Truth-seeking and its Discontents – a two-day virtual conference

Date: 9 July, 2021 to 10 July, 2021

Venue: Online

Organised by: UCL Psychoanalysis Unit

More information and booking: Visit the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit website


This conference will strive towards a deeper understanding of a problem that poses a threat to global survival: intractable conflicts about what we claim as facts and knowledge, and disputes over the ground or authority for them. 

These conflicts are manifest at the levels of individuals, families, groups, societies, nations, and cultures; basically, humankind, and its many histories. At all these levels, communication and shared knowledge is threatened by misunderstanding and deception. We can understand these vicissitudes of communication from many perspectives.

This conference will bring together psychoanalysts, developmental scientists, and historians to explore the problem in the light of their different paradigms.

Across Friday evening and Saturday, the programme will comprise three panels, presentations and a film screening on psychoanalysis, developmental science and history. View the full programme.

Speakers and chairs:

  • Elizabeth Allison
  • Ron Britton
  • Catalina Bronstein
  • Alex Datnow
  • Michael Feldman
  • Peter Fonagy
  • Lily Ford
  • George Gergely
  • Carine Minne
  • Daniel Pick
  • Margaret Rustin
  • David Taylor
  • Virginia Ungar
  • Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein
  • Eli Zaretsky

For more details and to register, visit the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit website.