In memory of Ilse Seglow this lecture entitled: “All the light we cannot see”: Psychoanalytic reflections on the nature of hope.
This talk by Margot Waddell will explore, largely through literature and clinical examples, the particularity of that quality of hope that lies at the heart of a psychoanalytic way of thinking. To find expression for the hope that we must “feel upon the pulses” so often lies beyond, or between, the words that are needed to find expression in the ordinary way. It is one that is lodged in the in-between where, if nurtured, it can find its own unique form, just as an artist finds a unique expressive register. In the current dark days, “hope” becomes more important than ever. Hope for ourselves, our work and our institutional lives.
Jennifer Silverstone will be chairing this lecture.
about the speaker
Margot Waddell is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis where she is currently the Chair of Publications. She has a background in Classics and literature and took a PhD at Cambridge on George Eliot’s novels. She is a Child Analyst and worked for many years as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She is a widely published author and teaches both nationally and internationally. She has edited, and more recently, co-edits, the Tavistock Clinic Book series now numbering 50 books, since its inception in 1998. Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality was published by Karnac in 2002, and she is currently completing a book on adolescence: ‘On Adolescence: Inside Stories’.
about Ilse Seglow
The lecture commemorates the achievements of Ilse Seglow - one of the founding members
of the British Association of Psychotherapists and the founder of the London Centre for
Psychotherapy, which later on formed the British Psychotherapy Foundation along with two other organisations. As a socialist and an idealist she promoted psychotherapy for those who did not have the means to enter into five times a week analysis and/or pay the full cost of the sessions.