Announcing a forthcoming two-day international conference run by The British Psychoanalytical Society

16th May and 17th May 2003

The ‘Freudian Century’? The Impact of Psychoanalysis on Intellectual Life in Britain

This ground breaking international conference brings together top academics and thinkers from a range of fields. They will explore the question: how has Freud’s work, notably the idea of the ‘unconscious’, affected and influenced wider cultural and intellectual developments in twentieth-century Britain? In each panel discussion, participants will consider how ‘the unconscious’ was taken up, discussed and/or criticised in disciplines ranging from anthropology to biography, sociology to philosophy, film theory to literature, literary criticism to science.

Speakers include: Sally Alexander, Steve Connor, John Forrester, Nadia Fusini, Michael Rustin, Michael Holroyd, Jonathan Lear, Juliet Mitchell, Laura Mulvey, Daniel Pick, Suzanne Raitt and Charles Stewart.

The conference will be introduced by Ronald Britton, President of The British Psychoanalytical Society, and panels will be chaired by psychoanalysts Michael Brearley, Susan Budd, Elizabeth Spillius and Caroline Polmear.

Called ‘Bloomsbury Freud’, an exhibition of rare unpublished materials, drawn from the archives of the Society, will also be on display.

A conference programme follows with short biographies of all the contributors.

Applications to attend the conference should be sent to:

L Carter-Jackson, The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112A Shirland Road, London W9 2EQ. Tel 020 7563 5016, or e-mail: [email protected].

The ‘Freudian Century’? The Impact of Psycho-Analysis on Intellectual Life in Britain May 16 – 17 2003


Friday 16th May 2003 11.45 – 12.00 Registration in the Simenauer Room for those attending the exhibition and lunch

12.00 – 13.30 Exhibition and Talk Ken Robinson presents ‘Bloomsbury and Psychoanalysis’, in the Library

13.30 – 14.00 Lunch

13.30 – 14.00 Registration in the Simenauer Room

14.00 – 14.45 Welcome to the Conference Ronald Britton President of The British Psychoanalytical Society Daniel Pick on the aims of the conference

14.45 – 15.35 Sociology Chaired by Caroline Polmear Michael Rustin on ‘Psychoanalysis and Sociology: an Uneasy Encounter’

15.35 – 16.25 Biography Chaired by Caroline Polmear Michael Holroyd on ‘Bonfire of the Vanities: Biography and Psychoanalysis’

16.30 – 17.00 Tea and biscuits

17.00 – 18.30 Anthropology Chaired by Elizabeth Spillius Charles Stewart on ‘The Impact of Psychoanalytic Ideas on Early Twentieth-Century British Social Anthropology’ Juliet Mitchell on ‘Some Aspects of Psychoanalysis and Anthropology in the Twentieth Century’

Saturday 17th May 2003 09.00 – 10.30 Culture and Society in Interwar Britain Chaired by Susan Budd Suzanne Raitt on ‘Early Psychoanalysis and the Medico-Psychological Clinic’ Sally Alexander on ‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Life between the Wars’

10.30 – 11.00 Tea and biscuits

11.00 – 12.30 Philosophy and Science Chaired by Michael Brearley John Forrester on ‘Freud in Cambridge – A New Appraisal’ Jonathan Lear on ‘Psychoanalysis and the Idea of Moral Psychology’

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Literature, Culture, Criticism Chaired by Ronald Britton Steve Connor on ‘Can a Culture be Psychoanalysed?’ Nadia Fusini on ‘Questione d’orecchio: Ways of Listening: the Critic, the Writer, the Psychoanalyst’

15.30 – 16.00 Tea and biscuits

16.00 – 17.30 Film Chaired by Michael Brearley Laura Mulvey on ‘The Development of English Film Theory: An Oedipal Dilemma’

17.30 – 18.30 Plenary Discussion of Conference Themes Chaired by Caroline Polmear

18.30 – 19.30 Drinks and canapés in the Library


Sally Alexander

Sally Alexander is Professor of History at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and convenes a seminar on Psychoanalysis and History at the Institute of Historical Research. She studied at University College, London, and Ruskin College, Oxford. She is a founding editor of History Workshop Journal. Her research interests include modern British history, the history of feminism and social movements, memory and the history of psychoanalysis in Britain. Her publications include Women’s Work in Nineteenth Century London: A Study of the Years 1820-1950 (1983) and Becoming A Woman: And Other Essays in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Feminist History (1994). She is currently working on a book on women and subjectivity in London in the interwar years.

Michael Brearley

Michael Brearley is a full-time psychoanalyst in London and a member of The British Psychoanalytical Society. He is on the committee for the Film Festival to be held in autumn 2003. He co-leads seminars on the Foundations of Psychoanalysis for the Institute of Psychoanalysis and gives seminars and lectures for other students and trainings, as well as in the University College, London MSc in Psychoanalytic Studies. His main work is as a psychoanalyst in private practice, but he also writes occasionally on cricket. Publications include The Art of Captaincy (1985, rev. ed. 2001).

Ronald Britton

Ronald Britton is currently the President of The British Psychoanalytical Society, and the Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London and a training and supervising analyst of the BPAS. Publications include Belief and Imagination: Explorations in Psychoanalysis (1998). His latest book, now in press, is entitled Sex, Death and the Superego.

Susan Budd

Susan Budd, D.Phil., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Oxford. She was formerly Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the British Journal of Psychotherapy. She is the author of several books on sociology, intellectual history, and the relations between conventional and alternative medicine, and of various articles on the social and intellectual context of psychoanalysis.

Steve Connor

Steve Connor is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, London. He is also College Orator and from October 2003 will be the Director of the London Consortium. His publications include Charles Dickens (1985), Samuel Beckett. Repetition, Theory and Text (1988), Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary (rev. ed. 1996), Theory and Cultural Value (1992), The English Novel in History, 1950 to 1995 (1995), James Joyce (1996), and Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (2000). He is currently working on an historical poetics of skin, to be published by Reaktion in 2003.

John Forrester

John Forrester is Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences in the University of Cambridge. His publications include Language and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (1980), The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida (1990), with Lisa Appignanesi, Freud’s Women (1992; new edition 2000), Dispatches from the Freud Wars. Psychoanalysis and its Passions (1997) and Truth Games. Lies, Money and Psychoanalysis (1997). He is also co-translator of Jacques Lacan: The Seminar, Volumes 1 and 2. A cultural history of Freudianism, The Freudian Century, is forthcoming from Penguin.

Nadia Fusini

Nadia Fusini is Professor of English at the University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’. She is well known as a translator and scholar of English and American poetry, including Keats, Stevens and Plath. Her books of literary criticism range from Shakespeare to Kafka to Woolf. Publications include La passione dell’ origine: studi sul tragico shakespeariano (1981), and La luminosa: genealogia di Fedra (1990). She is also the author of several novels, including La bocca piu di tutto mi piaceva (1995) and Due volte la stessa carezza (1997) and most recently Lo specchio di Elisabetta (2001).

Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd is Chairman of the Royal Society of Literature. He has previously served as Chairman of the Society of Authors and Book Trust, President of English PEN and as a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He holds five honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1989. Publications include Lytton Strachey (1968), Augustus John (1974), Bernard Shaw (4 volumes, 1988-92), Basil Street Blues, an autobiography (1999), and The Craft of Biography and Autobiography Writing (2002).

Jonathan Lear

Jonathan Lear is John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, where he is a member of the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy. Trained in philosophy and in psychoanalysis, Professor Lear is also a member of the faculties of The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has previously served as Chair of the Philosophy Department at Yale University, and as a Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge. His current research interest is the nature of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis. Publications include Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis, Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul, and Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life. His newest book, Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony will be published this autumn. He is also writing the volume on Freud for the Routledge Philosophers Series.

Juliet Mitchell

Juliet Mitchell is Professor of Psychoanalytic and Gender Studies at Jesus College, Cambridge. She is also Head of the Department of Social and Political Studies and Convener of Gender Studies. She studied at Oxford and is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her research interests include gender, siblings, and psychoanalysis. Publications include Psychoanalysis and Feminism (1974), Women: the Longest Revolution (1984), and Mad Men and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria and the Sibling Relationship for the Human Condition (2000). She has also edited five collections of essays. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages and a book on Siblings is forthcoming.

Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, London. Her current research interests include how film spectatorship is affected by new modes of consumption, particularly digital technology. Her publications include Visual and Other Pleasures (1989), Citizen Kane (1992), and Fetishism and Curiosity (1996). Her article ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’, originally published in Screen, Autumn 1975, used psychoanalytic theory to give a feminist critique of Hollywood cinema and continues to be reprinted and debated today.

Daniel Pick

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst and Professor of cultural history at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the Director of Doctoral Research in the History Department at Queen Mary and an editor of History Workshop Journal. Publications include Faces of Degeneration (1989), War Machine (1993) and Svengali’s Web (2000). He is the co-editor, with Lyndal Roper, of a multi-authored collection of essays on dreams and history, currently in press with Routledge. Forthcoming publications include a book about Rome, nationalism and the myth of Garibaldi.

Caroline Polmear

Caroline Polmear is a psychoanalyst. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and was Honorary Secretary of the BPAS from 1998 to 2001. She is currently Secretary to the Board of Guardians of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. With co-authors Jane Milton and Julia Fabricius she has written a forthcoming book called What Psychoanalysis Really Is.

Suzanne Raitt

Suzanne Raitt is Margaret L. Hamilton Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, U.S.A. She gained her PhD from Cambridge University. Her research interests include modernist women writers, lesbian fiction and theory, the Victorian novel, and psychoanalytic literary criticism. Her publications include Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse” (1990), Vita and Virginia (1993), and May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian (2000). She has also edited the collection Volcanoes and Pearl-Divers (1995), and co-edited Women’s Fiction and the Great War (1997) with Trudi Tate. She is currently working on a book called Modernist Waste.

Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson is a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and Honorary Secretary of its Archives Committee. He taught English Literature in universities before training as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. He now works in private practice in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has written recently on Ernest Jones and on the early history of the Society, and is editing the proceedings of the BMA committee (1927-1929) that investigated the claims of psychoanalysis as a bona fide treatment, in which Jones played a major role. He chairs The Freudian Study Group and co-chairs an IPA small study group.

Michael Rustin

Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic. He has had a significant involvement in the academic development of psychoanalytic programmes in recent years. His research involves thinking psychoanalytically about politics, society and culture. His books include The Good Society and the Inner World (1991); Reason and Unreason: Psychoanalysis, Science and Politics (2001); and with Margaret Rustin Narratives of Love and Loss: Studies in Modern Children’s Fiction (2nd Edn 2001) and Mirror to Nature; Drama, Psychoanalysis and Society (2002). With Jeff Prager he edited Psychoanalytic Sociology Vols 1 & 2 (1993).

Elizabeth Bott Spillius

Elizabeth Bott Spillius was formerly a social anthropologist and is now a training analyst of The British Psychoanalytical Society. She has held various positions within the BPS, particularly Editor of Books (1988 – 1998). Publications include Family and Social Network (1957, 2nd ed. 1971), The Kingdom of Tonga at the Time of Captain Cook’s Visits (1981), Asylum and Society (1976 and 1990). She has also edited Melanie Klein Today, Vols 1 and 2 (1988), in addition to publishing various psychoanalytic papers, particularly ‘Varieties of Envious Experience’ in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1993, No. 6.

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart is a Reader in Anthropology at University College, London. He gained a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. His diverse research interests include history and anthropology, psychological anthropology, psychoanalysis, dreams, and nationalism and ethnicity. His publications include Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture (1991). He is currently preparing a book on Unconscious Traditions: A Cultural History of Dreams in Greece, and has an essay on ‘Desire and Dreams in Ancient and Early Christian Thought’ in the forthcoming Dreams and History volume, edited by D. Pick and L. Roper.