Dr Manuel Batsch

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Manuel Batsch



  • PhD University College London, (2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Freuds metapsychology

The connections between the theory and the practice of psychoanalysis

The writing of psychoanalytic session

Psychoanalysis and the post-structuralism

Psychodynamic approaches of depression

Conferences and presentations

June 2014: Freud: Memory and the Metapsychological Witch. Paper given at the PhD seminar run by Professor Juliet Mitchell.


December 2012: Project For A Scientific Psychology: The Impossibility of a Text. Paper given at the conference Unconscious Phantasy Today, UCL, London.

London, United Kingdom, 2012

May 2012: A Metapsychological Writing. Paper discussed at the forum: Psychoanalysis History and Political Thought run by Professors Jacqueline Rose & Daniel Pick.


April 2012: Psychology of Knowledge vs. Psychology of Information: A Reading of Civilization and Its Discontent. Paper given at the PhD seminar run by Professor Juliet Mitchell.


November 2011: Sadism and Masochism: A reading of A Child is Being Beaten. Paper given at the PhD seminar run by Professor Juliet Mitchell.


May 2011: The Symptom and its Vicissitudes. Paper given at Middlesex Postgraduate Conference

London, United Kingdom, 2011

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Practice-Based Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice (PA128)

  • Freud: Mind, Culture and Society (PA208)

  • Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach (PA223)

  • Violence and Containment: A Psychosocial Approach to Physical and Psychological Violence (PA225)

  • Reflective Practice and Professional Development (PA250)

  • Dissertation (PA254)

  • Psychoanalysis in Contexts (PA976)


Journal articles (7)

Batsch, M., The function of metapsychology – study of an American controversy, 1970s–1980s. Psychoanalysis and History

Batsch, M., The Transcription of a Psychoanalytic Session: To Write Beyond the Logos. Sitegeist A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy

Batsch, M., Project for a Scientific Psychology: The Impossibility of a Text

Batsch, M., The Function of Metapsychology – Study of a American Controversy.

Batsch, M., (2018). The vicissitudes of totemism – one hundred years after Totem and Taboo. Psychodynamic Practice. 24 (4), 393-395

Batsch, MNT., (2016). Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein by John Launer (London: Duckworth Overlook, 2014; 307pp); reviewed by Manuel Batsch.. Psychoanalysis and History

Batsch, M., (2012). Hallucinatory and Verbal Modes of Thinking. Language and Psychoanalysis. 1 (1), 5-18

Book chapters (2)

Batsch, M., ‘Project for a Scientific Psychology: The Impossibility of a Text’. In: Wilding Analysis: From the Couch to Cultural and Political Life. Editors: Bar-Haim, S., Coles, E. and Tyson, H., . Routledge

Batsch, M. and Berry, MD., (2012). The Symptom and its Vicissitudes: On the Function of Clinical Psychoanalysis. In: Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society.. Editors: Henderson, D., . Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 250- 266. 1-4438-3731-8. 978-1-4438-3731-6



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