Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Open Seminar Announcement

Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
University of Essex

Wednesday 28th April 2010

Professor John Clarke

‘Psyche and Cosmos: The Emergence of Order out of Chaos’

John Clarke is Professor Emeritus in the History of Ideas at Kingston University, London. He studied philosophy at UCL and Birkbeck College, and has lectured in philosophy at McGill University, Montreal, the University of Singapore, and Kingston University. His publications include In Search of Jung: Historical and Philosophical Enquiries and Jung and Eastern Thought: a Dialogue with the Orient. He is currently writing a book on emergence theory.

Abstract: Recent developments in the fields of complexity, self-organising systems and cosmogenesis have revived interest in the anti-reductionist idea of emergence, and this paper will examine some of the implications of this idea for our understanding of the human psyche, with particular reference to Jungian thinking.


Venue: Room 4N.6.1
Time: 5.00pm – 6:30pm

Details of all our Open Seminars can be found at:

For further information or if you are interested in presenting an Open Seminar
please contact: Chris Nicholson, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex
Tel: 01206 873075 / Email: cpsugrad@essex.ac.uk

Friday, 26 March 2010

Freud: The Secret Passion and IPA Conference

"Freud: The Secret Passion"
screening introduced by Andrea Sabbadini.

30 March 2010
6.30pm - 9.00pm

To coincide with Andreas Hofer's exhibition at the Freud Museum, which includes a series of portraits of Montgomery Clift as Freud, we are pleased to show the rarely seen 1962 John Huston film on which the portraits are based: "Freud: The Secret Passion". The film will be introduced by Andrea Sabbadini, psychoanalyst and founder of the International Psychoanalytic Film Festival.

Please note that the film is 138 mins and in black and white. Only dedicated film buffs should apply!

Suggested donation: £8 / £5 concs. Please pay at the door but phone or email to secure a place.

The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

Tel: 020 7435 2002 Email: info@freud.org.uk

Stay tuned for our next film screenings!

IPA Anniversary Celebration – ‘Contemporary Perspectives on Psychoanalysis’ - March 27, 2010

Celebrating the IPA’s Centenary
The IPA is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for psychoanalysis. It was created in 1910 at the 2nd International Psychoanalytical Congress in Nuremberg. Its mission is to assure the continued vigour and development of psychoanalysis for the benefit of psychoanalytic patients.

Major European event for the Centenary
The major European event for the Centenary of the IPA is in London, UK, in conjunction with the annual EPF Conference.

We invite mental health professionals, scientists and students of medicine, psychology, psychotherapy and cultural disciplines to attend.

Sandringham Suite
Hilton London Metropole
255 Edgware Road
London W2 1JU

Participation: Participation is free, but registration is necessary.

Click here for the invitation.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Music, Meaning and Emotion

Tuesday 23rd March 2010 7:00pm

Three talks about what music 'means', and how and why it affects us so profoundly.


Kalu Singh
Affects on the track: How do we find words for the meaning of music?
Almost everybody learns some basic terms to appraise literature. So why so few, for most of us, about music? Is it impossible to get past the fundamental fact that instrumental music has no nameable referent, and the emotional puzzle this generates?

Sebastian Skeaping
Music and emotion: A personal inheritance
Do you have to 'know' about music to really appreciate it? What is the importance of musical heritage in musical appreciation? Do words constrict musical feeling?

Roddy Skeaping
Music, Meaning and Emotion .... For People with Dementia
What are the 'affective meanings' and 'meaningful affects' that music articulates and evokes? How does music orchestrate emotions and sediment memories?

Kalu Singh is a former university counsellor: now a civil-servant and freelance writer. His first book Guilt (Icon Ideas in Psychoanalysis) was a Guardian Book of the Year. Innovative essays on Shakespeare, Keats, Dante, Solaris & Gradiva appear on his website: www.philosophykal.co.uk. Over the past decade, he has helped coordinate Freud Museum Conferences on Crying, Midwifery, The Therapist's Body, and on Matte Blanco. He joined the Talking Bob Dylan Society, Cambridge in 1986.

Sebastian Skeaping was born into a family with a rich musical heritage (Roddy Skeaping is his uncle). He obtained a PhD at Cambridge University in 2003 and now runs Thornhill Pianos. His work has taken him to all the major recording studios, concert venues and opera houses in London.

Roddy Skeaping is a performer, instrumental teacher, composer and Nordoff-Robbins music therapist currently working with people with dementia.

Tickets: £8 / £5 Friends. Please pay on the door, but phone or email to secure a place.

Tel: 020 7435 2002 Email: info@freud.org.uk

Monday, 1 March 2010

Postgraduate Conference - Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society





Saturday, 5TH June, 2010

We are pleased to announce Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society: A
Postgraduate Conference.

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 philosophy.

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 5th June, 2009. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £30 for presenters and attendees.

Submitting an abstract

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or institution and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three
papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 25th May, 2009. Early submission is appreciated. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: David Henderson, d.henderson@mdx.ac.uk

Centre for Psychoanalysis
Psychology Department
Middlesex University
The Burroughs