MAKING LINKS: PSYCHOANALYSIS ON THE WEB
In this occasional series, IMPULSE links you to online resources to satisfy your appetite for psychoanalytic enrichment.
To find what the Web has to offer your analytically inclined ears, you could always Google your favorite psychoanalytic author or concept, along with "MP3" or "podcast." Or you can just explore some of our curated finds, below.
Media-fatigued Americans can eavesdrop on excellent British radio programming at the BBC. In Our Time, an erudite and dynamic program, occasionally and very successfully addresses psychoanalytic topics. Prime pickings: Juliett Mitchell, Rachel Bowlby and Brett Kahr take a historical and contemporary look at hysteria. V. S. Ramachandran, Mark Solms and Martin Conway juxtapose neuroscientific and psychoanalytic perspectives on dreams. And an exploration into the life and influence of Carl Jung incorporates thoughts of a Jung biographer, a Jungian analyst and a Freudian analyst.
Advancing psychoanalysis' long dialogue about religion are two very contemporary audio offerings. In Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century: Addressing Complexity — A Psychosocial Approach To Thinking About Religion, one in a series of forums presented by The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass., and the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, the former dean of Westminster Abbey argues for religion's sophistication, saying it requires a sophisticated approach if it is to be understood. Psychologists respond.
The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine gives us a Quicktime audio file of Adam Phillips presenting a provocative paper that looks at religious fundamentalism from a psychoanalytic perspective. Discussant Salman Akhtar, poet and psychoanalyist, takes issue with much of what Adams asserts, making for a lively and culturally varied discussion.
What have you found on the Web to tantalize psychoanalytic surfers? Send in your suggestions for us to include in future MAKING LINKS features.
Cate Corcoran, M.A.
IMPULSE Features Editor