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18:00 - 19:30 11 June 2015

The dark side of the womb


Room 433 | 1-19 Torrington Place (link Map)
London | WC1E 7HB | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Joan Raphael-Leff, Psychoanalyst

Pregnancy takes self-other hospitality to its absolute extreme: two people reside in one body, sharing a two-way system. Responses vary as pregnant women, their partners and relatives invest the virtually unknown baby with their own fantasies, fears and expectations, before and after the birth.

Drawing on multidisciplinary sources of psychoanalysis, neonatal research, social psychology, feminist theory and cultural studies we explore unconscious effects of inter-corporeality on all of us who are of woman born.

While noting ‘contagious arousal’ and the transformative potential of parenting, in this interactive seminar I hope to also discuss psychosocial effects on sex-stereotyped cultural imagery of new reproductive technology (including female-based contraception, safe abortion, and fertility treatments) on our ‘generative identity’, reflected in today’s childlessness-by-choice, and new patterns of family formation.


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