Psychoanalysis Unit


30 November 2018 | 3:30 pm to 02 December 2018 | 1:30 pm

The Repression and Abandonment of Oedipus: oedipal situations in life, distress and disorder

University College London
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UCL Psychoanalysis Unit
Oedipus Conference

Conference Abstract

The most nuclear of psychoanalytic ideas is the eponymously named Oedipus complex. Stated generally, it is that shifting patterns of triangular love, hate and rivalry exist universally: two are imagined to join as a cross-generational sexual pair transgressing the incest taboo. The third fears abandonment and feels murderous. These patterns determine whom we love and/or hate and how we see the differences, or absence of them, between the sexes. They operate in the genesis of guilt and mental disorders. They structure family and group dynamics. They interact with culture. This Conference aims at a current view of how we understand, and work with clinically, the phenomena to which this radical thesis draws our attention.

Conference Registration

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Main Speakers

Denis Flynn | British Psychoanalytical Society

The Oedipus Complex, Alienation and Loss of Psychic Structure

Francesca Hume | British Psychoanalytical Society, and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Oedipus Wrecked: Rejecting and reclaiming the mother

David Taylor | British Psychoanalytical Society, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and University College London

Fateful Affinities: oedipal love, hate and guilt

Friday Clinical Seminar Leaders

Robin Anderson, David Bell, Donald Campbell, Denis Flynn, Peter Fonagy, Francesca Hume, Chris Mawson, Rosine Jozef Perelberg, Irma Brenman Pick, Gigliola Fornari Spoto, Mary Target, David Taylor, and David Tuckett

Call for Parallel Papers

On the Saturday afternoon there will be parallel paper sessions. If you want to submit a paper relevant to the Conference's topic please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk

For those interested in submitting a parallel paper abstract, guidelines for parallel paper submissions can be found here: docs/Repression_and_Abandonment_of_Oedipus_Conference_PP_Guidelines

Call for Friday Clinical Seminar Presenters

At the Friday evening clinical seminars, those attending can elect to present clinical cases. If you would like to present, please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk

For those that attend the Friday afternoon and evening clinical seminars, please note that there is a possibility that you will be invited to present at the seminar that you have chosen to attend.

Ticket Prices

  • Friday afternoon clinical seminar rate: £45
  • Friday evening clinical seminar rate (delegates can only attend one evening seminar): £45*
  • Conference only standard rate: £165
  • Conference only candidate / part time student rate: £130
  • Conference only student rate: £55

*Please note that places for the Friday afternoon and evening clinical seminars are limited, and booking will be on a first come first served basis. Tickets for these seminars must be purchased in advance.

Further Information

For any additional queries in the meantime please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk