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Dr Raluca Soreanu

Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities
PhD (London)

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Academic background

  • Raluca Soreanu is Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck.
  • She is a psychoanalyst in private practice, an associate member of the Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro (CPRJ), and of the Instituto de Estudos da Complexidade (IEC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 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 academic work situates itself at the intersection between psychoanalytic theory and social theory. In psychoanalytic theory and technique, I am especially interested in the thinking of Sándor Ferenczi and Michael Balint, and, more broadly, in the works of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis. In social theory, I am interested in theories of recognition, and in theories of collective trauma and collective creativity.
  • 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. For the first two years of the project, I was based at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. In this research, I looked at the practices and modes of association of activists in Brazil and in the UK, while putting emotions and synchronicity at the centre of social process. Ultimately, the project worked toward a psychosocial perspective on collective creativity.
  • In 2016, I am working on a monograph titled Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Recognition and Denial in the Brazilian Uprising (forthcoming with Palgrave, Studies in the Psychosocial Series). The book articulates a psychosocial theory of collective trauma, anchoring it in ideas of denial and recognition. The book also proposes elements for a psychosocial theory of recognition, centred on the idea of “registers of recognition”. I work toward transposing several of Sándor Ferenczi’s ideas on trauma and “the confusion of tongues” from a strictly defined psychoanalytic horizon to the horizon of psychosocial studies, but also of social and political theory more broadly. While elaborating on trauma, denial and recognition, the book also proposes a semiotic of the traces and products of the collective, by looking at the protests taking place in Brazil since 2013. I am interested in how collectives search for meaning. I look at how collective symbols emerge, and at how symbols function in cycles of morbid repetition, or in cycles of working-though and healing of collective traumas.
  • Since 2016, I am a Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck, Department of Psychosocial Studies. My three-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 has four dimensions of research: theoretical, examining Balint’s innovative relational conception of illness; historical, analysing the importance of Balint’s embeddedness in the Budapest School of psychoanalysis; epistemological, looking at the forms of boundary-work between psychoanalysis and medicine that characterised the emergence of Balint groups and reflecting on the collective and transdisciplinary knowledge produced in the groups; ethical, discussing the non-hierarchical modes of relationality in the groups. 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. The research will also involve in-depth interviewing of psychoanalysts and medical doctors.
  • I have published papers in journals such as: American Journal of PsychoanalysisAmerican Imago, International Political Sociology, Cadernos de Psicanálise – CPRJ (in Portuguese), Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Children’s Geographies, Studia Sociologia, Revista 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 2017, I will be co-authoring a book on contemporary political violence with political theorist Giuseppe Cocco.
  • In 2016 I am co-convening, with Professor Stephen Frosh, the Birkbeck Psychoanalysis Working Group.

Research interests

  • Psychoanalytic theory; psychosocial studies; the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis; contemporary social theory; feminist theory; sociology of emotions; sociology of knowledge; epistemologies of the social sciences; critical theories in International Relations.

Research grants and awards

  • Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Medical Humanities (February 2016 – March 2019) – three-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

  • Soreanu, R. Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising [Palgrave, Studies in the Psychosocial Series, forthcoming 2017].

Journal articles

  • Soreanu, R. (forthcoming 2017) ‘Something Was Lost in Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle: A Ferenczian Perspective.’ The American Journal of Psychoanalysis 77(3).
  • Soreanu, R. (2016) ‘Ferenczi’s Times: The Tangent, the Segment, and the Meandering Line’. American Imago 73(1): 51-69.
  • Soreanu, R. (2015) ‘O que pode um rosto? O que pode um braço? O levante brasileiro e a nova estética do protesto’ [‘What Can a Face Do? What Can an Arm Do? The Brazilian Uprising and a New Aesthetic of Protest’]. Lugar Comum 43: 203-225 [in Portuguese].
  • Soreanu, R. and Hurducaș, I. (2015) ‘Children’s Imaginaries in the City: On Ghosts, Things and Materials’. Children’s Geographies 14(2): 1-15.
  • Soreanu, R. (2014) ‘Death, Gold and the Square: Rhythm-analysis in a Time of Protests’. Studia Sociologia 59(2): 117-136.
  • Soreanu, R. (2014) ‘Por uma análise rítmica dos protestos’ [‘For a Rhyhtm-analysis of Protests’]. Revista Política & Trabalho 40: 171-197 [in Portuguese].
  • Soreanu, R. (2010) ‘Feminist Creativities and the Disciplinary Imaginary of International Relations’. International Political Sociology 4(4): 380-400.
  • Soreanu, R. (2010) ‘Metaphor in the Social Sciences: Creative Methodologies and Some Elements for an Epistemological Reconstruction’. Studia Sociologia 55(1): 239-256.
  • Soreanu, R., Petrovici, N, and Simionca, A. (2010) Foreword to ‘Methodological Forum: Creative and Critical Sociology for the Twenty-First Century’. Studia Sociologia 55(1): 219-220.
  • Soreanu, R. and Hudson, D. (2008) ‘Feminist Scholarship in International Relations and the Politics of Disciplinary Emotion’. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 37(1): 123-151.

Book chapters

  • Soreanu, R. (forthcoming 2016) ‘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.

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

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

Recent conference presentations

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

Recent invited talks

  • 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.
  • Soreanu, R. ‘Bodies in Assembly’ – a conversation with Judith Butler and Leticia Sabsay. Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, June 27, 2016.
  • 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. ‘Objects of Psychic Convertibility: Clinical Reflections on Borderline Functioning’. Birkbeck Psychoanalysis Working Group, London, UK, 22 October 2015.
  • Soreanu, R. ‘Working-through Collective Wounds in the Brazilian Uprising’. Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, UK, 12 October 2015.
  • http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychosocial/about-us/events/psychosocial-studies-research-seminar-working-through-collective-wounds-in-the-brazilian-uprising
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. ‘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.
  • 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.
  • Soreanu, R. ‘Feminist Scholarship in International Relations and the Politics of Disciplinary Emotion’. Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 23, 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.

Teaching

Courses developed

  • ‘Ferenczi: Theory and Technique’: 2017, postgraduate, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London, UK.
  • ‘Slow-thinking the Revolution: Radical Social Imaginaries in the Making’ [‘Pensar-lentamente a revolução: Imaginários sociais radicais em construção’]: short course (5 sessions) developed in August – October 2013 for postgraduate students, Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Course website: http://pensarlentamentearevolucao.wordpress.com/
  • ‘Recent Debates in Social Theory. Social Epistemologies’: 2011/2012, advanced undergraduate, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • ‘Dwelling and Social Imaginary’: 2012, advanced undergraduate, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Course website: http://imaginarsocial.wordpress.com/
  • ‘International Relations Theories: Continental Perspectives’: 2008/2009, advanced undergraduate, University College London.

Conference organisation

Conference panels organised

  • Organiser and chair of panel ‘Toward New Global Imaginaries: Feminist Thinking on Creativity and the Imagination as Social Resources’. The 52nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Montreal, Canada, March 16-19, 2011.
  • Co-organiser and chair of panel on ‘Theory and Practice of Global Governance’. The 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010 (with Markus Kornprobst).
  • Co-organiser and chair of roundtable ‘Feminism, Agency, Creativity: The Possibility of Feminist Public Intellectuals’. The British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Leicester, UK, December 2009 (with Marysia Zalewski).

Conferences organised

  • Dr Raluca Soreanu and Professor Stephen Frosh collaborated in organising an interdisciplinary conference at Birkbeck, on November 19, 2015, titled: Creativities of Protest: Imaginaries, Commons and Reparations. The event brought together scholars from Brazil, the UK, and beyond. Among the speakers, we mention: Giuseppe Cocco (political theorist, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Peter Pál Pelbart (philosopher, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil), Maria Rita Kehl (psychoanalyst in private practive, São Paulo, Brazil, and former member of the Brazilian Truth Commission - Comissão Nacional da Verdade), Judit Szekacs (psychoanalyst in private practice, Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society and British Psychoanalytical Society), Gail Lewis (psychosocial scholar, Birkbeck College, London, UK).
  • The symposium created a space for a polyphonic reflection on the forms of social creativity specific to protest mobilisations. The encounter focused on the “positivities” and on the productive facets of protests, countering their commonplace representation as “chaotic”, and rethinking the distinction between chaos and order, which has become predominant in making sense of mass mobilisations. The three dialogues that the symposium proposed were: [Dialogue 1] Constructing “commons” and co-habitations; [Dialogue 2] Meaning, hauntings and social imaginaries; [Dialogue 3] Memory, trauma and reparation: On protest and public mourning.

Professional memberships

Psychoanalysis

  • CPRJ: Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [affiliated to the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies] (associate member)
  • IEC: Institudo de Estudos da Complexidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (associate member)
  • Birkbeck Psychoanalysis Working Group (co-convener, with Professor Naomi Segal)

Sociology

  • ISA: International Sociological Association
  • ISA: Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16)
  • ISA: 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