DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM IN DARKENING TIMES
SUMMER SYMPOSIUM IN THE BRITISH PSYCHOANALYTICAL SOCIETY,
112 A Shirland Road, London W9 2EQ, JULY 16th 2016
This symposium questions the meaning of democracy and freedom in our time and investigates its relation to psychoanalysis. The word ‘democracy’ stems from demos, the people, and kratia, power or rule. How might we understand these two parts of the concept in their relation to freedom, oppression, elitism and populism? It becomes relevant to ask “who belongs to ‘the people’?” as national and other boundaries are questioned. Hannah Arendt used the phrase ‘dark times’ of a situation where public speech fails to illuminate and make truth emerge. How might we imagine freedom – of speech, of thought, of movement, of creation, in a way which addresses the present situation? This symposium presents three papers which engage with these questions in different ways, with room for discussion. It ends with a group reflection, allowing for shared thinking about these issues.
10.30-11.00 Opening words
11.00-11.50 JONATHAN SKLAR, (Training analyst, British Psychoanalytical Society) – Hate and Prejudice in Darkening Times
12.00-12.50 LENE AUESTAD, (PhD, prev., dep. of Philosophy, University of Oslo) – On Having a Voice: Survival and Dignity
14.00-14.50 MILENA STATEVA, (Senior Researcher/Consultant, Tavistock Institute) – Our prayer is our labour: On incubation of and innovation in reflective spaces
15.00-16.00 Group reflection
The conference fee, which includes lunch, is £ 85 before June 15th 2016 and £ 95 after this date. A limited number of discounted tickets, £ 35 are available. TIckets sales end at midnight July 11th. Please note that the conference fee is non-refundable.
PSYCHOANALYSIS, CULTURE & SOCIETY SPECIAL SECTION ON PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS
The new issue of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (no. 4 2015) contains a special section on the conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics with an introduction by Lene Auestad and with these three articles:
- Lene Auestad: Basic trust and alienation, or “we have nothing to reproach ourselves with”
- Amal Treacher Kabesh: Political upheaval in Egypt: Disavowing troubling states of mind
- Jay Frankel: The traumatic basis for the resurgence of right-wing politics among working Americans
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS SYMPOSIUM 2016
SOLIDARITY AND ALIENATION: SOCIAL STRUCTURES OF HOPE AND DESPAIR
The next Psychoanalysis and Politics symposium will take place in Vienna May 6th-8th 2016. The title is Solidarity and Alienation: Social Structures of Hope and Despair. A call for papers and more information is forthcoming Sept./Oct. 2015. The deadline for abstracts will be in November/early December. See also the guide for abstracts.
MEMORY AND COUNTER-MEMORY:
70 YEARS SINCE THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ
INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS, LONDON, SATURDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2015
A one-day Psychoanalysis and Politics symposium to commemorate 70 years of the liberation of Auschwitz and pose the question of what the Shoah means for us today.
9.30 DOORS OPEN
10.00-10.10 OPENING WORDS
10.10-11.00 EDIE FRIEDMAN – Why We Sometimes Fail to Live up to Our Tradition and Experience
11.10-12.00 IRENE BRUNA SEU – Bystanders to Human Rights Violations and Genocide: A Psychosocial Perspective
12.10-13.00 ZÖE WAXMAN – An Exceptional Genocide? Sexual Violence in the Holocaust
14.00-14.50 DAVID POLAK – Sleeping with the Door Open: The Unconscious Transmission of Intergenerational Trauma
15.00-15.50 SUE LIEBERMAN – How Do We Talk About It? The Legacy of Rupture
16.00-16.50 CALUM NEILL – Not to Naught: Paul Celan and the Necessary Failure of the Ever Coming Word
17.00-17.50 GABY GLASSMAN – Collective and Individual Memory of Trauma: Responses through the Generations
17.50-18.00 CLOSING WORDS
Tickets are available from Eventbrite; General admission £ 45. A small number of discounted tickets are available at £ 35 – please only use this option if you really need it. We thank you in advance for additional donations. Lunch is included. Please note that the fee is non-refundable. Link to register for the symposium
LINKING SPACE –
A PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS SPECIAL EVENT
Saturday September 27th 2014
Marx House, 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU, London
10.00 – 10.30 Opening address and introduction round, LENE AUESTAD and JONATHAN DAVIDOFF
10.30 – 11.15 Emotions, Agency and Judgement by AMAL TREACHER KABESH
11.30 – 12.15 Commentary on Amal Treacher Kabesh’s presentation by LUCIA CORTI and JULIA BOROSSA
12.30 – 13.30 Open discussion
13.30 – 14.45 Lunch break
14.45 – 15.30 Understanding Online Interaction – Psychosocial Approaches to Digital Culture by STEFFEN KRÜGER
15.45 – 16.30 Commentary on Steffen Krüger’s presentation, commentator PETER REDMAN
16.45 – 17.45 Open discussion
17.45 – 18.15 Closing address and discussion, LENE AUESTAD and JONATHAN DAVIDOFF
Dinner and drinks in local venue
The objective of this event is to promote deeper engagement with ideas than that of conferences of traditional formats. Speakers will present their papers followed by commentators who will address, question and reflect upon the presentation. All participants will receive the papers three weeks in advance so as to enable everyone’s active participation and engagement.
To sign up, please complete the registration form and follow the instructions to pay a fee of £ 60 with dinner or £ 40 without dinner. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event. Final deadline for registration: September 17th (the number of participants is limited to 40, thus we may close the registration earlier if it fills up before this date). For registration and other enquires please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS SYMPOSIUM 2015
The next Psychoanalysis and Politics symposium will take place in Barcelona 20th-22nd of March 2015. Preliminary title: Migration, Exiles and Polyphonic Spaces.
A call for papers and more information is forthcoming Sept./Oct. 2014. We would like to thank the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society.
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS SEMINAR WITH BOOK LAUNCH
There will be a seminar with a launch for the book Lene Auestad ed. Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia, NILGA series, Karnac 2014, and the book Psychoanalysis and Politics: Exclusion and the Politics of Representation, Karnac 2012, at The Freud Museum, London,
20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX,
Wednesday January 15th 6.45-9.00 pm.
Please arrive at 6.45 pm.
7.00-8.00 A seminar with short talks by Lene Auestad, Earl Hopper, Julia Borossa, Margarita Palacios, Jonathan Davidoff. Chair: Peter Redman.
8.00-9.00 Champagne and nibbles to celebrate the publications.
You will be able to buy the books at a discounted rate. The event is free; RSVP to moc.liamgnull@hcnualkooblopasp by January 10th 2014. All welcome!
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS SYMPOSIUM 2014
The next Psychoanalysis and Politics symposium will be held in Budapest 9th, 10th and 11th of May 2014. See call for papers.