Collaboration as Psychosocial Method: Notes from the Waiting Times Project

Inaugural lecture with Lisa Baraitser of the "Researching the Unconscious: The Essex Summer School in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Research Methods 2021"

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4 June, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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The tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can basis. All registrants will receive their own unique access to this talk. All registrants will be sent the recording of the talk after the event to catch up for 1 month. 

This lecture is free for University of Essex students and staff. If this applies to you, please contact [email protected] for more information.

In this talk, Lisa Baraitser will address questions of research methods from the perspective of collaboration and the impossibility of working alone. Whether we work in interdisciplinary research teams, or as sole researchers working on theoretical, historical or conceptual issues, we are always working with others, both internally and externally. We therefore find ourselves radically dependent on others to make new knowledge in the world, a process that is not necessarily harmonious, and can be full of archaic terrors that are played out and reworked as the research unfolds.

In this talk Baraitser will draw on recent collaborative work with a team of researchers who are investigating time’s obdurateness and how this relates to practices of care, to think about ‘waiting together’ as a form of research practice.

Lisa Baraitser is Professor of Psychosocial Theory, Birkbeck, University of London, and a Psychoanalyst (Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society) in practice in London. She is author of the award winning monograph Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009) and Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017). With Laura Salisbury (University of Exeter) she is the Principle Investigator on the research project Waiting Times, funded by the Wellcome Trust, investigating the relation between time and healthcare in the modern period.

Raluca Soreanu is Reader in Psychoanalytic Studies at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. She is a psychoanalyst, effective member of Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, and the author of Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising (Palgrave, 2018). Raluca is an Academic Associate of the Freud Museum.


Photo credit: Tehching Hsieh and Linda Montano, Art/Life One Year Performance 1983-1984


4 June, 2021
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Pay what you can.
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