26 February 2021

Time: 17:00 - 18:30

Price: FREE

Location: online

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We are delighted to announce a series of webinars which, we hope, will enhance the collaboration between those who work in the consulting room and those who apply psychoanalytical ideas to a broader canvas.

Our forthcoming webinars are FREE to both our Scholars and our Registrants, although priority will be given to our Scholars Network.

To book your place on this event, please use the email below.

The Covid pandemic has plunged populations into unprecedented levels of household isolation and personal solitude. In 1958 Donald Winnicott described the capacity to tolerate solitude as an infantile developmental achievement, founded on the internalised presence of a reliable carer. For anyone who have not acquired this capacity, enforced solitude can be unendurable: ‘How greatly he must suffer is beyond the imagination.’ In this brief presentation Barbara Taylor explores the devastating impact of enforced solitude on plague-ridden Britons.

Speakers: Professor Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, University of London)
Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary University of London and a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is currently leading a Wellcome Trust funded research project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th-21st Century’.

Professor Josh Cohen (British Psychoanalytical Society and Goldsmiths, University of London):
Over the last eleven months, psychotherapists have accumulated a vast, unorganized body of the clinical experience of solitude, confinement and isolation. In this short talk, Josh Cohen will weave observations on how these phenomena have expressed themselves in his own consulting room with reflections on famous imaginative renditions by the likes of Rousseau and Emily Dickinson.

Webinar Chairs: Professor Lesley Caldwell and Dr. Poul Rohleder

To book, email events@bpc.org.uk



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