UOB PsyLit Schedule (so far) for Academic Year 2013/2014

The University of Birmingham Psy Lit Network is a new subject network started by doctoral researchers in the English department for people interested in psychoanalysis, literature, and the relationship between these two fields of study. We welcome staff and students either working on, or interested in, literature and psychoanalysis. All PsyLit meetings are held in Room 104 of the Arts Building (main campus) at the University of Birmingham.

Friday October 11th, 2-3pm.
Oliver Penny (University of East Anglia)
‘Empty Rooms: Style and Negativity in The Death of the Heart’

Friday November 8th, 2-3pm.
Emily Thew (University of Sheffield)
‘Rethinking Mourning and Melancholia in Peter Carey’s Chemistry of Tears’

Friday January 10th, 2-3pm.
Gemma King (University of Birmingham)

Friday February 14th, 2-3pm.
Dr Jan Campbell (tbc)

Friday March 14th, 2-3pm
(tbc)

Friday April 11th, 2-3pm.
(tbc)

If you would like to attend PsyLit please email Matt Geary and Rosie Reynolds at uob-psylit@contacts.bham.ac.uk. You can stay up to date by following us on Twitter (@uob_psylit) or WordPress (https://uobpsylit.wordpress.com).

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CFP: Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Call for Papers:
Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature Edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats

Arguably, the most powerful figure in a child’s life is the mother, whether she is present or absent. How have mothers been represented in literature produced for and shared with children and young adults, from the oral tales of the preprint era to the present? What attitudes toward mothers and motherhood are reflected by the texts? What maternal ideologies are inscribed in young readers, and does the genre or target audience make a difference? In what ways do the books themselves, often written by women, serve as metaphorical mothers for their readers?

For this proposed collection, we seek essays from a range of theoretical perspectives that address depictions of mothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, anthropomorphized mothers, stand-ins for mothers, metaphorical mothers, and “other”
mothers in nursery rhymes, fairy tales, childhood lore, picture books, early reader chapter books, middle grade fiction, young adult novels, and film adapations of classic texts to examine how the field of children’s and YA literature contributes to the phenomenon Nancy Chodorow coined “the reproduction of mothering.”

350-500 word chapter proposals are due by November 30th, 2013.
Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. If the essay is accepted for the collection, a full draft (5000-7000 words) will be required by May 15th, 2014. Editors are happy to discuss ideas priot to the deadline.

Proposals and Final Essays should be submitted to:
Lisa Rowe Fraustino: FraustinoL@easternct.edu Karen Coats: kscoat2@ilstu.edu

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Second Meeting of the UoB Psy Lit Network: Friday October 11th 2013

The second UoB PsyLit Network meeting will be held on Friday 11 October, 2013, between 2-3pm in the Arts and Humanities building (room 104 – main campus) at the University of Birmingham.

Oliver Penny (University of East Anglia) will be delivering a 20 minute paper entitled ‘Empty Rooms: Style and Negativity in The Death of the Heart’ which looks at Elizabeth Bowen’s ‘The Death of the Heart’ through Andre Green’s work on the negative.

Texts to be read and discussed for this session:

Andre Green – ‘The Intuition of the Negative in Playing and Reality’
Andre Green

and Elizabeth Bowen’s – The Death of the Heart
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PDF copies of Andre Green’s essay ‘The Intuition of the Negative in Playing and Reality’ will be circulated to all PsyLit members at least a week before the meeting.

More News:

A schedule is currently being put together for PsyLit for the academic year 2013/2014 with meetings to be held on the second Friday of every month during term time.

If you would like to attend future PsyLit meetings or would like more information, please email Matt Geary and Rosie Reynolds at uob-psylit@contacts.bham.ac.uk. You can stay up to date by following us on Twitter (@uob_psylit) or WordPress (https://uobpsylit.wordpress.com/).

Also, if your work explores the intersection between psychoanalysis and literature and you would like to give a 20 minute paper at one of our future meetings please submit a 100-200 word abstract to uob-psylit@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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First Meeting of the UoB Psy Lit Network: Friday 19 July 2013

freud“The poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious.  What I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied.” – Sigmund Freud 1928

The University of Birmingham Psy Lit Network is a new subject network started by doctoral researchers in the English department for people interested in psychoanalysis, literature, and the relationship between these two fields of study.

We will be holding our first meeting in the Constance Naden Room (Room 103) on the first floor of the Arts Building, from 2-3pm on Friday 19th July. We welcome staff and students either working on, or interested in, literature and psychoanalysis.

The meeting will consist of an informal discussion of a short text exert (circulated by email before the meeting) but most importantly will be a chance to informally discuss current research in this area going on at the University and to look forward to a series of events which will be running in the next academic session, designed around feedback we receive in this first meeting about what would be useful to support research in the field.

Phillips_Adam_body cinderella-medievalFor our first meeting we will be discussing  Cinderella by the Brothers Grimm alongside Adam Phillips’ ‘Mothers and Fairytales’ – taken from his book On Balance.

If you would like to attend or would like more information, please email Matt Geary and Rosie Reynolds at uob-psylit@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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Luce Irigaray International Seminar Symposium, Friday 14 June 2013, University of Bristol

Luce IrigarayLuce Irigaray International Seminar Symposium

Friday 14 June 2013

5-7pm
Institute for Advanced Studies, Verdon-Smith Room
University of Bristol
Royal Fort House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UJ

The symposium is an opportunity for researchers participating in the Luce Irigaray International Seminar to share their work with the public. Discussion will include commentary by Luce Irigaray, one of the world’s leading Continental philosophers, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor to the University of Bristol, 2013-2014.

This is a free event, but places are limited. To attend, contact Martisse Foster at martisse.foster@bristol.ac.uk.

For more information about events related to Professor Irigaray’s visit to Bristol, please contact Dr Maria Fannin (m.fannin@bristol.ac.uk; 0117 92 88928)

Support for this event has been generously provided by The Leverhulme Trust, Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA), the School of Geographical Sciences, and the Faculty of Science at the University of Bristol.

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Psychoanalysis, Literature and Practice – 28 June 2013

 Hosted by the Institute of English Studies at Senate House, the Psychoanalysis, Literature and Practice seminars are a collaboration between the IES, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick, and is convened by Janet Campbell, Department of English, University of Birmingham and Emma Francis, Department of English University of Warwick. The group focuses on psychoanalysis in relation to contemporary debates about sexuality, affect, time, trauma, memory, space, virtual life and the life of objects.

In the seminars there is an emphasis on a return to texts by Freud and his immediate circle as well as later 20th century theorists such as Winnnicott, Lacan, Klein, Green and Bion.  Contemporary work by Laplanche, Bollas, Phillips and Eigen is also considered. At each meeting, a reading of the theoretical work is inflected by attention to a literary, art, dance, photographic or theatre text or other cultural practice.

The latest event will be held on 28 June 2013 and feature artist Sharon Kivland whose work Reproductions I and II (selected images) – will be looked at alongside Freud’s essay ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working Through’ (SE XII  147-155).

An informal wine reception will follow this seminar, to celebrate the publication of Jan Campbell’s latest book, Freudian Passions: Psychoanalysis, Form and Literature (Karnac: 2013) – all seminar members are welcome.

Links:

Psychoanalysis, Literature and Practice – http://events.sas.ac.uk/events/visitor_events.php?page=ies_seminars&func=results&aoi_id=333

Sharon Kivland – http://www.sharonkivland.com/

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Welcome to the University of Birmingham Psy Lit Network

Welcome to the UOB_PSYLIT wordpress page: a new subject network based at the University of Birmingham for people interested in psychoanalysis and literature and the reciprocal insights given through this relationship. The network intends to organise regular meetings where enthusiasts and readers of psychoanalysis can meet to discuss how psychoanalysis still validates the importance of literature, among other issues.

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