Lisa Farley

Associate Professor

PhD - University of Toronto; MEd - York University; BA (Hons.) - York University

Location(s) / Contact Info:

202, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 22843


Available to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects


Lisa Farley joined the faculty in 2007. Her research considers the uses of psychoanalysis in conceptualizing dilemmas of historical representation, pedagogy and childhood. 

Scholarly Interests

Studies in childhood; history of child psychoanalysis; Winnicott; the emotional world of teaching/learning history; ethical philosophies of education

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education

Courses Taught

  • Child Development & Health (ED/EDFE 1100)
  • Ethical Possibilities in Education (GS/EDUC 5620)
  • Foundations of Education & Theory Into Practice (ED/EDFE 2000)
  • Selected Topics in Psychoanalysis (GS/EDUC 5920)
  • Studies in Childhood: Issues in Research and Representation (GS/EDUC 5541)
  • The Psychoanalysis of Teaching and Learning: Studies in the teacher?s emotional world (ED/EDUC 3650)

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Lisa Farley (2017, June). The Replacement Child: An Allegory of Loss for Scholars of Childhood Studies, Education, and Psychology. Presented at: Manchester University, UK
  • Lisa Farley (2009, October). Invisible Ink. Presented at: Bank Street College, New York, NY

Research Projects

Spaces of Memory: Between Tangible Relics and Internal Objects in Learning from the Past

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount funded: $61,111

Year Funded: 2009

Duration: 3

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Spaces of Memory explores the status of the unconscious in representing historical knowledge. The project turns to the history of child psychoanalysis -- specifically Winnicott -- to consider how this analyst's work with patients' drawings, dreams and fantasies informs understandings of historical representation as marked by psychical conflict.

Professional Affiliations