Researching the Unconscious

The Essex Summer School in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Research Methods 2021

  • Fri 4 - Fri 25 Jun 21


  • Online

  • Event type

    Workshops, training and support

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Raluca Soreanu

Joins us for this fascinating course on Researching the Unconscious: The Essex Summer School in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Research Methods

This summer school is available to research students and brings together experienced psychosocial researchers, who will teach you how they use psychosocial and psychoanalytic ideas and methodologies to conduct their research. Based on examples from their own research practice, you will learn how psychosocial approaches and psychoanalysis can help you construct your object of research, conduct your fieldwork, and interpret your findings.

In the inaugural lecture of the summer school, Prof Lisa Baraitser will discuss collaboration as a psychosocial method. She will address questions of research methods from the perspective of collaboration and the impossibility of working alone. Offering a psychosocial perspective on interdisciplinarity, she will show how we are dependent on others for making new knowledge, a process that is not necessarily harmonious, and can be full of archaic terrors that are played out and reworked as the research unfolds.

The four sessions of the course will be dedicated to interview methods, discourse analysis, psychosocial ethnography, and ethnographic reflexivity. Prof Sasha Roseneil’s session will be dedicated to the biographical-narrative interpretive method (BNIM) as psychosocial research method. Prof Jason Glynos will discuss discourse and fantasy, showing how the concept of fantasy can be ‘operationalised’ for purposes of critical empirical research. Dr Raluca Soreanu’s will discuss psychosocial ethnography, showing how to approach difficult research sites and how to ‘listen’ to psychosocial scenes. Dr Ruth Sheldon’s session will be dedicated to ethnography and its forms of reflexivity.

Course Programme

Friday 4 June 2021

11.30 - 12.15 Hosted by The Freud Museum (online) "Collaboration as Psychosocial Method: Some notes from the Waiting Times project"Lisa Baraitser, Birkbeck, University of London

Friday 18 June 2021

10.00 – 12.00 "Linking the Psychic and the Societal, Micro and Macro, Personal and Political: The Biographical-Narrative Interpretive Method",  Sasha Roseneil, University College London

13.30 – 15.30 "Discourse and Fantasy in Critical Empirical Research", Jason Glynos, University of Essex

Friday 25 June 2021

10.00 – 12.00 "Psychosocial Ethnography: On Rhythm and Social Scenes", Raluca Soreanu, University of Essex

13:30-15.30 "On Reflexivity and Ethnography", Ruth Sheldon, Kings College London


Register Your Place

This course can be booked via Proficio.