 16 Acton Street, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9NG Uncanny landscapes is an exhibition, workshop and conference which brings together artists and academics whose work addresses ambiguity between subject, object and landscape relations. The uncanny (unheimlich) was perhaps most famously sketched out by Freud (1919). Defined as ‘”everything that ought Read the full article…

Affect, memory, and the transmission of trauma (CFP, Conference, London, 15 March 2013)

Call For Papers: Affect, memory, and the transmission of trauma 15 March 2013 Goldsmiths College, London Keynote speakers: Professor Valerie Walkerdine, Cardiff University and Dr. Lisa Blackman, Goldsmiths College This interdisciplinary conference explores the connections between affect, memory, and trauma, and examines their crucial role in how we construct our individual and collective identities. We aspire to Read the full article…

Media Ethics & Emotional Wellbeing (Symposium, London, 10 November 2012)

MEDIA ETHICS AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING One day Symposium: 10 November 2012 9.30am – 4.30pm At the Anna Freud Centre, London NW3. Organised in conjunction with Media and the Inner World, Love Productions and Blink Films, a symposium on the theme of ‘Media Ethics and Emotional Wellbeing’. Given the fact that the media are now so closely Read the full article…