‘Narratives of The Therapeutic Encounter : Psychoanalysis, Talking Therapies and Creative Practice’, University of Edinburgh, 7th-8th December 2017
Proposals for 20-minute papers are sought from researchers, authors, artists, film-makers, and clinical practitioners interested in talking therapies and creative practice for this conference to be held on the 7th-8th of December 2017.
We encourage submissions that engage with creative output in French, although analysis of other language outputs, and comparative analyses, are also welcomed.
Paper proposals (250-300 word abstract plus bio-bibliography) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2017. Expressions of interest, and intention to propose a paper, prior to the deadline, would be welcomed (and would assist with relevant funding applications).
Submissions may cover but are not limited to the questions and topics below
- Explorations of the concept of ‘theory fictions’
- Explorations of the relationship between therapy, the imagination and creative practice
- The healing potential of the intersubjective encounter
- The place/role of language in the therapeutic setting
- Depictions/problematisations of madness
- Self-discovery, and states of ‘not knowing’
- Creative expression as scriptotherapy
- Views on/depictions of creativity in relation to containment, sublimation and/or reparation.
- Boundaries; frames; beginnings, middles and endings; structure, form and formlessness
- Creativity and play
- Drama; myth; conflict
- Listening as ethical act/the listener as witness
- Monologue and dialogue
- Privacy and exposure
- Bearing pain: the patient as sufferer (‘patio’)
- Depictions of psychoanalysis, and psychiatry, as ideological battlegrounds, as explored and depicted in creative practice.
- Usage of diagnostic terminology; cultural shifts and blindspots in presentations of altered and disturbed states of mind.
More information, including a conference overview, can be found here.