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Professor Lisa Baraitser

Professor of Psychosocial Theory

Research interests

  • I joined Birkbeck in 2005, and have been involved in the development of Psychosocial Studies ever since. I hold degrees in Medical Science and Psychology (BSc., Hons), Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA), and Psychology (PhD). Between 1995 and 2005 I worked as a psychodynamic counsellor in a range of mental health settings, working with the psychological ramifications of violence, abuse and poverty in the lives of women. During this time I was also the Artistic Director of an experimental theatre collective known as PUR. Since taking up an academic position, my research has focused on gender and sexuality, motherhood and the maternal, and temporality, drawing on feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophies of ethics, affect, and event.
  • One strand of my research has focused on the fraught relations, as well as creative tensions, between motherhood, female subjectivities and ethics. I am interested in different ways of understanding the conjunction ‘maternal ethics’, especially what ‘mothering’ does to our concepts of care, labour and subjectivity if we strip normative and idealised figurations out of mothering itself. How, in other words, might we think about maternal subjectivity as an utterly new position of experience, one that transforms our understanding of singularity and relatedness, ethics and care, encounter and event?  I am also interested in the use of autobiographical writing, anecdote, and other literary forms as ways of generating theory. A monograph entitled Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009) draws this work together.
  • More recent maternal research focuses on what happens when mothering ‘erupts’ into the public sphere, prompting us to think about the public anew. I have published a series of papers that develop the idea of ‘maternal publics’ and the place of ‘birth’ in contemporary culture in collaboration with Professor Imogen Tyler at the University of Lancaster.
  • I run an international interdisciplinary research network – Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) - which organises events and publishes an open access journal, Studies in the Maternal, in collaboration with Sigal Spigel at the University of Cambridge.
  • The second strand of research focuses on the psychosocial, particularly its epistemological and methodological dimensions. This includes work on the relation between psychoanalysis as a theoretical and clinical practice, and debates on affect, emotions, ethics, temporality, performance and the emerging discipline of psychosocial studies itself.
  • My current research is on gender and temporality. I am interested in time that fails to unfold, and the place in contemporary culture of various forms of ‘stuck’ or suspended time that play out in relation to the more and more ‘qualified’ time of work.  I am writing about temporal tropes such as waiting, staying, repetition, delay, maintenance and endurance in relation to a range of durational practices and social projects (psychoanalysis, mothering, care, incarceration, activism) in a bid to understand affective survival in late liberal conditions. A new monograph, Enduring Time, is published with Bloomsbury (2017).
  • I was recently awarded a Collaborative Award (£1.2 million) by the Wellcome Trust for a five-year cycle of research (2017-2022) with Professor Laura Salisbury (Medical Humanities and English, University of Exeter) on temporality and care in health contexts (mental health treatment, the GP encounter, and end of life care). See
  • Research Topics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Motherhood and the Maternal
  • Feminist and Queer Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Ethics of Care
  • Affect and Emotion
  • Materiality
  • Temporality

Research projects

  • 2017-2022 Waiting Times: Waiting and Care in the Time of Modernity (Wellcome Trust, Collaborative Award, with Professor Laura Salisbury, University of Exeter)
  • 2015-16 Waiting Times: Waiting and Care in the Time of Modernity (Seed Award, Wellcome Trust and Institutional Strategic Support Fund)
  • 2014-15 Time Without Qualities (Mid-Career Fellowship, Independent Social Research Foundation)
  • 2007-present Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) co-founded with Sigal Spigel: an international interdisciplinary research network that brings together maternal research across the social sciences, literature and creative writing, feminist philosophy, psychoanalysis and the visual and performing arts. MaMSIE aims to open up and sustain critical debates about the maternal and explores the unique site the maternal occupies at the potent intersection between scientific possibilities, psychosocial practices and cultural representations. MaMSIE’s activities include:
    • organising conferences, symposia, and workshops
    • collating scholarly and aesthetic work on the maternal and stimulating online discussion
    • publishing an online interdisciplinary peer-reviewed scholarly journal Studies in the Maternal.


  • I teach on the BA Psychosocial Studies and MA Psychoanalytic Studies.


  • I currently supervise PhD students who are working on:
  • Psychoanalytic and social theory
  • Identities, subjectivities, ethics
  • Gender, sexuality and feminist and queer theory
  • Temporality
  • Motherhood, maternal subjectivities, maternal aesthetics


  • Baraitser, L., (2017) Enduring Time. Bloomsbury: London.
  • Baraitser, L., (ed) (2017, forthcoming) A Feeling for Things: Conversations in and around the work of Jane Bennett. Punctum Books.

  • Baraitser, L. (2009). Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption. London and New York: Routledge. Winner of the 2009 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Book Prize for outstanding feminist scholarship.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Salisbury, L., and Baraitser, L. Depressing Time: Waiting, Melancholia, and the Psychoanalytic Practice of Care. In Footprints and Futures: The Time of Anthropology. Eds., Elisabeth Kirtsoglou and Bob Simpson. London: Bloomsbury (in press).
  • Baraitser, L., and Brook, W., Watchful Waiting: Crisis, Vulnerability, Care. In Vulnerability and the Politics of Care. Eds., Victoria Browne, Jason Danely, Tina Managhan and Doerthe Rosenow. Oxford University Press (in press)
  • Baraitser, L., Object Orientated Maternalities, or Mothers who Hoard. In A Feeling for Things. Ed., Lisa Baraitser. Punctum Books (in press).
  • Baraitser, L., (2019) Introduction. Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice & Queer Theory, Eds., Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson. Special Issue. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 20(4): 209-213.
  • Baraitser, L., (2019) Psychoanalytic Feminism. In the Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory, Ed., Yannis Stavrakakis. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Baraitser, L., and Thomson, R., (2018) Thinking through childhood and maternal studies: a feminist encounter, in Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foe? Eds. Rachel Rosen and Katherine Twamley. London: UCL Press.
  • Baraitser, L., (2017) Performing Motherhood: YouTube Birth and the Primal Scene. Special Issue: On the Maternal, Eds Lena Simic and Emily Underwood-Lee. Performance Research.
  • Baraitser, L., (2017) Postmaternal, Postwork and the Maternal Death Drive. Special Issue: The Postmaternal. Australian Feminist Studies, 31 (90): 1-17.
  • Baraitser, L., (2015) Transdisciplinarity as a Psychosocial Concept. Special Issue, Transdisciplinary Problematics, eds. Peter Osborne, Stella Sandford, Eric Alliez, Theory, Culture, Society 32: 207-231.
  • Baraitser, L., (2015) Touching Time: Maintenance, Endurance, Care, in Psychosocial Imaginaries, Ed., Stephen Frosh, Palgrave.
  • Baraitser, L., (2015) Psychoanalysis, Feminism And... Special Issue: Juliet Mitchell's Psychoanalysis and Feminism, Then and Now. Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, 20: 151-159.
  • Baraitser, L., (2014) Time and Again: Repetition, Maternity and the Non-reproductive. Studies in the Maternal, 6(1)
  • Baraitser, L., (2014) Duration, Skin and the Ageing Subject. Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 15: 228-234.
  • Tyler, I., & Baraitser, L., (2013) Private View, Public Birth: Making Feminist Sense of the New Visual Culture of Childbirth. Studies in the Maternal 5(2).
  • Tyler, I., & Baraitser, L., (2013) From Abjection to Natality: Some thoughts on Helen Knowles' YouTube Portraits. Catalogue, Private View: Public Birth, Poppy Bowers and Helen Knowles, 2013.
  • Baraitser, L (2013) Collecting Time. New Formations., 79: 8-25.
  • Baraitser, L., (2013) Mush Time. Families, Relationships, Societies, 2(1): 149-155.
  • Baraitser, L., (2013) Nomadic Subjects and the Feminist Archives. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 15(4). Reprinted in The Subject of Rosi Braidotti (Bloomsbury, 2014).
  • Baraitser, L., (2012) Delay: On temporality in Luisa Passerini's Autobiography of a Generation: Italy, 1968. European Journal of Women's Studies. 19: 380-385
  • Baraitser, L., (2012) Communality Across Time. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13: 117-122. In, 'Encountering, Theorizing and Living Maternal Subjectivities: A Panel Discussion of Lisa Baraitser's Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption', ed. Noreen Giffney, Anne Mulhall and Michael O'Rourke. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13:2 (2012).
  • Frost, N., Eatough, V., Shaw, R.L., Weille, K.L., Tzemou, E., Baraitser, L. (2012) Pleasure, pain and procrastination: Reflections on the experience of doing memory-work research. Qualitative Research in Psychology.
  • Baraitser, L., (2012) Maternal Publics: Time, Relationality and the Public Sphere. In Critical Explorations through Psychoanalysis. Ed. A. Gulerce. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011. Reprinted in Mothering and Psychoanalysis (Demeter Press, 2014).
  • Baraitser, L., (2012) Giving an Account of Another. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1): 15-23
  • Baraitser, L., and Spigel, S., (2011) Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics. In The 21st Century Motherhood Movement. Ed. Andrea O'Reilly. Demeter Press: Ontario.
  • Baraitser, L., Pollock, G. and Spigel, S. (2010) Editorial. Special Issue: M(o)ther Trouble. Studies in the Maternal, 2(1)
  • Baraitser, L. (2010) On Reading Rosi Braidotti's 'Transpositions'. Subjectivity, 3:125-130
  • Baraitser, L. and Tyler, I., (2010) Talking of Mothers. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture. 44: 117-127.
  • Baraitser, L. (2009) Redundant Groupings and the Ethico-Political Subject: Mothers who make things public. Special Issue: Birth. Feminist Review 93: 8-23.
  • Baraitser, L. and Spigel, S. (2009) Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics. Studies in the Maternal 1(1).
  • Frosh, S. and Baraitser, L. (2009) Goodbye to Identity? In A. Elliott and P. du Gay (eds) Identity in Question. London: Sage.
  • Frosh, S. and Baraitser, L. (2008) Psychoanalysis and Psychosocial Studies. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 13: 346-365.
  • Baraitser, L. (2008) On Giving and Taking Offence. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 13: 423-427.
  • Bayly, S. and Baraitser, L. (2008) On Waiting for Something to Happen. Subjectivity, 24: 340-355.
  • Frosh, S. and Baraitser, L. (2008) Marginalia. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5: 1-9.
  • Baraitser, L. (2008) Mum's the Word: Intersubjectivity, alterity and the maternal subject. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 9: 86-110.
  • Baraitser, L. and Frosh, S. (2007) Affect and Encounter in Psychoanalysis. Critical Psychology, 21: 76-93.
  • Baraitser, L. and Noack, A. (2007) Mother Courage: Reflections on Maternal Resilience. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 23(2): 171-188.
  • Baraitser, L. (2006) Oi Mother Keep Ye’ Hair On! Impossible transformations of Maternal Subjectivity. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 7(3): 217-238.
  • Baraitser, L. (2006) Reply to Commentaries. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 7(3): 249-257.
  • Noack, A. and Baraitser, L. (2004) Groupwork with Mothers who have been Sexually Abused in Childhood. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 20 (3):345-359.
  • Frosh, S. and Baraitser, L. (2003) Thinking, Recognition, Otherness. The Psychoanalytic Review: 90(6): 771-789.
  • Baraitser, L. and Bayly, S. (2001) Now and Then: Psychotherapy and the rehearsal process. In Psychoanalysis and Performance, Kear A., and Campbell P (eds). Routledge: London.

Other scholarly writing

  • Baraitser, l., (2014) Book Review, The Theorist's Mother, Andrew Parker (2012), The Feminist Review 108.
  • Baraitser, L., (2011) Obituary: A Mother's Thought, Sara Ruddick, 1935-2011. Radical Philosophy, 167: 61-63.
  • Baraitser, L. (2010) Encyclopedia Entry 'Maternal Subjectivity'. Sage Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Sage: New York.
  • Baraitser, L. (2009) Review of Andrea O'Reilly: Rocking the Cradle (2006). Feminist Theory 9:117-118
  • Baraitser, L. (2009) Book Review, Navaro, L., and Schwartzberg, S. L., (2007) Envy, Competition and Gender: Theory, Clinical Applications and Group Work. Psychodynamic Practice. 15: 191-219

External lectures

  • 2019 Invited Talk: Rethinking Women’s Time: Some thoughts on gender, care and waiting. Centre for Feminist Research, Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, 10th June.
  • 2019 Keynote: Conversations on Care and/in the Community, Birkbeck, with Joanne Winning, 6th June 2019.
  • 2019 Invited Talk: Incarceration: Space, Power and Personhood (with Lisa Guenther), Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London, 17th June.
  • 2019 Keynote: Concerning Maternity Part III: Ethics, Care and Subjectivity, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht.
  • 2019 Keynote Speaker: Life Forms, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. April 25th-27th 2019.
  • 2019 Invited Talk: Oxytocin: Mothering the World. Kings College London, 9th March.
  • 2019 Invited Talk: Tongue-tie, Lisa Baraitser and Helen Benigson, Stuart Hall Library Research Network: Duties of Self Care, 6th March.
  • 2018 Invited Talk, Enduring Time for Common Study/Deptford X, 27th September 2018.
  • 2018 Keynote, On Time, Care and Not Moving On, for Why Care, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 5-6 July 2018.
  • 2018 Invited Talk: Enduring and Broken Time: Lisa Baraitser and Judith Butler, Birkbeck Institute of Social Research, 14th June, 2018.
  • 2018 Invited Talk, Enduring Time, University of Sussex Humanities Lab, 1st March 2018.
  • 2018 Invited Talk, Enduring Time, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminars, 12th February 2018.
  • 2017 Keynote, Mothernists II: Who Cares for the Future? Copenhagen, 13th-15th October.
  • 2017 Invited Chair, with Judith Butler and Angela McRobbie, Vulnerability and the Politics of Care, British Academy, 9-10th February.
  • 2017 Keynote, An Intimate Symposium on Maintenance, Whitechapel Art Gallery,  March 18th
  • 2017 Invited Talk, The Non-Human Child in Film and Media, Birkbeck, 6th May.
  • 2017 Invited Talk, Who Cares? The Care Emergence, and Feminist Responses, Feminist Emergency Conference, Birkbeck, 23rd June.
  • 2017 Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust Scientific Meeting, Waiting Times, 9th October.
  • 2016 Invited Talk, Maternal Objects, Bad Vibes Club at the Open School East, 9th September.
  • 2016 Invited Discussant, Gender Generation Conference, Royal College of Art, September 8th..
  • 2016 Invited Talk, YouTube Birth and the Primal Scene, Somatechnics and the Primal Scene, 24th June.
  • 2016 Keynote, Ellen Noonan Annual Lecture, with Professor Katie Gentile, May.
  • 2016 Invited Talk, Philosophy of Pregnancy and Birth, Forum for European Philosophy, Public Talk, March 22nd.
  • 2016 Invited Talk, Bodies of Interruption, The Bad Vibes Club, MK Gallery, March 24th.
  • 2016 Keynote, The Frozen Countenance of Perversion Conference, Centre for Contemporary European Philosophy, University of Radboud, Netherlands, March 7th/8th.
  • 2016 Keynote, Edge Hill University, Liverpool, Motherhood and Performance, 30th January.
  • 2015 Invited Speaker: Psychosocial Studies Tackles Austerity: Association for Psychosocial Studies, December.
  • 2015 Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes? 16/17th November, Institute of Education, UCL
  • 2015 Invited Speaker: Corbyn and Charisma, Senate House, with Mark Fisher, Jeremy Gilbert and Zoe Williams, November 2015
  • 2015 Invited Talk: YouTube Birth: Reconfiguring the Primal Scene. Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, Boston, October 2015
  • 2015 Invited Talk: Becoming Oneself: The Problem of Gendered Complicity. Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck, 23rd June.
  • 2015 Keynote: The Fabric: Social Reproduction, Women's History and Art. University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art, 14th June
  • 2015 Keynote: On Mary Kelly. Motherhood and Creative Practice Conference, Southbank University, 1-2 June
  • 2015 Invited Talk: Time Without Qualities. Social Science as Communication, University of Edinburgh, 1st June
  • 2015 Keynote: Unpunctual Encounters/Bottom Natures, CGP London. 2nd May.
  • 2015 Invited Speaker: AHRC Network Seminar: Modernism's Chronic Conditions, University of Exeter, April 17th.
  • 2015 Panelist: Time Tricking, Association for Social Anthropologists Conference, University of Exeter, April, 13th-16th.
  • 2015 Keynote: On a (m)other's watch. Goldsmiths. April 11th.
  • 2015 Invited Panelist, Like and Open Sky (a film by Mariana Otero). Birkbeck, 17th January.
  • 2015 Invited talk, Society for Analytic Psychology, London, 16th January. Psychoanalysis, Feminism and the New Visual Culture of Birth.
  • 2015 Keynote: Feminist and Queer Research Perspectives in Psychology, University of Ruhr, Germany, 8-10th January. Feminism, Psychoanalysis and the New Visual Culture of Birth.
  • 2014 Invited speaker, ESRC seminar series on Psychological Governance. Re-theorizing 'behaviour change': Objects, Affects, Practices. University of Durham 15/16th December 2014.
  • 2014 Invited speaker, Visualizing From Memory, University of East London, November 2014. Late Memory: Mothering, Delay and the Virtual Past.
  • 2014 Invited speaker, East London Fawcett Group. The Reproduction of Mothering. Shoreditch House, London, October 2014
  • 2014 Panelist: European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies Conference, Helsinki, September 2014. Waiting Time and Slow Endurance: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Utopianism
  • 2014 Conference Paper: Psychoanalysis on Ice Conference. Iceland. Psychosocial Studies and the 'case' of Psychic Reality. October 2014
  • 2014 Conference Paper: Austerity Futures Conference, Goldsmiths, October 2014. The Time That We Have.
  • 2014 Panelist with Stella Sandford and Philippe van Haute, Freud and Philosophy, Department of Psychosocial Studies and Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (Kingston), 12th June 2014.
  • 2014 Invited Panelist, Memory and Counter-Memory, Department of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, 9th May 2014.
  • 2014 Invited Speaker, University of Leipzig, Department of Psychology, May 2014.
  • 2014 Invited Panelist. Filming the Absent Mother. Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image. Birkbeck, University of London, June 2014.
  • 2013 Invited Speaker: Object Orientated Maternalities (OOM), or Mothers who Hoard. Goldsmiths, Critical Theory Seminar, MFA, December 2013.
  • 2013 Invited Speaker: Time and Again: Repetition, Maternity and the Non-Reproductive. Psychoanalysis and History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, October 2013.
  • 2013 Invited Speaker: Non-Reproduction and the writings of Denise Riley. Motherhood in post-1968 literature. Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, October 2013.
  • 2013 Panelist: Object Orientated Maternalities (OOM), or Mothers who Hoard. A response to Jane Bennett;s Vibrant Matter. Birkbeck, October 2013.
  • 2013 Invited Panelist: Mary Kelly's The Night Cleaners. Panel Discussant with the artist, Birkbeck, November 2013.
  • 2013 Invited Speaker, The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research: Temporal Bindings: Discussing Lauren Berlant's Cruel Optimism. June 2013.
  • 2013 Keynote, 'Post-maternal?': Reproduction, Gender, Kinship. 2-day Inter-University Gender Research Seminar, University of Gent, Belgium, May 2013
  • 2013 Invited Panelist, Feminism and Maternity, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, January 2013
  • 2013 Invited talk, The Temporal Modes of Maintenance Work. Critical Temporalities Workshop, University of Manchester, January 2013
  • 2013 Keynote, Time and Again: Repetition, Maternity, and the Non-Reproductive. Non-Reproduction: Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics Conference, Birkbeck, London, January 2013.
  • 2012 University of Sao Paulo. A five-day lecture series on time and capitalism. Department of Social Psychology, USP, August 2012.
  • 2012 Invited Talk: Object-Orientated Maternalities. City Materialities. Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Open University and University of Manchester.
  • 2012 Discussant with Professor Rosine Perelberg, The Murdered Father and the Dead Father, Birkbeck, University of London.
  • 2011 Invited Talk: Collecting Time. Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge.
  • 2011 Celebrating Rozsika Parker: A day symposium on Art, Feminism and Psychoanalysis. Birkbeck, University of London. December 2011.
  • 2011 Discussant with Professor Rosi Braidotti, Aletta Institute for Women’s History, Amsterdam,On Nomadic Subjectivity.
  • 2011 The Future of Testimony: Medicine and Testimony Symposium, ESRC Seminar Series. University of Sheffield.
  • 2011 Public talks on maternal aesthetics at The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, and Whitechapel Gallery, London with Dr. Imogen Tyler, organized by The BirthRites Collection.
  • 2011 Hour-long radio discussion on Resonance FM, on Service, Servitude and the Delegation of Care.
  • 2011 Hour-long radio discussion on ‘Mothers, Power, Love’: Resonance FM with 'Enemies of Good Art' on International Women's Day, March 8th.
  • 2011 Time, Relationality and the Public Sphere. Invited talk at the Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster
  • 2010 Time, Relationality and the Public Sphere. Invited talk at the Feminist Reading Seminar, Open University
  • 2010 Maternal Encounters: a one-day intensive seminar on my monograph, Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption, organized by The(e)ories: Critical Theory & Sexuality Studies, University College, Dublin. Lecture plus respondent on 4 panels throughout the day.
  • 2010 Feeding Motherhood, invited respondent, part of the Motherhood, Markets and Consumption ESRC Seminar Series, Royal Holloway.
  • 2010 Melancholic Subjects, Affective States. Invited talk at the London Critical Theory School: ‘Critical Theory and the Political’.
  • 2010 Maternal Publics. Conference paper: Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the transformation of Belonging. Birkbeck/FEMCIT.
  • 2010 Complex Lives. Invited Talk at the ‘Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now Conference: meeting the challenge of complexity together’. British Psychoanalytic Council.
  • 2009 Parliamentary session (Portcullis House): Invited talk on ‘Increasing access to psychoanalytic psychotherapy’. Attended by members of both parliamentary houses, senior members of the Department of Health and the London strategic health authorities, senior figures from charitable funding bodies, the British Psychoanalytic Council and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, chairs and members of many psychotherapy organizations, a wide range of people from social services, and from medical and academic research bodies.
  • 2009 Massing Mothers. Invited talk at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex.
  • 2008 On Waiting for Something to Happen. Ethics in an Age of Diminishing Distance. Conference paper: Annual conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.Rutgers University, USA.
  • 2008 Maternal Objects. Invited talk at the Maternal Aesthetics, Maternal Representations Conference, Centre for Gender Studies, Jesus College, University of Cambridge
  • 2008 Massing Mothers. Invited talk at the University of Brighton, Department of Social Sciences.
  • 2008 Talking Books: Lisa Baraitser, Clare Hemmings and Patrick Hanafin in conversation with Professor Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht). Birkbeck, University of London.
  • 2007 Stuffed: Maternity and the Encumbered Body. Keynote Lecture, BIRTH: The Cultural Politics of Reproduction. University of Lancaster.
  • 2007 Encountering Ethics. Conference paper: International Society for Theoretical Psychology Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 One, Two, Infinity: On Mother Love, Melancholia, and Unexpected Weeping. Conference paper: Melancholic States International Conference. University of Lancaster.
  • 2006 Lisa Baraitser in conversation with Professor Jessica Benjamin, Birkbeck, University of London.
  • 2006 Centre for Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Sarajevo. 2-day seminar on Maternal Subjectivity and Cultural Life.
  • 2006. Staging the Artist/Scholar. Invited talk, Queen Mary’s College, University of London.
  • 2006 Desisting Method. Conference paper: Qualitative Research and Marginality Conference,University of Leicester.
  • 2005. Mother Courage: Reflections on Maternal Resilience. Invited talk: Resilience: A Psychoanalytic Exploration. The Maya Centre.
  • 2005. Fail Again, Fail Better: Ethics and Maternal Practice. Conference paper: International Conference for Theoretical Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2004. Punch Drunk: A Phenomenology of Interruption. Conference paper: Mothering and Feminism Conference, Association for Research on Mothering, York University, Toronto.


Professional Membership

  • Accredited Psychotherapist, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP No. 521669).
  • BACP Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists: Registered Practitioner.
  • Member, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member, Psychosocial Studies Network (PSN)

Honours, awards, editorships

  • Awards
  • 2017-2022 Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award (£1.2 million) with Laura Salisbury (University of Exeter), Waiting Times: Waiting and Care in the Time of Modernity
  • 2015 Wellcome Trust Seed Award, Waiting Times: Waiting and Care in the Time of Modernity
  • 2015 Institutional Strategic Support Fund Award, Scoping Study on time and end of life care, for Waiting Times: Waiting and Care in the Time of Modernity
  • 2014-15 Mid-Career Fellowship, Independent Social Research Foundation, Time Without Qualities
  • Editorships
  • Co-Editor: Studies in Gender and Sexuality (Taylor and Francis)
  • Co-Editor: Studies in the Maternal (Open Library of the Humanities)
  • 2014-present: Co-Editor, Genders and Sexualities in Minds and Cultures (Book Series, Routledge)
  • 2015-present: Advisory Board Member, Figures of the Unconscious (Book Series, Leuven University Press).
  • 2012-present: Advisory Board Member, Leitura Flutuante: Journal of the Center for Studies in Semiotics and Psychoanalysis
  • Honours
  • Joint winner of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association book prize, 2009 for outstanding feminist scholarship, for Baraitser, L., (2009) Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption. London, Routledge.

Contact details

Room 504, 30 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London  WC1B 5DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7079 0897

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