Malcolm Turnbull, Immanuel Kant and the conundrum of small and big l liberals

Malcolm Turnbull MP

Malcolm Turnbull MP

Everyone has something to say about Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the ‘small l’ liberal leading the ‘big l’ Liberal Party.  In this article I respond to an article in New Matilda by Spencer Jackson on the relevance of the eighteenth century philosopher Immanuel Kant for Turnbull’s refugee policy. In it I outline the key differences between small l and big l liberalism and the conundrum for Turnbull between his idealism and pragmatism. You can read the article here.

Keeping up supply: it isn’t only about the milk

Kelly O'Dwyer and baby Olivia 2015

Kelly O’Dwyer and baby Olivia 2015

This article examines the recent breastfeeding/expressing controversy around Australian Member of Parliament Kelly O’Dwyer. It first describes this incident and then makes a critique of the neo-liberal emphasis on ‘expressing’ as an equivalent to breastfeeding. The article was published in OnLineOpinion on Septermber 22nd, 2015. You can read the article here.

This article was re-posted on Andrea Fox’s wonderful bluemilk blog along with a number of other interesting articles on neo-liberal mothering. You can read the post here.

 

Breastfeeding and work: babies need more than just (pumped) milk, they also need their mother’s bodies

Routledge Press

Routledge Press

One of the key issues concerning breastfeeding and work is women having the flexibility to feed while they are working. This calls for a radical transformation in the culture of work. While most women manage this combination through pumping, as maternal scholar Julie Stephens notes, this relationship superimposes neo-liberal work norms onto mothers, by separating maternal and infant (or toddler) bodies (2010). With pumping, it is the mother who adjusts to an individualist work culture rather than the other way around. Mothers remove their milk and remain separated at the bodily level from their babies – keeping up the “supply” of both milk and work – while maintaining a façade of the disembodied worker. This piece was written for the Routledge Press blog for World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2015.

Mothering and Psychoanalysis

 Nancy Chodorow and Petra Bueskens_Maynooth University_June2015

Dr Petra Bueskens, editor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia and lecturer at the Australian College of Applied Psychology recently attended the Motherhood and Cultures conference at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland. The keynote speakers were Professor Nancy Chodorow and Professor Andrea O’Reilly – both leaders in the field of motherhood studies. Sessions focused on motherhood in contemporary art, literature, media and culture, including in psychology and psychotherapy research and practice. A short article in July 2015 PACFA eNews covered my recent attendance at this conference. You can read the piece on page 20 or read the excerpt here:

eNews-July-2015_excerpt

 

Book Review for Petra Bueskens (ed.) Mothering & Psychoanalysis. Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives

 

PACJA

PACJA

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, vol. 3 was released in July this year and included an excellent nuanced review of my edited book Mothering and Psychoanalysis by Amanda de Clifford. You can read the review here.

 

Petra Bueskens | Mother, scholar, psychotherapist | Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Melbourne Daylesford