APS Conference 2016

29 June – 1 July 2016, UWE Bristol

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Association for Psychosocial Studies will be hosted by UWE Bristol’s Social Science Research Group.

‘We live in interesting times’… While this has always been true, this may be particularly so in a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges such as mass movements of people, new forms of war, climate change and its relation to made-made causes, along with the denial of this. Closer to home work practices fueled by economic and political changes have created increasingly stressful environments. There is a crisis in values and rises in general anxiety levels. Technology is leading us to a post-human world. Power and vulnerability go hand in hand.

The conference aims to allow rich psychosocial explorations of the challenges we face, while also exploring what we might mean by ‘being human’ and how to ‘stay human’ in the midst of it all.

The conference provides an opportunity for practitioners, academics, policy makers, clinicians and students to exchange knowledge, debate, explore and engage with ideas and network with others interested in psychosocial perspectives on such issues.

Registration and conference fees

Register before 22 April 2016 to receive early bird rates. A number of concessionary rates are available on application.

Confirmed Speakers

Paul Hoggett

Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, a psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, an OPUS Fellow and Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance.

‘Shame and performativity: thoughts on the psychology of neoliberalism’


Marilyn Charles


‘Trauma and Talent:  Encouraging Identity Development and Creativity through Psychoanalytic Engagement’

Staff psychologist and member of the therapy staff at the Austen Riggs Centre, Stockbridge Massachusetts. Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and incoming President of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association


Elizabeth Cotton

‘Walk the Line’

Senior Lecturer in the University of Middlesex Business School, known for  ‘Surviving Work’ (http://survivingwork.org/)  and @survivingwk, on Twitter,  and the Surviving Work Library, a free resource for working people on how to do it. She writes a bi-monthly column for theconversation.com “Battles on the NHS Frontline: Stories from the vanguard of health and social care”.

Candida Yates

‘The Psychodynamics of Politics and Casino Culture’

Professor of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, and co-Director of ‘Media and the Inner World’.