Fascinated and troubled communities within psychoanalysis

From his very first days as a theoretician, Freud presented to the world the then emerging discipline of psychoanalysis as a science.

  • Wed 24 Oct 18

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    Room 4N.6.1

  • Event speaker

    Aner Govrin, Bar Ilan University

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Debbie Stewart

Subsequently its opponents did their utmost to explain why psychoanalysis didn’t meet the criteria of a scientific field of enquiry. It was labeled a ‘narrative’, a ‘mythology’, a drug of the masses’. Despite this, and in the absence of significant empirical findings to support most of its leading theories, psychoanalysis demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of criticism, alongside significant resurgence over the course of the last years.

The key question which this lecture attempts to answer is: What are the mechanisms of sociology within the psychoanalytic community which have enabled it to withstand the censure and hostility leveled at it and to nonetheless flourish as an intellectual and pragmatic endeavour?

The Speaker

Aner Govrin, Ph.D.  is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and the director of  academic doctoral program "Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics" for mental health workers at The Department of Hermeneutics and Culture at Bar Ilan University. 

Dr. Govrin is in private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Tel Aviv. He is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TAICP).  His book Conservative and Radical Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Knowledge - The fascinated and the disenchanted, was published by Routledge at 2015.

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