Identification, education and separation
Starts: 30 November 2012
Friday 30th November 2012, 3pm - 5pm, Room -1.62, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University
Identification, education and separation: utilising the Kleinian chalice to explore the psychological cost of social mobility in urban south Wales
During this seminar, organised by the University Graduate College as part of the Inter-disciplinary Psychosocial Seminar Series, Dr Dawn Mannay will revisit Diana Leonard’s seminal paper, ‘Keeping close and spoiling in a south Wales town’, by drawing on one mother and daughter case study. Leonard applied a sociological lens to focus on geographical closeness and the strategies employed by parents to keep their children living at home, rather than sending them to university.
In contrast, this seminar investigates the contradictory nature of remaining geographically close, living within the family home and commuting to a local university. The seminar will elucidate a psychoanalytically informed psychosocial approach to analysis, in particular focusing upon Kleinian processes of splitting and defence as a vehicle to impose continuity in response to change and the threat of fragmentation in family life.
The seminar will explore how ‘keeping close’ by remaining at home whilst studying cannot negate the psychological separation: rather the maternal relationship can be threatened by an ‘ambiguous loss’, the loss of a loved one who is physically present but psychologically absent.
Wine and snacks will be provided.
For more information on the event please contact Chris Higgins using the details below.
Open To: Staff and Students