Is Psychoanalysis Teachable?

Annual Conference
12th February 2010

The Library, 21 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX (Opposite The Freud Museum)
2.30pm followed by AGM at 5 pm

Is Psychoanalysis Teachable?

Psychoanalysis, it is said, is a subjective profession, in the sense that, in order to function as an analyst, the person needs to undergo a subjective transformation. If this is indeed a fundamental condition of the practice of analysis the question arises as to the impact of standardisation of trainings on the one hand, and academicisation on the other. If ‘knowledge and skills’ become the predominant elements in a training, psychoanalysis might become teachable only at the cost of it ceasing to be psychoanalysis. Perhaps the question is, if psychoanalysis is not teachable, can it remain so in the future?


Julia Borossa Director of the Centre for Psychoanalysis and the Postgraduate Programmes in Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. Her research is on questions of the transmission and politics of psychoanalysis. Author of Hysteria (icon, 2001). Editor of Sandor Ferenczi: Selected Writings (Penguin, 1999) and Psychoanalysis, Fascism, Fundamentalism, with Ivan Ward (Edinburgh, 2009)

Ian Parker Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University where he co- directs the Discourse Unit and secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix. He is a practising psychoanalyst, member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, the London Society of the New Lacanian School, and the College of Psychoanalysts – UK. His books on psychoanalysis include Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011)

Paul Verhaeghe Senior Professor at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and Head of the Department for Psychoanalysis and Counselling Psychology. He has published five books (Does the woman exist? Love in a time of loneliness; Beyond Gender; New Studies on Old Villains; On Being Normal and Other Disorders: a Manual for Clinical Psychodiagnostics (2004) received the Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship (2007). His current work focuses on the impact of social change on identity and psychopathology. For a complete bibliography and downloads,see:

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