About our Scholars’ Network
Our Scholars’ Network offers a professional affiliation for psychoanalytically informed academics and researchers who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of psychoanalytic thinking through the use of psychoanalytic theory in their teaching, research and writing.
Membership is available to those who have made a significant contributions to the advancement of psychoanalytic thinking through the use of psychoanalytic theory in their teaching, research and writing. Joining us will 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. If you are interested in joining our Scholars’ Network, please apply with the form below. Your application will be reviewed by our Scholars’ Committee and we will contact you shortly.
Annual affiliation with the Scholars’ Network includes:
- Subscription to New Associations, one of the leading publications in the psychotherapy world
- Scholars’ Study, the termly eNewsletter with contributions by the membership, highlighting developments in academia, events and ways to become involved
- Discounts for PPNow, our flagship conference and our other bespoke events
- Opportunity to contribute to BPC committees and advisory groups and contribute to the campaigns the BPC lead to promote the benefits of psychoanalytic thinking and theory
- Entry in an online list of BPC Scholars
Categories of the Scholars’ Network
- This category is reserved for those who joined the Network at its inception, and applications for this category are now closed.
- This category is for applicants who are nonclinical academics who work either in university settings or as independent scholars. Applications will also be received from trained clinicians from non-BPC registration bodies (e.g., the BACP or the UKCP). Membership in this category will not be available to clinical registrants of the BPC.
- Applicants must provide evidence of a publication track-record (e.g., publication of a book, or book chapters, or a significant number of peer reviewed journal articles), which constitutes a substantial written contribution to the advancement of psychoanalytical knowledge.
- Applications will also be considered from those individuals who have contributed to the psychoanalytical community by having created substantial artistic projects (e.g., films, radio programmes, television programmes, or art exhibitions) of an overtly psychoanalytical nature.
- The Scholars Committee will also entertain applications from those individuals who have contributed regularly to the teaching of psychoanalysis in university settings over a considerable period of time.
- Applicants must reside in the United Kingdom.
- This category is solely for BPC registered clinicians who have contributed significantly to psychoanalytical scholarship.
- Every clinical practitioner of the British Psychoanalytic Council who meets the same academic criteria for the category of “Scholars” would be permitted to apply to become recognised as a “Clinician Scholar” of the Scholars Network.
- A Clinician Scholar must demonstrate that they have made a contribution to the advancement of psychoanalytical knowledge through publications, creative community projects, or extensive teaching experience.
- This category of membership is open to those individuals who have registered for a doctoral degree and who have committed themselves to a dissertation project of an overtly psychoanalytical nature.
- This category of membership is also open to recent doctoral graduates who have completed an overtly psychoanalytical dissertation but who have not yet produced a significant body of published work in this field.
- Each applicant is required to submit a copy of his or her Ph.D. proposal with a letter of endorsement from a Ph.D. supervisor, underscoring the overtly psychoanalytical nature of the dissertation project.
- This category of membership is for psychoanalytical academics or academically orientated psychoanalytical clinicians from outside of the United Kingdom who have made a significant contribution to psychoanalytical scholarship (as outlined in the criteria for the abovementioned category of “Scholar”).
Scholar – £75.00
Clinician Scholar – £40.00
Associate Scholar – £50.00
International Scholar – £100.00 / £80.00 / £60.00 In recognising that our International Scholar applicants may come from countries with varying costs of living, we offer applicants in this category to choose a fee that is appropriate for them.
If you would like to join the Scholars Network, please complete our Join the Scholars Network form. Please check you meet all of the criteria before completing the form.
By applying to be part of the Scholars’ Network, you are agreeing not to bring the BPC nor the Scholars’ Network into disrepute. The BPC reserves the right to remove you from the Network at any point.
Our Scholars' Network offers a professional affiliation for psychoanalytically informed academics and researchers who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of psychoanalytical thinking.
The Scholars’ Study
Our termly eNewsletter is called The Scholar’s Study. It is managed by the editors, Dr Theodora Thomadaki (University of East London) and Dr Jacob Johanssen (St. Mary’s University). You can read the Scholars’ Study’s here.
The Scholars’ Study aims to inform about publications, events, or other news in relation to the scholars and more widely to psychoanalysis beyond the clinic. We hope this space will facilitate a home and community for the Scholars where we can all share ideas, get to know each other, and learn about events, or other activities. Please email Theodora and Jacob if you would like to be involved.
Forthcoming Scholar Events
We are looking to announce new Scholar Events from the Scholars’ Network. If you would like to run an event through the Scholars’ Network, please contact our Scholars’ Network Events Sub-Committee members Prof. Caroline Bainbridge and Dr Poul Rohleder.
Scholars Network Committee
The Scholars Network Committee comprises of:
- Prof. Brett Kahr (Chair of the Committee), Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health, Regent’s University London
- Prof. Caroline Bainbridge (Scholars’ Network Events Sub-Committee member), Department of Media, Culture and Language, University of Roehampton, London
- Professor Jacob Johanssen (Scholars’ Network Newsletter Sub-Committee member), Associate Professor in Communications, St. Mary’s University
- Dr. Poul Rohleder (Scholars’ Network Events Sub-Committee member), Honorary Senior Lecturer Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex
- Dr. Theodora Thomadaki (Scholars’ Network Newsletter Sub-Committee member, Employer Engagement Officer, University of East London
- Prof. Neil Vickers (Scholars’ Network Membership Sub-Committee member), Department of English, King’s College London, University of London
- Prof. Candida Yates (Scholars’ Network Membership Sub-Committee member), Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University