Who is Afraid of Michael Balint? Monica Greco (CMH Seminar, 22 Feb 2012, Durham University)

Who is Afraid of Michael Balint?

Monica Greco

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Goldsmiths College

Wednesday 22 Feb, 5.15
St Chad’s College

Followed by
wine & canapés

Michael Balint and the Balint method are often invoked in the writings of medical humanities scholars as historical precedents and a source of inspiration.  There has been, however, little systematic engagement with Balint’s texts and with the psychoanalytic premises of his work.  This reflects a more general situation in the field, where discussion of the medical relevance of psychoanalysis is conspicuous by its absence, despite a number of recent contributions.  Taking Balint as a point of departure, this talk will look at the ambivalent relationship between medical humanities and psychoanalysis. Without adopting a psychoanalytic approach, I will propose that the question of the medical relevance of psychoanalysis can be a source of specific anxiety in so far as it points (too) directly to a critique of the medical scientific model.

Monica Greco is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Research Fellow of the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung. She is the author of Illness as a Work of Thought (Routledge, 1998), co-editor (with Mariam Fraser) of The Body: A Reader (Routledge, 2005) and co-editor (with Paul Stenner) of The Emotions: A Social Science Reader  (Routledge, 2008).

For more information about this event please download the Seminar Flyer or contact Polly De Giorgi. All welcome.

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