Interrogating the Social Unconscious

Event Date: 25 January 2013
Room B04, Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research presents:

Interrogating “the Social Unconscious”

What is meant by the concept of “the social unconscious”? What is it trying to capture, and is it a notion that can truly bring sociology and psychoanalysis into dialogue? How is it used in clinical work, and how might it be used in social research?

This seminar features a talk by Earl Hopper, group analyst and psychoanalyst and author of “The Social Unconscious: selected papers” (2003, Jessica Kingsley) and co-editor of  “The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies: Volume 1” (2010, Karnac), followed by responses from Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Birkbeck, University of London, and Christopher Scanlon, Consultant Psychotherapist and Group Analyst.


Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar by Sasha Roseneil and Peter Redman.

Earl Hopper (Group Analyst and Psychoanalyst) – The concept of the social unconscious: in praise of ambiguity and conceptual elasticity


Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck) – Towards a psychosocial critique of “the social unconscious”


Christopher ScanlonOn the problem of talking about where we come from


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