First published in 2013

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Editorial: ‘Can’t we just let the past BE the past’?

The theme of The Site’s last London conference was 'Psychoanalysis and Class' (Sitegeist: Number 3, Autumn 2009). All the contributors to the conference spoke of the invisibility, elision, or avoidance of class in the psychoanalytic discourse. Our last conference, at our site in the South West, took the environment as its theme, in a different...

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About suffering they were never wrong the old masters

In this paper (( Auden, W.H. (2010). W.H. Auden Selected Poems, Faber and Faber: London)) I focus on what happens when the analyst, or a member/members of their nuclear family, whose private life remaining private is, or has been, a vital pre-requisite of traditional psychoanalysis, or psychodynamic therapy, becomes a traumatic object of public scrutiny and...

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From Leakage to Slippage: The Question of Trauma In Psychosis

I have seen roses damask’d, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130   If you are a painter, you know how important a good primer is. A low-quality primer will reportedly fail to seal the canvas properly, leading the paint to leak through over time. As...

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Whose Drive Is It Anyway? Aristotle and Freud on Tragedy and Trauma

‘I never thought this would happen to me’ is a common sentiment heard from the recently traumatised. Invoking shock and surprise, the traumatised tirelessly underscore the unexpectedness of the fate that has befallen them, appealing to what is familiar as the language of tragedy: a catastrophe has turned life upside-down. Those suffering from traumatism – or...

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Between Experience and Representation: Towards a Semiotics of Trauma

An initial question: What is represented when we represent trauma? To think about this would be to think about some of the intricacies of the relations between representations and the event itself. How, in other words, is trauma given meaning? Might meaning, in fact, be essentially empty: empty of the thing itself—becoming unspeakable? Today we...

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Trauma and the Ghost Dance of Psychoanalytic Practice

Currently, there is an increasing interest in trauma. As well as an extensive academic literature, there are new clinical trainings and the emergency services now employ trauma counsellors as part of their 'Employment Assistance Programmes'. It would seem that the increasing popularity of the signifier ‘trauma’ is an attempt to grapple with extreme mental suffering,...

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Trauma in and out of mathematics with intestinal ontology: on what is in ate and: is allergy a phobia?

What in general might immunology and psychoanalysis have to do with each other?  What might be common in both fields?  Is there sufficient justification for a research programme that sets out to identify common structures in immunology and psychoanalysis? Such a programme could lead to questions such as - Is allergy a phobia? What is...

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The Long Vacation: A Memoir by Rosemary Dinnage

Lulu Books, London 2012 A Review by Nic Bayley Readers of Sitegeist are likely to be familiar with this author without necessarily knowing it.  Rosemary Dinnage has reviewed books for papers in London and New York for many years, specialising in psychotherapy.  This lifelong work, combined with her books on Annie Besant, on patient’s accounts...

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Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good By James Davies

Icon Books, London 2013 A review by Alan Pope The Site invited Dr. James Davies to give a talk at the October Gallery in May of this year. The talk, entitled ‘The DSM - a great work of fiction?’ was convened by The Site to mark the publication the following week of the DSM-V (Diagnostic...

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Five Poems

Black to White (London/Turkey 1964) – then, quiet in the wall moved along by paraffin lamps you left for a keyhole of glass; your ribs and breasts, quite clear beneath its constellations, slid behind two strangers’ hands. Knit from cicada chains to where the earth’s rim stitched the sea to white heat, we knew it...

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Contributors

Nic Bayley is a member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and serves on Council. He has a practice in Reading and teaches Psychodynamic Studies in Oxford. Kate Behrens originally worked in the Fine Arts. Her first collection of poems, The Beholder, was published in 2012 by Two Rivers Press. In 2010 she was runner-up in Mslexia's...

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Notes for Future Contributors

Sitegeist is the official journal of the "Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis". Sitegeist uses a peer-review system based around electronic submission. Authors are requested to send their manuscripts (and revisions after acceptance) to our Journal Administrators, Barry Watt (briggflatts@hotmail.co.uk) or Nic Bayley (nicbayley@aol.com). The physical address for contacting the journal is: c/o 35 Manor Road, Potters...

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Reviews Policy

Part of the remit of Sitegeist is to encourage new thinking in psychoanalysis and philosophy, and we see reviewing new books in those fields as a crucial way to do this.  Books for review should be sent to: Barry Watt 37b Ickburgh Road Hackney London E5 8AF briggflatts@hotmail.co.uk

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