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Event:UCL Psychoanalysis Conference, 1-3 December 2017

Psychoanalysis Unit
Research Dept of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
UCL Division of Psychology and Language Science

UCL Psychoanalysis Conference

Anxiety, Dread and Fear

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd December 2017, UCL Main Campus


Rosine Jozef Perelberg

The Riddle of Anxiety

Vic Sedlak

From Dread to Anxiety

Gigliola Fornari Spoto

Anxiety and the Epistemophilic Instinct

Clinical Seminar Leaders

Robin Anderson, David Bell,

Donald Campbell, Peter Fonagy,

Chris Mawson, Edna O’ Shaughnessy,

Rosine Jozef Perelberg,

Irma Brenman Pick, Vic Sedlak,

Gigliola Fornari Spoto, Mary Target,

David Taylor, and David Tuckett

Most of us know anxiety and at least some of its torments. But a glimpse of its vital function is gained when what an individual should rightly sense as a threat is felt instead to present no danger.

Freud understood that anxiety and its cognates, fear and dread, are central not only to mental disorders or as responses to traumas, but to the whole functioning of the mind as well as to our survival: phantasies of archaic situations lead to the existence of sources of anxiety that are largely internal and autonomous.

This year’s UCL Psychoanalysis Conference will consider how today the plural forms taken by anxiety are best understood and responded to clinically.

Call for parallel papers and clinical seminar presenters

There will be parallel paper sessions on the Saturday afternoon.

If you want to give a parallel paper, please contact:

Abstracts of proposed papers will need to be with us by midday, 15th September 2017.

If you want to present clinical material at one of the Friday clinical seminars,

please contact:

For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 16:30