Introductory Course

Introductory Course: 2021 Seminar Programme

Dr Peter Nevins – Race, Power, Identity and Psychoanalysis, focussing on the work of Reni Eddo-Lodge and Toni Morrison.

Chris Oakley – Psychoanalysis and Anti-Psychiatry. An exploration of some of the foundational ideas informing Anti-Psychiatry and how these impact on contemporary psychoanalysis.

Haya Oakley – What is Paranoia? What is Obsession? What is Psychosis?

Dr Nick Blackburn – Shakespeare and Freud. Shakespeare interested Freud throughout his life, and looking at the way he stages scenes around change, identity and misunderstanding, these seminars explore ways [rich and strange for sure] in which Shakespeare as a body of work, a body of words and, in such an absence of biographical material, a missing body, was always already psychoanalytic.

Suzanne Adebari and Francesca Joseph – Working with the Unconscious. ‘I have got an Interpretation and I am not afraid to use it”.

Andie Newman – What do we think we are doing when we practice psychoanalysis? What is the connection between theory and practice? How does theory inform technique? We will focus in particular on the place of ‘interpretation’ in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Dr Ed Thornton – The aim of this series of workshops is designed to introduce the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. The aim of the sessions will be to use some of Deleuze and Guattari’s provocations in order to rethink the practice of interpretation, especially as it is employed by Freud. In the third session we will be looking closely at the famous case study of the Wolfman, and we will be comparing and contrasting Freud’s interpretation of the Wolfman’s dream with the interpretation offered by Deleuze and Guattari. In the first two sessions we will prepare for this task by discussing Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical project and their general critique of psychoanalytic interpretation.

Information & Applications

This will be a 21 week course on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 – 9.45pm. Details of a commencement date will be provided later in the year. There will be an experiential group starting at 7.00 which runs until 8.15. This may well become more of a discussion group over the course of the 21 weeks depending how things go. A seminar will then follow from 8.30-9.45.

For more information, please contact Jane Nairne at To apply, send a brief CV and a statement of why you want to do this course now to

Previous academic knowledge of psychoanalysis is not necessary to complete the course but a lively intellectual curiosity certainly is. If you were interested in further training this course would be a good place to start. The cost is £650 payable when your application is accepted and which will not be refunded unless the course is cancelled/cannot go ahead.