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Societies of Outsiders: British Psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group

17 September 2022–18 September 2022, 9:30 am–1:30 pm

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Due to speaker illness and logistical issues, the UCL ‘Societies of Outsiders: British Psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group’ conference has had to be rescheduled. The conference will now take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022. 

Event Information

Open to

All

Organiser

Psychoanalysis Unit

Location

Online
Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

 

Programme

The full programme for the conference will be available in the coming weeks. Please sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date!

Please join us online for a thought-provoking schedule of lectures and discussions that will explore the interplay between British psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group, one of the most influential collectives of the literary and cultural realms.

Psychoanalysis in the UK has always existed outside the medical establishment and has a proud tradition of lay analysis, and the so-called Bloomsbury Group, which included feminists, pacifists, political radicals, gay men and lesbians, never existed as an organisation. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the complex and reciprocal ways in which these two ‘societies of outsiders’* influenced each other.

To mention just a few of the connections, Leonard and Virginia Woolf were Freud’s English publishers, although Virginia resisted reading Freud for a long time. Marion Milner’s early life-writing self-consciously referenced Woolf’s work (A Life of One’s Own). Ella Freeman Sharpe, a psychoanalyst with a passion for literature, was also very aware of Woolf’s work. Virginia’s younger brother Adrian Stephen, together with his wife Karin, trained as a psychoanalyst and played an important role in initiating the Controversial Discussions. James Strachey (Lytton Strachey’s brother) was Donald Winnicott’s analyst and later Freud’s translator. Strachey’s wife Alix was one of the first British analysts to appreciate the significance of Melanie Klein’s work, and encouraged her to come from Berlin to London, where she became the analyst of the art critic Adrian Stokes.

 


*In her 1938 feminist and anti-fascist polemic Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf imagined women forming a Society of Outsiders which would not exist as an organisation but which would seek to bring about social change ‘not with public means in public but with private means in private.’ 

Societies of Outsiders
Saturday 17, Sunday 18 September 2022

Speakers and Chairs will include:

  • Liz Allison
  • Dee McQuillan
  • David Morgan
  • Ken Robinson
  • Janet Sayers
  • Jonathan Sklar
  • Riccardo Steiner
  • Helen Tyson

Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent those of the Psychoanalysis Unit/UCL, event organisers or other speakers.


Programme

The conference's programme is now available to view via the link below. Please subscribe to our mailing list for further updates.

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Registration

Registration is now open! Please book your ticket using the UCL Online Store by clicking the link below.

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Online Attendance
Standard £100 · Concession £60
 
Full time students, UCL staff and trainees are eligible for Concession tickets.

Further Information

For any queries, please contact us at events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk