The Fragile Phallus

A conference about the precarious nature of masculinity in the modern world.

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1 July, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

£40 - £65

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Image: ‘Banana Split’ by Kristen Meyer

The latest string of sexual assault and harassment scandals invites critical reflection into the structure of masculinity.

While much of the media focus has been on abuses of power, popular responses such as the #MeToo movement have emphasised the everydayness of sexual harassment, shifting the focus to masculinity as such.

Psychoanalysis has long held that masculinity is not a biological given, nor is it simply the sum total of patriarchal values operating on an individual. Rather, it is characterised by a peculiar, fraught and anxious relation to the psychical emblem known as ‘the phallus’.

How might psychoanalysis enrich popular notions of ‘fragile’ and ‘toxic’ masculinity?

This conference brings together perspectives from psychoanalysis and beyond to bring out some of these troubling (and troubled) dimensions of the subjective structure popularly known as ‘masculinity’.


Renata Salecl • Dany Nobus • Jordan Osserman • Calum Neill • Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz

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Organised by the Freud Museum in partnership with South Hampstead High School.


1 July
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
£40 - £65
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South Hampstead High School
3 Maresfield Gardens
London, NW3 5SS United Kingdom
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