Whenever we open a new book or read the first lines of a paper, we enter a new living space. Invited by the author, we move FORWARD to satisfy our curiosity and thirst for meaning. Texts house ideas, some of them are familiar, others foreign. When you finish reading them, you wish you knew the author and could call them up, to introduce you to all the corners of the house. Where the reader is the visitor, the author is the host. And, from this gathering, a new book emerges.


Moving FORWARD together we read psychoanalytic books and papers, invite the authors and organize public on-line conversations. Sebastian Thrul guides the conversation but the word is also yours.

So, in the words of explorer David Livingston, let’s go anywhere, provided it be FORWARD.

Our Guests

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Brett Kahr


Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession since 1976.

He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London.  A long-serving Trustee of both Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, he also holds posts as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, as Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre, and as Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy.

Carlos Padrón


September 25th 2021

15.00-17.00 Lisbon time

Carlos Padrón is a licensed psychoanalyst with a background in philosophy and literary studies. He has written and presented on the intersections between philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and Latin American thought. He was a faculty member at John Jay College (City University of New York, CUNY), the Contemporary Freudian Society, and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Carlos is currently a faculty member at IPTAR (a component member of the IPA) where he co-teaches a class on clinical aspects of diversity.

Your host

Sebastian Thrul

Sebastian Thrul is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in training in Germany and Switzerland with the German Psychoanalytical Society (DPG). His main clinical interest is the application of psychoanalytic technique to work within the health care system and for a wide variety of patients. As one of the hosts of the podcast New Books in Psychoanalysis and an active member of the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization, he has a special focus on international comparative psychoanalysis.