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On (Not) Settling: Psychosocial Studies, Psychoanalysis and The Search

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
EventAssociation for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society Annual Conference : TRUTH & DARE: Complexities in the Psychosocial Space -
Duration: 23 Oct 2020 → …


ConferenceAssociation for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society Annual Conference
Period23/10/20 → …


This paper stages a dialogue between two people who, coming from very different places, have sought to find an intellectual home in psychosocial studies and psychoanalysis. Nini is younger, is a clinician as well as an academic and, as a migrant to the UK, lives in the shadow of its ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy.
Peter is older, is an academic but not a clinician and has lived safely all his life in England. Through their dialogue, the authors explore what ‘daring’ means in relation to home, particularly ones that are intellectual. What does it mean to leave in search of a new home? What does it mean to stay? What do we want when want a place to settle intellectually? And what might it mean to be ‘at home’ in psychosocial studies – that ‘loosely defined, slightly chaotic field of study’ (Frosh, 2014: 169)? Threaded through those questions, is Winnicott’s notion of a ‘true self’, the implications of which are perhaps more slippery than is sometimes believed.

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