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Dr Raluca Soreanu

Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities
PhD (London)

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Academic background

  • Raluca Soreanu has joined Birkbeck in 2013. She is Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at the Department of Psychosocial Studies. She holds an individual Wellcome Trust fellowship, studying the archive of psychoanalyst Michael Balint, and she is also part of the collective Wellcome Trust project, Waiting Times.

    Raluca Soreanu is a psychoanalyst in private practice, effective member of the Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro (CPRJ), Brazil. She is also a member of the College of Psychoanalysts - UK (CP-UK).

    In spring 2019, Raluca Soreanu is Programme Director of the MA in Psychoanalytic Studies.

    Between 2013 and 2016, Raluca Soreanu was Marie Curie Fellow in Sociology at the Department of Psychosocial Studies. In 2009/2010 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, US.

Research and teaching

Introduction

  • My work situates itself at the intersection between psychoanalytic theory and social theory. In psychoanalytic theory, I am especially interested in the themes of psychic fragmentation and psychic splitting. I am also interested in the thinking of Sándor Ferenczi, Michael Balint, and in the works of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis. In social theory, I work on theories of recognition, and theories of collective trauma and collective creativity.

    My recent monograph, Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Recognition and Denial in the Brazilian Uprising (Palgrave, Studies in the Psychosocial Series, 2018) proposes a trauma theory and a theory of recognition that start from a psychoanalytic understanding of fragmented psyches and trace the social life of psychic fragments. I work toward transposing several of Sándor Ferenczi’s ideas on trauma and “the confusion of tongues” from a psychoanalytic horizon to the horizon of psychosocial studies, but also of social and political theory more broadly. The book engages the confusions between different registers of the social that entrap us in the scene of trauma and bind us in alienation and submission. It also builds on psychosocial vignettes from the Brazilian uprising of 2013.

    I received my doctorate from University College London in 2011, with a thesis on the sociology of outlaw emotions, the sociology of creativity, and the thinking of Cornelius Castoriadis.

    In 2013, I joined Birkbeck as Marie Curie Fellow in Sociology, for a three-year project supported by the European Commission, titled Synchronic Entanglements and New Social Imaginaries, where I worked toward a psychosocial perspective on collective creativity.

    Since 2016, I am a Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck. My four-year research, “Balint Groups” and the Patient-Doctor Relationship: The Social History of a Psychoanalytic Contribution to the Medical Sciences, studies the emergence of “Balint groups”, initiated by the medically trained psychoanalyst Michael Balint in the 1950s. In the groups, psychoanalysts encountered medical doctors to discuss the latter’s difficulties with their patients. I ask how we can make sense of this complex psychoanalysis-medicine conversation and what this case has to say about what psychoanalysis can offer to medicine, with respect to making sense of illness. The project relies on archival research and brings to light the novel material contained in the Balint Archive, held by the British Psychoanalytical Society since 2014.

    In 2017 I joined the Waiting Times project, a Wellcome Trust-funded research project that brings together an interdisciplinary team to investigate waiting as a cultural and psychosocial concept, and an embodied and historical experience, in order to analyse and understand the relationship between time and care. Within the project I work on the theme: The Psychic Life of Time.

    I have published papers in journals such as: The American Journal of PsychoanalysisAmerican ImagoStudies in the Maternal, International Political SociologyCadernos de Psicanálise – CPRJ (in Portuguese), Millennium: Journal of International StudiesChildren’s GeographiesStudia SociologiaRevista Política & Trabalho (in Portuguese), and Lugar Comum (in Portuguese).

    Since 2013, I am associate member of the Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro (CPRJ), and of the Instituto de Estudos da Complexidade (IEC), Rio de Janeiro.

    In 2018 and 2019, I am working on two monographs. The first one is titled The Psychic Life of Fragments: On Splitting and the Experience of Time in Psychoanalysis. The second one is titled Thinking in Dyads: On Michael Balint and Countertransference.

    Since 2016 I am co-convening, with Professor Stephen Frosh, the Birkbeck Psychoanalysis Working Group.

Research interests

  • Psychoanalytic theory and technique; psychosocial studies; the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis; contemporary social theory; feminist theory; sociology of emotions; sociology of knowledge; epistemologies of the social sciences.

Research grants and awards

  • Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Medical Humanities (February 2016 – September 2019) – four-year individual research grant, awarded by the Wellcome Trust. Project title: “Balint Groups” and the Patient-Doctor Relationship: The Social History of a Psychoanalytic Contribution to the Medical Sciences. Project host: Birkbeck College, School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, Department of Psychosocial Studies, London, UK. Project mentor: Professor Stephen Frosh.

    Marie Curie Fellowship in Sociology (January 2013 – December 2015) – three-year individual postdoctoral grant, awarded by the European Union, through the Marie Curie Actions, FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IOF, project number 301787. Project title: Synchronic Entanglements and New Social Imaginaries. Project hosts:  Birkbeck College, School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, Department of Psychosocial Studies, London, UK; and Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Project mentors: Professor Stephen Frosh and Professor Frédéric Vandenberghe.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sociology (September 2011 – December 2012) – individual postdoctoral grant, awarded by The Romanian National Council for Scientific Research.

    Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship (September 2009 – July 2010). New York University, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York, NY, USA.

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Soreanu, R. (2017) ‘Sándor Ferenczi’s Epistemologies and Their Politics: On Utraquism and the Analogical Method’, in Ferenc Erös et al (eds) Psycho-politics: The Cross-Sections of Science and Ideology in the History of Psy-sciences. Central European University Press.

    Soreanu, R. (2015) ‘What Can a Face Do? What Can an Arm Do? The Brazilian Uprising and a New Aesthetic of Protest’, in Giuseppe Cocco and Barbara Szaniecki (eds) Creative Capitalism, Multitudinous Creativities: Radicalities and Alterities. London: Lexington, 107-126.

    Soreanu, R. and Simionca, A. (2012) ‘Network Analysis’, in Laura J. Shepherd (ed.) Critical Approaches to Security. London: Routledge, 181-195.

    Soreanu, R. (2007) ‘Exploring the Space of Identification: A Tricolour Story from the City of Cluj-Napoca’, in Catherine Baker, Christopher J. Gerry, Barbara Madaj, Liz Mellish and Jana Nahodilová (eds) Nation in Formation: Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe. London: University College London Press, 159-173.

    Soreanu, R. (2005) ‘Self-definition and Hetero-definition of Romanians and Hungarians in Romania. An Empirical Analysis of Ethnic Stereotypes and Identity Definitions’, in Gabriel Badescu, Mircea Kivu and Monica Robotin (eds), Ethnic Relations Barometer 1994-2002. A Perspective on the Interethnic Climate of Romania. 2005. Cluj-Napoca: CRDE Foundation, 65-88.

Keynote speeches and plenary talks

  • 2018

    Soreanu, R. ‘On Michael Balint, Cases and Taboos’. South London Organisation of Vocational Training Scheme: ‘Taboos: Addressing Difficult Topics with Medical Trainees’. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, September 18-19, 2018. [Keynote speech]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Collective Trauma and Recognition’ [‘Trauma coletivo e reconhecimento’]. Pós-graduação em Psicanálise, Saúde e Sociedade, Universidade Veiga de Almeida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 17, 2018. [Inaugural lecture].

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Psychic Life of Fragments. Splitting from Ferenczi to Klein’. 13th International Sándor Ferenczi Conference: ‘Ferenczi in Our Time & A Renaissance of Psychoanalysis’, Florence, Italy, May 3-6, 2018. [Plenary talk]

    2017

    Soreanu, R. ‘On Michael Balint’s Trail’. The International Balint Federation Congress, Oxford, September 6-10, 2017. [Plenary talk]

     

Recent conference presentations and invited talks

  • 2018

    Soreanu, R 'The Psychic Life of Fragments: On Orphic Functioning'. 'Trauma in the Contemporary World: Working-through Collective Wounds' Symposium, Birkbeck College, London, UK, October 30, 2018.

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Psychic Life of Fragments: Between Orpha and the Superego’. ‘Sándor Ferenczi: Interdisciplinary Approaches’ Workshop. Centre for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich, Germany, September 13-14, 2018.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Working-through Collective Wounds: The Manifestations of 2013 in Brazil. Part 1: The Psychic Life of Fragments. Part 2: The Social Life of Fragments: On Trauma and Recognition.’ [A elaboração de traumas coletivos: as manifestações de 2013 no Brasil. Parte 1: A vida psíquica dos fragmentos. Parte 2: A vida social dos fragmentos. Sobre trauma e reconhecimento]. Instituto de Psicologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, August 30, 2018. [invited seminar]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Social Life of Fragments: On Trauma and Recognition’ [‘A vida social dos fragmentos: sobre trauma e reconhecimento’]. Escola de Comunicação e Programa em Ciência de Informação (Ibict), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 28, 2018. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Psychic Life of Fragments: Ferenczi and Orphic Functioning’ [‘A vida psíquica dos fragmentos: Ferenczi e o funcionamento órfico’]. Sociedade de Psicanálise Iracy Doyle, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 22, 2018. [invited talk]

    Soreanu R. ‘The Psychic Life of Fragments: From Ferenczi to Klein’ [‘A vida psíquica dos fragmentos: de Ferenczi a Klein’]. Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanálise do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2018. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Psychic Life of Fragments: Revisiting Sándor Ferenczi’s Ideas on Splitting’. Institute of Psychoanalysis Summer School, The British Psychoanalytical Society, London, UK, July 16, 2018. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Times of Social Clinics: On Psychoanalytic Economies of Care’. The 1st Temporal Belongings International Conference ‘The Social Life of Time: Power, Discrimination and Transformation’, Edinburgh, UK, June 5-7, 2018.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Ferenczi’s Times: The Tangent, the Segments, the Meandering Line’. ‘Why Care’ Symposium, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, Germany, July 5-6, 2018. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Times of Social Clinics: On Psychoanalytic Economies of Care’. Waiting, Persisting, Enduring Research Workshop, Birkbeck College, London, May 30, 2018. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘What Might Clinical Psychoanalysis Learn from Queer Theories of Sexuality?’. Multidisciplinary Seminar, Freud Museum, February 24, 2018.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Hyperpolitics and the Traumatised State’. ‘Necropolitics, Biopower and the Crisis of Globalisation’. One-day conference. Department of Psychosocial Studies and Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck College, London, UK, January 29, 2018.

    2017

    Soreanu, R.‘The Psychic Life of Fragments. Splitting from Ferenczi to Klein’. The Psychoanalysis Working Group, Birkbeck College, London, 13 December, 2017. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘“Grupos Balint” e o legado da Escola de Psicanálise de Budapeste’ [“Balint Groups”, and the Legacy of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis’]. Pontifica Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, October 19, 2017. [invited talk]

    2016

    Soreanu, R. ‘O estilo epistêmico de Michael Balint: “Grupos Balint”, utopias médicas e o legado da Escola de Psicanálise de Budapeste’ [‘On Michael Balint’s Epistemic Style: “Balint Groups”, Medical Utopias and the Legacy of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis’]. CPRJ: Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 26, 2016. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘On Michael Balint, Cases and Countertransference.’ Symposium ‘Thinking in Cases: On and Beyond the Couch’. Freud Museum, London, UK, October 30, 2016.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Bodies in Assembly’ – a conversation with Judith Butler and Leticia Sabsay. Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, June 27, 2016. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Social Clinics and the Social Creativities of Psychoanalysis: A Vignette from Rio de Janeiro’. Symposium on Mental Health Reform in Brazil, part of King’s Brazil Week, King’s College, London, UK, 25 January 2016.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Alienation and Utopia in the Work of Sándor Ferenczi’. Psychoanalysis and Politics Conference: ‘Solidarity and Alienation: Social Structures of Hope and Despair’. Vienna, Austria, May 6-8, 2016.

    2015

    Soreanu, R. ‘How We Mourned Together: Brazil, June 2013 and after’. Symposium on ‘Creativities of Protest: Imaginaries, Commons and Reparations’. Department of Psychosocial Studies and Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck College, London, UK, November 19, 2015.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Sándor Ferenczi’s Epistemologies and Their Politics: On Utraquism and the Analogical Method’. Conference on ‘Psycho-politics: The Cross-Sections of Science and Ideology in the History of Psy-sciences’, Budapest, Hungary, October 30-31, 2015.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Objects of Psychic Convertibility: Clinical Reflections on Borderline Functioning’. Birkbeck Psychoanalysis Working Group, London, UK, October 22, 2015. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Working-through Collective Wounds in the Brazilian Uprising’. Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, UK, October 12, 2015. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Ferenczi’s Times: The Tangent-Out, the Segments, the Meandering Line’. International Sándor Ferenczi Conference, The Canadian Society of Psychoanalysis, Toronto, Canada, May 7-10, 2015.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Working-through Collective Wounds: A Ferenczian Perspective on Trauma, Denial, and Recognition’. Conference on ‘The Moral Third’ with Jessica Benjamin. The University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, Netherlands, April 21-22, 2015.

    2014

    Soreanu, R. ‘What Can a Face Do? What Can an Arm Do? The Brazilian Uprising and a New Aesthetic of Protest’. Sociofilo research group, Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 2014. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘When Being in the Square Heals: Trauma and Spaces of Reconciliation in the Brazilian Uprising’. Escola de Comunicação e Programa em Ciência de Informação (Ibict), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 2014. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Facialidades e a nova estética do protesto’ [‘Facialities and the New Aesthetic of Protest’]. Casa de Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 24, 2014. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Oblique Politics of the Brazilian Uprising: Toward a New Semiotics of Protest’. The Brazilian Studies Association Congress, BRASA XII, King’s College London, United Kingdom, August 20-24, 2014.

    2013

    Soreanu, R. ‘Shapes of Sound and Radical Social Imaginaries: The Oblique Politics of the Brazilian Uprising’. II Encontro Internacional sobre Imaginários Sonoros, Curitiba, November 5, 2013.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Outlaw Emotions: Working-Through a Psychoanalytic Sociology of the Mind’. 37 Encotro Anual da Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais (ANPOCS), Águas de Lindóia, Brazil, September 24, 2013.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Children’s Urban Imaginaries: Activist Alliances and Reclaiming the City Through Materials’. XVI Congresso Brasileiro de Sociologia. Sociedade Brasileira de Sociologia (SBS), UFBA Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, September 11, 2013.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Rhythm-analysis for the New Revolutionary Movements’. Talk at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16, 2013.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Rhythm-analysis of the New Revolutionary Movements: Death, Gold and the Square’. Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies. University of Groningen, Netherlands, July 1-3, 2013.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Rhythm-analysis for the New Revolutionary Movements: Death, Gold and the Square’. Talk at Sociofilo (social theory research group), Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2013. [invited talk]

    2012

    Soreanu, R. ‘Atelier participatif de réaménagement urbain dans la zone du Parc Ferroviaire à Cluj’. Les Rencontres Européennes de Cluj 'Patrimoine et développement des territoires'. Institut Français, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, October 6, 2012.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Autonomy, Heteronomy and Rhythm-analysis: Understanding the New Revolutionary Movements’. ‘Cultures and Civilization in the Contemporary World’ International Sociological Association RC16 Mid-term Conference. University of Trento, Italy, June 28, 2012.

    2011

    Soreanu, R. ‘Autonomy and Heteronomy: On the New Revolutionary Movements as Encounters between Social Imaginaries’. The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK, November 23, 2011. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Non-Hierarchical Encounters and Responsibility in the Discipline of International Relations: When Scholars Meet Practitioners’. The 40th Annual Conference of Millennium: Journal of International Studies: ‘Out Of The Ivory Tower: Weaving the Theories and Practice of International Relations’. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, October 22-23, 2011.

    Soreanu, R. ‘From the Radical Imagination to the Social Imaginary: Re-thinking the International’. ‘Confronting the Global: Alternatives, Alterity, Solidarity’. The University of Warwick, UK, September 8-9, 2011.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Creativity, The Radical Imagination, and the Problem of Action’. Forum 21 of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), The Open University, London, UK, May 26, 2011. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Radical Imagination as Social Resource: Dialogues with Cornelius Castoriadis’. The 52nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Montreal, Canada, March 16-19, 2011.

    2010

    Soreanu, R. ‘Outlaw Emotions and Theory Change in the Discipline of International Relations’. The 39th Annual Conference of Millennium: Journal of International Studies: ‘International Relations in Dialogue’. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, October 16-17, 2010.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Feminist Creativities, Outlaw Emotions and the Disciplinary Imaginary of International Relations’. The 2nd International Conference on Power & Knowledge, Tampere, Finland, September 6-8, 2010.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Creativity and Outlaw Emotions: Working-Through a Psychoanalytic Sociology of the Mind’, panel ‘Towards a Sociology of the Mind: Conversations on Reflexivity’. XVII International Sociology Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 11-17, 2010.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Outlaw Emotions, Post-Heroic Creativities and Theory Change in the Discipline of International Relations’. ‘Global Café’ series, The Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, NY, May 3, 2010. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Front Lines and Boundary Lines: Reports from a Developing Field’. Conclusive remarks for the conference ‘No Longer Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at the New School’, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, New York, NY, March 26-27, 2010.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Creativity and Courage: On the Possibility of a Public Intellectual in the Twenty-First Century’, panel on ‘Theory and Practice of Global Governance’. The 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.

    2009

    Soreanu, R. ‘Feminism, Agency, Creativity: The Possibility of Feminist Public Intellectuals’. The British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, December 2009.

    Soreanu, R and Kornprobst, M. ‘The Positive Sanctions Dilemma and the Diplomatic Habitus: The United States, North Korea and Nuclear Non-proliferation’. The Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the The American Political Science Association (APSA), Toronto, Canada, September 3-6, 2009.

    Soreanu, R. and Kornprobst, M. ‘Habitus and Metis in the Diplomatic Field: North Korea, the United States and Nuclear Non-Proliferation’. The 5th European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12, 2009.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Towards a Theory of the Diplomatic Habitus: The United States, North Korea and Nuclear Non-proliferation’. Departmental Research Seminar, School of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University College London, UK, January 2009. [invited talk]

    2008

    Soreanu, R. ‘Beyond the “Idiom of Failure”: Innovative Institutionalism and Anti-Institutionalist Innovation in Feminist International Relations’. ‘Ending International Feminist Futures’, University of Aberdeen, UK, October 24, 2008.

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Complicated Ménage between Feminism and International Relations: Creativity and Resistance’. The First International Sociological Association (ISA) World Forum of Sociology, Barcelona, Spain, September 7, 2008.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Feminist Scholarship in International Relations and the Politics of Disciplinary Emotion’. The Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, June 11, 2008. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Feminist Scholarship in International Relations and the Politics of Disciplinary Emotion’. Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 23, 2008. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R. ‘Feminist Talk of Self and the Disciplinary Imaginary of International Relations: A Case of Creative Boundary-Work’. The 49th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), San Francisco, CA, March 26, 2008.

    Soreanu, R. ‘The Making of Disciplinary Subjectivities: The Constructivist Turn in International Relations’. Departmental Research Seminar, School of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University College London, UK, February 2008.

    Soreanu, R. ‘Feminist Talk of Self and the Disciplinary Imaginary of International Relations’. Bloomsbury International Relations Research Group, London, UK, January 2008. [invited talk]

    Soreanu, R and Hudson, D. ‘Feminist Scholarship in International Relations and the Politics of Disciplinary Emotion: Who Cites the Millennium Issues?’. ‘Between Past and Future: Feminist Debates in International Relations’, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, January 26, 2008.

    2007

    Soreanu, R. ‘A Case of Boundary-Work in Academia: Feminist Creativities and Theory Change in the Discipline of International Relations’. The British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK, December 18, 2007.

    2006

    Soreanu, R. ‘Exploring the Space of Identification: A Tricolour Story from the City of Cluj-Napoca’. The 7th Annual International Postgraduate Conference ‘Inclusion-Exclusion’, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK, February 16, 2006.

Contributions to newsletters

  • Soreanu, R. and Vandenberghe, F. (2012) Going Small’. The Newsletter of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory, International Sociological Association, summer: 7-9.

    Soreanu, R. (2011) ‘Outlaw Emotions: Working-through a Psychoanalytic Sociology of the Mind’. The Newsletter of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory, International Sociological Association, spring/summer: 9-10.

Conference collections

  • Soreanu, R. (2013) ‘Shapes of Sound and Radical Social Imaginaries: The Oblique Politics of the Brazilian Uprising’. Anais do II Encontro Internacional sobre Imaginários Sonoros, Curitiba, November 5.

Reviews

  • Soreanu, R. (2016) ‘The Social Unconscious, by Carla Penna’. Journal of Group Psychotherapy 67: 145-151.

    Soreanu, R. (2015) ‘O Inconsciente social’. Cadernos de Psicanálise – CPRJ 37(32): 231-237 [in Portuguese].

    Soreanu, R. (2014) ‘Movement, Power and Magma. Akram Khan's iTMOi.’ POLIVOX. [Republished in: Circulando Notícias, Novembro e Dezembro de 2014, Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro (CPRJ)]

Blog entries and opinion pieces

Interviews

Podcasts

Teaching

Courses developed

Conference organisation

Exhibitions organised

  • Exhibition ‘Michael Balint. The Early Work with Groups’, to be displayed on the occasion of the International Balint Federation Congress, Porto, Lisbon, September 2019.

    Exhibition ‘On Michael Balint’s Trails’, displayed on the occasion of the 13th International Sándor Ferenczi Conference: ‘Ferenczi in Our Time & A Renaissance of Psychoanalysis’, Florence, Italy, May 3-6, 2018 (in collaboration with Judit Szekacs).

    Exhibition ‘Michael Balint, The Internationalist’, based on archival research at the Balint Archive. 20th International Balint Federation Congress, Oxford September 6-10, 2017. Exhibition prepared by Dr Raluca Soreanu in collaboration with: Dr Andrew Elder (UK Balint Society and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust); Joanne Halford (British Psychoanalytical Society); Ewan O’Neill (British Psychoanalytical Society); Dr Esti Rimmer (UK Balint Society and Scottish Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy); Dr Judit Szekacs (British Psychoanalytical Society and Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society). The exhibition showed a broad range of materials: official documents, correspondence, photos), with extensive comments on the life and work of Michael Balint.

Conferences organised

  • ‘The Balints and their World’. International conference to be held at The Freud Museum, December 7-9, 2018, (co-organised with psychoanalyst Judit Szekacs).

    ‘Trauma and the Contemporary World: Working-through Collective Wounds’. Symposium with international guests to be held at the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, UK, October 2018.

    Necropolitics, Biopower and the Crisis of Globalisation’. One-day conference with international guests. Department of Psychosocial Studies and Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck College, London, UK, January 29, 2018 (co-organised with Giuseppe Cocco).

    ‘Politics of Bodies. Politics of the Poor.’ Film projection [Glauber Rocha, Black God, White Devil (1964)] followed by discussion. Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, UK, 19 January, 2018 (co-organised with Giuseppe Cocco).

    ‘Creativities of Protest: Imaginaries, Commons and Reparations’. One-day symposium with Brazilian guests. Department of Psychosocial Studies and Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck College, London, UK, November 19, 2015. Conference themes: (1) Meaning, hauntings and social imaginaries; (2) Constructing “commons” and co-habitations; (3) Memory, trauma and reparation. On protest and public mourning (co-organised with Stephen Frosh).

Professional memberships

Psychoanalysis

  • CPRJ: Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [affiliated to the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies] (effective member)

    CP-UK: The College of Psychoanalysts - UK

    IEC: Institudo de Estudos da Complexidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (associate member)

    Birkbeck Psychoanalysis Working Group (co-convener, with Professor Stephen Frosh)

Sociology

  • ISA: International Sociological Association [Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) and Research Committee on Clinical Sociology (RC46)]

    BISA: British International Studies Association [BISA Gendering International Relations Working Group]

    ISA: International Studies Association

 

Contact details

Room 230, 26 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6537
Email: r.soreanu@bbk.ac.uk