CFP for ‘Moving Objects’ workshop in January

Moving Objects: Film, Relation, Change

A one-day workshop at Birkbeck, University of London, organised by BRAKC (Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community) and BIMI (Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image)

Birkbeck Cinema, Friday 17 January, 2014

The relationship between psychoanalysis and the moving image is in a period of significant transition. The last decade has seen a proliferation of exciting scholarship and experimentation around the notion of film and spectator as feeling, playing, transforming partners in an affect-laden dance of psychic, emotional and potentially political growth. Shifting emphasis away from the established Lacanian paradigms of voyeurism, lack and desiring identification, growing numbers of scholars are turning to the work of object-relations analysts in order to provide an account of the filmic encounter and the internalized moving image as a living source of subjective and relational metamorphosis. This one-day workshop aims to bring together established and postgraduate scholars, therapists and practitioners working on media, psychoanalysis and cultural transformation from a broadly object-relations theoretical perspective. We would like to go beyond Winnicott (while at the same time retaining the crucial concepts of play and transitional phenomena so usefully analysed by Annette Kuhn et al. in Little Madnesses: Winnicott, Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience, I.B. Tauris, 2013) in order to consider what an awareness of object-relations in general may bring to the discussion of film, the moving image, and the changing spectator, especially with regard to the possibility of politicized and post-traumatic healing. Subjects for consideration might include (but are not limited to):

–      Filmic form/structures and object-relations

–      The film and the spectator as relational partners

–      Genre, affect and psychic growth

–      Spectatorship, splitting and projective identification

–      Gender, film and object-relations

–      Multi-racial moving objects

–      Class, hate, envy and film

–      Kleinian approaches to film-watching

–      Fairbairn, Guntrip and the schizoid spectator

–      Milner, film and ‘butterfly thoughts’

–      Bion,  cinematic alpha-function and the container-contained

–      André Green and the filmic dead mother

–      Christopher Bollas and the transformational object

–      Cinema, object-relations and resistance/revolution

–      Digital activism and psychosocial agencies

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent to Andrew Asibong ( and Amber Jacobs ( by 31 October 2013.

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