Mental Health Ontologies How We Talk About Mental Health, and Why it Matters in the Digital Age By Janna Hastings

Mental Health Ontologies How We Talk About Mental Health, and Why it Matters in the Digital Age By Janna Hastings

We are very proud to announce Janna Hasting’s “Mental Health Ontologies How We Talk About Mental Health, and Why it Matters in the Digital Age” as the first book that is published of the ‘Language, Discourse and Mental Health Series’ University of Exeter Press.

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How do you position yourself at the intersection of linguistics and psychology?

How do you position yourself at the intersection of linguistics and psychology?

I am starting a new research project investigating the views and opinions of researchers who have experience of working at the intersection of linguistics/communication and psychology, including mental health, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, language acquisition, research on bilingualism and psycholinguistics, among other fields of inquiries. Based on what we learn from your views and opinions, this study will identify the overlaps and divisions across the disciplines, and how these may shape the future of linguistics and psychology as interdisciplinary fields of inquiries.

What would I have to do?

If you decide to join in, we will ask you to complete an online survey. Completing the survey should only take 15-20 minutes. The survey is confidential, but some responses may be used as quotes in published research studies but all information that could identify a person or participant will be removed – this means that this part is anonymous too.

This sounds good- how can I get involved?

It is your decision as to whether you wish to be involved in the study. If you would like to take part, then follow this link to access the online survey:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about the study. I hope you will get involved.

All my best wishes,


Job Ad “Counselling Psychology DoS (Research)” at the Metanoia Institute

DCPsych Director of Studies (Research)

This is a Senior Management Post for a Counselling Psychologist with a doctoral level qualification and significant research, management and teaching experience. The applicant would need to have extensive knowledge about research methodologies with a particular emphasis on qualitative research. Commitment would be for three days per week.

The applicant would need to have a solid presence, with a particular interest in a reflexive stance within a practitioner doctorate that integrates research and clinical practice. A good knowledge of higher education processes, and the place of creativity within these, would also be important attributes on a doctorate of this kind, as would a capacity and interest in engaging in an interpersonal and collaborative culture within the DCPsych team.

In addition, the applicant would need to commit to the undertaking of research supervision with a number of DCPsych candidates.

To apply, please contact Dr Sofie Bager-Charleson (

“Core Conflictual Relationship: Text Mining to Discover What and When” by Fionn Murtagh and Giuseppe Iurato


Following detailed presentation of the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT), there is the objective of relevant methods for what has been described as verbalization and visualization of data. Such is also termed data mining and text mining, and knowledge discovery in data. The Correspondence Analysis methodology, also termed Geometric Data Analysis, is shown in a case study to be comprehensive and revealing. Quite innovative here is how the analysis process is structured. For both illustrative and revealing aspects of the case study here, relatively extensive dream reports are used. The dream reports are from an open source repository of dream reports, and the current  study proposes a possible framework for the analysis of dream report narratives, and  further, how such an analysis could be relevant within the psychotherapeutic context. This Geometric Data Analysis here confirms the validity of CCRT method.

Link to original article

SAVE THE DATE: The Creative Power of Metaphor 29th – 30th March 2019, Oxford, UK

SAVE THE DATE: The Creative Power of Metaphor


29th – 30th March 2019 at Worcester College, Oxford, UK

Join us in Oxford for a 2-day conference designed to investigate the nexus between the following three elements: Metaphor, Linguistic Diversity, and Human Creativity.

The conference will be structured around four keynote lectures and four panels which will investigate four themes, outlined below. A call inviting participation in the panels and presentation of poster contributions will be advertised at the beginning of September.

1. Panel topic: Metaphor and linguistic diversity 

Keynote speaker: Lera Boroditsky

2. Panel topic: Metaphor and emotion

Keynote speaker: Zoltan Kövecses

3. Panel topic: Metaphor and communication

Keynote speaker: Gerard Steen

4. Panel topic: Metaphor and creativity

Keynote speaker: Rachel Giora

We look forward to welcoming you in Oxford!

The Organisers:

Professor Katrin Kohl

Dr Marianna Bolognesi

Dr Ana Werkmann Horvat

Creative Multilingualism (

Our research group is a large cross-disciplinary team of academics working on the nexus between linguistic diversity and creativity. The conference is being organised by Strand 1 of Creative Multilingualism: Embodying Ideas – the Creative Power of Metaphor:

New Issue of “Language and Psychoanalysis” Volume 7 Issue 1

We are very pleased to inform you that Volume 7 Issue 1 of the open access journal “Language and Psychoanalysis” has gone online.

“The Spanish Tragedy Redux” by Dianne M. Hunter, Ph.D.
“Experience of Joy and Sadness in Alexithymic Emotional Discourse” by Marie-Mathilde Dupont-Leclerc, B.A., & Sege Lecours, Prof.

Digitization of the Melanie Klein Archive by the Wellcome Trust Library

Digitization of the Melanie Klein Archive by the Wellcome Trust Library

The Melanie Klein Archive

In her Will Melanie Klein left her notes and papers to the Melanie Klein Trust, and they were at first in the care of Hanna Segal. In 1984 they were given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, where they could be more easily preserved and made available to scholars. Thus the material is now owned by the Wellcome Library, while the Melanie Klein Trust retains copyright.

Visit the Wellcome Library website to view the archive catalogue

The archive online

The archive has recently been digitised, making it freely available online. To access the material:

  • Go to the Wellcome Library homepage
  • Type ‘Melanie Klein’ into the ‘Search the Library Catalogues’ field, then on the results page filter by ‘Online’
  • Or, in the same field, search for ‘digklein’
  • Select the result you want and click ‘View online’

Archive Blog

The Trust’s honorary archivist, Jane Milton, posts extracts from this rich trove of unpublished material in her blog, ‘Exploring Melanie Klein’s Archive at the Wellcome Library’.

Visit the archive blog.

The Collection

There are 29 boxes, each containing several hundred pages of papers. Some, especially the earlier papers, are in German and some of this is written in ‘Deutschschrift’, which is difficult to decipher. Some of the early correspondence of Moritz and Libussa (Deutsch) Reizes – Klein’s parents – includes extensive passages in Yiddish. However the later material, written once Klein had settled in England, is in English. Some material is handwritten by Klein; other material is in typescript, often with corrections in Klein’s handwriting. Most of the archive has now been microfilmed and is available for study in this form by bona fide scholars.

The papers had already been catalogued in 1961, just after Klein’s death, and this cataloguing was used as a guideline by Dr Lesley Hall, senior archivist at the Wellcome Library, who made corrections and added further material as it was donated. Further donations were as follows:

  • From Klein’s biographer Phyllis Grosskurth.
  • From Betty Joseph – translations of letters from Klein’s family members and photographs of Klein’s original small toys used in child analysis, 2005.
  • From Paul O’Farrell – photographs of the unveiling of a plaque in Pitlochry where the analysis of Richard took place in Narrative of a Child Analysis, 1987.
  • From Klein’s grandchildren – consisting of family correspondence, 1990.
  • From the Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen- copies of drawings by ‘Richard’ and copies of Klein’s letters to Georg Brandes about the posthumous publication of her brother Emanuel Reizes‘ writing, 2005.
  • Description of the material

Material includes correspondence, diaries, drafts of letters and publications, case material, photographs, files on the controversies within the British Psychoanalytical Society, 1939-1944, family correspondence and literary fragments. The collection is not considered to be complete; Melanie Klein retained hardly any professional letters, although more family letters survive. However, she kept an enormous amount of case material – there are 12 boxes of clinical notes – so it is clear that Klein, unlike Freud, thought that her unpublished notes were worth preserving, and may well have been intending to use some of them in future publications. Klein tended to date her clinical notes, but most of her notes on theory and technique are undated.

The material is arranged in five sections as follows:

A. Personal and biographical, 1879-1982;

B. Case material;

C. Manuscripts;

D. Notes;

E. Controversy within the British Psycho-Analytical Society, 1939-1944;

F. Family papers

Access and reproduction conditions

Unless otherwise stated, the papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader’s Undertaking. Certain clinical files are restricted and readers must additionally complete a Restricted Access application form to apply for access. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner, the Melanie Klein Trust.

Work in the archives

Material in German is in the process of being transcribed and translated by the Melanie Klein Trust. Elizabeth Spillius was the Honorary Archivist for the Trust for many years. Since 2014 the post has been held by Jane Milton, who is continuing her predecessor’s work of making the archives more available to scholars and facilitating publication of interesting material.


Spillius, E. (2007) Encounters with Melanie Klein. Edited by Roth and Rusbridger. London: Routledge.

Melanie Klein (1882-1960) List of papers in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, Compiled by Jens Lazarus and Lesley Hall (available via the Wellcome Library).

“Resistance” at the IASH


Event date: Friday 9 March
Time: 09:45 – 17:00
Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

RESISTANCE: an all-day symposium hosted by Scottish PEN Women Writer’s Committee and the Institute for the Advanced Studies in Humanities

Featuring Jackie Kay, Sim Bajwa, Caroline Bowditch, Beth Banjeree-Richards, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and Alice Tarbuck

This will be an open, supported discussion on Resistance as a way of exploring and fighting for change around the boundaries of gender, womenhood, the limits of language and experiences of misogyny, violence and power. The day will be built on a fully intersectional approach, and the discussions and panel will include women and non-binary people across a range of classes, ethnicities, abilities, races, and sexualities. The day is open to all and free to attend, and includes lunch and refreshments.

Organised to align with International Women’s Day, we are interested in ensuring that our discussions of gender and discrimination remain inclusive, open, and actively support the ever-changing and dynamic nature of these issues.

The event will be BSL-interpreted throughout.

Free tickets are available here:

Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions – Call for Papers

BAAL Health & Science Communication SIG Workshop 
28th November 2016
“Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities
and fictions”

Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies The Open University, Milton Keynes

“Any serious illness is a medical event, but it is lived in narrative terms” wrote Andrew Solomon in a recent article for The Guardian. This workshop will focus on these ‘lived’ and ‘narrative’ aspects of the experience of illness and death from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Accounts of illness and dying by patients, carers and healthcare professionals have been at the heart the medical humanities for several decades.





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Sociology and Psychoanalysis: The Unfulfilled Promise

Sociology and Psychoanalysis: The Unfulfilled Promise

A conference organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the British Sociological Association’s study group for Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial, and UCL, Institute of Education. 11th-12th November 2016

With support from the Independent Social Research Foundation and Warwick Institute of Advanced Study

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