Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism

I recently attended a wonderful conference on ‘Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism‘ along with two other CHH members Ellie Bass and Lara Feigel. The two day conference was organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis along with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies of the University of Essex. The conference was intended to facilitate debate between psychoanalysts and academics and featured speakers such as John Forrester, Jacqueline Rose, Daniel Pick, Sally Alexander and Lyndsey Stonebridge to name but a few.

For me the conference highlighted the many rich possibilities which psychoanalysis brings to our understandings of illness, culture and politics, as well as the importance of considering illness, theories of mind, culture and politics in relation to one another.


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