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Psychosocial News - November 2016

Round-up of news, events and publications in November 2016


Mariya Stoilova’s work with Sonia Livingstone and others on children’s use of the internet has received considerable press attention including an article in The Conversation. They have a new journal article out “Global Kids Online: Researching children’s rights globally in the digital age” in Global Studies of Childhood.

Silvia Posocco has recently convened the panels “Fragment, Scale, Form: Figuring Genocide” and “Transections: Image, Object, World”, with EJ Gonzalez-Polledo, Paul Boyce and Elisabeth Engebretsen, at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 16-20 November. The latter relates to their new book series, Transections - Theorizing Ethnography: Concept, Context, Critique.

Silvia has also recently given a number of US talks including “Queer Necropolitics: Everyday Death Worlds and Shifting Domains of Struggle” at the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University Northridge, and a radio broadcast in dialogue with Dr Alicia Ivonne Estrada and Mr Felipe Perez, discussing Secrecy and Insurgency: Socialities and Knowledge Practices for Contacto Ancestral, KPFK Radio 90.7/98.7, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

A podcast of Jessica Benjamin in conversation with Lynne Segal, discussing psychoanalysis and politics for the BISR Psychoanalysis Working Group, is now online.

Professor Stephen Frosh’s recent invited talks include “On Not Being Able to Publish Cases” at the Freud Museum, London, Symposium on Thinking in Cases, and “Political indifference: a response of resistance or denial?” at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, both in October.

Margarita Aragon was an invited speaker in November at ConsentedUK’s A World Beyond Capitalism.

Sita Balani was an invited speaker in October at Symposium: Theatrum Botanicum and Other Forms of Knowledge, at The Show Room, London, as part of a Wellcome Trust/Henry Moore Foundation project, Mafavuke’s Trial.

Ben Gidley was an invited speaker in November at Convivial tools for research and practice, organised by Humboldt University, Berlin, and the Thomas Coram Research Unit at UCL-IOE.

Gail Lewis was an invited respondent at Sociology and Psychoanalysis: The Unfulfilled Promise in November, organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the British Sociological Association’s study group for Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial, and UCL Institute of Education, and held at ICL-IOE.


Dr Gail Lewis will be talking about how it might be possible to be black and a woman in these post-Brexit, post-Obama times at the Association of Psychosocial Studies annual event on 2 December.

Brendan McGeever is organising a series of monthly events on the social history of the 1917 Russian revolution, including Brendan on antisemitism and the revolution on 24 November and Andy Willimott (Reading University) on “Living the Revolution: Urban Communes in 1920s Russia and the Invention of a Socialist Lifestyle” on 15 December.

Amber Jacobs will be speaking at Power Play: Psychoanalysis And Political Culture, a one-day conference at the Freud Museum on 10 December. The external examiner for the BA Psychosocial Studies, Candida Yates, will also be speaking.

Sita Balani will be speaking on the live arts on 9 December at the Live Arts Development Agency’s HOTLINE #3.


Silvia Posocco’s Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions, co-edited by Sandeep Bakshi (University of Le Havre), Suhraiya Jivraj (University of Kent), is now out with Counterpress, Oxford.

Professor Lynne Segal has two new articles out, “How government continues to make us more miserable” in Political Quarterly and “Promoting dissident collectivities: celebrating Alan Sinfield” in Textual Practices.

Sita Balani’s recent articles include “Is it time to say goodbye to the non-binary in gender?” in OpenDemocracy.

Keith Kahn-Harris’ recent articles include “Branding Jews exotic: A Tumblr blog is documenting the way Jews are depicted in mainstream media” on the LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog and “The antisemitism reports: against a zero-sum reading” in OpenDemocracy.

PhD funding

We now have several sources of funding available for PhDs in the department. These include the ESRC studentships in psychosocial studies, sociology and gender/sexuality as part of the new UCL, Bloomsbury & East London Doctoral Training Partnership (see our page on studentships within the Department for details – deadline January) and the Stuart Hall PhD Scholarship for students working in cultural studies, psychosocial studies, ‘race’ and ethnicity studies, visual arts, politics and sociology (deadline March). School Scholarships will be announced in the new year. For more information, please see our webpage "Funding Your Research."


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