Psychoanalysis and Politics by David Morgan

Annual Conference 2016

AAP Annual Conference

November 2016 held at Clement House (LSE) WC2A 2AE 10.00am – 1.00pm followed by lunch

In times of political turmoil, where does one turn to for insight? Faith is the persistence and continuity of humanity. (Updike)

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”? (Yeats)

“The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear” (Gramsci)

“Everything must change so that everything can stay the same." (Tancredi in "The Leopard")

Freud like Tancredi was pretty pessimistic about social change, despite at the beginning of his career recognising the profound effects of trauma and inequality on his patients. He contributed enormously to our understanding of the mind. However, nothing human can be understood in the abstract. We also have to interpret thoughts, feelings and behaviours in their social context. In his lecture David Morgan will provide a framework to address these issues.

Part One will deal with "Migration, Trauma and Identity"

Part Two will be on "Inflammatory Projective Identification in Political Rhetoric."

DAVID MORGAN is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst both in the NHS and private practice. He worked for many years as a Consultant at the Portman Clinic.

He is a training/supervising analyst of the BPA; Fellow of the BPAS; training therapist/supervisor of the BPF and Tavistock Clinic; Organiser and Chair of the "Political Mind Seminars" at the Institute of Psychoanalysis; Honorary Senior Lecturer at City University, London and Essex University.

He is the presenter of "Frontier Psychoanalyst" and has also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on various topics. He lectures on a variety of subjects within the UK and abroad, and was main guest speaker with Ruth McCall at the Freud Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2016. He is the guest speaker at the Bob Gosling Memorial Lecture 2017.