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Celebrating the work of Elizabeth Cowie

The above video was made as a tribute to Elizabeth Cowie, groundbreaking film scholar, Professor Emeritus, and CHASE Psychoanalysis Network member. Details of its making are published here.

A pioneer in psychoanalytic and feminist approaches to cinema studies and author of two important books in our field (Representing the Woman: Cinema and Psychoanalysis, 1997, and Recording Reality, Desiring the Real, 2011), Professor Cowie recently retired from the post she had held in Film Studies at the University of Kent since 1982.

The publication of the video coincides with an event to celebrate Cowie’s work and career to be held at the University of Kent on Monday, June 6, 2016. Details are given below. The event is free but please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

SCHEDULE: The Politics and Aesthetics of Representation in Film and Video – Celebrating Elizabeth Cowie

Monday 6 June, 10:30-17:00, Jarman 2 (School of Arts, University of Kent)

10:30: Peter Stanfield – Introduction
10:45: Richard Rushton – Three Propositions on Filmic Reality (Chair: Cecilia Sayad)
11:15: Alisa Lebow – Identity Slips (Chair: Lavinia Brydon)
11:45 Coffee break (Jarman foyer)
12:00: Caroline Rooney – On Making Documentaries: Elusive Realities (Mattias Frey)
12:30-14:00: Lunch break
14:00: Julia Borossa – Memory, Trauma and Communication: links to psychoanalytic practice (Chair: Michael Newall)
14:30: Laura Mulvey – Where did it all begin? Freud, film and feminism in the 1970s (Chair: Peter Stanfield)
15:00: Coffee break (Jarman foyer)
15:15: Adrian Rifkin – Why ask for the moon, we already have the stars? …  or the happy ending need never be an alibi! (Chair: Tamar Jeffers McDonald)
15:45: Sarah Turner and Elizabeth Cowie – Excerpts and discussion of Public House (Sarah Turner, 2015) (Chair: Catherine Grant)
16:30 Concluding remarks (Elizabeth Cowie)
17:00 Drinks reception

Teaching Psychoanalysis: What can sixth formers and undergraduates make of Freud, Jung and co?

Annual Conference at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

Date/Time: 13 February 2016, 09:30
Venue: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus


From its beginnings psychoanalysis has had much to say about the lives of young people. But as a profession it has been associated with mature insight, and in the academy psychoanalysis has been a postgraduate subject. So what does it mean to teach psychoanalysis to young people, rather than applying it to them? Tied to the launch of our new BAs in Psychoanalytic Studies and in Therapeutic Care, we bring together academics, sixth-form teachers, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists to debate teaching Freud, Jung, Klein or Lacan to younger people: how do we do it, what are the challenges, and what changes does this bring. 

Themes discussed will include psychoanalysis in schools, in the street, in the media; experiments in pedagogy; explaining psychoanalytic and Jungian ideas through film and literature; and psychoanalysis in the neoliberal university.

Speakers include:  Dr Aaron Balick (Essex), Jackie Chitty (The Colne Secondary School), Hannah Curtis (essex/BPF), Dr Chris Nicholson (Essex), Professor Michael Rustin (UEL), Dr Nick Stratton, Professor Candida Yates (Bournemouth), Ivan Ward, Stefan Marianski, Emilia Raczkiwska (The Freud Museum).

Booking can be made online here.

This event is open to the general public.

Cost: £75 for the day (£40 students/unwaged).

The Maudsley Lectures and Seminars in Psychoanalysis

A new term of lectures and seminars in contemporary psychoanalysis begins January 11th, 2016 at the ORTUS learning and events centre in Camberwell, South London. The series, run by the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Maudsley Learning, features some internationally renowned psychoanalysts, who are at the forefront of psychoanalytic thinking today.  Continue reading