Interrogating “the Social Unconscious” – 25th January

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”

                  Sasha Roseneil


On the problem of talking about where we come from

                  Christopher Scanlon


3.35-4.00pm                       Tea and Coffee


4.00-5.00pm                       Open Discussion


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