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Dr Julie Walsh

Research Interests: Psychoanalysis, gender & sexuality studies, social & cultural theory, the meeting of psychosocial studies and literature.

Julie studied social and political thought at Warwick before completing her doctoral thesis on the topic of Narcissism in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified psychoanalyst (UKCP accredited) having trained with The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, London. Her current research project is entitled 'Test-Cases in Shameful Sociability'.

Current teaching at Warwick

Dept. of English and Comparative Literary Studies: ‘Literature & Psychoanalysis: Trauma, Fantasy and the Death Drive’ (EN335)

Dept. of Sociology: ‘Feminist Theory and Epistemology: Debates and Dilemmas (SO9B0)

Research Networks

Julie is a founder and convenor of the Psychoanalysis Across the Disciplines network at Warwick, and a member of the Social Theory Centre's Steering Committee. She is the co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Study Group, and has sat on the Steering Committe of the Association for Psychosocial Studies. She also co-edits the fieldnotes section of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.

Research Publications


Narcissism and Its Discontents (Palgrave, 2014)


Edited Books:

  • Shame and Modern Writing. Routledge (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature), 2017.
  • Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community. Palgrave Macmillan (Studies in the Psychosocial), 2017.


Journal Articles:

  • ‘Tragedy and Transference in D.M. Thomas’s The White Hotel’ in Psychoanalysis & History, Edinburgh University Press, 15.1, January: 2013 [with Barry Sheils].
  • ‘Unconscious Dissemblance: The Place of Irony in Psychoanalytic Thought’ in PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought, Vol. 1, No.1: 2011.
  • ‘Freud’s Wissbegierde and the Research Projects of Childhood: Revisiting Little Hans’ in Sitegeist: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, No. 5, Winter: 2010.

Review pieces:

  • 'Toilet Talk: A Review of Nick Haslam’s Psychology in the Bathroom’ in Pedagogy, Culture and Society. Vol. 22, No.3: 2014.
  • A review of Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self Love by Simon Blackburn’ for the Centre for Medical Humanities Blog, Durham University: August 2014
  • ‘Forgetting Which Freud? A Review of Rob Weatherill’s Forgetting Freud: Is Psychoanalysis in Retreat?’ in Sietgeist 8.


'1914: Psychoanalysis and the Narcissistic Wound' lecture for the Wartime Attachments series at the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin. June, 2015.

Response on the topics of marraige and death for 'Do We Need A Critical Psychotherapy' conference, Anna Freud centre. June, 2015.

In Conversation with Oliver Sacks, Warwick bookfest Launch Event, Jan 2014


Dr Julie Walsh
Office: E0.10, Sociology (Social Sciences)

Twitter: @WalshJulieDr