Tangled Up in Laing: Reading R. D. Laing

21 November 2021

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Venue: Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL

Organiser: Adrian Chapman

Adrian Chapman, who teaches English Literature and writing at American universities based in London, has published on Laing and anti-psychiatry and will take up a Wellcome Trust-funded research fellowship next year at University of Glasgow, where he will be researching in the R. D. Laing Archive.

‘Our alienation goes to the roots,’ wrote R. D. Laing: ‘The realization of this is the essential springboard for any serious reflection on any aspect of present inter-human life’ (‘The Politics of Experience’).

This discussion-based event introduces Laing, the radical Scottish psychiatrist, author and sixties counter-cultural figure (who played a part in the original anti-university of London). We’ll focus especially on Laing’s conception of alienation. Attention will be paid, too, to his influence and the ways in which he might be relevant today.

No prior knowledge of Laing is required. Brief photocopies of his work, on which discussion will be based, will be handed out.

Why not make an afternoon of it? Book a ticket to The Divided Laing that follows this discussion in the same venue. https://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/the-divided-laing