How did we get here and why? Exploring the Overlaps Between Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

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Camden Psychotherapy Unit CPU

17 November 2023

Time: 18:00 - 19:30

Price: £30


This event is a collaboration between
the Institute of Psychoanalysis and CPU London

Hybrid: at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Online
Recordings available for 1 week access.

In conversation with Hugh Brody and Mike Brearley
Chaired by Naomi Segal

In their two new memoirs*, Mike Brearley and Hugh Brody have
written about the unexpected but intensely absorbing directions their
lives have taken. In their conversation about these books, they will
share memories that link the personal with the professional. They will
also explore some of the fascinating bridges across seemingly wide
intellectual divides: both anthropologist and psychoanalyst are
participant observers, intensely engaged with the other but also
capable of detachment. Both are on the edge looking into the
culture or the patient. Both aim to combat tendencies to assume
that the practitioner, by virtue of their training, automatically
achieves a dispassionate neutrality. These and other zones of overlap
between their different but parallel ways of working and
understanding the world will guide their conversation.

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