The Passionate Body: AIDS, Archetype, Cultural Complex

An Open Seminar from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Wed 23 Feb 22

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Online

  • Event speaker

    Dr Paul Attinello, Newcastle University

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Emilia Halton-Hernandez

Join us for this fascinating talk from Paul Attinello


Viral invasion, infection anxiety, the reappearance of horrifying illness and death in the contemporary world - HIV/AIDS has been an intensely charged world crisis for more than thirty-five years. The unapproachable intensity of early death tied to physical passions: this is the archetypal narrative of the experience of HIV/AIDS as it exists in the ego, in the imagination, in the body, and in politics. The passionate body is a generating focus- the body that desires, that is erotic - which is also the body that wants to live, that fights or welcomes contagion, rot, and disintegration. 


The Speaker

Paul Attinello trained as an analyst at the C.G.Jung-Institut in Zurich and is in private practice in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a senior Lecturer at Newcastle Universoty and has taught at the University of Hong Kong and as a guest professor at UCLA, where he received his PhD. He has lived with HIV for forty years, had medical care on four continents, and run HIV patient groups for eighteen years. He is published in journals, essay collections and reference works and has written extensively on conte,porary musics, gender, sexuality, the culture of AIDS, and philosophical and psychological topics.  

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Entry is free and open to all but please register your place.

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