The Work of Christopher Bollas: Sarah Nettleton

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Date(s) - 23/06/2017 - 14/07/2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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SAP London

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SAP Friday Evening CPD Seminar Series for Analysts, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Trainees
The Work of Christopher Bollas
Speaker: Sarah Nettleton
Convenor: Jay Barlow
Friday June 23rd, 30th, & July 7th, 14th 2017, 19h30 – 21h30

In well over 100 published papers, Christopher Bollas has made an extraordinarily wide contribution.

His work covers psychoanalytic theory, clinical technique and psychopathology. He has in addition applied his unique understanding of the mind to fields such as literature, architecture, history, social anthropology and politics. He has also produced three novels and a volume of plays.

Many people have read a few of his papers and are familiar with, for example, his concepts of the unthought known and the trans-formational object. But what is difficult to appreciate without a more thorough reading of his work, is the intellectual rigour and the internal coherence of his thinking, which brings together theory and technique, normality and pathology, and explores perhaps more fully than anyone else the complex inter-relationship between the private, internal, subjective world and the world of external objects.

These four seminars will introduce Bollas’s innovative meta-psychology and explore many of the many concepts that he has developed over the past thirty years. Expanding on the legacy of Freud, Winnicott and Bion, his work is concerned equally with pathology, with the nature of psychic health and creative living, and with the intricate complexity of human subjectivity.

Each session will be based on an in-depth discussion of two papers, which participants will be asked to read in advance. Additional material will also be introduced.

Sarah Nettleton is a psychoanalyst (BPA) in private practice in London. Originally she studied music, working for many years as a piano accompanist, and for her Masters dissertation at the Tavistock she wrote on the psychodynamics of musical giftedness. Her more recent work includes papers on Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, on the effects of sound and voice in Beckett, and on the relationship between voice, creativity and metaphor. For the past 13 years she has edited the new writing of Christopher Bollas, and she has given lectures and seminars on his work extensively in the UK and in Norway, Israel, France, America, Turkey and Mexico. Her book The Metapsychology of Christopher Bollas: an Introduction was published by Routledge in 2016.

 Convenor: Jay Barlow

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