Forum: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Literature

Tuesday 7 March 2017, 6.30-8pm. Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics. What does the infinite mean to us as finite beings? Can we root our thinking in the finite, or does the idea of the infinite always return? Does thinking philosophically about the infinite inevitably lead us to theology? Thinkers from philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literary studies […]

Lecture: “Difficult people”: A theory of defiance and the role of the social imaginary

1 March 2017, 3 pm – 5 pm. Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture at the University of Kent. Speaker: Nancy Potter, Louisville Abstract: Difficult and defiant people present problems to social cohesion, to law enforcement, to education, to psychiatry, and to the juridical system. But whose problems are these, and who bears the burden of […]

Radio: Simon Wessely on unexplained medical syndromes

On Radio 4’s The Life Scientific, the psychiatrist Simon Wessely reflects on, among other things, developments in our understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrom and Gulf War Syndrome, and shifts within psychiatry during his career. A fascinating account. The interview in full is available here. Professor Sir Simon Wessely has spent his whole career arguing that […]

Seminar: Manic temporality and decision-making

2 March 2017, 17:00-18:30. Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London. Manic Temporality and Decision-Making: A Phenomenological Approach Wayne Martin, Department of Philosophy, University of Essex. Abstract: The symptom scales and diagnostic criteria for mania are peppered with temporally inflected language: increased rate of speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas, hyperactivity. But […]

Play: Hearing Things

8th – 12th Feb 2017, 18:00, Matinees 11th & 12th Feb, 14:45. Vault Festival, London. Funny and engaging, Hearing Things draws together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care and opens the door on a closed world. Hearing Things is a moving and provocative new drama exploring the dilemmas of psychiatry, from the […]

Event: Roald Dahl and the Big Friendly Neuroscientist

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 18:00 – 20:00. Royal College Of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE Roald Dahl occupies a special place in the heart of generations of children as creator of such classic works as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG. Many adults are just as likely to be familiar with his macabre short […]