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F66 Societies of Outsiders: British Psychoanalysis & The Bloomsbury Group

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Dates of Event
17th September 2022 – 18th September 2022
Last Booking Date for this Event
16th September 2022


Societies of Outsiders: British Psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group

A two-day conference hosted by the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit.


Psychoanalysis in the UK has always existed outside the medical establishment and has a proud tradition of lay analysis, and the so-called Bloomsbury Group, which included feminists, pacifists, political radicals, gay men and lesbians, never existed as an organisation. 


This interdisciplinary conference will explore the complex and reciprocal ways in which these two ‘societies of outsiders’ influenced each other.   To mention just a few of the connections, Leonard and Virginia Woolf were Freud’s English publishers, although Virginia resisted reading Freud for a long time.  Marion Milner’s early life-writing self-consciously referenced Woolf’s work (A Life of One’s Own).  Ella Freeman Sharpe, a psychoanalyst with a passion for literature, was also very aware of Woolf’s work.  Virginia’s younger brother Adrian Stephen, together with his wife Karin, trained as a psychoanalyst and played an important role in initiating the Controversial Discussions.  James Strachey (Lytton Strachey’s brother) was Donald Winnicott’s analyst and later Freud’s translator.  Strachey’s wife Alix was one of the first British analysts to appreciate the significance of Melanie Klein’s work, and encouraged her to come from Berlin to London, where she became the analyst of the art critic Adrian Stokes. 


Please note that registrations for this conference will close at 12.00 (BST), Friday 16th September 2022.


Further ticket information can be found via the ‘More Info’ section of this page.

Attendee CategoryCost   
3) Standard Ticket (Online Only).£100.00[Read More]
4) Concession Ticket (Online Only).£60.00[Read More]

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