Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience (T-PACE)

Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience (T-PACE)

Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience (T-PACE) began with a programme of research undertaken by Professor Annette Kuhn (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London) during a period of AHRC study leave. One of the outcomes of this was the formation of an informal study group. With some changes in membership, the group has been meeting and corresponding since 2006. From this process, key areas for further research have been identified, and these form the basis of an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, inquiry, which was funded between March 2008 and February 2010 by a British Academy Small Research Grant.


T-PACE’s aim is to develop and revitalise cultural theory, methodology and research through exploring the potential for object-relations theory in psychoanalysis (and in particular the concept of transitional phenomena) to extend and deepen understanding of various aspects of cultural experience.


The emergent nature of these new areas of research has called for a processual investigative approach to the project’s aims and objectives. A series of interlinked group meetings and workshops has been organised, articles have appeared in scholarly journals, and art installations mounted. The most significant outcome of the group’s work so far is Little Madnesses: Winnicott, Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience, a collection of new essays deriving from and related to the project. Published by I.B. Tauris in Spring 2013, Little Madnesses was launched at a symposium in London. 

T-PACE convenor and Principal Investigator:
Annette Kuhn (QMUL)
T-PACE group members, past and presen
t: Matt Hills (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Patricia Townsend (Slade School of Fine Art), Tania Zittoun (University of Neuchâtel), Suzy Gordon (University of the West of England), Amal Treacher Kabesh (University of Nottingham), Phyllis Creme (University College London).