Nicola Diamond

Crossing Borders | 4 November | 7 - 8.30pm

Drawing on psychoanalysis, philosophy, neuroscience and social theory, this talk will look at the interface between bodies, music and movement as the basis of non-verbal language, including an exploration of the relationship between biology of others and cultural life.

The Body speaks what cannot be said in words, through touch, in visual ways, in action, through rhythm and movement. The body is the means by which we connect with one another and the world in which we live...

My book Between Skins is an interdisciplinary approach to the body. It explores the interrelationship between mind-body and environment. The book examines how relations with others and social influences effect bodily experience even at the biological level, how unconscious communication is expressed in bodily ways and can be considered a form of language. In the book I relate the exploration of the body to an understanding of how people express emotional pain and difficulties in bodily states and symptoms. How does this multifaceted model of the body yield insight into dance as a profound form of affective communication.


Dr Nicola Diamond is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London, and teaches at the Tavistock Clinic. She is also a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the British Association of Psychotherapists (now BPF), BPC reg, and in private practice. Formerly a therapist at The Helen Bamber Foundation working with very traumatised persons and a Staff Psychotherapist at the Women's Therapy Centre in London. She is the co-author of Attachment and Intersubjectivity (with Mario Marrone, 2003) and sole author of Between Skins: the body in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Developments, 2013). She has published numerous articles concerned with bodily experience, including Between Touches (2007), Between the Body and Social Trauma: Working with the aftermath of Torture (2009), The Body in Film: A case of Das Heimlich (2013) and Exploring Some vicissitude of Feminine sexuality: Including Excess sexuality (2013).