On the Wise Crowd

An Open Seminar from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Wed 4 Dec 19

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    LTB 3

  • Event speaker

    Dr Raluca Soreanu, University of Essex

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Debbie Stewart

Dr Raluca Soreanu has been invited to give a lecture titled “on the Wise Crowd”, hosted by Dr Julie Walsh and PPS.

In this talk, I look at situations of protest, when collectives appear to us as both creative and traumatically wounded. I draw on the ideas of psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenczi and I articulate a quality of social action, which I call Orphic sociality. It refers to socialities of radical mutuality, socialities of connection, socialities of psychic resonance, putting bodies and body parts in new forms of contact and new juxtapositions.

In collective Orphic moments, something that is very likely to be destroyed, crushed, killed off, damaged can be spared, through small acts that appear to us nearly as effects of clairvoyance. We can make sense of such acts by referring back to Sándor Ferenczi’s metapsychology and to the Orpha fragment of the psyche, which captures a particular kind of traumatic ‘wisdom’. By looking at the Brazilian uprising in 2013, I trace a collective that is able to create symbols, to mourn, and to traverse Orphic times. 

The Speaker

Raluca Soreanu is Reader in Psychoanalytic Studies at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. She is a practising psychoanalyst, effective member of Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro. Previously, she was Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck College, London. She is the author of Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising (Palgrave, 2018), which formulates a theory of collective trauma, drawing on the work of Sándor Ferenczi. In the past four years, she has studied the Michael Balint Archive, found at the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her most recent project is a monograph looking at psychic splitting and temporality, The Psychic Life of Fragments: On Splitting and the Experience of Time in Psychoanalysis (forthcoming, 2020). She was part of the Waiting Times project, supported by the Wellcome Trust, and exploring the connections between time and care.

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