Recent News from Professor Brett Kahr

Posted by on May 27, 2018 in News and Events


June, 2018.

During the last several months, Professor Brett Kahr has published a number of book chapters.  His essay on “The Public Psychoanalyst:  Donald Winnicott as Broadcaster” has appeared in a book edited by the psychoanalyst Angela Joyce, entitled Donald W. Winnicott and the History of the Present:  Understanding the Man and His Work (Karnac Books, 2018).  His commentary on “Oedipal Dynamics and the “White Heat” of the Session” has been published in Couple Stories:  Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas in Thinking About Couple Interaction, edited by Aleksandra Novakovic and Marguerite Reid (Routledge, 2018), which appeared in “The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis”, a series curated by Kahr, with his Balint Consultancy colleagues Susanna Abse and Christopher Clulow and, also, the American psychoanalyst Dr. David Scharff.

Brett Kahr’s chapter on “Sexual Cruelty in the Marital Bed:  Unconscious Sadism in Non-Forensic Couples” has been printed in Sadism:  Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspectives (Routledge, 2018), edited by Dr. Amita Sehgal, part of the “Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series”.  His essay on “Sigmund Freud’s Revolution in Psychiatry” has been published in Friends News, the magazine of the Freud Museum London.

His book D.W. Winnicott:  A Biographical Portrait, which received the Gradiva Award for Biography, has just been published in a French translation from Éditions Ithaque, under the title D.W. Winnicott:  Une Esquisse Biographique.  A Japanese translation of his book Tea with Winnicott is currently in preparation, along with a Persian edition of this book and its companion Coffee with Freud.

He has delivered a number of talks to professional organisations, including two separate one-day conferences on working with sexual fantasies:  one for the staff team at Harley Therapy in London and the other for the members of the Bedford Counselling and Therapy association in Bedfordshire, to mark the tenth anniversary of Kahr’s book Sex and the Psyche, published by Penguin Books.  He also conducted an “in conversation” with Professor Estela Welldon for the Saturday Forensic Forum about the future of forensic psychotherapy, and he delivered a day-long conference with Dr. Carine Minne of Broadmoor Hospital on “Bombs in the Consulting Room:  How to Survive Hostile Transference and Relational Dynamics”, sponsored by Confer.

Kahr also had the pleasure of chairing an evening with his colleague Professor Danielle Knafo from New York, who delivered an excellent paper to the Freud Museum London on the technologisation of intimacy, based on her new book The Age of Perversion:  Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture, co-authored by Rocco Lo Bosco.

Brett Kahr appeared several times on B.B.C. Radio, having featured on the B.B.C. World Service programme The Why Factor, discussing the traumatic nature of sexual fantasies, which broadcast on 16th April, 2018 and, also, in Marcel Berlins’s programme on Bearing Grudges for B.B.C. Radio 4, which broadcast on 7th May, 2018.  He features in the upcoming ten-part series on Sigmund Freud, produced for France-Culture, which will air in July, 2018.

A profile of Kahr will appear in the July, 2018 issue of Therapy Today.

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