An interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, theoretical and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis. To read about the formation and development of the Psychoanalysis + initiative, see here: https://breac.nd.edu/articles/psychoanalysis-in-ireland-an-interview-with-dr-noreen-giffney/
Psychoanalysis + is an interdisciplinary initiative founded and developed by psychoanalytic psychotherapist and cultural theorist Dr Noreen Giffney. It foregrounds psychoanalysis as a clinical practice and a theoretical tool for understanding culture, society and politics. Psychoanalysis + brings together individuals interested in clinical, theoretical and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis + points to the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of projects and events forming part of the initiative. Psychoanalysis exists in an interdependent and mutually enriching relationship with the cultures and societies within which we as clinical and theoretical practitioners find ourselves. The ‘+’ in the title gestures towards the fact that psychoanalysis is always more than itself. In other words, psychoanalytic practitioners have always drawn on and incorporated insights from other clinical and non-clinical fields into our work, for example, literature, psychiatry, music, neuroscience, art, psychology, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, nursing, classics, social work, film, gender and sexuality studies, theatre and so on. The space between ‘psychoanalysis’ and ‘+’ recognises the gap needed for productive things to happen which cannot be known in advance. The ‘+’ also symbolises an openness to new possibilities and collaborations.
RECENT EVENTS INCLUDE: Film: In Session (Psychoanalysis and Film Series of Screenings and Discussions) in Filmbase, Dublin 2013-2014; Melancholia in the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 2014; Conducting Psychoanalytic Research for Publication in the Humanities Institute at University College Dublin 2015; The Clinical Usefulness of Wilfred Bion's Writings for Psychotherapists in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London 2015; Affect and Melanie Klein at the Affect International Conference in Winnipeg, Canada 2015; Cinematic Encounters with Violent Trauma and Its Aftermath: A Public Screening and Discussion of 'The Act of Killing' in Science Gallery Dublin 2016; Sexuality, Identity and the State at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin 2016; The Artist/Analyst Is Present: At the Interface between Clinical Psychoanalytic Practice and Creative Arts Practice, as part of the 8th Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival, in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin 2017; Developing Clinical Insight Using Non-Clinical Case Studies in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Visual Culture and the Transference and Countertransference Experience at the AGM of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) in the Teacher's Club, Dublin 2017; Psychoanalysis & Sexuality Today Clinical Conference at the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Dublin 2017; Contemporary Developments in Sexuality and Gender and Their Impact on the Consulting Room at the British Psychoanalytic Council's Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy NOW Clinical Conference at Imperial College, London 2017; The Freud Affect as part of the Lucian Freud Keynote Lecture Series, convened by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC) at Trinity College Dublin, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin 2018; and What Might Clinical Psychoanalysis Learn from Queer Theories of Sexuality at the Freud Museum, London 2018 (podcasts will be available).
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