Here is an opportunity to attend two  seminars, the first about the history of trauma and the second, about Ernst Falzeder’s new book, ‘Psychoanalytic Filiations: Mapping the Psychoanalytic Movement’ ( Karnac), at University College London on 18 July 2015. It is not so easy for Antipodeans, at such short notice, to merely pop on the plane to visit London for a week or so just to attend these events, but if one was in the area….! One could certainly dip into Falzeder’s book! Or, in the light of current historical interest about the Great War and Gallipoli  explore further the way trauma has shaped psychiatry in the Oceania Region.

An interview with Falzeder about his work, published in Cabinet magazine, is located at this link:

Falzeder’s work prompts reflection about Australia’s own psychoanalytic genealogy and the way this has shaped the psychoanalytic stance and thought. How has the Hungarian School, Ferenczi and Clara Geroe’s analyst, Michael Balint shaped the approach to analysis in the eastern states? What is the influence of Anna Freud in Western Australia? As the children of Empire returned from England after training as Kleinian analysts  and therapists during the 1970s, another wave of thought washed across the continent. And as psychoanalysts arrived from Argentina in the 1970s, Lacanian analysis provided another trajectory of thought. More recent, perhaps, is the turning to indigenous thought and philosophy for what we can learn about the mind.


Two upcoming events at the UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines:

UCL, Tuesday 16th June 2015, 6-7.30pm

Historical trauma studies continue to burgeon, but the work in this
flourishing field of scholarship is derived from a small number of
purely Euro-American catastrophic events, which serve as historical and
psychological paradigms. Micale, who contributed to earlier debates in
the field with his edited collection Traumatic Pasts: History, 
Psychiatry, and Trauma in the Modern Age, 1870-1930, argues that
scholars need now to look beyond the West toward a new, more genuinely
global perspective on the history of trauma. He focuses in particular on
new research being done about Asia.

UCL, Saturday 18th July 2015 2-6pm

How does one write the history of the psychoanalytic movement? This
event marks the publication of Ernst Falzeder’s book, Psychoanalytic

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