The Climate Emergency: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Speakers, Themes, Discussion

What can psychoanalysis offer to the on-going discussion about the state of the planet?

The Climate Emergency: Psychoanalytic Perspectives is an international conference taking place online on Saturday 23 and 30 May 2020.

Speakers: Sally Weintrobe, Joseph Dodds, Renée Lertzman, David Morgan, Anouchka Grose, plus Winners of the Young Poets Network Challenge: Climate Crisis and You

Please do use the comments section to discuss and share ideas.

Selected resources (articles, podcasts, talks):



  • Deborah Rozea
    May 28, 2020 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

    Thank you to Sally, Joseph and Renée for presenting such a stimulating set of papers. I look forward to Sally’s new book, later this year.

    So, some practical questions: Sally, is there a link to Irma Brenman Pick’s description of the tragic position? (and thank you for your explanation here).
    Is there available somewhere the papers from the Freud Museum’s 1992 conference?

    Thank you again to the Freud Museum. I look forward to the second day of the conference.

    • Jamie Ruers
      June 2, 2020 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      Hi Deborah,

      The papers from the 1992 conference, by Susie Orbach, Bob Hinshelwood, Barry Richards, Andrew Samuels and Ivan Ward, are published in The British Journal of Psychotherapy, 1993, Vol.10, No. 2. If you have trouble accessing/finding them, you can send an email to [email protected] and we’ll be able to help.

  • Trudi warner
    May 31, 2020 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

    This conference was wonderful. Thank you.

    I’d like to read the poems which moved me so much.
    Is the text available please?

  • Conor McMeel
    June 8, 2020 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

    Excellent and very containing conference. I feel less worried knowing that the climate crisis is being thought about in the psychoanalytic community. Thank you.

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