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Psychosocial and psychoanalytic research (part 2)
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Dr Claudia Lapping is a reader in psychosocial studies and education at UCL Institute of Education. Her research explores the use of psychoanalysis in empirical research methodology and unconscious processes in the production of institutionalised knowledge and practices. She is the author of Psychoanalysis in Social Research (Routledge, 2011). She co-edited (with Tamara Bibby) Knowing and Not Knowing: Thinking Psychosocially about Learning and Resistance to Learning (Routledge, 2016) and edited Freud, Lacan, Zizek and Education: exploring unconscious investments in policy and practice, (Routledge, forthcoming, 2019)
The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London
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Morning seminar by Claudia Lapping:
This session will attempt to demonstrate the magical quality of free association in producing glimpses of the unconscious, and of aspects of social and political processes that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible. In the first part of the session, we will look at different ways free association and its relation to transference have been conceptualised in psychoanalytic theory and technique. I will also set out some of the questions that have been raised about the possibility of using these ideas in social research interviews. In the second half of the session we will look at a range of examples of data produced using free associative methods; discuss how they might be interpreted; and whether and to what extent it might be argued that use of such methods supports the development of unique insights in relation to social and political questions.
Afternoon seminar by Jason Glynos:
Many scholars have drawn attention to the power symbols exert in social and political life. Discourse and fantasy, are two key concepts that, like rhetoric, myth, metaphor, and utopia, have generated many illuminating explanatory and interpretive insights with which to better understand the operation of this power. This seminar draws on poststructuralist discourse theory and psychoanalysis to offer a perspective on how the concept of fantasy can be ‘operationalised’ for purposes of critical empirical research, suggesting ways to meet methodological challenges associated with this task, and illustrating this process with reference to a case study.
Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
£100 per participant
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Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination, Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Government, Human Rights, History, Human and Social Sciences , Free association , unconscious , transference , social research interviews , free associative methods , discourse and fantasy , postr
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