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Rethink your anxiety

  • Leela Centre 2nd Floor, 113-115 Oxford Street Darlinghurst (map)









This class will help you think about anxiety in a new way.  Hear a philosopher, a sociologist and a social work lecturer explore the condition.

Instead of thinking of anxiety as a solely medical problem, there needs to be a greater appreciation of the other causes of it. What role does the system play in ‘getting us down'? Can worrying maybe be a good thing sometimes? What does Sigmund Freud have to teach us about the condition?

Anxiety is a natural part of life but for some, that creeping or explosive worrying, can make the day-to-day a challenge.


The teachers:

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DR PETER BANKI is an associate member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney. He publishes and teaches in the fields of trauma studies, queer theory and German Romanticism.  He is also the founder and director of the Sydney Festival of Death and Dying and the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex


DR EMMA TSERIS is a Lecturer in Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney, where her research and teaching work focuses on the socio-political aspects of mental health and illness.  Emma is a contributor to the forthcoming collection, Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health.



MICHAEL PUSEY coined the term "economic rationalism" in the early 90s and was one of the first people to study happiness in Australia. The author of four books, many journal articles and other publications, he is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. 



Hosted by JACKIE DENT, journalist and curator.

Please note: this is a philosophical and sociological discussion on anxiety.  It is not about providing medical advice.

DATE: May 4, 2017


TIME: Doors open at 6 pm.


Class starts promptly at 6:30 pm


Class ends at 8:00 pm, including time for Q + A.


VENUE: The Leela Centre. 

2nd Floor, 113-115 Oxford Street, (Corner of Crown Street), Darlinghurst NSW 2010



$29.50/$25.50(concession)  + booking fee

For low income earners, please contact Clear Spot and we can work out a special rate.


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