Intimacy Unguarded: Gender, the Unconscious and Contemporary Art

Writing 2011

Saturday 27 February 2016

Freud Museum London

9:30 -5pm


One of the most intimate aspects of the human subject is the unconscious. This symposium examines the ways in which this material becomes the basis for contemporary art, critical writing and the dynamics of the consulting room. The speakers will provide a number of perspectives on the relationship between gender, the unconscious and intimacy. As well as first hand accounts from contemporary artists there will be a new reading of Marlene Dumas’ intimate art practice. The psychoanalytic process of ‘patient presentation’ will be examined, as well as how the process of being in analysis becomes inadvertently manifest when artists exhibit their work in the Freud Museum.

This symposium is hosted in collaboration with the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design research project Intimacy Unguarded, which examines the personal as material in contemporary art and writing.


Confirmed speakers:

Diana Caine (neuropsychologist)

Denis Echard (psychoanalyst)

Joanne Morra (writer)

Sadie Murdoch (artist)

Griselda Pollock (visual theorist and cultural analyst)

Emma Talbot (artist)

Barbara Visser (artist)


Supported by CSM Art Programme and CSM Research


Image is Emma Talbot’s Writing (2011)

Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society






Saturday, 19 June, 2016


We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.


This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.


Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.


The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 19 June, 2016. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £45 for presenters and attendees. The fee for Middlesex University staff and students is £25.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 27 May, 2016. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: Anne Worthington,


Centre for Psychoanalysis

Psychology Department

Middlesex University

The Burroughs, Hendon

London NW4 4BT

Adequate Knowledges with Adrian Rifkin

9 December 17:30
Room C303, CSM, KX
Adequate Knowledges is a series of five ‘talks’ that elaborate readings of certain childhood books. In this second event of Adrian’s series Adequate Knowledges:

‘A second book, one, two, three, many …or what was good enough for then is hardly good enough for now. Is three too many? Was two far too many? Is one more than enough, inconceivably so? In the shadow of future passions as Lohengrin watches Egyptian science, alarmed and not quite astonished, I will unfold episode two in the annals of adequacy…..’

How do new knowledges adequate to these starting points? Life writing, or whatever we might want to call it, becomes a series of abstractions of this problematic

Hosted by the Duration and Event research group.

This event is open to the public, visit the Eventbrite page to book. 

Event contact:
Madeleine King

The International Art Exhibition for Palestine

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know about our forthcoming event in the Exhibition Histories Talks series at Whitechapel Gallery in London.

Next week on Thursday 10 December Rasha Salti will be in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery’s Omar Kholeif to discuss ‘The International Art Exhibition for Palestine’, which took place in Beirut in 1978, and the archival and documentary exhibition presenting this research ‘Past Disquiet’, curated by Salti and Kristine Khouri at Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), 2015. More information about the event can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.


Line Ellegaard

Associate Editor




Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Granary Building

1 Granary Square



T +44 (0)20 7514 7254

Institutions and Archives

Wednesday 9th December
Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room
11am – 4pm/4.30pm followed by drinks

*lunch not provided – please bring your own

book a place here:

password: archivesdecember

This is a day of presentations by and for students and tutors. This year’s theme is archives and institutions. It’s very much a chance to hear work in progress and the programme will be shaped by the kind of work being done by the participants.

Archives can be understood widely as can the definition of an institution. Themes we may like to address include how archives can be discussed in the wake of institutional critique and ‘new institutionalism’; technological (or technocratic) issues (‘big data’, ‘born digital’ content, or materials that are difficult to archive, or difficult to display); or how interests may or may not be linked between archives and institutions. We may wish to explore other paradigms, and/or locate questions in archives themselves. How and whether these affect curatorial practice or our understanding of exhibitions may also be an interesting theme to explore.

This event brings together staff, doctoral students and students from masters programmes with an interest in curating and archiving from Birkbeck, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art. The event will provide a forum for sharing emerging research and professional practice.

This is the second such event, following The Archive and Domestic or Private Space, held at the RCA in December 2014, where we heard presentations by 5 tutors, 4 PhD students, and 8 MA students.

This year’s event is kindly being hosted by the Royal Festival Hall. NB it is not a public event.

for further information please contact Alison Green (

Open Days for Doctoral Students at British Library

Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Doctoral Open Days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, plus help you navigate our physical and online collections. As well as hearing from our expert and friendly staff students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines.


You will see that we have taken a different approach to this year’s events.  Subjects such as History, English, Drama, Art & Design etc, will now be covered in inter-disciplinary days concentrating on different aspects of the Library’s collections. As always, students are invited to attend the day they feel would be most relevant to their studies. The Open Days are as follows:


Asian & African Collections – 18 January 2016

News & Media Collections – 25 January 2016 

Pre 1600 Collections – 01 February 2016 

Music – 05 February 2016

Social Sciences – 12 February 2016

17th & 18th Century Collections – 19 February 2016

19th Century Collections – 22 February 2016

20th & 21st Century Collections – 26 February 2016


For details of the all Open Days and how to book please see our website. Places cost £5.00 including lunch.


Robin Saklatvala

Event Manager – Doctoral Open Days












Journal of Contemporary Painting





Rebecca Fortnum

Middlesex University


Associate Editors

Beth Harland

Lancaster University


Daniel Sturgis

University of the Arts London


Michael Finch

University of the Arts London


The Journal of Contemporary Painting combines peer-reviewed scholarship, particularly that emerging from practice-based research, with new writing and visual essays by academics and practitioners. Research essays will complement reviews and interviews that are responsive to current debates in painting and related art practices. The Journal is aimed at a broad readership encompassing academics, critics, writers, artists, curators and the gallery-going public.

The Journal of Contemporary Painting responds to the territory and practice of contemporary painting in its broadest sense, treating painting as a context for discussion and exploring its sphere of influence, rather than defining it as a medium specific debate.  The Journal combines a thematic approach with an open call, each issue opening up and problematising different facets of contemporary painting.

As well as contributions to current debates on contemporary art, the Journal also publishes archival texts alongside current responsive articles allowing new debates to emerge, based on the premise that the contemporary cannot be understood without a self-reflexive knowledge of history.  The Journal will also work with artists and other scholars to produce original visual essays.

In focusing on the territory of painting practice, JCP takes an international approach, providing a forum for the exchange of views drawn from a wide geographical field. The Journal maps where painting is, acting as a platform for international scholarship in this area.  The Journal also functions as a multidisciplinary discursive space in which a range of subject specialisms can be brought to bear on the culture of painting. JCP creates a place where scholars and practitioners from many disciplines can converge and exchange ideas on a common object of study.,id=239/

Deleuze and Design – Book Launch

Deleuze and Design

Betti Marenko and Jamie Brassett (eds.)



Thursday, 17 December 2015 from 16:00 to 20:00 (GMT)


Central Saint Martins – 1 Granary Square King’s Cross N1C 4AA GB –

You are invited to celebrate the launch of Deleuze and Design edited by Betti Marenko and Jamie Brassett, published by Edinburgh University Press as part of their ‘Deleuze Connections’ series.

This book investigates the ways that the creative philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and the multiple practices and thinking of designing impact each other, with focus on technodigital objects, innovation and design strategies, illustration, activism, smithing, functionality, design history and ecosophy.

Join editors Betti, Jamie and some of the authors for an evening of discussion provoked by this book. In addition special guest, Pat Kane, will give a response to the book followed by drinks and networking.

The event is open to all members of the public, UAL staff and students, and would be of particular interest to philosophy and design students or academics, as well as design industry professionals.

“In a field decidedly weak in theoretical constructs, this book goes a long way toward aligning design studies with contemporary philosophy. But it also steers Deleuze in a new direction, unleashing the creative power and possibilities behind one of the chief philosophical figures of our age.” – Dr Elizabeth Guffey, State University of New York, Purchase



Betti Marenko. Research Leader Product Ceramic & Industrial Design Programme, CSM

Jamie Brassett. Subject Leader & MA Course Leader Innovation Management CSM



Manola Antonioli. Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architetture de Paris La Villette

Derek Hales. Independent researcher working in para-academic contexts of R&D, abstract culture and philosophy.

John O’Reilly. Associate Lecturer MA Course Leader Innovation Management CSM



Pat Kane has many personas. He is the author of the 2004 book The Play Ethic, and Director of the innovation and futures consultancy of the same name. Pat is also lead curator for NESTA’s FutureFest and a political activist, supporting Scottish independence. Since 1986 Pat has, with his brother Greg, formed the band Hue and Cry, and still perform and produce new work. He has always engaged in philosophical concepts, especially those from Deleuze and Guattari, and we are honoured to have him join us for this launch.



The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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