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ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS

Psychoanalysis and Politics is a conference series that aims to address how crucial contemporary political issues may be fruitfully analyzed through psychoanalytic theory and vice versa – how political phenomena may reflect back on psychoanalytic thinking.  The series is interdisciplinary; we invite theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, group analysts, literary theorists, historians and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools are most welcome.

We emphasise room for discussion among the presenters and participants, thus the symposium series creates a space where representatives of different perspectives come together and engage with one another’s contributions, participating in a community of thought.

We aim to be non-discriminatory and egalitarian. Disrespect or discrimination towards the forum or any of its participants on the basis of nationality, skin colour, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexuality will not be tolerated.

We aim to disseminate the knowledge produced in these fora by means of publications.

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS is registered as a non-profit organisation in Norway with the organisation  no. 998 503 221.

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Founder:

LENE AUESTAD, PhD, prev. Research Fellow, Philosophy, University of Oslo/ Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities/  London

A VERY SHORT VIDEO ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS (DEC. 2016)

A SECOND SHORT FILM ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS (JAN. 2017)

About the ethos of Psychoanalysis and Politics Symposia

Sometimes someone asks if they can come to hear only one part from the symposium programme and they are puzzled when we have to say no. Psychoanalysis and Politics symposia are not like ordinary conferences, so it therefore seems useful to explain. Our idea for the symposia we hold each year is for the people who attend to gradually create a holding or containing space together within which we can venture into new – and sometimes into radically new – intellectual, emotional and experiential territory. Three things help this to happen –

  • Everyone      commits to participating in all the sessions – the ‘audience’ is not      listening passively but participates in the discussion after each paper.
  • Everyone      is equal – for instance, there is no hierarchy of ‘key note speakers’ and ‘others’.
  • There      are no separate sessions running in parallel – just one unified programme.

Firm boundaries are very helpful for this and feedback after each previous symposium has emphasised the value of maintaining boundaries through attendance, participation and good time-keeping.

Due to the nature of the forum audio recording is not permitted – we give priority to those who are present rather than to absent others, to creating a good atmosphere for exchange.

Psychoanalysis and Politics is an interdisciplinary conference series – we invite theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, group analysts, literary theorists, historians and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools are most welcome. We promote discussion among the presenters and participants, for the symposium series creates a space where representatives of different perspectives come together, engage with one another’s contributions and participate in a community of thought.

For all these reasons Psychoanalysis and Politics symposia necessarily remain closed conferences that require registration. This is essential to affirm our caring for one another throughout the symposium – solidarity in an exploration which will look for communications and understanding among and across many kinds of differences.