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London Conference: 'The Freudian Century?'


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Announcing a forthcoming two-day international conference run by The 
British Psychoanalytical Society

16th May and 17th May 2003

The 'Freudian Century'? The Impact of Psychoanalysis on Intellectual
Life in Britain

This ground breaking international conference brings together top academics 
and thinkers from a range of fields. They will explore the question: how 
has Freud's work, notably the idea of the 'unconscious', affected and 
influenced wider cultural and intellectual developments in 
twentieth-century Britain? In each panel discussion, participants will 
consider how 'the unconscious' was taken up, discussed and/or criticised in 
disciplines ranging from anthropology to biography, sociology to 
philosophy, film theory to literature, literary criticism to science.

Speakers include: Sally Alexander, Steve Connor, John Forrester, Nadia 
Fusini, Michael Rustin, Michael Holroyd, Jonathan Lear, Juliet Mitchell, 
Laura Mulvey, Daniel Pick, Suzanne Raitt and Charles Stewart.

The conference will be introduced by Ronald Britton, President of The 
British Psychoanalytical Society, and panels will be chaired by 
psychoanalysts Michael Brearley, Susan Budd, Elizabeth Spillius and 
Caroline Polmear.

Called 'Bloomsbury Freud', an exhibition of rare unpublished materials, 
drawn from the archives of the Society, will also be on display.

A conference programme follows with short biographies of all the contributors.

Applications to attend the conference should be sent to:

L Carter-Jackson, The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112A Shirland Road, 
London W9 2EQ. Tel 020 7563 5016, or e-mail: [log in to unmask]

The 'Freudian Century'? The Impact of Psycho-Analysis on Intellectual Life 
in Britain
May 16 - 17 2003


Friday 16th May 2003
11.45 - 12.00
Registration in the Simenauer Room for those attending the exhibition and lunch

12.00 - 13.30
Exhibition and Talk
Ken Robinson presents 'Bloomsbury and Psychoanalysis', in the Library

13.30 - 14.00

13.30 - 14.00
Registration in the Simenauer Room

14.00 - 14.45
Welcome to the Conference
Ronald Britton President of The British Psychoanalytical Society
Daniel Pick on the aims of the conference

14.45 - 15.35
Chaired by Caroline Polmear
Michael Rustin on 'Psychoanalysis and Sociology: an Uneasy Encounter'

15.35 - 16.25
Chaired by Caroline Polmear
Michael Holroyd on 'Bonfire of the Vanities: Biography and Psychoanalysis'

16.30 - 17.00
Tea and biscuits

17.00 - 18.30
Chaired by Elizabeth Spillius
Charles Stewart on 'The Impact of Psychoanalytic Ideas on Early 
Twentieth-Century British Social Anthropology'
Juliet Mitchell on 'Some Aspects of Psychoanalysis and Anthropology in the 
Twentieth Century'

Saturday 17th May 2003
09.00 - 10.30
Culture and Society in Interwar Britain
Chaired by Susan Budd
Suzanne Raitt on 'Early Psychoanalysis and the Medico-Psychological Clinic'
Sally Alexander on 'The Psychopathology of Everyday Life between the Wars'

10.30 - 11.00
Tea and biscuits

11.00 - 12.30
Philosophy and Science
Chaired by Michael Brearley
John Forrester on 'Freud in Cambridge - A New Appraisal'
Jonathan Lear on 'Psychoanalysis and the Idea of Moral Psychology'

12.30 - 14.00

14.00 - 15.30
Literature, Culture, Criticism
Chaired by Ronald Britton
Steve Connor on 'Can a Culture be Psychoanalysed?'
Nadia Fusini on 'Questione d'orecchio: Ways of Listening: the Critic, the 
Writer, the Psychoanalyst'

15.30 - 16.00
Tea and biscuits

16.00 - 17.30
Chaired by Michael Brearley
Laura Mulvey on 'The Development of English Film Theory: An Oedipal Dilemma'

17.30 - 18.30
Plenary Discussion of Conference Themes
Chaired by Caroline Polmear

18.30 - 19.30
Drinks and canapés in the Library


Sally Alexander

Sally Alexander is Professor of History at Goldsmiths College, University 
of London, and convenes a seminar on Psychoanalysis and History at the 
Institute of Historical Research. She studied at University College, 
London, and Ruskin College, Oxford. She is a founding editor of History 
Workshop Journal. Her research interests include modern British history, 
the history of feminism and social movements, memory and the history of 
psychoanalysis in Britain. Her publications include Women's Work in 
Nineteenth Century London: A Study of the Years 1820-1950 (1983) and 
Becoming A Woman: And Other Essays in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 
Feminist History (1994). She is currently working on a book on women and 
subjectivity in London in the interwar years.

Michael Brearley

Michael Brearley is a full-time psychoanalyst in London and a member of The 
British Psychoanalytical Society. He is on the committee for the Film 
Festival to be held in autumn 2003. He co-leads seminars on the Foundations 
of Psychoanalysis for the Institute of Psychoanalysis and gives seminars 
and lectures for other students and trainings, as well as in the University 
College, London MSc in Psychoanalytic Studies. His main work is as a 
psychoanalyst in private practice, but he also writes occasionally on 
cricket. Publications include The Art of Captaincy (1985, rev. ed. 2001).

Ronald Britton

Ronald Britton is currently the President of The British Psychoanalytical 
Society, and the Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical 
Association. He is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London and a 
training and supervising analyst of the BPAS. Publications include Belief 
and Imagination: Explorations in Psychoanalysis (1998).  His latest book, 
now in press, is entitled Sex, Death and the Superego.

Susan Budd

Susan Budd, D.Phil., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Oxford. She 
was formerly Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis and is a member of 
the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the 
British Journal of Psychotherapy. She is the author of several books on 
sociology, intellectual history, and the relations between conventional and 
alternative medicine, and of various articles on the social and 
intellectual context of psychoanalysis.

Steve Connor

Steve Connor is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck 
College, London. He is also College Orator and from October 2003 will be 
the Director of the London Consortium. His publications include Charles 
Dickens (1985), Samuel Beckett. Repetition, Theory and Text (1988), 
Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary 
(rev. ed. 1996), Theory and Cultural Value (1992), The English Novel in 
History, 1950 to 1995 (1995), James Joyce (1996), and Dumbstruck: A 
Cultural History of Ventriloquism (2000). He is currently working on an 
historical poetics of skin, to be published by Reaktion in 2003.

John Forrester

John Forrester is Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences in 
the University of Cambridge. His publications include Language and the 
Origins of Psychoanalysis (1980), The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, 
Lacan and Derrida (1990), with Lisa Appignanesi, Freud's Women (1992; new 
edition 2000), Dispatches from the Freud Wars. Psychoanalysis and its 
Passions (1997) and Truth Games. Lies, Money and Psychoanalysis (1997). He 
is also co-translator of Jacques Lacan: The Seminar, Volumes 1 and 2. A 
cultural history of Freudianism, The Freudian Century, is forthcoming from 

Nadia Fusini

Nadia Fusini is Professor of English at the University of Rome, 'La 
Sapienza'. She is well known as a translator and scholar of English and 
American poetry, including Keats, Stevens and Plath. Her books of literary 
criticism range from Shakespeare to Kafka to Woolf. Publications include La 
passione dell' origine: studi sul tragico shakespeariano (1981), and La 
luminosa: genealogia di Fedra (1990). She is also the author of several 
novels, including La bocca piu di tutto mi piaceva (1995) and Due volte la 
stessa carezza (1997) and most recently Lo specchio di Elisabetta (2001).

Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd is Chairman of the Royal Society of Literature. He has 
previously served as Chairman of the Society of Authors and Book Trust, 
President of English PEN and as a member of the Arts Council of Great 
Britain. He holds five honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1989. 
Publications include Lytton Strachey (1968), Augustus John (1974), Bernard 
Shaw (4 volumes, 1988-92), Basil Street Blues, an autobiography (1999), and 
The Craft of Biography and Autobiography Writing (2002).

Jonathan Lear

Jonathan Lear is John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the 
University of Chicago, where he is a member of the Committee on Social 
Thought and the Department of Philosophy.  Trained in philosophy and in 
psychoanalysis, Professor Lear is also a member of the faculties of The 
Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Western New England Institute 
for Psychoanalysis. He has previously served as Chair of the Philosophy 
Department at Yale University, and as a Fellow and Director of Studies in 
Philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge. His current research interest is 
the nature of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis. Publications include 
Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian 
Psychoanalysis, Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul, and 
Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life.  His newest book, Therapeutic 
Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony will be published this autumn. He is also 
writing the volume on Freud for the Routledge Philosophers Series.

Juliet Mitchell

Juliet Mitchell is Professor of Psychoanalytic and Gender Studies at Jesus 
College, Cambridge.  She is also Head of the Department of Social and 
Political Studies and Convener of Gender Studies. She studied at Oxford and 
is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her research interests 
include gender, siblings, and psychoanalysis. Publications include 
Psychoanalysis and Feminism (1974), Women: the Longest Revolution (1984), 
and Mad Men and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria and the Sibling Relationship 
for the Human Condition (2000). She has also edited five collections of 
essays. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages and a 
book on Siblings is forthcoming.

Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, 
London. Her current research interests include how film spectatorship is 
affected by new modes of consumption, particularly digital technology. Her 
publications include Visual and Other Pleasures (1989), Citizen Kane 
(1992), and Fetishism and Curiosity (1996). Her article 'Visual Pleasure 
and Narrative Cinema', originally published in Screen, Autumn 1975, used 
psychoanalytic theory to give a feminist critique of Hollywood cinema and 
continues to be reprinted and debated today.

Daniel Pick

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst and Professor of cultural history at Queen 
Mary, University of London. He is the Director of Doctoral Research in the 
History Department at Queen Mary and an editor of History Workshop Journal. 
Publications include Faces of Degeneration (1989), War Machine (1993) and 
Svengali's Web (2000). He is the co-editor, with Lyndal Roper, of a 
multi-authored collection of essays on dreams and history, currently in 
press with Routledge. Forthcoming publications include a book about Rome, 
nationalism and the myth of Garibaldi.

Caroline Polmear

Caroline Polmear is a psychoanalyst. She is a member of the British 
Psychoanalytical Society and was Honorary Secretary of the BPAS from 1998 
to 2001. She is currently Secretary to the Board of Guardians of the 
International Journal of Psychoanalysis. With co-authors Jane Milton and 
Julia Fabricius she has written a forthcoming book called What 
Psychoanalysis Really Is.

Suzanne Raitt

Suzanne Raitt is Margaret L. Hamilton Professor of English at the College 
of William and Mary, U.S.A. She gained her PhD from Cambridge University. 
Her research interests include modernist women writers, lesbian fiction and 
theory, the Victorian novel, and psychoanalytic literary criticism. Her 
publications include Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" (1990), Vita and 
Virginia (1993), and May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian (2000). She has also 
edited the collection Volcanoes and Pearl-Divers (1995), and co-edited 
Women's Fiction and the Great War (1997) with Trudi Tate. She is currently 
working on a book called Modernist Waste.

Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson is a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and 
Honorary Secretary of its Archives Committee. He taught English Literature 
in universities before training as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. He 
now works in private practice in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has written 
recently on Ernest Jones and on the early history of the Society, and is 
editing the proceedings of the BMA committee (1927-1929) that investigated 
the claims of psychoanalysis as a bona fide treatment, in which Jones 
played a major role. He chairs The Freudian Study Group and co-chairs an 
IPA small study group.

Michael Rustin

Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East 
London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic. He has had a 
significant involvement in the academic development of psychoanalytic 
programmes in recent years. His research involves thinking 
psychoanalytically about politics, society and culture. His books include 
The Good Society and the Inner World (1991); Reason and Unreason: 
Psychoanalysis, Science and Politics (2001); and with Margaret Rustin 
Narratives of Love and Loss: Studies in Modern Children's Fiction (2nd Edn 
2001) and Mirror to Nature; Drama, Psychoanalysis and Society (2002). With 
Jeff Prager he edited Psychoanalytic Sociology Vols 1 & 2 (1993).

Elizabeth Bott Spillius

Elizabeth Bott Spillius was formerly a social anthropologist and is now a 
training analyst of The British Psychoanalytical Society. She has held 
various positions within the BPS, particularly Editor of Books (1988 - 
1998). Publications include Family and Social Network (1957, 2nd ed. 1971), 
The Kingdom of Tonga at the Time of Captain Cook's Visits (1981), Asylum 
and Society (1976 and 1990). She has also edited Melanie Klein Today, Vols 
1 and 2 (1988), in addition to publishing various psychoanalytic papers, 
particularly 'Varieties of Envious Experience' in the International Journal 
of Psychoanalysis, 1993, No. 6.

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart is a Reader in Anthropology at University College, London. 
He gained a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. His diverse research 
interests include history and anthropology, psychological anthropology, 
psychoanalysis, dreams, and nationalism and ethnicity. His publications 
include Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture 
(1991). He is currently preparing a book on Unconscious Traditions: A 
Cultural History of Dreams in Greece, and has an essay on 'Desire and 
Dreams in Ancient and Early Christian Thought' in the forthcoming Dreams 
and History volume, edited by D. Pick and L. Roper.

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