CIDRAL roundtable with Adam Phillips: Weds 4 Feb at 3.30, Manchester.

Sensing the Arts

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL)

Roundtable with Adam Phillips: Psychoanalysis, Morality and the Senses

Adam Phillips (Psychoanalyst and Writer) with Dr Monica Pearl (Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature, EAC, UoM) and Professor Ian Parker (psychoanalyst, Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix). Chair: Professor Jackie Stacey (CIDRAL Director)

3.30-5.30pm, 4 February 2015

University Place Lecture Theatre A,

University of Manchester

Followed by wine reception at Cafe Muse

Recommended background readings (for those who wish):

  1. ‘Punishing Parents’ in One Way and Another(2013), pp. 351-371
  2. ‘On Satisfaction’  Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life (2012), pp. 137-168
  3. ‘On a More Impersonal Note’ in Intimacies(Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips) (2008), pp. 89-117

Additional background reading:

  1. ‘The Pragmatics of Passion’ (Ch 20) Promises, Promises: Essays on Literature and Psychoanalysis(2000), pp. 296-309

(PDFs available on the event website:

Adam Phillips is a freelance psychoanalyst and wrier. After studying English at the University of Oxford, he trained as a child psychotherapist and became Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He is the author of nineteen books, including: Winnicott (1988), On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored (1993), Monogamy (1996), Houdini’s Box (2001), Missing Out(2012), One Way and Another (2013). A regular contributor to the London Review of BooksRaritan, and The Threepenny Review, Phillips is also the general editor of new translations of Freud’s work published by the Penguin Press.

Dr Monica Pearl is Lecturer in Twentieth Century American Literature at the University of Manchester. She is the author of AIDS Literature and Gay Identity: The Literature of Loss (Routledge, 2013) and essays on the graphic memoir Fun Home, the play Angels in America, the writing of W.G. Sebald, and opera.

Professor Ian Parker is Professor of Management in the School of Management at the University of Leicester, Co-Director of the Discourse Unit (, secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix and a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester. He is also Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Manchester. His recent books include Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011), and six books in the series ‘Psychology after Critique’ (Routledge, 2015).

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