The Representation of Illness in Clinical and Cultural Space

Interdisciplinary Conference

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23 November, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

£42 - £70

A photograph of Freud's couch which is covered in a colourful rug and cushions

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This conference will explore the question of illness psychoanalytically and from an interdisciplinary perspective.

It will encompass cultural preoccupations with specific illnesses or medical practices, idioms of distress, psychic representations of the body in illness, the impact of illness in analytic work, and Freud’s relationship to his own illness, as well as more contemporary themes clinically and theoretically.

Speakers come from a range of disciplines – psychoanalysis, anthropology, history and literature – with the aim to offer authoritative papers as well as to create as much openness of discussion as possible in this delicate subject.


Speakers & Titles

Richard Carvalho
Clinical Experience and the Somapsyche

Peter Shoenberg
Developing a Psychosomatic Imagination  in Medical Students and Trainee Psychotherapists

Michael Molnar
Headache, Heartache & Other Illogical Disorders

Lisa Appignanesi
Everyday Madness
In conversation with Ann Scott

Neil Vickers
Major Illness and the Holding Environment

Joseph Calabrese
Culture as Narrative Prosthesis: Pathogenic Entailments of Basic Human Subjectivity and Mental Health as Therapeutic Emplotment

CHAIR: Ann Scott (editor, BJP)

The presentation of prizes and commendations in the BJP’s 2018 Rozsika Parker Prize will take place at the end of the conference.

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Organised in collaboration with the British Journal of Psychotherapy.




23 November, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
£42 - £70
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University College Senior School
London, NW3 6XH
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The Freud Museum
British Journal of Psychotherapy

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