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Dr Matt Ffytche

Head of Department – Senior Lecturer (R)
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Matt Ffytche

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Biography

I am currently supervising the following PhD students: Rebecca Reynolds: Freud After Bataille: Death, Dissolution and the Pursuit of the 'Oceanic' Feeling Max Maher: Lacan's Lumpenproletariat: The Politics of Psychoanalysis Yichi Zhang: Comparative Studies: Bion and Buddhism Debbie Phung: CG Jung, Analytical Psychology, and the 'Structure of Feeling' of Literary Modernism 1900-1940 Shehzad Raj: Ambivalence and Penetration of Barriers in the Worship of Dionysus: Analysing the enacting of psychical conflicts in religious ritual and societal structure Mark Saban: The Dialectical Psyche: Jung and the Opposites Previously Supervised Projects: Christian McMillan:Jung, Bergson and intuitive knowledge: The structure and dynamics of archetypes and a-casual process in durational time - A theory Tom Minor: The Psychoanalytic Meaning and Truth of Sadomasochistic Action in Euripidean Tragedy Marie-Louise Mederer: Examining Chance in Philosophy, Depth Psychology and Literature

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The history of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology

Psychosocial Studies and integrations of psychology with sociology

Nineteenth-century theories of the unconscious

German Romantic psychology and philosophy

Psychoanalysis and critical theory

Modernist poetry and poetics

Conferences and presentations

Society Without the Father: Psychoanalytic Authority in Postwar Sociology', History and Psychoanalysis During the Postwar Period, Heyman Centre, Columbia University, NY (5 April, 2014)

Mythos in Evolutionary Time: Schelling, Freud and H. P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu, Centre for the Study of Myth, Aberdeen (1 May, 2013).

The Eclipse of the Father: The Frankfurt School on the Superego in the Age of Totalitarianism, Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis, St John's College, Oxford (18 February, 2013).

The Embryo Individual: Early twentieth century psychodynamic perspectives on the origins of selfhood, Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series, UCL (11 December, 2012).

The Superego as a Historical Crisis, for Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism, Wellcome Collection Centre, London (22 September, 2012).

Psychoanalysis in the School of Cambridge Poetry (1970-2010): John Wilkinson, Denise Riley, Nick Totton, John Welch, for Poetry and Psychoanalysis, Exeter College, Oxford (1July, 2012).

Talk on The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche, Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck (19 March, 2012).

Truth and the National Interest: Freud and the Neocons, for Psychoanalysis and Politics: Nationalism and the Body Politic, Oslo, 25-27 March 2011

Hoffmanns Mines of Falun: Myth, History and Indeterminacy in the Depths of the Soul, for Myth, Literature and the Unconscious, Centre for Myth Studies, University of Essex (2-4 September, 2010)

Teaching and supervision

  • Literature and the Unconscious (PA406)

  • Freud in Contexts (PA976)

  • Thinking Psychoanalytically (PA977)

Publications

Journals (5)

ffytche, M., (2017). Psychoanalytic sociology and the traumas of history: Alexander Mitscherlich between the disciplines. History of the Human Sciences

ffytche, M., (2013). Freud and the Neocons: The Narrative of a Political Encounter from 1949?2000. Psychoanalysis and History. 15 (1)

ffytche, M., (2012). Night of the Unexpected: A Critique of the 'Uncanny ' and Its Apotheosis Within Cultural and Social Theory. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics. 75 (1)

ffytche, M., (2010). Objects and How to Survive Them: Several Views of John Wilkinson's 'Saccades'. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 2 (1)

ffytche, M., (2007). ‘The Most Obscure Problem of All’: Autonomy and its Vicissitudes in the Interpretation of Dreams. Psychoanalysis and History. 9 (1)

Chapters (6)

ffytche, M., (2016). The Superego as Social Critique: Frankfurt School Psychoanalysis and the Fall of the Bourgeois Order. In: Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism. Editors: ffytche, M. and Pick, D., . Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-879388-0

ffytche, M., (2016). Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious. In: Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Editors: Elliott, A. and Prager, J., . Routledge. 0-415-62692-7. 978-0-415-62692-7

ffytche, M., (2013). Investigating Bion?s Aesthetic Turn: A Memoir of the Future and the 1970s. In: Bion?s Sources: The Shaping of Genius. Editors: Torres, N. and Hinshelwood, RD., . Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 0415532094

ffytche, M., (2010). 'The Arduous Path of Appearance': Phenomenology and its Uncertainties in the Work of George Oppen. In: Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. Editors: Bourne-Taylor, C. and Mildenberg, A., . Peter Lang. 189- 214. 9783039114092

ffytche, M., (2010). The modernist road to the unconscious. In: The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Editors: Brooker, P., Gasiorek, A., Longworth, D. and Thacker, A., . OxfordUniversity Press. 410- 428. 9780199545445

ffytche, M., (2008). Psychology in Search of Psyches: Friedrich Schelling, Gotthilf Schubert and the Obscurities of the Romantic Soul. In: Romantic Psyche and Psychoanalysis. Editors: Faflak, J., . Praxis

Books (2)

ffytche, M. and Pick, D., (2016).Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism. Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-879388-0

ffytche, M., (2011).The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche. Cambridge University Press. 9780521766494

Grants and funding

2014

Social Theoretical Contexts for the Conceptualisation of Transgenerational Trauma and Projective Identification

ISRF

Contact

mffytche@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873958

Location:

4SB.6.18, Colchester Campus