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PPS RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2020 “THE UNCONSCIOUS AND EVERYDAY LIFE” (UK and international PhD and MA students)

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THEME: ‘The Talking Cure’ in Clinical, Social, and Cultural Contexts

DATE: Postponed to Autumn Term (late October, date will be announced once our Essex campus reopens)

Classic case studies, by the early Freudians, Jung, and others, established psychodynamic psychotherapy as ‘the talking cure’: a form of verbal therapy that enables the expression of repressed emotions, feelings, and experiences. Almost every form of psychotherapy deployed by health professionals today has been informed by some variation of this originally psychoanalytic idea of ‘talking cure’. But, as clinical psychologist Louis Sass puts it, psychoanalytic influence goes far beyond its clinical origins; it is “by far the most influential contemporary vision of human nature” (Sass in Warnecke, 2015, p. 63), and has therefore influenced and shaped our understanding of such concepts as selfhood, self–identity, and subjectivity. As a result, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and other psychodynamic approaches have infiltrated not only the scientific discourse about the human mind in psychology and neurology, but also other fields investigating human nature, such as literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, politics, history, linguistics, and archaeology.

The aim of this conference is to discuss the important inheritance of classic psychodynamic ideas (from Freudian, Jungian, object-relations, Lacanian, relational, interpersonal, group psychology, self-psychology, and other orientations), and equally, to address and engage with the most recent developments and revisions in psychodynamic psychotherapy. The conference welcomes presentations that utilise psychodynamic concepts in clinical, social, psychosocial and cultural contexts, as well as interdisciplinary research.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Mattias Desmet is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Ghent University (Belgium) and he works as a psychoanalyst in private practice. Desmet is the author of the books The Pursuit of Objectivity in Psychology and Lacan’s Logic of Subjectivity: A Walk on the Graph of Desire. Furthermore, he is one of the founders of the Single Case Archive. In 2018 he received the Evidence-based Psychoanalytic Case Study Price of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and in 2019 he received the Wim Trijsburg Price of the Dutch Association of Psychotherapy.

Aaron Balick, PhD is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK). His books include The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress and most recently, The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces, an international psychology, co-working, therapy, and events hub. He is based in London.

For queries, please contact:

Prof. Matt ffytche: mffytche@essex.ac.uk

Greta Kaluzeviciute: gkaluz@essex.ac.uk

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