Archive of Past PsyLitFilm Events

Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film Symposium

April 2nd, 2012 University of Sussex

My thanks to all that made this day a success, most particularly the speakers, but also all who attended: the levels of engagement and enthusiasm clearly demonstrate the interest in and importance of the subjects that we are part of.

The details of the symposium are maintained below for archiving purposes.

Psychoanalytic criticism over the 20th and 21st centuries, in both literature and film, has been dominated by two names: Freud and Lacan. Whilst this is neither surprising nor necessarily out of place, there has often been a relative lack of attention paid to developments in psychoanalysis associated with other practitioners and theorists.

As such this symposium addresses the work of a diverse range of psychoanalysts whose importance has sometimes been too little recognised in the fields of literary and film criticism. These include Didier Anzieu, André Green, DW Winnicott, Sándor Ferenczi, Nicolas Abraham & Maria Torok and Wilfred Bion: ‘contemporary’ not only in terms of chronology, but also as thinkers recently ‘emerging’ or ‘re-emerging’ in a literary/film studies context.

Each speaker is an internationally renowned expert in the field whose work engages with mutually informing conjunctions between psychoanalysis and cultural objects, whether textual or visual. Papers will, therefore, address the literary and filmic as sites through which to approach such under-theorised aspects of psychoanalysis, and vice-versa.

Additionally, the often distant relationship between academic psychoanalysis and clinical psychoanalytic practice will also be a productive and engaging area for exploration, with speakers drawing upon a wide range of positions and experiences in relation to this.

Speakers for ‘Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film’ include:

-       Peter Rudnytsky (Professor of English: University of Florida)

-       Lyndsey Stonebridge (Professor of Literature and Critical Theory: University of East Anglia)

-       Naomi Segal (Professorial Fellow in French and German Studies: Birkbeck, University of London)

-       Josh Cohen (Professor of Modern Literary Theory: Goldsmith’s, University of London)

-       David Bell (President of the British Psychoanalytical Association & Hon. Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis: UCL)

-       Esther Rashkin (Professor of Languages & Literature: University ofUtah)

-       Vicky Lebeau (Professor of English: University of Sussex)

-       Vera Camden (Professor of English: Kent State University)

Symposium Programme can be found by clicking on this link.

Tickets for the day, including lunch and coffee, are priced at £20 ea.

For any questions please contact: Graeme Pedlingham,