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[ecrea] new publication: embodied encounters

Mon Oct 20 06:03:25 GMT 2014

Embodied Encounters: New Approaches to Cinema and Psychoanalysis has just been published by Routledge. I have had the privilege of editing it and leading an astonishing group of internationally renowned scholars who work in psychoanalysis and film. We come from different theoretical backgrounds, deal with documentary and fiction, and are united in our conviction that psychoanalysis still has a lot to offer to film studies.

The contributors to the volume include in alphabetical order Robert Burgoyne, Elizabeth Cowie, Carla Ambrosio Garcia, Joanna Dogalis, Stephen Frosh, John Izod, Luke Hockley, Vicky Lebeau, Carol MacGillivray, Nicholas Muellner, Michael Renov, Naomi Segal, Ben Tyrer, Emma Wilson and myself. You can learn more about the book here:

On 27th October please join us at the Freud Museum for symposium which will celebrate the book and the new ways of thinking about the unconscious and the body in film. My institution, the University of Bedfordshire, is generously supporting the event again offering all participants coffee, a light lunch and drinks and canapés at the actual launch.

The event is free and students are welcome but please register soonest: The event is free but please register soonest on

The programme will be as follows:

Embodied Encounters – Programme for 27th October at the Freud Museum, London,
20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

Chairs: Agnieszka Piotrowska (Bedfordshire), Ben Tyrer (KCL) and Helena Bassil-Morozow (Bedfordshire)

9.00: Arrival - Registration and Coffee

9.30-10.30: Richard Rushton (Lancaster) on Psychoanalysis and Film

10.30-11.15: Ben Tyrer (KCL) on Black Swan and Feminine Jouissance

11.15-11.30: Coffee

11.30-12.15: Carla Ambrosio Garcia (KCL) on Material Encounters with Film

12.15-1.15: Elizabeth Cowie (Kent) on Embodied Documentary

1.15-2.15: Lunch

2.15-3.15: Robert Burgoyne (St. Andrews) on Destroying and Creating

3.15-4.00: Helena Bassil-Morozow (Bedfordshire) on Loss in Tarkovsky

4.00-4.45: Carol MacGillivray (Goldsmith’s) on the Diasynochronscope

4.45-5.00: Coffee

5.00-6.00: Plenary with all Embodied Encounters participants

6.00-8.30: BOOK LAUNCH with short contributions from Elizabeth Cowie, Karen Randell (Bedfordshire), Richard Rushton, Naomi Segal (Birkbeck), Emma Wilson (Cambridge),Scott Wilson (Kingston) and Bogdan Wolf (Psychoanalyst –NLS)

Reviews for Embodied Encounters:

“Embodied Encounters represents a landmark moment in the intersection of psychoanalysis and film studies…Reading this book is requisite for anyone who wants to understand the body when it meets the screen.” –Todd McGowan, University of Vermont, USA

“Agnieszka Piotrowska’s Embodied Encounters…is an important and timely collection that revitalizes psychoanalytic film theory for the twenty-first century, offering fresh engagements with leading auteurs and significant films.” –Scott Wilson, Professor in Psychoanalysis and Media, Kingston University, London, UK

"Embodied Encounters is a timely collection, a significant statement of how important psychoanalysis is for illuminating what films do and of clarifying the effects and affects films can produce…Essential reading for anyone who cares about cinema." –Richard Rushton, Lancaster University, UK

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards

Dr. Agnieszka Piotrowska

Reader in Film Practice and Theory

Course Leader MA/MSc Digital Film

University of Bedfordshire

Luton, LU1 3JU, UK

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