Three SITE members are involved in this groundbreaking one-day Conference to be held at the Freud Museum this coming March.

The day is convened by Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz and includes papers from fellow SITE members Haya Oakley and Barry Watt. Details below.

CONFERENCE: Psychosis and Psychoanalysis

20 March 2016
9.30am – 5.00pm

History – Politics – Theory – Technique

Organised in collaboration with the Psychosis Therapy Project, a therapy service for people experiencing psychosis.

The relation between psychosis and psychoanalysis is a paradoxical one. Psychosis is a core term in the theory of psychoanalysis, a site of clinical challenges and radical questioning. Yet it has no place in classic psychoanalytic technique.

Is there a place for psychosis in psychoanalysis? Is there a place for psychoanalysis in psychosis?

This one-day conference brings together eminent practitioners of psychoanalysis from a variety of theoretical perspectives to discuss these complex and topical questions. Drawing on their important contributions to the area of psychosis, the speakers will reflect on the political, theoretical and technical implications of their work.


Haya OakleyLife in the “Anti-Psychiatry” Fast Lane

Brian MartindaleFamily and Psychosis (Past & Present)

Jay WattsNavigating Language Games around Psychosis

Barry WattThe Politics of Kleinian Technique in Post-war UK (TBC)

Kate BrownAttachment Theory and Psychosis

Stijn Vanheule
:Conceptualising and Treating Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective

Clinical Rountable moderated by Gwion Jones:
Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz (Presenter)
Christos Tombras and Tomasz Fortuna (Respondents)

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