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Dancing at the end of the world? Psychoanalysis, climate change and joy with Joseph Dodds

October 29 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm


This talk, based on a forthcoming article with the Journal of Analytical Psychology (Dodds 2022), attempts to join the dots between psychoanalytic and post-psychoanalytic perspectives in relation to climate change and the ecological crisis and to begin a discussion on the role of joy in sustaining ourselves in the face of the global catastrophe. There is a vital expanding psychoanalytic literature addressing itself to the environmental crisis but a striking absence on joy and what stands in its way. This paper explores what psychoanalysis has to offer in the context of planetary emergency and also asks psychoanalysis to look beyond itself and reimagine what it can be. Joy involves a simultaneous affirmation of both our uniqueness and our togetherness, not only as humans but with all forms of life and the web of life itself. If we were to allow ourselves to actually enjoy our lives, we just might fight harder against our extinction.

JOSEPH DODDS, PhD, is a psychoanalyst with the Czech Psychoanalytical Society (IPA), Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, psychotherapist (UKCP), Clinical Fellow of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, and lecturer in psychology at the University of New York in Prague. He is author of the book Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos (Routledge, 2011) and numerous other papers, and writes and teaches on psychoanalytic and psychological approaches to art, film, neuroscience, society, ecology, and climate change. He is also an accredited member of the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy.

Programme for the day

The Webinar will be hosted on Zoom on 29th October 2022. Participants will be sent a Zoom link in advance of the day.

  • 10.15. Registration
  • 10.30. Welcome from the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
  • 10.35. Presentation from Joseph Dodds
  • 11.30. Short break.
  • 11.45. Q&A with Joseph Dodds (opportunity for participants to contribute)
  • 13.00 Close

A recording will be made available to all ticket-holders for at least 30 days after the event. 

CPD certificates can be provided for those attending the Webinar.



Early Bird tickets: £25 (for members and non members)

Standard tickets are priced at £35 (from 1st September).

Members of the Hallam Institute tickets: £25

Invitations will be sent out to all those who have registered for the event 24 hours before the event.

Any enquiries about the event, please contact admin@hallaminstitute.org




October 29
10:30 am - 1:00 pm


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Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
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