An Introduction to Anti-Oedipus: Chris Oakley in conversation with Ed Thornton

Talks, conversations, events from the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Thursday September 14th 2017

Doors open at 7pm; event starts at 7.30pm

Draper Hall: Hampton Street junction with Newington Butts (next to the Santander bike stand) SE17 3AN


When it was published in 1972, Anti-Oedipus upset nearly everyone. Written by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Félix Guattari, the book aimed to transform both traditional Freudian theory and traditional Marxism to create a new form of revolutionary psychotherapy. Despite being attacked as irresponsible and dangerous by psychoanalysts and political militants alike, the book has been wildly popular: the first publishing run sold out almost immediately and, having been translated into English, Spanish, German, Japanese and Korean, the book continues to be read across the world as a vital text in the history of political and psychoanalytic theory.

At this event, Chris Oakley and Ed Thornton will unpack some of the central arguments of the book. They will explore the reasons behind the controversy and ask whether this provocative text has any clinical implications for practicing psychoanalysts today.


Ed Thornton is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway working on the political and psychotherapeutic implications of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy. He has previously published in this area and has run a number of public events exploring the history and practice of different radical psychotherapeutic practices, including those of Anti-Psychiatry and Institutional Psychotherapy.

Chris Oakley has been a psychoanalyst, supervisor and teacher for over 45 years. He is a founder member of the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.


This event launches a new series from the SITE on the theme of:

‘Analysing Analysis: Social, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Psychoanalysis’

Further events coming up in early 2018 – more info to be announced soon:


Tickets: £10 including a glass of wine. There may be a limited number of tickets at the door.

How to book: Please pay by electronic transfer of funds to: Unity Trust Bank, The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Sort code: 60-83-01; Account No: 20099428. Please insert your name as reference and email to advise that payment has been made.

A receipt will be available on the day, with the CPD certificate.