Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Wednesday 8 December 2010
Open Seminar (Colchester Campus)
Reverie in psycho-social research method (Wendy Hollway, Open University)
Abstract: Social science research is underpinned by a positivist, cognitive analytic epistemology. Psychoanalysis, especially in Bion's concept of reverie, is based on a different kind of knowing which is widely seen as central to clinical technique. How does reverie translate into psycho-social research methodology, with what effects? In this talk, I use examples from my research on the identity transition involved when women become mothers for the first time; examples that pertain to reflexive field notes, psychoanalytic observation, data analysis and writing cases. The direction of these methods is discussed in terms of subjectivity, objectivity, validity and ethics in research knowing.
Wendy Hollway is Professor in Psychology at the Open University. She is interested in applying psychoanalytic principles to theorising subjectivity, to methodology and to empirical research on identity. Her current ESRC-funded Fellowship 'Maternal Identities, Care and Intersubjectivity' uses previous data derived from free association narrative interview and psychoanalytic observation methods and develops epistemological and ethical, as well as ontological, implications. She is working on a book provisionally entitled 'Mothers' Knowing/ Knowing Mothers'.
Discussant: Professor R D Hinshelwood (Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies)
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