Anna Freud and ‘The Conscience of Society’

Screening & talk by Elizabeth Danto

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18 April, 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

£8 – £10

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Anna Freud and the Conscience of Society

Drawing on a wealth of still and video archival materials, this new digital exhibit brings to life the fascinating intersection of psychoanalysis and education.

Out of the cultural and political ferment of inter-war Vienna emerged the Hietzing School, founded in the 1920s by Anna Freud and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham. The original impulse, however, occurred in Budapest, on September 28 1918, when Sigmund Freud asserted that “the conscience of society will awake.”

Anna Freud was present for one of the most consequential papers of Freud’s career, and from that day forward, she pursued a life of teaching and discovery that merged psychoanalysis, research on child development and programs designed to meet the educational and psychological needs of the young child.

The breadth of the film’s images come from a range of private and public collections in Europe and America, and narrative is drawn from her own writing on theory and practice, from the 1920s through the 1960s, from Vienna to London.

Ticket includes entrance to the Museum.

Elizabeth Ann Danto is Emeritus Professor at Hunter College – City University of New York, and an international lecturer on the history of psychoanalysis as a system of thought and a marker of urban culture. She is the author of Historical Research (Oxford University Press, 2008) and her book Freud’s Free Clinics – Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918–1938 (Columbia University Press, 2005) received the Gradiva Book Award and the Goethe Prize. With Alexandra Steiner-Strauss, Dr. Danto recently co-edited the book Freud/Tiffany: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the ‘Best Possible School’ (Routledge, 2018).

This event is free for Members and Patrons.


18 April, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£8 – £10
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Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London, NW3 5SX United Kingdom
020 7435 2002

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