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Summer Programme 2017

The Department of Psychosocial Studies is pleased to announce its annual Summer Programme for 2017.

On Monday 24 April, the Birkbeck Institute for Humanities and the Pears Institute are hosting a one-day colloquium, Racism, Antisemitism, Theory, organised by Brendan McGeever, Ben Gidley and Aaron Winter (University of East London). Speakers include Professor Emeritus Avtar Brah, Christine Achinger (University of Warwick), Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading), Jack Jacobs (City University New York), Anoop Nayak (Newcastle University) and Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow). The event is now sold-out – contact the Pears Institute for information on the waiting list.

On Wednesday 26 April, in partnership with the Woman’s Therapy Centre, we are hosting the annual Sheila Ernst Memorial Lecture. The speaker is Aileen Alleyne, a psychodynamic psychotherapist who has done ground-breaking work on black/white dynamics in therapy, shame and identity, and working with issues of difference and diversity in the workplace.

On Thursday 4 May, in partnership with the British Journal of Psychotherapy, we are hosting the Roszika Parker Student Prize, featuring our former student Caroline Ballinger on war, creativity and reparation in the work of Wilfred Bion.

On Saturday 6 May, we are hosting The Politics of Racism: A Symposium for John Solomos, an all-day event  organised by Yasmeen Narayan in partnership with the Race Forum at Birkbeck, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Identities. This symposium brings leading figures in the fields of race, cultural and postcolonial studies – including Claire Alexander, Les Back, Alice Bloch, Parminder Bhachu, Chetan Bhatt, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Paul Gilroy, David Theo Goldberg, Clive Harris, Syd Jeffers, Michael Keith, Errol Lawrence, Karim Murji, Ann Phoenix, John Solomos, Lisa Steinberg and Brett St Louis – to reflect on past times and our times and to appreciate the work and friendship of John Solomos.

Also on Saturday 6 May, we are hosting a screening and discussion on The Non-Human Child in Film and Media, organised by Amber Jacobs at the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image. Speakers will include Jackie Stacey, Vicky Lebeau, Lisa Baraitser, Matt Hills, Catherine Grant, Amber Jacobs and Andrew Asibong.

On Wednesday 17 May, as part of Birkbeck Arts Week, we are hosting a screening and discussion of The Poetics of Fragility by Nicolás Grandi and Lata Mani, a kaleidoscopic exploration through story, poetry and performance of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility. Lata Mani will also be doing a workshop for our BA Psychosocial Studies students during her visit.

On Wednesday 24 May, our Psychosocial Studies Annual Lecture will be given by Professor Shirley Tate (Professor of Race and Education at Leeds Beckett University). The title is “Decolonizing 'the angry Black woman': Black feminist theory and practice in 'post-race' university spaces”.

On Wednesday 7 June, our Education, Power and Social Change Annual Lecture will be given by Professor Lucy Bland (Professor of Social and Cultural History, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge). The title is “Racism, Stigma and Self-discovery: The "brown babies" of World War II”.

On Thursday 8 June from 1 pm, our doctoral students are organising their annual postgraduate conference. Details to follow.

On Thursday 8 June at 2 pm, MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), with support from Clinks, a membership organization of charities working in prisons, present Thinking Through Motherhood and Incarceration, an interdisciplinary panel on the situation of incarcerated mothers in the UK. The panel engages this issue from academic, activist, experiential and policy-based perspectives.

On Monday 19 June, our Psychoanalytic Studies Annual Lecture will be given by our former colleague Derek Hook, entitled “Revisiting the death drive via Lacan, Zizek and the political”. Details and registration here. During his time here, Derek will also be delivering an intensive short course, Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice.

On Wednesday 21 June, we are hosting Ranjana Khanna and Meyda Yegenoglu: A Conversation about Psychoanalysis, Gender and Postcoloniality. Two of the most critical and influential authors within the psychosocial field  will join us to discuss the challenges and  critical  potential of the intersections of psychoanalytic theory, gender and post-coloniality in order to understand, resist and transform contemporary forms of  violence, power and exclusion.

From 22 to 24 June, we are participating in the Feminist Emergency conference at Birkbeck. Speakers include Leila Ahmed, Joanna Bourke, Drucilla Cornell, Rahila Gupta, Jackie Kay, Gail Lewis, Laura Mulvey, M. NourbeSe Philip, Nina Power, Jacqueline Rose,  Lynne Segal and Marina Warner.

On Wednesday 5 July, the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities is hosting Spaces of memory: losses and reconstructions in São Luiz do Paraitinga, Brazil, as part of our long-term collaboration with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Professor Belinda Mandelbaum will screen a film and speak on the 2010 flood of São Luiz do Paraitinga. The film documents the processes of photographing the flood and speaking about the photos. The guiding question was the place of the recording of images in the process of working out loss and reconstruction, and the relationship between lost objects and their representation in images in the personal and collective work of redeeming memories. Belinda Mandelbaum is a psychoanalyst, head of the Department of Social Psychology, University of São Paulo, with research work, teaching and publications in Family Studies, Psychoanalysis and Social Psychology. She is currently working jointly with Stephen Frosh on a project investigating psychoanalysis in Brazil during the period of the 1964-1985 civil-military dictatorship. A response to the film will be given by Dr Lisa Baraitser.

In late June and early July, the Birkbeck Institutes will host their annual Critical Theory Summer School. One of the modules will be by Stephen Frosh, on Silence, Representation, Responsibility, and there are also two public debates as part of the event.

From 17 to 19 July, The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and the Institute of Psychoanalysis are hosting a Psychoanalysis Summer School, with speakers including Stephen Frosh.

Our Summer Programme will also include our annual Ellen Noonan Annual Lecture. Details to follow.

The Department's Summer Programme is held annually, and consists of interdisciplinary events spanning the field of psychosocial studies. The Summer Programme provides current and prospective students, staff and the general public with an opportunity to attend lectures, seminars and conferences with distinguished speakers from the UK and abroad, and to meet with lecturers and current students on our many academic and clinical programmes.

Published: 12 April 2017

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