The Freud Museum

Events Archive

10 December 2009

Autumn/Winter Talks 2009

Tuesday 13 October 7pm
Gerald Davidson and Helen Clapp
Being Good: Aichhorn and Anna.
A performance presentation

Easter 1948, Lausanne: Anna Freud and August Aichhorn reminisce. Actor and researcher Gerald Davidson returns to the Freud Museum after his presentations on Otto Gross and 'Little Hans', to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of August Aichhorn, Austrian educator and psychoanalyst. "Aichhorn's death is a kind of full stop at the end of a great chapter in psychoanalysis..." Anna Freud, November 1949.

Tuesday 20 October 7pm
Frank Tallis
The Interpretation of Screams: Freud and Detective Fiction
Detective fiction writer and cliinical psychologist Frank Tallis pays tribute to some illustrious predecessors and examines the enduring appeal of the genre.

Dr. Frank Tallis is an award winning writer and clinical psychologist who has held posts in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry and King’s College, London. He has written many books on psychology and over thirty academic papers. His novels are: KILLING TIME, SENSING OTHERS, MORTAL MISCHIEF, VIENNA BLOOD, FATAL LIES, and DARKNESS RISING. DEADLY COMMUNION, the fifth volume of the Liebermann Papers, set in Freud’s Vienna, will be published in 2010.

Thursday 12 November 7pm
Naomi Segal
Consensuality: Skin, gender and the sense of touch

Professor Naomi Segal is Director of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, which runs events, degrees and fellowships in the interdisciplinary field covered by French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese studies. Her research brings together literature and cultural studies with psychoanalysis, gender and sexuality: the most recent of her eleven books is Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, gender and the sense of touch (Amsterdam: Rodopi 2009), and it is this book she will talk about this evening.

Thursday 3 December 7pm
Ruth Padel
Darwin and Tangle : The Skeins of Family, Creativity and Loss
Freud’s debt to Darwin is inestimable. At the end of Darwin’s bi-centenary year, Ruth Padel reads from and discusses Darwin - A Life in Poems, a verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin, bringing out connections between his personal life and his work.

Ruth Padel is a prizewinning British poet who also writes a wide range of non-fiction: on reading poetry, on mind and madness in Greek tragedy, on masculinity and Greek myth in rock music, and a travel-nature book on wild tigers. She began as a Greek scholar, having been taught Greek by her father, the psychanalyst John Padel. Her first novel, Where the Serpent Lives will be published in February 2010 by Little, Brown.

Thursday 10th December 7pm
Stefan Marianski
The Libido and the Cogito: Some Reflections on Freud and Lévi-Strauss

On the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Elementary Structures of Kinship, the kinship between psychoanalysis and structural anthropology remains ambiguous. French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, who died in October this year, described psychoanalysis as one of his “mistresses”. But as is often the case with 'clandestine' affairs, the relationship has been marked by secrecy, elusiveness, and infidelity.

Like Freud, Lévi-Strauss seeks in his work to reveal the unconscious processes that structure human experience, drawing from a vast array of ethnographic data and myths. His commentators often suggest that he replaces the Freudian ‘libido’ with the Cartesian ‘cogito’ – but such brash judgments tend to underplay the subtleties that characterise Lévi-Strauss’ relation to psychoanalysis: the nods, the winks, and the moments in his structural method at which Lévi-Strauss comes tantalisingly close to allying himself with Freud.

Stefan Marianski works at the Freud Museum. He has recently completed his MA in social anthropology, and is currently preparing a proposal for doctoral research on psychoanalysis and structuralism.

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