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Women in Psychoanalysis and Culture: Desire, Fantasy, and Textuality

Monthly on Saturdays, 11:30AM-1:30PM BST/GMT
23 Clerkenwell Close London, EC1R 0AA
The Self
The Body


Please note that all sessions take place from 11:30am - 1:30pm BST/GMT, 12:30pm-2:30pm CET.

Next session: Brazilian Female Civilisation and its Discontents
In October, aligned with the group's anniversary, we will have the plaisir (or shall I say the jouissance?) to have a very special guest speaker from Brazil! Fani Hisgail PhD, a lacanian psychoanalyst and writer, will be joining us as we continue to discuss female representations and femininity through a lacanian perspective. We will be watching “Aquarius” (Brazil- 2016), dir Kleber Mendonça Filho. 

This is part of a women-only series with Claudia Celadon, where we read and discuss psychoanalytic and philosophical texts in order to investigate the depiction of women in visual arts and literature.

Each month we explore desire, fantasy and culture in their relation to the representation and understanding of women in the imaginary world of visual arts and literature, and the ambiguous relationship here between appearance and reality.

The series is open for all those identifying as a woman. This is not a clinical or therapeutic group, but CPD certificates will be available. Previous knowledge of psychoanalytic theory is advisable, and pre-reading will be sent to you upon booking.

Following sessions:

November 2020

Desire Murder Castration 

To warm up this cold month, we will be watching Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat (USA - 1981), where body doubles and murder take central stage.  

To inform us through this meeting, we will be reading Parveen Adams’ Waiving the Phallus and Estela W. Welldon’s What Women have that Men do Not. Once more, we will explore questions on where sexual desire is located, and representations of female desire through murder and castration.    

December 2020

Insidious Snake  

In the last event of these series, we will be watching Clouds of Sils Maria (dir. Olivier Assayas - France 2014) and will continue to explore psychoanalytic ideas on representations of female, this time on issues around ageing, death and narcissism.  The texts that will guide us are Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Time of The World , Simone De Beauvoir’s The Present and the Future, and a seminal paper On Narcissism: An Introduction (1914) by no other than S. Freud!

These sessions are free for Stillpoint Spaces Lab members. Please enter your members code to redeem, or email us at if you do not have a code.

CLAUDIA CELADON is a psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, lecturer, and training facilitator. Originally from Brazil, Claudia has been working clinically in the UK and in Brazil for the past 30 years. She has always been interested in the history of psychoanalysis and how it developed, feminist culture and modern and post-modern philosophy. Claudia is also interested in psychoanalysis as a cultural phenomenon, how it can help inform interpretations of the use of imagery in films and photography, specifically in the depiction of women which arise from their social definition. One of Claudia’s main areas of research is the use of language, both spoken and representational, in the clinical setting and in art and films.

FANI HISGAIL Brazilian psychoanalyst and doctor in Semiotics and Communication (PUC-SP. Brazil), lecturer at Culture, Material Consumerism, and Psychoanalytic Perspectives (ECA-USP Brazil).
Specialised in Psychoanalysis & Semiotics, lecturer at Lato Sensu at Clínica da Cultura (PUC-SP.).
Fani has published extensively in magazines, journals, and has edited several books, 14 Conferências sobre Jacques Lacan (1989); Biografia: Sintoma da Cultura (1997); A Ciência dos Sonhos (2000); Fani has also written a book about paedophilia and psychoanalysis - Pedofilia, um Estudo Psicanalítico (2007); Semiótica Psicanalítica (2013).

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Image: Actress Sonia Braga in Aquarius

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