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Sex and Psychopaths: celebrating 100 years of Freud's On Narcissism

LSE Review of Books Literary Festival discussion

Date: Thursday 27 February 2014 
Time: 12.30-2pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Marianna Fotaki, Professor Steve Fuller, Professor Yiannis Gabriel, David Morgan
Chair:  Elizabeth Cotton

This session will look at how we can understand the apparent growth in narcissism and withdrawals from intimacy in a digital age. From the impact of Facebook and online porn on sex to how whether we’re losing the capacity to be close to the people we work with. Join us to explore whether we’re all turning into narcissists or can we do something to salvage intimacy with other people?

Marianna Fotaki is professor of business ethics at Warwick Business School, and holds a visiting professorship at The University of Manchester. Before joining academia Marianna has worked as EU resident adviser to the governments in transition and as a medical doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins Du Monde for ten years in total. She is a graduate of medicine, public health, and has obtained a PhD in public policy from LSE. Her research is on the marketization of public services, health inequalities, gender and otherness in organizations and business in society. She has published over 30 papers on those subjects and has four books forthcoming: a monograph, on fantasy and reality of patient choice (Edward Elgar). Gender and the Organization (with Nancy Harding, Routledge), Affect in Organizations (co-edited with Kate Kenny, Palgrave) and Global Challenges to Business in Society (with Kate Kenny and Juliane Reinecke, Sage).

Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of social epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. The author of twenty books, his most recent work focuses on the future of humanity. 2014 will see the publication of two books: Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History (Acumen) and, with Veronika Lipinska, The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (Palgrave).

Yiannis Gabriel is professor of organizational theory at the University of Bath. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Yiannis is known for his work into the psychoanalysis of organizational and social life. He has written on organizational storytelling and narratives, leadership, management learning and the culture and politics of contemporary consumption. He has developed a psychoanalytic interpretation of organizational stories as a way of studying numerous social and organizational phenomena including leader-follower relations, group dynamics and fantasies, nostalgia, insults and apologies. He has been editor of Management Learning and associate editor of Human Relations and is currently senior editor of Organization Studies. His enduring fascination as a researcher lies in what he describes as the unmanageable qualities of life in and out of organizations.

David Morgan is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, senior member of the British Psychoanalytic Association, and has been consultant psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic for 20 years. He is a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer, and is consultant psychotherapist at WhistleblowersUK. He is also a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice.

Elizabeth Cotton blogs as Surviving Work and is an academic at Middlesex University Business School. Her academic background is in political philosophy and current writing includes precarious work and employment relations, activism and mental health at work. She has worked as an activist and educator in over thirty countries, working with trade unions and Global Union Federations at senior level. Some of this work is reflected in her co-authored publication, Global Unions Global Business, described as “the essential guide to global trade unionism”. Elizabeth lived and worked abroad until returning to the UK in 2007 to write and start the process of training in adult psychotherapy. She is founding director of The Resilience Space and runs the Surviving Work Library.

Update, Friday 21 February: Due to unforeseen circumstances, David Bell, Dr Miranda Horvath and Dr Candida Yates will no longer be on the panel for this event.

The LSE Review of Books publishes daily reviews of academic books across all the social science disciplines. We also produce podcasts where you can hear academics discussing the ideas behind their latest books. We will be producing a special podcast in the run up to the festival asking academics about the art and literature that inspires them.

This event forms part of LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, taking place from Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014, with the theme 'Reflections'.

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Sex and Psychopaths: celebrating 100 years of Freud's On Narcissism

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