Dr Shaul Bar Haim

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology and Criminology
Dr Shaul Bar Haim
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    +44 (0) 1206 872104

  • Location

    5A.334, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 12:00-13:00 in-person (office 5a.334), or online with an appointment



  • BA, MA (Tel-Aviv)

  • PhD (London)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

History of psychoanalysis

Twentieth-century 'psy' disciplines

Cultural history of the British welfare state

History and theory of childhood

Trauma studies

Feminism and psychoanalysis

Conferences and presentations


Invited presentation, Columbia University Affect Studies Seminar, Affect Studies Seminar, New York, United States, 30/9/2019

Psychoanalysis and the historian: why historians of emotion dismiss Freud (and how is he still so important for them)

Keynote presentation, Psychoanalysis, Art, and Culture Summer University, Budapest, Hungary, 9/8/2019

Modernity as a crisis of motherhood: the ‘maternalizing movement’ in interwar Britain

Thinking Sex After the Great War, Brussels, Belgium, 19/10/2018

The psychoanalytic languages: On the intimate rivalry of Michael Balint and D. W. Winnicott

Invited presentation, Sándor Ferenczi – Interdisciplinary Approaches, Munich, Germany, 13/9/2018

What historians of emotions can (still) learn from psychoanalysis

History of Emotion, Fairfax, United States, 2/6/2018

The good enough State: on the maternalizing movement in Britain, 1920-1953

Departmental seminar, Beersheba, Israel, 19/12/2017

Beyond the ‘sphincter-morality’: the concept of childhood in interwar psychoanalysis

Invited presentation, Open departmental seminar, Colchester, United Kingdom, 15/11/2017

Lyotard and the Dream Work

ACLA Seminar: Psychoanalysis and its Objects, Utrecht, Netherlands, 8/7/2017

The Maternal Bond as a Model for State-Citizens Relationship

Society for the History of Children and Youth Ninth Biennial Conference, Camden, United States, 22/6/2017

The impossibility of the child's voice: A micro-history of a Czech girl in the 1953 coronation events

Speaking when they're spoken to? Re-integrating the experiences and perspectives of children into historical research, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 6/6/2017

Psychoanalysis and political replacement: A micro-history of a Czech girl in the 1953 coronation events

Replacement, London, United Kingdom, 8/12/2016

The Correspondence of Michael Balint and Donald Winnicott in the 1950s

Psychoanalysis and History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, United Kingdom, 27/4/2016

Some notes on the history of waiting in the age of the NHS

The Chronic: Temporality, Care and Health Research, London, United Kingdom, 17/3/2016

The Apostolic Function: Michael Balint and the Postwar GP', UCL / BPS History of Psych Disciplines Seminar (February, 2016)

London, United Kingdom, 2016

Liberal Utopias: Revisiting the Hegemonic Dimensions of Welfare State Ideologies in Britain, 1945-1979'. Conference: Imaginarios utópicos: pasado, presente y future, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y de la International Nineteenth-Century Hispanists Network, Madrid

Madrid, Spain, 1/10/2015

'Revisiting the Post?Colonial Critique of Psychoanalysis: Géza Róheim and the Primitive'. Conference: Psycho?Politics: The Cross?Sections of Science and Ideology in the History of Psy?Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (October, 2015).

Budapest, Hungary, 2015

Totalitarianism, Anthropology, and the Primitive Child: The Case of Geza Róheim. Workshop: Re-imagining Childhood Images, Objects and the Voice of the Child‏, University of Greenwich (May, 2015).

London, United Kingdom, 2015

Geza Róheim and the Maternal Morality of the Primitive. The Annual Symposia on Psychoanalysis and Politics, Budapest (May, 2014).

Budapest, Hungary, 2014

Motherhood and the Emergence of the Regressed Patient. Conference: Made Up People: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Labelling and the Construction of People in Post-War History, University of Warwick (October, 2013).

Coventry, United Kingdom, 2013

Infants do not love; they must be loved: Omnipotence, Dependency and the Ferenczian Notion of Childhood'. Conference: Sincerity and Freedom in Psychoanalysis, Freud Museum, London (October, 2013).

London, United Kingdom, 2013

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Social Psychology (Sociology): Self and Interaction (SC213)

  • The Age of Trauma (SC387)

  • Emotions and Society (SC559)


Journal articles (10)

Bar-Haim, S., Baraitser, L. and Moore, MD., (2023). The shadows of waiting and care: on discourses of waiting in the history of the British National Health Service.. Wellcome Open Research. 8, 73-73

Bar-Haim, S., (2021). On Reviewing and Matchmaking. PSYCHOANALYSIS AND HISTORY. 23 (1), 5-6

Bar Haim, S., (2020). Proving nothing and illustrating much: the case of Michael Balint. History of the Human Sciences. 33 (3-4), 47-65

Bar Haim, S., (2020). The Mosaic Legacy of Sigmund Freud: How to Read Moses and Monotheism in the Twenty-First Century. On Gilad Sharvit and Karen S. Feldman (eds), Freud and Monotheism: Moses and the Violent Origins of Religion. Psychoanalysis and History. 22 (3), 371-378

Bar-Haim, S., (2019). The return of the political Freud? Some notes on the new historiography of psychoanalysis. History of the Human Sciences. 32 (2), 121-139

Bar Haim, S., (2019). The Psychoanalytic Languages: On the Intimate Rivalry of Michael Balint and D.W. Winnicott. Psychoanalysis and History. 21 (1), 73-103

Bar Haim, S., (2018). ‘The Drug Doctor’: Michael Balint and the Revival of General Practice in Postwar Britain. History Workshop Journal. 86 (86), 114-132

Bar Haim, S., (2017). The Liberal Playground: Susan Isaacs, Psychoanalysis and Progressive Education in the Interwar Era. History of the Human Sciences. 30 (1), 94-117

Bar-Haim, S., (2015). Becoming a Peter Pan: Omnipotence, Dependency and the Ferenczian Child. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis. 75 (S1), 37-45

Bar-Haim, S., (2014). Regression and the Maternal in the History of Psychoanalysis, 1900-1957. Psychoanalysis and History. 16 (1), 69-94

Books (2)

Bar Haim, S., (2021). The Maternalists: Psychoanalysis, Motherhood, and the British Welfare State. University of Pennsylvania Press. 9780812253153

Bar Haim, S., Tyson, H. and Coles, E., (2021). Wild Analysis: From the Couch to Cultural and Political Life. Routledge. 9781032061153

Book chapters (3)

Ziv, A. and Bar Haim, S., (2023). The New Trigger Culture. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Psychosocial Studies. Editors: Walsh, J., Vyrgioti, M. and Frosh, S., . Palgrave Macmillan. 1- 15. 9783030615109

Bar Haim, S., (2019). “Tell Them That We Are Not Like Wild Kangaroos”: Géza Róheim and the (Fully) Human Primitive. In: Psychology and Politics: Intersections of Science and Ideology in the History of Psy-Sciences. Editors: Borgos, A., Erős, F. and Gyimesi, J., . Central European University Press. 107- 117. 9789633863121

Bar Haim, S., (2017). The Child's "Position": The Concept of Childhood in Interwar Psychoanalysis. In: Child Figures, Literature, and Science Fragile Subjects. Editors: Ahlbeck, J., Lappalainen, P., Launis, K. and Tuohela, K., . Routledge. 85- 96. 9781138282407

Grants and funding


Revising the 'Internalization Paradigm': History, Emotions, and Identity

Independent Social Research Foundation

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