UWE+Tart Cafe present Social Science in the City

Issue date: 29 April 2010


UWE 7 May 2010 18.00 to 19.30 Tart Café and Food Store, 16 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bristol

Christopher Scanlon on Homelessness, Dangerousness and Disorder: disturbances of groupishness and the darkness at the edge of town

The next Social Science in the City café organised by the University of the West of England at Tart Café on Gloucester Road will be held on 7 May from 18.00 to 19.00. The Social Science in the City Café series was recently established and emulates the success of science café's but with the emphasis on recent findings and subjects stemming from the social science arena.

Organiser Dr Stella Maile from UWE commented, “These events present an interesting opportunity for members of the public to join in lively debate on topical social issues of the day. Everyone is welcome but we do advise people to book in advance.”

Christopher Scanlon, Consultant Psychotherapist at St Thomas Hospital in London will visit the latest Social Science in the City café, to give a talk on his paper, 'Homelessness, Dangerousness and Disorder:Disturbances of groupishness and the darkness at the edge of town .'

The paper will encourage reflection upon the philosophical, social and political questions that the homeless, the dangerous and the disordered in our modern metropolis, might be inviting us to address? Christopher will seek to re-locate the plight of the homeless, dangerous and disordered away from purely internal psychological worlds, into an analysis of a relationship of reciprocal violence that is played out when 'we' break down into 'us' and 'them'.

Christopher Scanlon is a Consultant Psychotherapist, St Thomas' Hospital, (South London & Maudsley NHS Trust), Independent Educational and Organisational Consultant and a Training Analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis (London). He is visiting senior lecturer in Forensic Psychotherapy, St George's, University of London, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Psycho-social Studies, University of the West of England and was a trustee of the Zito Trust - a major mental health charity campaigning for improved services for mentally disordered offenders and their victims. His area of special interest is in working with people with complex emotional, relationship and behavioural problems.

If you would like to engage the general public in your research/ideas through the Social Science in the City events – then please e-mail: stella.maile@uwe.ac.uk

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