Insiders and Outsiders:
Navigating identities and divisions
inside and outside the consulting room
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2022, British Library and online.
PPNow 2022 will open with a public lecture by Dr Noreen Giffney on the evening of Friday 11 November, followed by a full programme on Saturday 12 November.
We have created a hybrid event with in-person tickets at the British Library and a curated online version on both days.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS: 31 JULY (or whilst stocks last)
IN-PERSON TICKETS: 28 October
ONLINE TICKETS: 10 November
This conference considers divisions between the ‘internal’ and the ‘external’, what is ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the psychoanalytic profession and practise, and how we might take more of a psychosocial and intersectional perspective in psychoanalytic work.
Perhaps you don’t agree with this approach – join us to share your thoughts so we might broaden the discussion.
Friday 11 November: PPNow 2022 Public Lecture
Grappling with Uncertainty: Thoughts and Thinking about Sexuality and Gender in the Consulting Room – Dr Noreen Giffney
Psychoanalysis deals with one of the fundamental facets of life: We must find a way to live with uncertainty. No-one knows what will happen in the future, however hard we try to hypothesise or plan ahead. Life has a way of surprising us. This fact evokes great anxiety in us. We often grasp after certainty as a way to manage it. Each of us does this to greater or lesser extents, consciously and unconsciously. Psychoanalytic clinical practitioners are not immune to this. It becomes a difficulty if a clinician grasps onto certain thoughts to the extent that it prevents them from thinking about a patient or aspects of a patient’s experience. There is a difference between having thoughts and thinking them through; one does not equate to the other. Some of this existential anxiety regarding certainty and uncertainty gets played out more broadly against the backdrop of sexuality and gender. In other words, clinically speaking, thoughts can sometimes exist about sexuality and gender in the absence of a capacity for thinking them. These thoughts might be assumptions or stereotypes the clinician holds about sexuality and gender, particularly when confronted with experiences that diverge from their own. When this is the case, some patients’ experiences, identities, persons and communities can become reduced in the clinician’s mind to a diagnosis or category, already known and understood. In this instance, the clinician has latched onto certainty, with the result that thinking falls away; there is no need for thinking because the clinician already knows. How might clinicians address this difficulty in order to keep a space open for the patient’s experience and their own thinking, without saturating it with presuppositions?
Recommended Reading: Noreen Giffney, ‘Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory’ in Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson (eds.) Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (New York: Punctum Books 2017), pp. 19-48. Available to download here.
Saturday 12 November PPNow 2022 Insiders and Outsiders: Navigating identities and divisions inside and outside the consulting room
Sessions will include:
- Professor Lisa Baraitser “On being with others ‘now'”
- A consideration from Professor Ankhi Mukherjee on her latest publication Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor, an interdisciplinary study of the relationship between global cities, poverty, and psychoanalysis across three continents, and the issues this raises.
- A panel discussion on race with Helen Morgan, Fakhry Davids and Maxine Dennis.
- PPNow 2022 Awards.
Details of the full programme to be released at a later date.
We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments for accessibility requirements wherever we can, please email us if you would like to discuss this further.
Speakers and Chairs:
Dr Noreen Giffney
Dr Noreen Giffney is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a psychosocial theorist and a founding scholar of the BPC Scholars Network. She is the author of the book, The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic (Routledge 2021), as well as the author and/or editor of a number of additional articles and books on psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, and critical theory. She co-edited six books on gender and sexuality, including Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (Punctum Books 2017). Noreen is a member of the Editorial Board for the British Psychoanalytic Council’s New Associations magazine, and a full-accredited clinical member of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). She lives and has a psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice in County Donegal on the North West coast of Ireland, and also works as a lecturer and a researcher at Ulster University in Belfast.
Professor Lisa Baraitser
Lisa Baraitser is Professor of Psychosocial Theory in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, and a Psychoanalyst and Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is the author of Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009) and has written widely in on feminist theory, motherhood, ethics, care and temporality. She currently co-leads a Wellcome Trust research project on waiting in relation to healthcare.
Professor Ankhi Mukherjee
Professor Ankhi Mukherjee is Professor of English and World Literatures at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College. Mukherjee’s areas of specialism are Victorian literature and culture, contemporary British and Anglophone fiction, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, philosophical theory and intellectual history. Her latest publication, Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor, is an interdisciplinary study of the relationship between global cities, poverty, and psychoanalysis across three continents.
Helen Morgan is a Jungian analytic training analyst and supervisor, and Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Her background is in therapeutic communities with adolescents and in adult mental health. She was Chair of the British Association of Psychotherapists between 2003 and 2007, and Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council between 2015 and 2018. She has published a number of papers, including several on racism. More recently she published the book The Work of Whiteness: A Psychoanalytic Perspective.
Fakhry Davids is a psychoanalyst in full-time clinical practice in London. He is a Fellow and Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, and Board Member of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities) He holds honorary appointments in the Tavistock Clinic, the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, where he is the current Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis. He has written on a number of topics, including a book, Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference.
Maxine Dennis is a Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Society) in private practice and previously worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Groups Lead in the Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Essex Clinical Psychology Department and various psychotherapy training in the UK and aboard. Her recent publication is Invisible Trauma: Women, Difference and the Criminal Justice System. Co-authored with Anna Motz and Anne Aiyegbusi.
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We recognise the significant cost of training and that trainees are often unable to afford conferences. This is a loss to the trainee’s development and introduction to the profession, but also a loss of trainee experience to the wider discussion. Trainees are the future of the profession and we want to involve them in our events where possible.
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