Founding Scholars

We have created a new Scholars professional affiliation for psychoanalytically informed academics and researchers who have already made a significant contribution to the advancement of psychoanalytical thinking through the use of psychoanalytic theory in their teaching, research and writing. We strive to promote and support the profession and we wish to expand our purview by recognising the enormous contribution that academics and scholars have made to the study of psychoanalysis through research and publication.

The Academic Membership Committee, is chaired by Prof. Brett Kahr and comprises:
Prof. Caroline Bainbridge, Department of Media, Culture and Language, University of Roehampton
Prof. Neil Vickers, Department of English, King’s College London, University of London
Prof. Candida Yates, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University

Joining the BPC would enable you to support the development of a unique network, aided by an online platform for sharing innovative approaches and cutting-edge thinking; encouraging cross-disciplinary practices and research; and fostering collaborative work among scholars and clinicians. Click here for our online Scholars registration form

In addition, the annual affiliation fee of £75 would include:

  • Termly copy of New Associations, widely regarded as one of the leading and liveliest publications in the psychotherapy world
  • Termly e-newsletter with contributions by the membership, highlighting developments in academia, events etc that involve psychoanalytic theory
  • Dedicated annual event lecture and drinks reception in central London
  • Discounts to PPNow our flagship conference and other bespoke BPC events
  • Opportunity to contribute to BPC committees and advisory groups
  • Entry onto an online list of BPC Scholars

Scholars Event
13 March 2020, Freud Museum, London

After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone this event. With the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus we felt postponing was the only responsible action to take. As soon as the situation settles down we will reschedule. We are sorry for this but look forward to seeing you at the rearranged event.

Founding Scholars Event

21 February 2019, Freud Musuem, London

The launch evening at the Freud Museum provided an opportunity for Founding Scholars to meet with officers and staff of the British Psychoanalytic Council and, also, with chairs and vice-chairs of some of our member institutions, as well as with some of our distinguished clinical registrants who hold academic appointments.

Susanna Abse, the Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and Professor Brett Kahr, Chair of the Academic Membership Committee, will introduce the evening, outlining our hopes for integration and collaboration.  Additionally, a small number of academic psychoanalytical scholars will speak briefly about their work.

The evening provided new Founding Scholars with an opportunity to engage in conversation with clinicians and with one another.