Conspiracies? The "Paranoid Style” revisited, in Psychoanalytic Thought, History, and Political Life - Daniel Pick, PhD (Live)

October 18, 2024

2024-25 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series

Dr. Daniel Pick will reflect on psychoanalytic thought about paranoia and consider its relevance to the exploration of mass phenomena, past and present. He will draw on past work by a range of writers, including Freud, Tausk, Erikson, Klein, and Bion. He will also return to the work of historians and philosophers, including Hofstadter and Arendt, whose work is useful for exploring conspiracy theory and ’the paranoid style’. The talk will conclude by engaging with various contemporary explorations of the crisis of democracy, the AI revolution, and the so-called ‘deep state’. 

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10/18/2024 - 6:30pm EDT
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10/18/2024 - 8:00pm EDT

Daniel Pick, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and historian. He is a training analyst at the British Psychoanalytical Society, and professor emeritus at Birkbeck College, University of London. He received a Sigourney Award in 2023 and held a senior investigator grant from the Wellcome Trust (2014-21) for a team-based project on the history of ideas about brainwashing, He is an associate editor of  History Workshop Journal and an occasional broadcaster who has made a series of documentaries for BBC Radio. His publications include Faces of Degeneration: A European Disorder, c. 1848-1918  (Cambridge University Press, 1989), Svengali’s Web: The Alien Enchanter in Modern Culture (Yale University Press, 2000), Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2015), The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess, and the Analysts (OUP. 2012), and Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control (Profile/Wellcome Collection 2022). He also co-edited Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism (New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge, 2017).

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