Dr Marita Vyrgioti

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Marita Vyrgioti



I am a Lecturer in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, as well as co-director, alongside Dr Jordan Osserman, of the BA in Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies. I teach and write about psychoanalysis, colonialism, 'race' and racism. I have published articles and chapters on Frantz Fanon, Octave Mannoni, Sigmund Freud, Géza Róheim, as well as on colonialism and psychoanalysis. I am currently working on a monograph called 'The Cannibal Trope: Genealogies of a Colonial Concept in Psychoanalysis'. Alongside Professor Stephen Frosh and Dr Julie Walsh, I am co-editor in chief of the first Handbook of Psychosocial Studies, to be published by Palgrave in 2024. I welcome proposals for PhDs on: psychoanalysis and colonialism, Melanie Klein, Sigmund Freud, Octave Mannoni, Frantz Fanon, Géza Róheim, Herbert Marcuse; British object relations; savagery/monstrosity/animality/humanness and psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic anthropology; psychoanalysis, racism, and antiblackness; psychosocial methodologies. I am also a trainee psychodynamic psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.


  • PhD in Psychosocial Studies Birkbeck College, University of London,

  • MA in Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust/University of Essex,

  • MA in Arts and Politics Goldsmiths College,

  • BSc National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Understanding Individuals Groups and Organisations : An Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts (PA123)

  • Observation Skills for Counselling (PA132)

  • The Psychosocial Imagination (PA134)

  • Counselling Skills for Therapeutic Work (PA210)

  • Organisational Dynamics (PA211)

  • Mentoring and Supervision (PA212)

  • Safeguarding and Ethical Practice (PA235)

  • Dissertation (PA254)

  • Preparing for my Future (PA325)

  • Dissertation (Childhood Studies) (PA333)

  • Current Debates in Psychosocial Studies (PA407)

  • Reflective Practice (PA409)

  • Placement Year (PA500)

  • Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial (PA942)

  • Dissertation (PA987)

  • Advanced Jungian and Post-Jungian Approaches (PA402)


Journal articles (3)

Vyrgioti, M., (2021). ‘The Royal Road to the Colonial Unconscious’: Psychoanalysis, Cannibalism, and the Libidinal Economy of Colonialism. Das Questões. 11 (1), 266-286

Vyrgioti, M., (2020). On Queerness, Motherhood and the Gift of Belonging. Studies in the Maternal. 13 (1)

Vyrgioti, M., (2015). Community beyond Identity. The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies. 12 (3), 1-9

Book chapters (5)

Vyrgioti, M., (2021). Freud and the Cannibal: Vignettes from Psychoanalysis' Colonial History. In: Wild Analysis: From the Couch to Cultural and Political Life. Editors: Bar-Haim, S., Coles, ES. and Tyson, H., . Routledge. 67- 81. 9781032061153

Vyrgioti, M., (2021). 'Hands, Face, Space': Psychoanalysis and Magical Thinking in COVID-19 Times. In: After Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19. Editors: Voela, A. and Ellis, D., . Palgrave Macmillan. 219- 235. 978-3030802776

Vyrgioti, M., (2020). Bêtes Noirs: as mulheres queer da psichanállise. In: Freud e o patriarcado. Editors: Martins Parrente, A. and Silveira, L., . Hedra. 8577156621. 9788577156627

Vyrgioti, M., (2019). In the Closets of Fanon and Riviere: Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial Theory and the Psychosocial. In: New Voices in Psychosocial Studies. Editors: Frosh, S., . Springer Nature. 23- 37. 3030327582. 9783030327583

Vyrgioti, M., (2019). Devouring: Jacques Derrida and the Deconstruction of Sovereignty. In: The Pathogenesis of Fear: Mapping the Margins of Monstrosity. Editors: Hollis Berry, E., . Brill. 29- 45. 9004388095. 9789004388093

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