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24 February 2018
9.00am - 5.30pm

What Might Clinical Psychoanalysis Learn from Queer Theories of Sexuality?


This one-day, international, multidisciplinary seminar will bring together psychoanalytic clinicians, artists and academic researchers to consider the enduring influence of Sigmund Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality on contemporary clinical and societal understandings of sexuality, and discuss what queer theories of sexuality might bring to clinical psychoanalysis for work in the consulting room.

The seminar will focus on the following three questions:
1. What is the influence of Sigmund Freud’s ‘Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality’ on contemporary clinical psychoanalytic practice and psychosocial considerations of sexuality?
2. What might clinical psychoanalysis learn from queer theories of sexuality?
3. What do we mean when we speak of ‘experience’ and ‘encounter’ within the context of practice and theory?

To download conference brochure please click HERE
To download Noreen Giffney's Introduction please click HERE
To download Eve Watson's Afterword please click HERE

For Restaurant list please click HERE


Theories of sexuality 113 Years after Freud’s ‘Three Essays’. 

Caroline Bainbridge (Professor of Psychoanalysis & Culture at Roehampton University, & Psychoanalytic Organisational Consultant)
Heike Bauer (Assistant Dean/Head of the Department of English & Humanities, & Senior Lecturer in English Literature & Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London)
Olga Cox Cameron (Psychoanalyst, & Founder of the Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival)
Ona Nierenberg (Psychoanalyst, & Senior Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York)
Fintan Walsh (Reader in Theatre & Performance, & Co-Director of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck, University of London)

Chair: Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Director of Psychoanalysis +, & Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University)
Facilitator: Eve Watson (Psychoanalytic Practitioner, & Editor of Lacunae Journal)

What might clinical psychoanalysis learn from queer theories of sexuality?

Meg-John Barker (Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, Psychotherapist, & Academic-Activist)
Katherine Johnson (Professor of Psychology & Sexualities at the University of Brighton, & Chartered Psychologist)
David Richards (Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, & Executive Committee, British Psychoanalytic Council)
Sasha Roseneil (Professor & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex, & Group Analyst)
Raluca Soreanu (Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, & Psychoanalyst)

Chair: Eve Watson
Facilitator: Noreen Giffney

‘Experience’ & ‘Encounter’ in Practice & Theory: Discussion Forum

Lisa Baraitser (Reader in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, & Joint Principal Investigator for ‘Waiting Times’, a Wellcome Collaborative Award in Medical Humanities) 
Karla Black (Turner Prize-nominated Visual Artist, & her sculpture 'There Can Be No Arguments' is the cover image for 'Clinical Encounters in Sexuality')
Ann Murphy (Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Former Director of the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin, & Visual Artist)
Facilitator: Lisa Baraitser

Closing ThoughtsEve Watson & Noreen Giffney


Conference organisers: Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson

Sponsored by:
Psychoanalysis + (convened by Noreen Giffney)

The Centre for Media Research at Ulster University

The College of Psychoanalysts – UK

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