The next seminar in the 2016 Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series, featuring a presentation by Roz Austin (Department of Geography and Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) on ‘Voice-hearing and Spatialities of the Emotions’, will take place in the Birley Room in Hatfield College, Durham University (number 20 on this map) on Thursday 19 May 2016, 5 pm – 7 pm.

Abstract: As Kingsbury and Pile (2014: 31) note, ‘psychoanalytic understandings of the unconscious, transference, the drives and repetition are not only enhancing geographical concerns with space, place, landscape and the environment, they are also transforming key areas of geographical research’. In this talk, Roz will incorporate psychoanalytic thought into an engagement with how voice-hearers attach to space and place. In particular, she is concerned with understanding how the bond with space can affect how voice-hearers relate to their emotions. Because many of the voice-hearers whom Roz interviewed describe their voices as coming from an external location, she is interested in how the landscape and the environment can be a projection or an extension of the voice-hearer’s inner mental life. By attending to these spatialities, Roz will explore how a psychogeography involves imagination, affect and action fluidly.

The first part of the talk illustrates how a number of the voice-hearers make a separation of the voice from the ‘self’. Second, Roz will provide a psychogeographical exploration of how voice-hearers heard voices coming from an external location. In particular, she will explore the structures of feeling and emotions which emerge from and in these spatialities. Finally, Roz will discuss cases of voice-hearers who remove themselves from the persecutory voice that is troubling to them, by separating themselves in either a material reality or within an imaginary space. She will consider how either a conscious or an unconscious disengagement from the voice may affect how voice-hearers relate to their emotions.

The Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series is designed to provide a platform for HtV researchers to share the detailed findings of their research and gain feedback from a wider audience. Anyone with an interest in Hearing the Voice research is welcome to attend. If you would like to reserve a place, please fill in our online registration form.

Wine and nibbles provided.

More information about the other HtV seminars in the schedule for 2016 can be found here. If you have any queries about this event or the HtV Research Seminar series in general, please contact Victoria Patton.


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