The Freud Museum

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10 November 2012
9.30am - 4.30pm


One day Symposium

At the Anna Freud Centre, London NW3.

Organised in conjunction with Media and the Inner World, Love Productions and Blink Films, a symposium on the theme of ‘Media Ethics and Emotional Wellbeing’.

Given the fact that the media are now so closely entwined with everyday life, this symposium will explore the emotional and ethical responsibilities involved, offering a particular emphasis on the psychological dimensions of the debate. Our event aims to provide space to consider how the psychological and emotional impact of both participation in and consumption of the popular media could be improved with reference to psychoanalytical perspectives on the experiences entailed.

The symposium will consist of three round table panels:

Panel 1: Press Matters: ‘Perspectives from the Press and its Subjects’

Panel 2: TV Matters: Perspectives from Broadcasters and Their Subjects

Panel 3: Regulation Matters: Reflections on the ethical and moral responsibilities of the press and broadcasters in relation to the emotional wellbeing of individuals, social groups and the nation.

We are delighted to have the following confirmed speakers and chairs in place:

• Evan Harris, former Liberal Democrat MP and Campaign Adviser for Hacked Off
• Sally Weintrobe, Psychoanalyst
• Susanna Rustin, Journalist, The Guardian
• Dan Chambers, Executive Producer, Blink Films
Agnieszka Piotrowska, Documentary Film Maker
• David Aaronovitch, Broadcaster and Journalist, The Times
• John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London
Andrea Esser, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
• Laverne Antrobus, Child and Educational Psychologist and broadcaster/consultant
• Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Broadcaster and former chair of English PEN
• Richard McKerrow, Creative Director, Love Productions
• Brett Kahr, Psychotherapist, Writer, and Broadcaster
Melanie Gill, Child, adolescent and adult psychologist and forensic assessor
• Penelope Leach - child psychologist and author 

Other speakers to be announced.

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Session 1
Brett Kahr is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, and Honorary Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton in London. He also holds the Winnicott Clinic Senior Research Fellowship in Psychotherapy, and serves as Consultant Psychologist to the Bowlby Centre. Brett is a qualified adult psychotherapist and couple psychotherapist, and serves as the Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, the Professional Association of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology. He is the author of many books and articles, including D. W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, Forensic Psychotherapy and Psychopathology: Winnicottian Perspectives, The Legacy of Winnicott: Essays on Infant and Child Mental Health and Exhibitionism – a title in the Freud Museum series on ‘Ideas in Psychoanalysis’. Most recently, he authored a best-selling book Sex and the Psyche, with Penguin Books, based on his eight-year research project on the psychology of sexual fantasies.

Susanna Rustin is a Features Writer and Editor at The Guardian, and was part of a team that ran a successful two-year campaign for the creation of a Queen’s Park community council – London’s first parish council – in north Westminster. Susanna grew up in London, studied in York, formerly worked at the Financial Times and lives in Queen’s Park with her husband and two daughters. She has also been a Green party candidate in local elections.

Gavin Rees, a journalist and filmmaker, is the director of Dart Centre Europe. Based in London, he co-ordinates the Dart Centre’s activities across Europe. Over the last 13 years he has worked in a variety of broadcast media, producing business and political news for Financial Times Television and CNBC and international news for Japanese networks. He has also worked on drama and documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4, as well as for other broadcasters and a number of independent film companies. Gavin’s interest in how people relate traumatic narratives developed as a result of interviewing survivors of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima for a BBC documentary drama, which won an International Emmy in 2006. Afterwards Gavin took up a post as a research fellow at the Centre for Public Communication in the Media School at Bournemouth University, where he investigated how journalists interview people at the centre of stories that arouse strong emotions. His writing has appeared in the British Journalism Review, the New Statesman, The Guardian and a number of specialist magazines on topics related to film, psychology and the media.

Sally Weintrobe Sally Weintrobe is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and until recently chaired its Scientific Committee. She was formerly a member of Senior Teaching Staff at the Tavistock Clinic and Hon Senior Lecturer at University College London in the Dept for Psychoanalytic Studies. She has published papers on entitlement attitudes, grievance and complaint, prejudice, greed, climate change denial and our relationship with nature. In 1996 she wrote one of a series of key articles on psychoanalysis published in The Guardian; In 2012 she edited and contributed to Engaging with Climate Change: Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge and the New Library of Psychoanalysis Beyond the Couch series).

Session 2
Andrea Esser was a media consultant, publishing and lecturing in London (Goldsmiths, UEL, LSBU), before joining the media team at Roehampton University in September 2005. She teach on both the Media and Cultural Studies BA and MA programmes. Her research interests revolve around the sociology of television and the transnationalisation of the media, exploring both the continuity of the market and the dynamics of change: socio-political, economic, technological and historic frameworks alongside changes in consumption. Her current research is focused on the TV Format phenomenon. She is Director of the Media Across Borders Network and a member of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC).

John Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a media theorist, a television producer and an historian of moving image and sound. After a spell at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham Universit, John’s work on Ealing Studios was published in Screen (1975) and he subsequently became a member of the editorial board from 1975-1984. Between 1978-1982, he taught at one of the UK’s first Film Studies departments at the University of Kent. Involved in the Independent Film-Makers’ Association’s campaigns around the setting up of Channel 4, John successfully created a series on world cinema for the new channel entitled Visions. His company, Large Door, remained active until 1999, producing around 100 programmes including Brazil: Beyond Citizen Kane (1993), The Holy Family Album (1991) and French Cooking in Ten Minutes (1995). During this period John was a council member of the successive independent producers’ trade associations IPPA and PACT, being elected vice-chair 1989-93. His televsion productions include Riding the Tiger (C4); Dream Town (BBC2); Those British Faces (C4); Seeking Approval: The Complicity of Women (C4); This Food Business (C4); Opening Up The Family Album (C4) and many others.

Laverne Antrobus is a British psychologist, author and televsion presenter. She works at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust as a Consultant Child and Educational Psychologist and she is a presenter on various television programmes including the BBC’s Carrot and Stick, which examined the Horizon archives to ask how science has shaped our approach to parenting and education over the past fifty years. In BBC4’s Who Needs Dads, Laverne explored the psychological role of the father figure in the family. She also presented War in the Womb for the BBC, investigating the theory of foetal-maternal conflict, which has controversially been associated with psychological disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome, depression and autism. Laverne has also acted as a child therapist on programmes such as Little Angels, Teen Angels and The All New House of Tiny Tearaways. She is also the author of several books including Ain’t Misbehaving and Being a Parent in the Real World.

Richard McKerrow is Creative Director at Love Productions, which he set up in October 2004. He has conceived and executive produced many of Love Productions’ critically acclaimed factual series and formats including the award-winning series The Baby Borrowers and Britain’s Missing Top Model; Young Mums Mansion, Famous Rich and Homeless, Famous Rich and Jobless, My Life As An Animal, Tower Block of Commons, Kidnapped By The Kids, The Great British Bake-Off, Girls Hit South Africa, Young Autistic and Stagestruck and Famous Rich and In The Slums. The shows and formats have sold around Europe and the world and Richard executive produced an American version of The Baby Borrowers for NBC and will be producing a brand new series of Kidnapped By The Kids for the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) in the US this year. Love Productions also produce high-end documentaries and entertainment shows. Richard began his career as a print journalist for The Nation magazine in New York. He also worked for Yorkshire Television in their Documentaries and Current Affairs department as a producer/director before joining Channel 4 in 1997 as a Commissioning Editor for Education. Before he started Love Productions, he was Creative Director and Managing Director of Maverick Television (2002-2004).

Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska is an award winning documentary filmmaker and a theoretician. She has been nominated for 3 EMMY’s, as well as other international prizes such as, for example, the Best Film at the Fred Wiseman’s Master Class at the Dublin Film Festival for her film THE BIGAMISTS (2005). In the recent years she has been best known for her controversial film about women who fall in love with objects not people entitled MARRIED TO THE EIFFEL TOWER (2009) which has been shown in more than 40 countries both on television and at festivals. She has recently been awarded a Phd from the Psychosocial Department at Birkbeck College University of London, dealing with Psychoanalysis and Ethics in Documentary Film. She is Senior Lecturer in Media Arts at University of Bedfordshire.

Session 3
Lisa Appignanesi is a British writer, novelist, and campaigner for free expression. Her latest book is All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion. Her previous book, Mad, Bad, and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors won the 2009 British Medical Association Award for the Public Understanding of Science, amongst other prizes. Lisa is chair of the Freud Museum Trustees, and former President of English PEN, the writer’s organisation that campaigns for Free Expression.

David Aaronovitch is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on international politics and the media. He writes for The Times and has previously written for The Guardian, The Observer and The Independent, winning numerous accolades, including Columnist of the Year 2003 and the 2001 Orwell prize for journalism. He has appeared on the satirical TV current affairs programme Have I Got News For You and has made radio broadcasts on a range topics, including his series on psychoanalysis for BBC Radio 4, Freudian Slippages. He is the author of Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country and Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History.

Dan Chambers
Since starting Blink Films, Dan has Executive Produced a range of productions. His Factual shows include When Boris Met Dave, Milliband of Brothers, Monty Don’s Italian Gardens, True Stories, Ancients Behaving Badly, The Silver Pharaoh, and Nazi Titanic. Before forming Blink, Dan was Channel 5’s Director of Programmes from 2003-2006, where he was responsible for all the channel’s output including Banged Up Abroad, The Gadget Show, The Hotel Inspector, The Farm, Suburban Shootout, Build A New Life In the Country, and Cosmetic Surgery Live. From 2001-2003, he was C5’s Controller of Factual where he created the RTS award-winning history strand, Revealed, and commissioned World War I in Colour, Pompeii Live, Kings & Queens, and feature shows Britain’s Worst Driver, and Dream Holiday Home. From 1997-2001 he was Science Commissioner at C4 where he created the long running strand Secrets of the Dead, and commissioned Escape from Colditz, Private Lives of the Pharaohs, and the reality show Lost. He was also the co-commissioner of the first series of Big Brother. Dan graduated from Oxford University in 1991, and began in TV as a researcher on current affairs shows including Panorama and Dispatches. He went on to direct films for the Channel 4 science strand Equinox, including Sun Storm and Russian Roulette. He is a Governor of the London Film School.

Evan Harris is a former Liberal Democrat MP and now acts as Campaign Advisor to the Hacked Off! campaign, which played an important role in bringing about the Leveson Enquiry. He is a leading freedom of speech campaigner and regularly writes for The Guardian. He has recently been involved in making the Channel 4 show, Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial. He is also Vice President of the British Humanist Association.

Melanie Gill is a founder-director of Mindful Policy Group, which campaigns for the ethical treatment of children and other vulnerable people in the media. She is a child forensic psychologist who specialises in child development, trauma, schema theory and mental health. She regularly writes and speaks about her areas of expertise on local and national media and at conferences. She has been an advisor to the Cross-party think tank the Centre for Social Justice for six years, and has contributed to several of their major policy reports about family and mental health. Melanie is also a committee member of the Association for Infant Mental Health UK, an expert witness in the family courts, and a chair of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Penelope Leach is a leading psychologist specialising in child development and childcare (Childcare Today; what we know and what we need to know, 2009). She writes extensively for parents, and those who seek to support them, from a child development and childrens’ rights perspective. Her best known book is ‘Your Baby and Child‘, first published in the seventies and, as sales exceeded two million, in successive editions. The latest version of this classic was published in 2010, the same year as her most recent book, ‘The Essential First Year‘.

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