Events

13 November 2021

Towards a theory of traumatophilia: de-translation, sovereign experience, re-translation

Psychoanalytic thinking teaches us that trauma leaves the subject fractured, less agentic, more subject to iterative, stalled revisitations of the traumatic event. In this presentation, Avgi Saketopoulou argues that significant possibilities for psychic transformation and for contact with experience are courted when we make ourselves passible to returning to the site of the traumati

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Q&A with Adam Phillips

 A rare opportunity to engage directly with leading contemporary psychoanalyst and writer Adam Philips.The Q&A will be introduced by Douglas Gill as part of The Site’s occasional events series.

9 October - 10 October 2021

Conference: White privilege, racism and psychoanalysis

‘When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe’ Franz Fanon

What can we dare to imagine of a psychoanalysis yet to come?  More of the same or the courage to open our minds, hearts and practice? This conference will explore the complex ways in which race percolates through the psychoanalytic project – even if it is often denied.

Speakers include Achille Mbembe, Claudia Bernard, Adam Phillips, Christina Moutsou, Peter Nevins…

July 28, 2021

Luisa Pretolani Bloom They’re looking at you … LOOK BACK! Film and talk

Wednesday 28 July, 6.30-8.30pm This presentation focuses on perception using the video camera as a movement for the perception of the ‘other’ and an instrument to create awareness and self-awareness. I’m looking at fiction and non-fiction films when the telling of one’s story through the video camera incidentally becomes a cathartic vehicle, comparing this to […]

July 21, 2021

Niya B: Ekdysis, film and talk

Wednesday 21 July, 6.30-8.30pm In Greek mythology, the seer Tiresias was allegedly transformed into a woman for seven years for disturbing two copulating snakes on Mount Cyllene. Niya B re-reads this myth from an eco-transfeminist lens through ritual performances, workshops and sonic explorations. The project is called Ekdysis – the biological term for the process […]

July 10, 2021

Shalini Masih: Under the banyan tree – psychoanalytic engagement in an indigenous healing site

As a psychoanalytic researcher in an Indian temple famous for exorcism rituals, the author had to conjure a language infused with the spirit of psychoanalysis but able to meet the possessed person where s/he was.

July 14, 2021

Jane Haynes and Jutta Laing: In conversation. The breath of life – celebrating our mortality

Jane Haynes and Jutta Laing met in 1967 at Kingsley Hall. They discuss their shared experiences and the ongoing development of their practices.

June 30, 2021

Nick Blackburn: The bomb that will bring us together – on psychoanalytic writing

This talk will trace some connections between psychoanalysis, “the hysteric”, artworking, trauma and the law.

June 26, 2021

Angela Kreeger: From Olive Oyl to Laplanche – a long and winding road

Olive Oyl, the companion of Popeye, wanted to be a ‘conversationalist’ – and this is what I am, of the strain called a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

June 19, 2021

Laura Chernaik: Having something, having nothing, and standing in relation

When we say We, do we stand in relation to Them? Or, are we not standing in relation?