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Film: in session 2013 - 2014
Friday 22 November 2013, 07:00pm - 10:30pm
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Contact Noreen Giffney 087 1322244


This continuing professional development course provides a space in which to indulge our love of cinema in the context of psychoanalytic theory. For five months we will come together to share the experience of watching a film before engaging in an informal discussion loosely focused around particular themes relevant to psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice: sex, protest, nourishment, pain, and envy. Films include Shame, [Safe], Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Tarnation, and La Nana (The Maid).


This group is open to anyone with an interest in psychoanalysis and film. It will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, in addition to academics and postgraduate students who work on psychoanalytic theory and/or cultural studies. No previous knowledge of psychoanalytic theory or film studies is required. Places are limited so early registration is advised.




Noreen Giffney works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin. She completed an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Clinical Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Before training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, she was awarded a BA (Hons) and a PhD by University College Dublin. She has lectured at University College Dublin, the University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Galway and Independent College Dublin, and has taught film studies for over a decade. She gave the opening talks at the Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival, convened by the IFPP and the APPI, in 2012 and 2013.

            Telephone: 087 132 2244

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Friday 18 October 2013, Friday 22 November 2013, Friday 24 January 2014, Friday 21 February 2014, Friday 21 March 2014.






Session 2: PROTEST


Details: Friday 22 November 2013 @ 7.00 pm-10.30 pm




Screening: [Safe], dir. Todd Haynes (1995, c. 119 minutes) [in English]




Recommended Reading:John Steiner, ‘A Theory of Psychic Retreats’ in Psychic Retreats: Pathological Organizations in Psychotic, Neurotic and Borderline Patients (London and New York: Routledge 1993), pp. 1-13.







Location Filmbase Curved Street Temple Bar Dublin 2
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