International Conference, University of Manchester, 26-27 June 2017

This international conference brings together scholars – including in critical
psychology, cultural studies and political theory – and practitioners of psychoanalytic
and group-analytic approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. We will explore the
relationship between the clinic and culture in the contemporary world focusing on
the challenge that Islam poses for psychoanalytic theory and practice, and the
response of psychoanalysts to Islamic theory and practice. The conference locates
this critical project in the context of a series of historical transformations in the
development of Freudian and post-Freudian work, transformations that continue to
underpin psychoanalytic debate. The conference organised by the College of
Psychoanalysts – UK with the support of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix and
CIDRAL University of Manchester promises to function as a site for dialogue. This
conference will be an opportunity to speak across the many conflicting traditions of
work that comprise psychoanalysis, and of different interpretations of Islam and what
it is to be a Muslim today.

The Keynote Speaker sessions in Mansfield Cooper Building of the University of
Manchester which are open to the public are: Amal Treacher Kabesh (Associate
Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham,
author of Postcolonial Masculinities: Emotions, Histories and Ethics, Ashgate, 2013
and Egyptian Revolutions: Repetition, Conflict, Identification, Rowman and Littlefield,
forthcoming) who will speak on ‘Itjihad: The necessity of thinking anew’ on Monday
26 June, 14.30-15.45 Lecture Theatre G22; Gohar Homayounpour (Psychoanalyst,
member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, training and supervising
psychoanalyst of the Freudian Group of Tehran, lecturer at Shahid Beheshti
University, author of Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, MIT Press, 2013) who will speak
on ‘Islam … the new modern erotic’ on Tuesday 27 June, 11.15-12.30 Lecture Theatre
G22; and Andrea Mura (Lecturer in Comparative Political Theory at Goldsmiths,
University of London, author of The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism, Routledge, 2016)
who will speak on ‘Euro-Islam: Slanted Margins and Deflected Mirrors’ on Tuesday 27
June, 13.45-15.00 Lecture Theatre G22. There will be papers in parallel sessions from
England, France, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Turkey and the USA.
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