The Editorial Panel of Sitegeist are delighted to announce that issue 10, back again as a paperback journal, is now available.

Issue 10 is devoted to theoretical papers produced by trainees at the SITE, past and present. It shows the breadth of interests, styles and approaches provoked by the SITE’s training in psychoanalysis.

Christian Murphy uses Lacanian discourse theory to think about knowledge and desire in the consulting room, investigating as he does so notions of neutrality and abstinence, and asking whether they are empty concepts.

Paul Kellett van Leer sets out for the rich hunting ground of transference, tracing a lineage from Freud to Laplanche via Bach. He asks how we might handle the inherent uncanny, haunting effects of transference and what, as practitioners, we might do with it.

Francesca Joseph’s paper examines frustration, satisfaction and helplessness through the structure of the oedipal drama and draws on classical psychoanalytic texts, some of the work of Adam Philips and Orson Welles’s film, Citizen Kane.

R.D. Laing’s work has had a mixed reception over the years, with a focus on how he lived, rather than what he said. Andie Newman, in her paper, ‘Towards a Laingian Theory’, attempts to address this by investigating Laing’s theoretical legacy and its relevance to psychoanalytic thinking.

Julie Walsh’s paper, reprinted from Sitegeist’s issue on Research asks, as its central question, “how care and research come to coalesce in the activity of psychoanalysis”, and examines how the drive for knowledge is given a vital role in the Freudian canon.

Finally Barry Watt’s paper wants to come to grips with the concepts of universality and singularity in psychoanalytic thought and, in particular, to come to an understanding of these terms through their ontological differences and similarities.

We will be selling copies of issue 10 at two of our forthcoming events: the much-anticipated talk by the eminent psychoanalyst Dominique Scarfone, and at our Conference on Conflict on May 16th. Details of these events can be found on our EVENTS page.

Copies can be purchased online HERE.