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Saturday 19th October 2019 – Taking the Royal Road: 120 years of working with dreams – Speaker: Christos Tombras

CFAR in association with Bristol University 2019/2020

Interpretation of Dreams

Four public seminars on the theme of Dream Interpretation will take place throughout the year. No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Saturday 19th October 2019

Taking the Royal Road: 120 years of working with dreams  

Speaker: Christos Tombras

A supervising psychoanalyst practicing in London, Christos is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.  He lectures, runs workshops and facilitates reading groups.  His book

Discourse Ontology: Body and the Construction of a World, from Heidegger through Lacan (2019) is out from Palgrave.

Attendance Fee: £15; students £10; staff and students at Bristol University free admittance.

Venue: Merchant Ventures Building, Room 1.11

Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB

Time: 10am – 12 midday

Registration: 9.30am on the day

Please address enquiries to

Elizabeth O’Loughlin at elizaariadne@blueyonder.co.uk

Jill Brown at mjillbrown@hotmail.com  

Kurt Lampe at clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

Darian Leader – Why Cant We Sleep?

In the 1950s, researchers at Edinburgh University conducting a study into sleep concluded that there was little difference in sleep time between using a well-sprung mattress and a wooden board. Try telling that to retailers of £500 multilayered mattresses. For sleep, as the psychoanalyst Darian Leader reminds us in his richly researched and entertaining Why Can’t We Sleep?, has been commodified: it’s big business.

Before advancing reasons for insomnia, and why one in three adults complains of sleep difficulties, Leader delves into the history of sleep research and competing theories about why we sleep, which have culminated in a remarkable inversion of concern: a shift from anxiety causing problems with sleep to the present, where the lack of sleep leads to anxiety.

Some judgments, though, have resisted change. In the 1960s the eight-hour “ideal” sleep was shown by the researcher William Dement to be a “fallacy”, yet today, argues Leader, sleep experts promote eight hours as the desired gold standard – almost as a human right.

Leader rolls his eyes at the zeitgeist of the “new science of sleep”, with its notions of sleep as a self-help curative for ailments ranging from dementia to unhappiness, all achievable “with sensitive temperature control and software that will tailor the environment to their unique circadian rhythm”.

There’s no consensus on the point of sleep. But there is agreement that it is a time for the processing of memories internal body clocks’ association with sleep cycles have long been recognised, but sleep wasn’t always undertaken in one unbroken block. The historian Roger Ekirch argued that prior to the 19th century sleep was biphasic – taken in two parts with an hour or so in between when the person was awake.

With the Industrial Revolution, maintaining nonstop production lines necessitated shift work and changes to patterns of sleep. Today, businesses’ co-option of sleep in enhancing productivity is illustrated by firms such as Aetna offering $25-per-night rewards to employees (monitored via sleep trackers) who manage 20 nights of sleep for seven hours or more in a row.

Goal-oriented sleep research becomes problematic when it approximates the maxim: “What the thinker thinks the prover proves.” We might be inclined to look more closely at conclusions drawn by Nathaniel Kleitman’s classic 1939 study Sleep and Wakefulness, says Leader, when made aware that his university research “was heavily funded by corporate sponsors keen to engineer more productive workers”.

Leader also questions the value of extrapolating into the real world conclusions drawn from experiments carried out in unnatural environments. Contemplating the validity of experiments with patients isolated overnight in sleep clinics using EEG, he observes: ‘They don’t have sex with a bedfellow or masturbate, and yet this entirely artificial subject is the one we expect to give the real facts about sleep.”

[Click here to read the rest of this article on the Guardian Site]

Darian Leader is speaking in Bristol at the CFAR/Bristol University Lecture Series on the 22nd of June 2019.

CFAR / Bristol Uni Lecture 16/02/19 – Christos Tombras ‘Constructing an Ego – Inhabiting an Identity’

CFAR In Association with Bristol University 2018/2019

Ego, Ideal, Superego

Four public seminars on the theme of Ego, Ideal and Superego will take place throughout the year. No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Saturday 16 February 2019: 

CHRISTOS TOMBRAS – ‘Constructing an Ego – Inhabiting an Identity’

Christos is a supervising psychoanalyst, practicing in London.  He is a member of CFAR.  He lectures, runs workshops and facilitates reading groups extensively.  His main research interest is in a dialogue between continental philosophy and psychoanalysis.  His “Discourse Ontology”, a book discussing Heidegger with Lacan, will be out this summer.

Attendance Fee: £15 students £10; staff and students at Bristol University free admittance.
Venue: (NB!) Lecture Room 8, 21 Woodland Road, Clifton (so not at the Merchant Venturers building!Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB

Time: 9.30 am – 11.30 pm
Registration: 9.00am on the day

Please address enquiries to:
Elizabeth O’Loughlin at elizaariadne@blueyonder.co.uk
Jill Brown at mjillbrown@hotmail.com
Kurt Lampe at clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

CFAR/Bristol Uni: June 30th – Lacan’s of Clinical Structures – PERVERSION – Dr Anne Worthington

CFAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRISTOL UNIVERSITY 2017/2018

Lacan’s Concept of Clinical Structures

PERVERSION – Dr Anne Worthington, Psychoanalyst and Senior Lecturer Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University

Four public seminars on the topics of Neurosis (hysteria and obsession), Psychosis and Perversion will take place throughout the year. No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Attendance Fee: £15 students £10
Bristol University students and staff : free of charge
Venue: Merchant Venturers Building, Room 1.11
Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB
Time: 10am – 12 midday
Registration: 9.15am on the day

Please address enquiries to
Elizabeth O’Loughlin at elizaariadne@blueyonder.co.uk
Jill Brown at mjillbrown@hotmail.com
Kurt Lampe at clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

Pope reveals he had weekly psychoanalysis sessions at age 42

Pope Francis has revealed that he sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42 and the leader of the Jesuit order in Argentina during the country’s military dictatorship.

The pope’s disclosure was made in a book based on 12 in-depth interviews with the French sociologist Dominique Wolton, to be published next week.

Francis said the weekly sessions with the psychoanalyst helped him a lot. “For six months, I went to her home once a week to clarify a few things. She was a doctor and psychoanalyst. She was always there,” he told Wolton for the 432-page book Pope Francis: Politics and Society.

[Read the rest of the article on the Guardian website]

Oliver Sacks on his analysis: ‘The longest running psychoanalysis on record’

Oliver Sacks

Please click here to visit ‘Web of Stories’ site and listen to Oliver Sacks the neurologist and author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat talking about his 46-year-long analysis. “I think that we are beginning to get somewhere now…”