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Schizoanalysis, Now!

Modalities, mutations and values

28 Apr 2018

Free, The Space
Emerging out of the conjunction of institutional psychotherapy, decolonisation movements, the events of May 1968 and given its first systematic expression in the conjoined work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari schizoanalysis as a radically contestatory, experimental, analytic practice has all but slipped from view (along with much of the history of alternatives to psychiatry with which it was linked).
What was schizonalysis? And what could it become? As the 40th anniversary of May 1968 rushes towards us, the risk of schizoanalysis becoming just another historical curio is strong. But wIth the myriad crises of mental health care, the instrumentalisation of therapeutic techniques organised around crude models of science and the intensified proliferation of stress, anxiety and other index-symptoms, “Schizoanalysis, Now!” is a demand and one that must be made forcefully.
What are the prospects for the reactivation of schizoanalytic ideas in a world gripped by climate change, the effects of exacerbated austerity, and the transformation of scientific and technical practices into vectors of neocolonial expropriation? It goes almost without saying that the material and intellectual contexts out of which schizoanalysis developed were very different to those of the present: the shape of institutions, the forms of sociality (what is psychosis, in an era of social media?), the types and norms of use of anxiolytics etc. Given this, delicate historical work is needed, not just to reconstruct what schizoanalysis was but also to understand the multiplicity of forces, currents, energies into which it tapped and how these facilitated its functioning.
This event assembles therapists, artists, philosophers and others with a view to considering the modalities, mutations and values of schizoanalytic thinking in addressing:
1. Current concerns around care and its myriad crises;
2. Possible connections between schizoanalysis and practices with which it has affinities
3. The (post)colonial contexts that radical alternatives to psychiatry tapped into and their diagnostic value for understanding the present
Booking Required
This event is part of the Institutional Analysis research strand.
For the speaker biographies click 'More' below.

Speaker biographies:
Susana Caló holds a PhD from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), London. Her thesis examined the relations between language, semiotics, and politics in the work of Félix Guattari, with a particular focus on linking institutional analysis to broader militant, social, and institutional contexts. Currently, she is developing a research project on the institutional analysis movement and its implications to think institutional programming with the Architecture and Social Movements group at the Royal College of Art.  Her work focuses on institutional practices, semiotics and militancy.
Dr Anthony Faramelli works as a Recovery Co-Ordinator at the London-based charity SHP, supporting people with enduring mental ill-health living in an accommodation service. He also lectures at Kingston University and the University of Brighton. His research and teaching are concerned with schizoanalysis, political theory, practices of resistance, social-therapy and Institutional Analysis, specifically work done by François Tosquelles, Frantz Fanon, Félix Guattari and Jean Oury.  He is the author of Resistance, Revolution and Fascism: Zapatismo and Assemblage Politics and an editor, with David Hancock and Rob White, of Spaces of Crisis and Critique: Heterotopias Beyond Foucault.  
Valeria Graziano is Research Associate at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University. Her research addresses the organizational import of cultural practices in reference to the resistance to work and the possibility of political pleasure. She is a member of the Micropolitics Research Group.
Eric Harper is a psychotherapist working in the homeless sector. Prior to this he was engaged in activist work in Africa with sex workers fighting for decriminalisation, ex-political prisoners in South Africa wanting reparations and Gay HIV positive men in South Africa lobbying for anti-retroviral.
pantxo ramas / Francesco Salvini is an activist and a researcher. His research addresses the transformation and the regulation of healthcare in the contemporary context, focusing on issues such as the legitimacy of knowledge and practices, the analysis of institutional systems and the global dimension of care. His approach to regulation and socio-legal studies in healthcare is informed by previous work in urban studies, post-colonial critique and institutional analysis. Wellcome Trust Research Associate, in the project "Law, Medicines and the 'Making of Modern Healthcare'", Kent Law School, University of Kent. 
Valentin Schaepelynck, after his studies in philosophy in Paris, Valentin Schaepelynck did a PhD in education sciences. He works on issues around institutional analysis, critical psychiatry, pedagogy and politics, based at Université de Paris 8, member of the editorial board for Chimères. His last book is L'institution renversée. Folie, analyse institutionnelle et champ social (Eterotopia, 2018).
Ed Thornton is a Visiting Tutor and PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he works on 20th Century French political philosophy, especially that of Deleuze and Guattari. Ed has a special interest in the nature and power of institutions (both political and social) and in the roles they play in the domains of psychotherapy and education.