Psychoanalysis and Liberation 2

Thinking Liberation Through the Lens of Care

This symposium organised by the Psychoanalysis and Liberation Research Network continues our on-going discussion of ways in which the practice and theory of psychoanalysis can contribute to human liberation today. What is the place of human liberation in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice? Can and does psychoanalysis contribute to liberation? What role does the discourse of liberation play today, in mental health but also more widely in contemporary society and culture? These are some of the questions the Network investigates by creating opportunities for dialogue, interdisciplinary connectivity and participatory inquiry between academics, clinicians, activists, artists and others with an interest in the work of liberation.


Emma Dowling is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Middlesex University, London. With research interests in feminist political economy, gender and social reproduction, affective labour, financialisation and welfare state restructuring, crisis and austerity, social movements and social change, her work has appeared in academic journals such as Ephemera, Lateral, Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, Sociology, International Social Science Journal and Social Justice, as well as in newspapers, journals and magazines that include the FT, New Humanist, Red Pepper and Open Democracy.

Venue: Room C207, College Building, Middlesex University, Hendon, London


For information, contact Maaike Engelen (

Presenters for subsequent symposia include,: Johan Siebers (Middlesex University; philosophy and critical theory), and Tomasz Fortuna (BPAS and Portman Clinic NHS Foundation Trust; psychoanalysis and psychiatry).

All are welcome to attend.