Autumn Symposium in London, 2012.

2012. július 5.
October 19—20, 2012. Organised by Psychoanalysis and Politics




Venue: British Psychoanalytical Society, 112a Shirland Road, London, W9 2EQ


The symposium questions the junctions of the private and the public when it comes to trauma, loss and the work of mourning, which challenge our very notions of the individual and the shared, asking: What do we mean by working through the past?


Friday 19th             

9.00-9.30 Opening address

9.30-10.30 JUDIT SZEKACS-WEISZ – Separation in Exile

10.40-11.40 LENE AUESTAD – Time and Memory

11.50-12.50 JONATHAN DAVIDOFF – To Mend the World: Trauma and Containment

12.50-02.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 KARL FIGLIO – The Differences between Public and Private Mourning

3.10-4.10 JANE FRANCES – Trauma, Dis-integration and Stasis – Simplification and Perpetual Conflict

4.20-5.30 JULIA BOROSSA –Violence, Trauma and Masculinity: Compromise Formations of Mourning and Survival in Contemporary Lebanese Literature

5.40-7.00 Group reflection session, conducted by SVEIN TJELTA


Saturday 20th

9.30-10.30 DAVID BELL – The Psychoanalyst in the Immigration Court

10.40-11.40 FERENC ERŐS – ‘Postmemory Syndrome’ in New Hungarian Literature

11.50-12.50 MARGARITA PALACIOS – Decolonizing Trauma and the Ethics of Anxious Witnessing

12.50-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 PETER MORRALL – Psychotherapy and Social Responsibility: Homicide

3.10-4.10 LUCIA CORTI – The Found Children of the Disappeared: Recovered Identities

4.20-5.30 VIC SEIDLER – Silent Loss, Embodied Memories and Impossible Mournings

5.40-7.00 General discussion, feedback, about future conferences


PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS is a conference series that aims to address how crucial contemporary political issues may be fruitfully explored through psychoanalytic theory, and vice versa: how political issues 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.



Confirmed speakers:

DAVID BELL, President, British Psychoanalytical Society, UK: “The Psychoanalyst in the Immigration Court”

JULIA BOROSSA, Director of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, UK: “Violence, Trauma and Masculinity: Compromise Formations of Mourning and Survival in Contemporary Lebanese Literature”

LUCIA CORTI, Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis, Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of Middlesex, UK: “The Found Children of the Disappeared: Recovered Identities”

FERENC ERŐS, Professor, Doctoral School of Psychology, postgraduate programme in psychoanalytic theory, University of Pécs, Hungary: “‘Postmemory Syndrome’ in New Hungarian Literature”

KARL FIGLIO, Professor, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK: “The Differences between Public and Private Mourning”

JANE FRANCES, PhD stud. Essex/UKCP psychotherapist/education policy adviser at Changing Faces, UK: “Trauma, Dis-integration and stasis – Simplification and Perpetual Conflict”

PETER MORALL, University of Leeds, UK/Mike Hazelton, University of Newcastle, Australia/Bill Shackleton, West Yorkshire Police (retired): “Psychotherapy and Social Responsibility: Homicide”

MARGARITA PALACIOS, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University of London, UK: “Decolonizing Trauma and the Ethics of Anxious Witnessing”

VIC SEIDLER, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK: title TBA

JUDIT SZEKACS-WEISZ, Psychoanalyst, British and Hungarian Society, London, UK: title TBA


The conference fee, which includes lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, is £ 155. To sign up, please e-mail:


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

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Trainee, Tavistock Centre, London


Psychoanalysis and Politics is registered as a non-profit organisation in Norway,
org. no: 998 503 221.

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