After some years of nomadic existence, The Impossible University are taking up residence at Flat Time House from the autumn of 2019. We will continue to gather in the insistent and determined spirit of an anti-institution as a place of exchange and camaraderie that might lead to new ways of working or producing.

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The Impossible University

In ‘Analysis Terminable and Interminable’ (1937), Sigmund Freud writes that ‘it almost looks as if analysis were the third of those ‘impossible’ professions in which one can be assured beforehand of achieving unsatisfactory results. The other two, which have been known much longer, are education and government’. Actually, he says this earlier, in 1925, in a preface to August Aichhorn’sWayward Youth: ‘I have adopted the joke of the three impossible professions – as there are: educating, healing and governing’. The impossible, is the point of departure for our university.

The activities and studies of the Impossible University have no learning objectives or curriculum and they are unaccountable to any bureaucracy, even our own; they collect no feedback; there is no measurement of efficiency or outcome. In short, they belong to the basic luxury called uselessness, like our reading and our thinking, that which escapes the fine calibration of value.

After some years of nomadic existence, The Impossible University are taking up residence at Flat Time House from the autumn of 2019. We will continue to gather in the insistent and determined spirit of an anti-institution as a place of exchange and camaraderie that might lead to new ways of working or producing.

We are now open to applicants with an interest in psychoanalysis and culture to come and join us. All welcome but places limited.

Faculty: David Bate, Lesley Caldwell, Paul Clinton, Vincent Dachy, Marc Hulson, Kazimierz Jankowski, Ahuvia Kahane, Sharon Kivland, Chris Kul-Want, Jack Littell, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Paul O’Kane, Adrian Rifkin, Paula Smithard,  Francis Wasser.