Progressive histories, collective practices, implications for our times
The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex is pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded three-year doctoral studentship, (starting in January 2023), to work on the project ‘Free Clinics and a Psychoanalysis for the People: Progressive Histories, Collective Practices, Implications for our Times’ (FREEPSY), to be supervised by Raluca Soreanu.
FREEPSY is funded by a UKRI Frontier Research Grant (ERC Consolidator Grant guarantee) held by Raluca Soreanu (Essex). It aims to produce a new global figuration of psychoanalysis as a progressive discourse and practice, by tracing the little-known histories of free psychoanalytic clinics. This is an interdisciplinary project spanning from psychosocial studies, to social theory, historical research and arts methods. It brings together a team of eight researchers to investigate how collectives of clinicians invested in the social mission of psychoanalysis innovate in the clinical and institutional domain, and in mental health cultures, by reconfiguring the meaning of time, space, money, suffering and their interrelations. FREEPSY includes a multi-sited psychosocial ethnography of free clinics in London, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, New York and Philadelphia.
Under supervision, the successful candidate will devise and undertake a qualitative investigation of free and low-cost clinics and the societal implications of their practices. Data collection will take place in the UK. The candidate will collaborate with the PI on Strand 1 of FREEPSY, ‘Progressive Clinical Cultures and Contemporary Practices’, centred on the idea of ‘mental health commons’. Applications will be considered from candidates with an interest in qualitative research in health and social contexts, where an interest in psychosocial studies and the social applications of psychoanalysis can be demonstrated. All academic disciplines/backgrounds are eligible.
To apply, prospective students are strongly advised to make informal contact with Raluca Soreanu (email@example.com) prior to the deadline.