Freud and Said – Elective Affinities

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29 January, 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

£40 – £60

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2022 marks the 20th Anniversary of Edward Said’s important lecture at the Freud Museum London entitled ‘Freud and the Non-European’.

Focusing on Freud’s final completed work ‘Moses and Monotheism’, Said’s controversial reading of Freud’s equally controversial text was published by Verso books in 2003, and also proved to be Said’s final published work.

In this international conference we will seek to revisit Said’s lecture and explore some of the latent themes within the text; to treat it contrapuntally by amplifying some of the latent voices it contains. We will also explore certain ‘elective affinities’ between the two thinkers, taking a trans-disciplinary approach, in order to open up new ground for discussion and provoke inter-disciplinary exchange.

The conference will be introduced by Jacqueline Rose, respondent to Edward Said at the original event. Themes addressed will include the importance of ‘geography’, both physical and imaginary, for the functioning of identity; the repression and return of Freud in Said’s works; Said’s sustained interest in a theory of the mind; and the importance of music as a tool for thinking and for encouraging cultural dialogue.

Speakers and Chairs to include:

Prof. Jacqueline Rose, Birkbeck University, London – Introductory Panel

Mariam Said, The Barenboim-Said Academy, The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Introductory Panel

Prof. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota – Freud and the Arab Mind

Prof. Stephen Sheehi, Wellesley College – Theory as a Stone

Asst. Prof. Lara Sheehi,  The George Washington University – Theory as a Stone

Dr. Beverley Butler, UCL, London – Heritage Syndromes and/as Archaeologies of the Mind and Place – Freud, Petrie and Said

Dr. Robert Beshara – Northern New Mexico College, Edward Said: Psychoanalyst of Cultures

Prof. Gohar Homayounpour, Shahid Besheti University Tehran, Psychoanalyst- Chair

Dr. Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi, Senior Analytical Psychologist- Chair



Session 1

1pm- 2.30pm

Introductory Remarks – Tom DeRose, Research Manager, The Freud Museum London

Jacqueline Rose and Mariam Said in discussion – ‘Freud and Said in context’ with a contribution from Monika Pessler, Director, The Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna


2.30pm- 3pm Break


Session 2

3pm- 4.30pm

Timothy Brennan Freud and the Arab Mind

Lara and Stephen Sheehi – Theory as a Stone

Heba Zaphiriou-ZarifiChair


4.30pm- 5pm Break


Session 3

5pm- 6.30pm

Beverley ButlerHeritage Syndromes and/as Archaeologies of the Mind and Place – The Contrapuntal Journeys of Freud, Petrie and Said

Robert BesharaEdward Said: Psychoanalyst of Cultures

Gohar HomayounpourChair


Freud and Said biographies

Freud and Said abstracts


A number of bursary tickets for a reduced fee of £20 are available to UCL and Birkbeck students. Please apply here. 


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‘Freud and the Non-European’ by Edward W. Said is available from the Freud Museum Shop. Worldwide shipping available. Pick up your copy now >>


29 January
1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
£40 – £60
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