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Psychosocial Methodologies: Politics and Change

1st November 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A short doctoral course offered by UCL Institute of Education in association with the Association for Psychosocial Studies and the University of Birmingham


Dates: 5 – 7pm, Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November 2017
Venue:  UCL Institute of Education, Room 537
             20  Bedford Way
            WC1H OAL
Tutors: Claudia Lapping, Ian McGimpsey, Maria Jose Lagos, Felipe Acuna



UCL students – as usual.

Non-UCL students: Please contact Bob Grist: r.grist@ucl.ac.uk to register and access course Moodle site.

Max: 25 students

Any queries about the course, please contact Claudia Lapping: c.lapping@ucl.ac.uk


Psychosocial Methodologies: Politics and Change


This series of five sessions will focus on politics and processes of change. Drawing on selected texts from key theorists in the fields of psychoanalysis, social and cultural theory (including: Butler, Deleuze, Freud, Foucault, Gerson, Lacan, Wiegman, Zizek) we will engage with a series of concepts each of which functions as a lens for the analysis of politics or processes of change. Each text provides a slightly different framework for identifying both what counts as change, and for the construction of interventions that might help to provoke or direct subjective and/or political change. Methodologically, these frameworks orient us for the empirical examination of discourse, language, affect or desire, time, regulatory technologies, and relations to individual and institutional o/Others. Sessions will explore:


  • Session 1: Change
  • Session 2: Ideology, discourse and the role of the signifier
  • Session 3: The event and limit experience
  • Session 4: Repetition and memory
  • Session 5: Time, politics and the Other

In the sessions we will discuss the frameworks set out in the selected texts and, importantly, explore how these might be applied in the analysis of a concrete instance or piece of data related to a specific political moment. It is through engaging in this process of analysis that psychosocial methodologies will be explored. As such, participants should be prepared to engage in discussions of recent concrete events that involve loss and the precarity of human life, distributive injustices, and symbolic violence. Participants will be asked to prepare through detailed readings of the core texts in advance of the session.



1st November 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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