Tuesday, 6 September 2022

New Seminars - On Madness - Trinity Term 2018

This term's seminars focus on madness and psychotic experience (1-4) although we shall end by looking at two of the more psychotic phenomena of everyday life - dreams and transference (5-6).

Questions to be considered include: In what sense, if any, are delusions and dreams meaningful? In what sense are they not? What does it mean to 'live in a world of your own?' When do psychologists overstep the bounds of sense in their ambitions to make sense of psychosis? Are delusions attempts to make sense of unusual experiences? What does talk of 'mental illness' amount to? Is the idea of 'mental illness' a metaphor, literal illness, or something else? What does it mean to talk of the 'symbolism' of dreams and delusions? And what, actually, is transference?

1. What is mental illness?

2. A world of one's own?

3. Delusional reason?

4. Symbolic landscapes of psychotic thought

5. Interpretation of dreams

6. Sailing the seas of transference

In Michaelmas Term 2017 the presentation and discussion centred around a reading set for that week. In Trinity Term 2018 the presentation and discussion will instead centre on the theme for the week. However reading suggestions will be provided on this website in advance of each seminar.

It is possible that the seminar titles/contents will change as the term progresses!

Seminars consist in a presentation by the convenor followed by a group discussion. They’ll be pitched at academics, graduate students and psychotherapists with an interest in depth psychology and critical reflection.

Enquiries to the Convener: Richard Gipps

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

past seminars

Past Seminars
Michaelmas 2017
Week 1 (12 Oct): Sigmund Freud – Parapraxes pp.3136ff (Lectures 2-4 of Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

Week 3 (26 Oct): Sigmund Freud – The Unconscious pp.2989ff (in Standard Edition vol 14 / Penguin Freud Library vol 11)

Week 4 (2 Nov): Christopher Bollas – Articulations of the Unconscious (ch 2 of Bollas’s The Freudian Moment)

Week 5 (9 Nov): Jonathan Lear – Interpreting the Unconscious (ch 1 of Lear’s Freud.) [in Rm 4]

Week 6 (16 Nov): Thomas Fuchs – Body Memory and the Unconscious

Week 7 (23 Nov): David Finkelstein – On the Distinction Between Conscious and Unconscious States of Mind