Sunday 4 January 2004

Naomi Stadlen conducts: Listening to Mothers. Inner Circle Seminar 77 (25 April 2004)

Naomi Stadlen

Listening to Mothers

Naomi Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 77
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen

Sunday 25 April 2004
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Naomi Stadlen has facilitated groups for mothers for fourteen years. Her book, What Mothers Do – Especially When It Looks Like Nothing (2004), shows that mothers, talking about their children, can be more phenomenological and scientific than the ‘experts’, who dismiss or patronise mothers’ accounts. Even the best existential writing on childhood, such as Sartre’s on Genet and Flaubert, is speculative; and psychoanalysis imposes its own preconceptions. Naomi Stadlen’s findings throw doubt on, among other things, the theory of universal maternal ‘ambivalence’. She seeks, using mothers’ own words, to do justice to motherly love. Psychotherapists, and mothers with babies, are welcome to discuss her discoveries.

Venue: Room C, Acland Building, Regent’s College, London NW1 4NS

Cost: Students £64, others £80, some bursaries, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 64 Dartmouth Park Road, London NW5 1SN
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7485 3896 E-mail:

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