Boundaries and Borders of the Unknown

deadline for submissions: 
March 23, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK
contact email: 


‘The Unconscious and Everyday Life’ PPS Postgraduate Conference 2022 on:

Boundaries and Borders of the Unknown

To be held on the University of Essex Colchester campus and on Zoom Friday 27 and Monday 30 May 2022

Open to all current Postgraduate Research and Professional Doctorate students


The University of Essex’s Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies would like to announce this year’s ‘Unconscious and Everyday Life’ postgraduate research conference on the subject of Boundaries and Borders of the Unknown. This conference aims to bring together ideas from a wide spectrum of thinking: from classic psychoanalytic perspectives to more recent developments in psychodynamic, Jungian, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial theory. We invite proposals for papers from all UK and international postgraduate research students from any discipline who are utilising psychodynamic or psychosocial concepts to explore the Conference theme.


ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα

"I know one thing, which is that I know nothing"


The Socratic paradox invites us to question what is known and what is not, and how one can be differentiated from the other. From those times in the therapeutic process when we await the emergence of what remains unconscious, to contemporary and historical times of personal or social unpredictability, the unknown represents an ongoing source of uncertainty in the background of our lives. It presents us with ambiguity as well as conjecture, restriction as well as possibility. At its borders we engage with the liminal – the space between that which is manifest and that which is latent.

To explore these themes, and any others suggested to you by this topic, we are interested in how you think the boundaries and borders of the unknown might be theorised, explored, or worked with in therapeutic, clinical, academic and social settings.  We invite you to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as a short biography, to by the deadline of 23 March 2022.  Each speaker will be invited to speak for 15minutes, followed by time for questions. We will endeavour to contact conference speakers to confirm acceptance by 4 April 2022.

Conference Committee: Gill Brown, Apostolos Fournaris, Lucy Taylor (University of Essex PhD candidates)