Conferences

March 31st-April 2nd 2017 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Anxious Encounters and Forces of Fear. International conference in the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP). Link to the programme

May 6th-8th 2016 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Solidarity and Alienation: Social Structures of Hope and Despair. International conference in the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society.  Link to the programme image0332

Jan. 13th 2016 From the Authoritarian to the Neo-Liberal Personality: Understanding the Socio-Psychological Roots of Contemporary Right-Wing Populism. Lecture by Samir Gandesha at the Freud Museum, London. Link to the programme            Link to the podcast

Oct. 26th-Dec. 14th 2015 Psychoanalysis, Critical Theory and the Psychosocial. A discussion-based seminar series at the Marx House, London. Link to the programme

Oct. 3rd 2015 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Memory and Counter-Memory: 70 Years since the Liberation of Auschwitz. a one-day symposium in the British Psychoanalytical Society, London. Link to the programme

March 20th-22nd 2015 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Migration, Exile and Polyphonic Spaces. International conference in the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society, Barcelona. Link to the programme

Nov. 15th 2014 The Roots of Prejudice – Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. International conference at the Freud Museum, London. Speakers and titles: Lene Auestad – Prejudice as Socially Unconscious, Brian Klug (philosopher) – The Logic of an Illusion, Farhad Dalal (group analyst) – Prejudice as Ideology: The creation of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ groups in society – and psychoanalysis,  Aisha Abbasi (psychoanalyst) Prejudice in the Analytic Setting: From the Socio-political Sphere to the Intra-psychic Domain. Link to the programme May 9th-11th 2014 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Rhetorics of Power and Freedom of Thought, held at the Centre for Advanced Study, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Link to the programme

March 15th-17th 2013 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Eruptions, Disruptions and Returns of the Repressed. This three-day symposium in collaboration with Psychoanalysis and Politics logothe Finnish Psychoanalytical Society, Helsinki discussed some recent events; The Arab Spring, the UK Riots, the Occupy movement and the recent violent right-wing attacks in Europe as exemplifying underlying conflict in the contemporary political climate. It raised the questions of how to evaluate and to think about these phenomena, and to what extent these events challenge the limits of psychoanalytic conceptualisation. Link to the final programme.

Oct. 19th-20th 2012 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning The two-day symposium in the British Psychoanalytical Society, London, continues to explore the theme from the Stockholm symposium with the same title. Link to the poster.

March 9th-11th 2012 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning The three-day symposium in the Swedish Psychoanalytical Association, Stockholm, questions the junctions of the private and the public when it comes to trauma, loss and the work of mourning, notions which challenge our very notions of the individual and the shared. Link to the programme.

July 31st -Aug. 7th 2011 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Narrativities and Political Imaginaries The focus of this six-day conference in Falsterbo, Sweden, was the psychoanalytic interrogation of the political in terms of its narrativity and iconography. Link to the final programme.

March 25th -27th 2011 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Nationalism and the Body Politic The three-day conference in the Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society in Oslo focused on the recent revival of nationalist ideas, and posed the question of what fantasies these give voice to. Link to the final programme.

March 19th-21st 2010 Psychoanalysis and Politics – Exclusion and the Politics of Representation The three-day conference in Copenhagen posed the question of how psychoanalysis can be used to think about the invisible and subtle processes of power over symbolic representation, in the context of stereotyping and dehumanization. Link to the programme.

ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS AND POLITICS See the webpage

ABOUT MELLOM KONFORMITET OG PLURALITET (BETWEEN CONFORMITY AND PLURALITY) I took the initiative to this event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hannah Arendt’s birth. Claudia Lenz and Maria Rosvoll also took part in the organising. I introduced the event on both days and held a workshop about plurality. Link to the programme. hannah-arendt-718x600

Oct. 10th and 14th 2006 Mellom konformitet og pluralitet (Between Conformity and Plurality) – Hannah Arendt 100th anniversary conference),  at Centre for studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo, with Dana Villa, Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory, University of Notre Dame, USA, Helgard Mahrdt, Researcher, Philosophy/German, University of Oslo, Arne Johan Vetlesen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo, workshops by Lene Auestad, Claudia Lenz, and Nicolas Schwaller.

ABOUT EVIL AND HUMAN AGENCY Odd-Bjørn Fure, then director of the Centre, took the initiativeEvil and Human Agency cover to this conference. I selected the speakers so as to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the book and introduced the event. Henry Wold has described his experience of participating at Aktive Fredsreiser (Travels for Peace)s webpage (in Norwegian).

April 21st 2006 Evil and Human Agency – one-day conference about Arne Johan Vetlesen’s book with the same title (Cambridge University Press, Dec. 2005), at Centre for studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo, with Alastair Hannay, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Oslo, Bernt Hagtvedt, Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo, Torberg Foss, psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist, and Arne Johan Vetlesen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo. Link to the programme.