February 23, 2024

‘On Giving Up’ – Adam Phillips in conversation with Francesca Joseph

In his new book On Giving Up, acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips considers both the gaps and the connections between the many ways of giving up, and helps us to address the central question: what must we give up in order to feel more alive? Join psychoanalyst Francesca Joseph as she talks to him about his work on Friday 23 February 2024. Book on Eventbrite.

September 30, 2023

Anniversary: The Site 25 Years IN Contemporary Psychoanalysis

The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis was established in October 1997 by psychotherapists who wished to create a training programme and an association that would foster critical, reflective, and imaginative thinking about psychoanalysis and its contemporary practices. This anniversary event aims to celebrate the work done over the past 25 years, and to reflect upon the […]

September 23, 2023

Film screening: Husband, for better or for worse

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion with filmmakers Devorah Baum and Josh Appignanesi and psychoanalysts Francesca Joseph and Douglas Gill Saturday, 23 September 2023 19:00 – 21:00 BST Westminster Quakers, 52 St Martin’s Lane Covent Garden London WC2N 4EA £8 Site members and trainees Click here to book Praise for […]

March 31, 2023

An introduction to Traumatophilia: Race, Trauma, Transformation

Taking as her case study the controversial sexual fetish of race play, Avgi Saketopoulou questions the psychoanalytic fiction that ghosts of the past can be durably turned into ancestors. She identifies the serious clinical limitations, political dead-ends, and ethical blockages of traumatophobic thinking, and suggests that iterative returns to the site of the traumatic have the potential to re-open trauma, putting its stalled energies back into circulation. For transformation to be possible, however, we need to be working with a notion of psychic life that can be transformed.

Friday 31 March 2023

18:00 – 20:00 BST

Westminster Quakers Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, off Saint Martin’s Lane London WC2N 4EA

Tickets £10 for Site members and Site trainees; £15 for general public

February 25, 2023

On Psychoanalysis: Adam Phillips and Josh Cohen in conversation 

Join us for a free flowing and wide ranging conversation about psychoanalysis between Adam Philips and Josh Cohen at 6pm on 25 February in central London. Tickets on Eventbrite.

January 28, 2023

The Psychologization of Islamophobia

Critical psychologist and author Dr Robert K Beshara discusses the psychologisation of Islamophobia through the lens of Jacques Lacan’s university discourse Saturday  28 January 2023, 17:30 – 18:45 GMT Online    Abstract In this talk, Dr Beshara will unravel the psychologization of Islamophobia drawing on Jacques Lacan’s university discourse (S1→S2→a→$), which, according to Bruce Fink, […]

November 19, 2022

On Language and Embodiment in the Makings of Gender – a talk by Dany Nobus

Of the five constitutive components of human sexuality, gender is by far the most complex and intractable. My principal aim in this lecture is to question the epistemological status of gender as a source of knowledge about oneself and as a site where language and embodiment seem to be forever embroiled in a Hegelian struggle for recognition and sovereignty.

September 11, 2022

Birth and Psychoanalysis

Join us for a round table discussion on Dr Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel’s book Birth in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis (De Gruyter 2022) Date: Saturday 10 September 2022 Time: 18:00- 20:00 GMT Venue: Westminster Quaker Meeting House WC2N 4EA We will start with a conversation between Dr Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, a senior lecturer at the University of […]

July 23, 2022

Soul of the City – When Central Park heals New York

POSTPONED A video presentation narrated by Lorna McNeur of seven unfolding stories about how Central Park heals New York City. Through the alchemy of art, architecture and active imagination we see how the journey of this island city is symbolic of the journey of individuation and the discovery of Self; the nugget of gold at the sacred […]

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Q&A with Adam Phillips

 A rare opportunity to engage directly with leading contemporary psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips. The Q&A will be hosted by Chris Oakley

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