The Hidden Persuaders project will be hosting the following events in May and July. We warmly welcome your participation at these events. If you are interested in attending, please register soon as there are only a few spaces available for the May seminars, and our July workshop on brainwashing, film, and the psy professions is filling quickly.
14 May seminar with Catalina Bronstein
We are pleased to host Prof. Catalina Bronstein (nee Halperin) for a seminar on “Working in Fear: Memories of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis during the Argentinian Dictatorship.” This seminar will be held from 11:45-13:30 on Thursday, 14 May, at Birkbeck. Catalina Bronstein is a Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS) at University College, London where she is the coordinator of the MSc seminars on Melanie Klein. She is a Training Analyst and Supervisor and a Fellow of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. Prof. Bronstein originally trained in Medicine and became a Psychiatrist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will be speaking to us about her experiences as a psychiatrist during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War.’
More information and free registration for this event can be found here: http://psywgcathybronstein.eventbrite.co.uk
21 May seminar with Robert Jay Lifton
We invite you to a seminar with Prof. Robert Jay Lifton, to be held 11:30-1:30 on Thursday, 21 May at Birkbeck. Prof. Lifton is a psychiatrist and well-respected author of many books, including Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism (1961) and The Nazi Doctors (1986). Prof. Lifton will speak to us on his early research on Chinese ‘thought reform’ – exploring what this can tell us about what he calls ‘totalism’ – and his study of the psychological and ethical issues surrounding the atomic attack on Hiroshima. He will reflect on his psychohistorical research methods, including the development of his interview approach, use of psychoanalytical principles, and his perspective on the psychoanalytical movement in America.
More information and free registration for this event can be found here: http://psywgrobertlifton.eventbrite.co.uk
3-4 July ‘Brainwash: History, Cinema and the Psy Professions’ Workshop
This two-day workshop is co-organized by the Hidden Persuaders project and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, and will be held in the Birkbeck Cinema. This event brings together film scholars, historians, psychoanalysts, and artists to discuss the intersecting histories of mind control, cinema, and psy expertise in the early Cold War. Though we hope that you will join us for both days of the event, we have allowed for single-day registration to allow you more flexibility in attending.
The workshop programme and free registration for this event can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brainwash-history-cinema-and-the-psy-professions-tickets-16380168525
For more information about the Hidden Persuaders Project, visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hiddenpersuaders/