Freud’s Chinese Things: Contexts and Interpretations

International online symposium.

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6 March, 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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A half-day online symposium hosted by the Freud Museum London, in association with the exhibition ‘Freud and China, will examine the Chinese things around Sigmund Freud in his last decade, and situate them in the context of cultures of collecting in his lifetime. The Chinese antiquities in the Freud collection, the ‘Chinese’ dogs which were his companions, and the wider fascination with Chinese thought and idea in the German-speaking world will be discussed by a range of experts in Chinese art and culture, and its reception in the West.


Schedule (timings TBC)
  • Introduction
  • Moving Things, Stanley Abe, Duke University
  • “The vogue of ming ch’i”: Collecting Tang Objects in the Inter-war Period, Stacey Pierson, SOAS
  • The Interpretation of China – Richard Wilhelm and Carl Gustav Jung, Eva Stroeber
  • Chowing down: the Freud family and their Chinese dogs, Sarah Cheang, Royal College of Art
  • Where is Miss Han? Mistakes and Misunderstandings in Sigmund Freud’s Chinese Collection, Craig Clunas, University of Oxford
  • Panel Discussion


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Freud’s Chinese Things: Contexts and Interpretations


6 March
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
By donation.
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