Published: 02 November 2017

Katherine Hubbard's talk at the BPS's Seventh Annual ‘Stories of Psychology’ Day

This year's event was "Women in Psychology: From Invisibility to Influence", where Katherine talked about "The British Projective Test Movement: A Queer Feminist Tale"

'Stories of Psychology' is a key event ran at Senate Library, which has been going for 7 years now and its a key moment in the year where the history of Psychology is reflected on in the present day. I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at this years day event which was themed 'Women in Psychology: From Invisibility to Influence'. As a feminist historian of Psychology, I was so enthused that this type of event was occurring with thanks to the work of the Psychology of Women section (POWS) and the History and Philosophy Section of the BPS. The structure was organised to consider the past - from the first women involved in the BPS all the way to discussions with Susie Orbach reflecting on her work especially in second wave feminism on therapy with women. Highlighted throughout was the sheer presence of women in Psychology from a whole range of sub-disciplines. With the focus on feminism and feminist approaches to Psychology, it was possible to link the unknown queer women of the projective test movement to the very well known work of Anna Freud. Similarly, discussions around the difficulties in the development of POWS were compared to the incredible successes of people like Prof Dame Vicki Bruce. The considerations of experience and context ran deep through the days discussions as did the ghosts of past barriers to women and the very real barriers to marginalised women today. All in all, a fantastic day and one that I am sure will be reflected upon in many years' time in future generations of feminist psychologists. 

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