Funding for PhD Projects on Psychoanalysis and Culture

Psychoanalysis and Culture Funded PhD Opportunity – Research Opportunities with Dr Noreen Giffney

Project Title/Thematic Area: Psychoanalysis and Culture

Host Institution: Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Keywords: Psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, cultural objects, clinical practice.

Project Summary: Applications are invited for funded full-time PhD projects in the area of psychoanalysis and culture (film, art, literature, television), specifically proposals that make use of the Kleinian and/or Independent traditions of psychoanalysis. Projects might be textual in nature or employ psychosocial methodologies for the collection of research data.

Proposals that are particularly welcome include the following:

  • Theoretical projects that employ Kleinian and/or Independent psychoanalytic thinking to examine film, art, literature, or television.
  • Textual projects that explore and theoretically analyse references to cultural objects and experiences in clinical writing produced within the Kleinian and/or Independent traditions of psychoanalysis.
  • Psychosocial projects that consider what might happen unconsciously when audiences engage with cultural objects.
  • Psychosocial projects that investigate psychoanalytic clinical practitioners’ engagement with cultural objects in their private lives, and its implications.

Primary Supervisor: The primary supervisor will be Dr Noreen Giffney, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a psychosocial theorist. Noreen is the author of The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic (Routledge 2021). Noreen’s research expertise is in psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, visual culture, and critical theory, and she has published extensively in these areas. She has also co-edited a further six books on theories of gender and sexuality. She is a founding scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), a member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), and a fully-accredited clinical member of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA), the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations (NIIHR), and the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). Noreen is a Lecturer in Counselling in the School of Communication and Media and a member of the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University in Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Noreen is happy to hear from potential applicants and discuss any ideas or questions they might have: | Dr Noreen Giffney (Ulster University Academic Profile)

Further Information: The funding competition opens on Friday 18th December 2020, when this advertisement and further particulars about how to apply will go live on the website for Ulster University’s Doctoral College: (look for funded projects). Applications need to be made online. Anyone considering applying should have a look at what is required in terms of a research proposal: How to Apply Online

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 26th February 2021