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Ecology, Psychoanalysis and Global Warming - Present and future traumas

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Global warming is the most important concern threatening humankind today. It can be both frightening and traumatic. It is a reality, which is often denied or disavowed. Powerful economic and political interests appear to shape the public debate but these often have their origins in the individual and/or collective psyche. It is a problem of such huge magnitude that it seems to defy understanding and definition. 

By combining keynotes by distinguished scholars in the field with an interdisciplinary panel conversation we aim to explore what psychoanalysis, philosophy, science and activism can contribute to our understanding of how to communicate and deal with global warming. From an ecological perspective, nature and self are seen in connection; philosophy might help us to better understand our human relationships in the face of ecological disaster; psychoanalysis may bring us to an understanding of the unconscious psychodynamics that makes global warming a traumatic event, where psychotic mechanisms are at play in our denial of destruction; while activism aims to provide practical solutions and reminds us that talking needs to be followed up with action. It is hoped an interdisciplinary discussion will open up new ways of thinking about global warming in order to make the world a better place. Attendees will be invited to take part in work discussion groups following keynote speeches, group reflections and social dreaming so that they can fully participate in the thinking and feeling about the fears, anxieties, sadness, melancholy, desperation and possible trauma that this existential crisis brings with it.

Given this definition of the problem, we will ask what kind of ecology of knowledge do we need to cope with the magnitude of the ecological crisis that is upon us?


Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 08 Dec 2018
Start time 9:00am
Venue Address Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA
Amount £150
Organiser The Tavistock and Portman
Contact No. 020 7435 7111
Keywords Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions Greater London