Maudsley Lecture | Whiteness – A problem for our time

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The seventh Maudsley lecture in the Spring Term 2020 series, looking at "Cultural Diversity and Psychoanalysis"


These lectures will be delivered remotely via Zoom

8th of March 

Helen Morgan
Whiteness – A problem for our time
Helen's presentation is rooted in the assumption that the problem of racism today is a problem of whiteness and that it is an examination of this construct of whiteness, therefore, which needs to be central to seeking a solution to this destructive dynamic. A key and urgent question then for those of us who are regarded as white is, how do we interrogate our whiteness to bring about the radical change that is required? 

‘Whiteness’ is a lived experience and a substantial factor in how one navigates the world and how one is navigated around by others. The ‘fragility’, the colour-blind approach and the silencing process of disavowal that develops in the childhood of white liberal families, are means of maintaining white privilege and racism. A psychoanalytic approach can, therefore, be useful in understanding psychological implications but only as one part of a wider perspective. 

The work required of whiteness and the letting go of privilege is essential if we are to dismantle the system of racism that is so embedded within our society. I argue this is no altruistic endeavour but that, whilst clearly doing untold harm to black people, such a system also limits and distorts the development of white individuals and the society in which we are citizens.

Helen Morgan is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a training analyst and supervisor for the British Jungian Analytic Association within the bpf. Her background is in therapeutic communities with adolescents and in adult mental health. She was chair of the British Association of Psychotherapists from 2004 - 2008 and chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council from 2015-18. She has published a number of papers including several on racism, and her book ‘The Work of Whiteness. A psychoanalytic perspective’ is due for publication in Spring 2021

Chaired by: Emma Hotopf, Maxine Dennis, Antje Netzer-Stein

6.30pm - 8.00pm
Concession tickets are available, for students, BPAS candidates and NHS trainees. Please email if you are unsure if you qualify for a concession ticket.

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Please note: These lectures will be held on Zoom and will also be available for the following 24 hours to all registered participants. This is to allow for international attendees to enjoy the event at a more appropriate time in their time zone. After this time, the recording will no longer be available. 

Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not represent the views or opinions of the Institute, event organisers or other speakers.

March 8th, 2021 6:30 PM through  8:00 PM
Online via Zoom
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard ticket £ 25.00
Concession ticket £ 15.00
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Standard ticket £ 25.00
Concession ticket £ 15.00