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I have been thinking about a psychoanalytic theory of affects and its relation to representation and symbolisation. This has evolved into a book, to be titled The Mystery of Affects: Seeking a Theory of what we Feel. It will be published by Phoenix Publishing House, hopefully later this year, 2022.
My interest in Therapeutic Comunities led me to develop a series of Workshops with Enrico Pedriali in Italy, around 2001. Sadly Enrico died in 2009, but with great good fortunate, Luca Mingarelli has taken over the project which has developed and expanded internationally. The workshops have been run as experiential conferences comparable (but adapted from) the Group Relations conferences run by the Tavistock Clinic and other organisations for many years. The aim of the workshops is to engage therapeutic community and other resdential workers to reflect on the hidden and unspoken dynamics of care organisations.
Luca and I have now edited a book with a number of staff and attendees of the workshops to be titled The Learning from Action Workshop (LfA): Working with the Non-Verbal. It will be published by Phoenix Publishing House, in the summer of 2022.
The first book I ever read by a Kleinian was Bion's Experiences in Groups. He was a restless thinker and writer, often obscure and difficult to follow. His changes of interest and radical new thoughts have created considerable fascination for many and he has left an inconsistent legacy of post-Bionian writers taking his ideas in innumerable directions. In order to try to keep him grounded, I have attempted a book on the consistency of his approach to his clinical work from the group period (which first interested me) to his late seminars he conducted around the world. This will be published in late 2022 or 2023, currently titled W.R. Bion, the Clinician: Steering between Concepts and Practice. It will be published by Routledge in the New Library of Psychoanalysis.
Working in process
As it will be clear from a scrutiny of the publications indicated in this website, I have an interest in the extent to which psychoanalysis can comment relevantly on politics. Starting with my paper so many years ago, in 1983 on alientation ('Projective identification and Marx's concept of man' in Psychoanalysis and History) I have slowly formulated some understanding a possible 'marriage between psychoanalysis and politics. This will emerge in the next couple of years or so, as a book to be titled Unconscious Politics.
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Do please contact me if you have any comments or expressions of interest in these projects.
I shall occasionally put up texts of papers in preparation or given to seminars or conferences. The first of these is: