Social, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Psychoanalysis and its Institutions

How did the past produce psychoanalysis? How do psychoanalytic institutions co-produce the present? How will psychoanalysts help to construct the future? Psychoanalytic theory is often mobilised to analyse political discourse, or to explain the reasons behind historical events, implicitly elevating psychoanalysis to a position outside of politics and history. In this series of three panel discussions, we’re bringing political theorists, sorcerers, philosophers and activists into conversation with practicing analysts, to put the spotlight on the historical and political context of psychoanalysis itself.

Confirmed speakers so far:

18.01.18 – Ecology

Sarah Deco is an individual and group psychoanalytic psychotherapist and art therapist with 30 years experience in the NHS and as a freelance consultant, supervisor and therapist. Her work includes the use of visual and performing arts, storytelling and social dreaming. She also works as a professional storyteller. Sarah is a member of the advisory group for the Climate Psychology Alliance.

Eric Harper is a psychotherapist, social worker and human rights activist currently working in London with homeless persons presenting with both mental health and addiction concerns. Prior to coming back to London he assisted with the founding of the African Sex Worker Health and Human Rights Alliance.

Joseph Dodds, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice (Czech Psychoanalytical Society, IPA), Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, senior lecturer in psychoanalysis at the Anglo-American University and a psychology lecturer at the University of New York in Prague. He is author of the book ‘Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity theory, Deleuze|Guattari and psychoanalysis for a climate in crisis’ (Dodds 2011, Routledge) and is the Environment and Sustainability Editor for the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture. The focus of his current research is the affective, unconscious, aesthetic, and psycho-social dynamics of climate change.

Co-organiser of the Post-Psychoanalysis series, Ed Thornton, has written a guest post for the political ecology site, Entitle Blog, introducing the connections between ecology and psychoanalysis or ecopsychoanalysis.


04.02.18 – Resistance

Anthony Faramelli is a Lecturer at both Brighton University and Kingston University. He also works as a mental health support worker. His work focuses on philosophies of resistance, group analysis, postcolonial theory and Institutional Psychotherapy, specifically the work of Fanon and Guattari. His forthcoming book is titled Revolution, Resistance and Fascism: Zapatismo and Assemblage Politics.

Sally Sales has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years and has a background in both humanistic and psychoanalytic therapy. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of West of England, undertaking two research projects around class. The first, which will be published as a book later in 2018, explores the relationship between psychoanalysis and working-class experience, while the second assesses the role of class in the formation of both parenting and identity in adoptive family life. Sally previously coordinated The SITE’s UKCP registered training in London, before setting up the SITE’s ‘sister’ training in Truro, Cornwall.

Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed is a philosopher of psychiatry interested in the boundaries of illness, the diagnostic process in psychiatry, empathy and understanding in ‘schizophrenia’, and the phenomenology of delusions and hallucinations. His most recent work examines aspects of the philosophy and politics of identity and recognition in light of contemporary mental health activism such as Mad Pride. This research is coming out in his book Madness and the Demand for Recognition. He currently works as a Wellcome ISSF Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. Mohammed is also a medical doctor with training in psychiatry.


22.02.18 – Sorcery & Trance

Matt Lee is a philosopher and a sorcerer. He has taught at the University of Greenwich and at the Free University of Brighton and has published widely, mainly on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. He practices sorcery on a regular basis, sometimes in group-work as well as on his own, or with his

partner. In his solitary practice, he has been following a loosely Sabbatic practice for over a decade. Matt is also a member of a political activist group called Plan C.

Chris Oakley has been a psychoanalyst, supervisor and teacher for over 45 years. He is a founder member of the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and former member of the Philadelphia Association, where he worked with R D Laing. He is the author of Football Delirium.


Tickets: £10 per event, £5 for students and the unwaged.

Location: Draper Hall, Hampton Street/Newington Butts, SE17 3AN


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