The Institute of Psychoanalysis (London) – Spring 2012 events

21 January –  Oedipus through the Life Cycle: Infancy

The story of Oedipus can be used to explore significant aspects of emotional development from many perspectives. The myth was the foundation for Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex, mainly unconscious feelings of wanting to posses the parent of the opposite sex. Melanie Klein through her understanding of object relations opened the door to the exploration of the oscillations of positive and negative unconscious fantasies. Further theoretical contributions, in spite of their differences, acknowledge its importance

This fundamental stage in a child’s development will be discussed by speakers from different theoretical perspectives. Valli Kohon and Nora Markman present papers on ‘Little Hans and Maternal Seduction’ and ‘Subjective Construction on Standby’, and the event will be chaired by Robin Anderson.

29 January – Screening Conditions: Ossessione

A screening and discussion of Luchino Visconti’s provocative dama, adapted from James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1943. A young drifter falls for a married woman and they plot to murder her husband.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

25 February – Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Obesity

Obesity is a multi-faceted issue. It has social, governmental, physiological and psychological links, causes and consequences. Psychoanalyst Marilyn Lawrence will attempt to make links between the personal and political, the social and psychological.

Following this, Bryan Lask will present a fully comprehensive and integrative model to explain the pathogenesis and maintenance of anorexia nervosa.

Programme

Marilyn Lawrence – The Obesity Epidemic

Bryan Lask – Anorexia Nervosa: How can we explain it and how should we treat it?

The event is chaired by psychoanalyst Gianna Williams.

26 February – Screening Conditions: The Criminal Life of Archibald de la Cruz

Directed by Luis Bunuel, this 1955 film tells the darkly comic story of a would-be serial killer with a sexual obsession with murder.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

Part of the Screening Conditions ‘Eros and Thanatos’ series, which examines the cinematic portrayal of love and death from a psychoanalytic perspective.

9 March – Temporality in the Unconscious. A Matter of Time: From Churches to Sculpture

The collection included in The Matter of Time, the metal pieces Richard Serra created for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, is one of the most impressive contemporary artistic creations.

The concept of their creation was partly inspired by the church of San Carlo allo Quartro Fontane, designed by Francesco Borromini in the 17th century. The aesthetic emotions we experience in response to Serra’s sculpture are closely related to the descriptions offered by psychoanalysis in its understanding of time and space in the unconscious.

In psychoanalysis, as in philosophy, the notions of time and space are interlinked. We cannot understand one without reference to the other. Reference will be made to the concept of Nachträglichkeit.

18 March – Screening Conditions: Le Boucher

An unlikely relationship forms between a schoolmistress and a butcher – but how will she handle her suspicions when a series of murders takes place in their provincial town? Directed by Claud Chabrol, 1970.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

25 March – Screening Conditions: Matador

A mix of black humour, melodrama, fantasy and violence in Pedro Almodovar’s stylish 1986 drama, in which an ex-bullfighter and a female lawyer, both turned on by killing, and a young man who confesses to murders he didn’t commit are drawn together.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker Professor Peter Evans.

29 April – Screening Conditions: Frankenstein

‘Stark, solid and impressively stylish’ (Time Out), James Whale’s 1930s adaptation of Shelley’s novel intelligently explores the world of the obsessive scientist and his monster alter-ego. The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

This event is part of the Screening Conditions series ‘Horror: The Dark Side of the Unconscious’, a selection of chilling but intelligent films raising fascinationg questions about the appeal of horror movies and concepts of spectatorship and transformation.

4 May – Solitude and Separation Anxiety in Psychoanalysis

Many patients nowadays come to analysis because of a sense of solitude that is being experienced painfully. Some patients are able to express their anxiety in words; others have no words to convey what is sometimes an intolerable sense of loneliness. They express their psychic suffering in a wide variety of ways, such as separation anxiety, disturbances in their sense of identity or somatic symptoms. What solutions can a psychoanalyst offer to such patients?

With the help of clinical examples, Jean-Michel Quinodoz will illustrate how a sense of solitude, which is a nightmare, can change in psychic quality and become a source of personal creativity and a stimulus to affective  relations.

20 May – Screening Conditions: Little Otik

A childless couple take a tree stump for a baby, but it comes to life and develops an insatiable and cannibalistic appetite. Jan Svankmajer’s surrealist retelling of a folk story, released in 2000, uses a combination of live action and stop-motion animation.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

17 June – Screening Conditions: Pan’s Labyrinth

Set against a backdrop of fascist Spain, a young girl escapes into her own fantasy world which is both captivating and nightmarish. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, 2001.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

1 July – Screening Conditions: Let The Right One In

An isolated and bullied boy forms a friendship with a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town coincides with a horrifying series of murders. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, 2008.

The film will be introduced by psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and followed by a discussion with guest speaker psychoanalyst Donald Campbell.

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