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Shared Psychoanalysis Course Outlines

Today, the REFRAMING PSYCHOANALYSIS website makes public its online archive space for sharing downloadable psychoanalysis and humanities/arts related course outlines. The archive launches with the following syllabus:

If you have an outline you’d like to deposit with us to share online, please contact us at with details. Thank you.

VIDEO: Sigmund Freud – Thinkers for our Time

Video recording of the event which took place on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Chaired by Professor Laura Marcus FBA, University of Oxford

The work of Freud has shaped ideas, discussion and social discourse since the start of the twentieth century. This event revisited his key ideas and the influence they have had on society over the past hundred years.

This event was the first in a series re-examining the life and works of influential historical figures from across the humanities and social sciences, exploring the important and continuing influences they have on society and debating their place as key thinkers for our time.


Professor Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London
Professor Ankhi Mukherjee, University of Oxford
Dr Shohini Chaudhuri, University of Essex
Dr Jana Funke, University of Exeter

Black Psychoanalysts Speak

Black Psychoanalysts Speak (Basio Winigrad, 2014, PEP Video Grants 2014): a fascinating online film, exploring the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis through the experience of black analysts:

In the field of psychoanalysis, it’s been minimized how profound the trauma of racism actually is.
–Anton Hart

The issue of race so prompts excessive anxiety that it blocks off our capacity to think. …. The mind, to me, has a social context to it. It’s always social. It’s always relational. …. Women begin to challenge a lot of the sexist theoretical constructs and analyze psychoanalysis. I think that’s what other folks  can do as well. People of color can show psychoanalysis its inherent racist structure.
–Kirkland Vaughans

Yet our psychoanalytic institutes have largely turned away from the big picture, the ills and inequalities of our cultures, and instead have focused on training and treating the relatively privileged. People whose problems can be narrowly conceptualized as stemming from their family relationships. People who seem, at least for a time, to be relatively immune to the traumas of history and cultural conflict. …. Psychoanalysis was for very long, and I think correctly seen, as patriarchal. And that’s really changed enormously. The issue of gender and sexuality is central to psychoanalytic curriculum. Whereas the issue of race, class, ethnicity is not
–Michael Moskowitz

Freud understood that poverty and racism can profoundly affect a person’s well being. And he said, I never expected to go so far because of the poverty and conditions of my youth.
–Dorothy E. Holmes

I point out to my white liberal friends that never have they ever made a white referral to me. It’s always black folks. I refer all kinds of folks to them all the time. Part of it is, I think, racism. And part of it is also economics. Because as I said, if that person’s got good insurance, they could come from the Saharan Desert. They’re going to keep that person. This needs to be interrogated. This needs to be looked at. And that has not happened in psychoanalysis.
–C. Jama Adams

The video is online at and

Leo Bersani Talk

Leo Bersani, Force in Progress

Wednesday 7 October, Fulton A Lecture Theatre, 5-7 p.m.

School of English Graduate Colloquium
(Organized and sponsored by the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence)

All are welcome

Leo Bersani is currently Professor in the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, and Emeritus Professor in the Department of French, University of California Berkeley. He is the author of seventeen books, including The Freudian Body: Psychoanalysis and Art (1986),The Culture of Redemption (1990), Homos (1995), Intimacies (co-authored with Adam Phillips, 2008), Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays (2010), and Thoughts and Things (2015)

Bersani’s lecture at Sussex will range across various aspects of psychoanalysis, philosophy, film and literature, including the work of Lacan, D.H. Lawrence and Samuel Beckett, Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia.

Here’s an earlier psychoanalytically inflected lecture by Professor Bersani.