BSA Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Study Group
in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
Interrogating “the Social Unconscious”
Friday 25 January 2013 2pm – 5pm Room 101, 30 Russell Square
What is meant by the concept of “the social unconscious”? What is it trying to capture, and is it a notion that can truly bring sociology and psychoanalysis into dialogue? How is it used in clinical work, and how might it be used in social research?
This seminar features a talk by Earl Hopper, group analyst and psychoanalyst and author of “The Social Unconscious: selected papers” (2003, Jessica Kingsley) and co-editor of “The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies: Volume 1” (2010, Karnac), followed by responses from Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Birkbeck, University of London, and Christopher Scanlon, Consultant Psychotherapist and Group Analyst.
This event is free but registration is essential – register here
2.00pm Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar
Peter Redman and Sasha Roseneil
2.05-2.55pm The concept of the social unconscious: in praise of ambiguity and conceptual elasticity
Earl Hopper, Group Analyst and Psychoanalyst
2.55-3.35pm Towards a psychosocial critique of “the social unconscious”
On the problem of talking about where we come from
3.35-4.00pm Tea and Coffee
4.00-5.00pm Open Discussion
To find the venue: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps