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11:00 - 12:30


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Nissan Lecture Theatre
St Antony's College
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6JF
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minding the gaps: culture, race and language in the consulting room

In this paper, Kannan Navaratnem will examine the ‘Gaps in/between the identities of patient and analyst’, ‘Gaps in communication and continuity’ and ‘Gaps created by the immigrant analyst and/or the immigrant patient’. He will also explore if these gaps could be seen as crevices into which specific issues of unconscious fantasies, as well as transference and countertransference currents lodge themselves and gain a unique emotional valency, generating new psychic material and enriching the analytic encounter and relationship. Drawing on his clinical experience, he will consider how these gaps are formed in the areas of culture, race, and language in the consulting room.

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Registration with tea/coffee starts at 10.30am.

This event is organised by the bpf Wessex.

about the speaker

Kannan Navaratnem is a psychoanalyst in private practice. He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the bpf, University College London and the Tavistock Clinic, where he is the clinical seminar leader on the Qualifying Course in Inter-Cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.


how to get there

By train: 22 -30 minutes’ walk or bus from Oxford Station.

By car: the nearest Park and Ride to St Antony's is Peartree OX2 8JD, from where you can take the 300 bus to just outside the College entrance.


Image by Penny Elder. Penny is a retired psychoanalytical psychotherapist. You can visit her website here:


accessibility:  The venue has full wheelchair accessibility 

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