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2 June, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
£45 - £65
Trauma remains central to psychoanalytic theory and practice.
Sándor Ferenczi, a psychoanalyst of the Budapest School, formulates an original and compelling trauma theory. While Ferenczi was “forgotten” for many decades, we are currently traversing a “Ferenczi revival”, where many psychoanalysts around the world are exploring the implications of his ideas on theory and technique for their clinical practice.
We start from Ferenczi’s “pre-trauma theory” period, looking at his ideas on introjection, memory and the symbol. We then approach his metapsychology of fragmented psyches, and analyse his conception of the “confusion of tongues” between the adults and the child, which is at the heart of his trauma theory. Ultimately, Ferenczi’s trauma theory is also a theory of the subject.
10:00-11:20:  The Ferenczi Revival
11:40-13:00:  Introjections and Their Vicissitudes. The Memory of the Id. Traumatic Dreams
14:00-15:20:  The Wise Baby. A Phenomenology
15:40-17:00:  Hypocrisy and the Confusion of Tongues
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Dr Raluca Soreanu is a psychoanalyst, effective member of Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, and Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London.
Tea and coffee will be provided during breaks. Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom, or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.