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The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It houses his intriguing study, his extraordinary collection of antiquities, and his world-famous psychoanalytic couch. The Museum is committed to making recordings of all its public events available online, free of charge. For more information please visit www.freud.org.uk.

The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It houses his intriguing study, his extraordinary collection of antiquities, and his world-famous psychoanalytic couch. The Museum is committed to making recordings of all its public events available online, free of charge. For more information please visit www.freud.org.uk.
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The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It houses his intriguing study, his extraordinary collection of antiquities, and his world-famous psychoanalytic couch. The Museum is committed to making recordings of all its public events available online, free of charge. For more information please visit www.freud.org.uk.

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Sigmund Freud & his Chinese Things - Professor Craig Clunas

11/10/2017
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Following a widely attended talk earlier this year, Professor Craig Clunas returns for another fascinating exploration into Freud’s Chinese collection as part of Asian Art in London 2017. Freud’s passion for, and avid collecting of antiquities is well known, but attention has tended to focus on the objects he owned from the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean; Greece and Rome, and Ancient Egypt. His Chinese collections, begun later in life, are by contrast less well known and relatively...

Duration: 00:53:34


Freud and Culture

11/10/2017
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Author’s Talk: Eric Smadja In Freud and Culture, we explore the representations of society and culture that Freud developed in the course of his work and we shall distinguish two periods. Distinct from contemporary sociological and anthropological conceptions, they led to his construction of a personal socio-anthropology that was virulently criticised by the social sciences. But what exactly is meant here by “culture” and “society”? Do we mean Freud’s own Viennese society or Western...

Duration: 01:19:39


Is Psychoanalysis a Jewish Science?

11/10/2017
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Panel discussion: Joseph Berke, Stephen Frosh, Tali Loewenthal and Anthony Stadlen Predominantly, Sigmund Freud saw himself as an objective scientist. Initially, he gained renown as an anatomist, being the first person to dissect the testicles of an eel. Subsequently he made major contributions to histology and neurology, particularly through his study of Aphasia. Yet he became famous for his study of subjectivity and intersubjectivity. At the same time, he decried religion, including...

Duration: 01:27:19


Freud: In His Time and Ours - Dany Nobus and Élisabeth Roudinesco

9/29/2017
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Professor Dany Nobus is joined by eminent scholar, author, journalist and psychoanalyst Élisabeth Roudinesco to discuss her latest book, Freud: In His Time and Ours. Élisabeth Roudinesco offers a bold and modern reinterpretation of the iconic founder of psychoanalysis. Based on new archival sources, this is Freud’s biography for the twenty-first century—a critical appraisal, at once sympathetic and impartial, of a genius greatly admired and yet greatly misunderstood in his own time and...

Duration: 01:26:56


An English Guide to Birdwatching: Adam Phillips in conversation with Nicholas Royle

9/8/2017
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Taking his latest novel An English Guide to Birdwatching as a starting point, Nicholas Royle talks with psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips about how literature and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other. Dazzling in its linguistic playfulness and formal invention, An English Guide to Birdwatching explores the rich hinterland between fact and fiction. In its focus on birds, climate change, the banking crisis, social justice and human migration, it is intensely relevant to [...]

Duration: 01:15:12


The Not-Two: Logic and God in Lacan - Lorenzo Chiesa

7/7/2017
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In The Not-Two, Lorenzo Chiesa examines the treatment of logic and God in Lacan’s later work. Chiesa draws for the most part from Lacan’s Seminars of the early 1970s, as they revolve around the axiom “There is no sexual relationship.” Chiesa provides both a close reading of Lacan’s effort to formalize sexual difference as incompleteness and an assessment of its broader implications for philosophical realism and materialism. Chiesa argues that “There is no sexual relationship” is for...

Duration: 01:55:34


In Writing: Adam Phillips in conversation with Josh Cohen

6/29/2017
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In his latest publication In Writing acclaimed psychoanalyst and writer, Adam Phillips celebrates the art of close reading and asks what it is to defend literature in a world that is increasingly devaluing language in this enjoyable collection of essays on literature. Through an exhilarating series of encounters with – and vivid readings of – writers he has loved, from Byron and Barthes to Shakespeare and Sebald, Phillips infuses the love of writing with deep insights drawn from his...

Duration: 01:16:53


Freud: An Intellectual Biography - Joel Whitebook

6/8/2017
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Freud biographer and practising psychoanalyst, Joel Whitebook, discusses his new book Freud: An Intellectual Biography Offering a radically new portrait, Whitebook reconsiders Freud in light of recent developments in psychoanalytic theory and practice, gender studies, philosophy and cultural theory. He explores the man in all his complexity alongside a new interpretation of his theories that overturns many stereotypes that surround him. An elegant foray into the man and his mind…rich...

Duration: 01:23:32


Sleeping Beauty: Franko B in conversation with Sarah Wilson

5/22/2017
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The Freud Museum is delighted to announce the exhibition of a new sculpture, Sleeping Beauty, by internationally renowned contemporary artist Franko B, coinciding with Refugee Week 2017 and our latest exhibition, The Best Possible School: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the Hietzing School in 1920s Vienna. The Museum will also display pieces from Franko B’s series Still Life, in which the artist documented homelessness on the streets of London between 1999 and 2002. The...

Duration: 01:11:42


Fourth Person Singular: Josh Cohen in conversation with Nuar Alsadir

5/22/2017
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Claudia Rankine described the poems in Alsadir’s first book as ‘lawless,’ ‘provocative, and ‘heart-breaking’ as they converse from the inside out… come alive in the back and forth of a mind attempting to understand what it means to be in relation to. ’Fourth Person Singular continues to blow open the relationship between self and world in a working through of lyric shame, bending poetic form through fragment, lyric essay, aphorisms mined from the unconscious, and pop-up associations, to...

Duration: 01:19:11


The Strange Case of Madeleine Seguin: An Interview with William Rose

4/4/2017
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William Rose’s novel The Strange Case of Madeleine Seguin is set in the rich and decadent world of the intelligentsia in Fin de Siècle Paris. The book centres on the institution of the Salpetriere hospital. In the book the Salpetriere has progressed from its previous incarnation as a ‘warehouse’ for societies undesirables to a kind of human museum filled with subjects for Charcot to study. Rather than a prison, the hospital has become a laboratory for the vivisection of the hysterical...

Duration: 00:58:36


Freud’s ‘Three Essays’ and the Critique of Heteronormativity

3/3/2017
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Re-reading Freud’s 1905 edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality This book presentation is devoted to the newly translated and annotated English edition of Freud’s 1905 Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (Verso, 2016). Freud’s publication is one of the grounding texts of 20th-century European thinking. In it Freud develops a highly innovative theory of sexuality for which pathology serves as a model to understand human existence. Freud published this text five times during...

Duration: 01:12:14


Lacan on Love: An Interview with Bruce Fink

2/3/2017
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We talk to Lacanian psychoanalyst Bruce Fink about his latest work, Lacan on Love. Quintessentially fascinating, love intrigues and perplexes us, and drives much of what we do in life. As wary as we may be of its illusions and disappointments, many of us fall blindly into its traps and become ensnared time and again. Deliriously mad excitement turns to disenchantment, if not deadening repetition, and we wonder how we shall ever break out of this vicious cycle. Can psychoanalysis – with...

Duration: 00:50:40


Wagner’s Parsifal and the Challenge to Psychoanalysis

12/22/2016
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Karin Nohr and Sebastian Leikert: Dr Kundry’s Failure The first part of this lecture sets out to investigate reasons for the well-known fact that Wagner’s music and in particular his opera Parsifal evokes divergent feelings and promotes polarization among the audience. After exploring the semantic system of music which Leikert calls ‘kinaesthetical’, three principles are put forth that organize it: repetition, seduction, ritualization. Whereas religious ritualization is conservative and...

Duration: 01:09:53


Wagner’s Parsifal and the Challenge to Psychoanalysis

12/22/2016
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Eva Rieger: Kundry’s Kiss and the Fear of Female Desire: A Gender Perspective “Wagner’s operas are largely dramas of incestuous feelings and urges” writes James M. McGlathery (in Wagner’s Operas and Desire). Lawrence Dreyfus has also made it clear that Wagner was obsessed with sexuality, and this obsession determined the composition of operas such as Tannhäuser, Walküre and Tristan and Isolde. In his opera Parsifal, Wagner creates a female character who shows active sexual desire, and...

Duration: 00:36:23


Wagner’s Parsifal and the Challenge to Psychoanalysis

12/22/2016
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Stephen Gee: Wagner’s Parsifal: A Hymn of Purity and Danger Parsifal, the fool, is thrown out of an ailing religious community after witnessing a mysterious ritual of healing and purification, reluctantly officiated by a disgraced spiritual leader condemned to unremitting agony. In Act 11 he wanders into a magic garden, and almost gets involved in a sort of 19th century chemsex party. Alarmed by the sudden arousal of his desire and the prospect of endless enjoyment, he longs to return to...

Duration: 00:40:05


Wagner’s Parsifal and the Challenge to Psychoanalysis

12/22/2016
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Tom Artin: Primal Scene/Primal Wound: The psychoanalytic arc of Parsifal After they have witnessed the scarlet-suffused ritual revealing the Grail in Act I, Gurnemanz poses to Parsifal the primal question: Weißt du was du sahst? Do you know what you saw? This question is an enigma whose solution becomes the goal of the “pure fool’s” arduous quest. The answer, we will discover, is the primal scene, which, in Act II, is experienced by our hero not just vicariously, but in the flesh...

Duration: 00:50:37


Freud, Sexuality and Antiquity - Dr Daniel Orrells

8/2/2016
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Freud’s turn to Greek myth is very well known. His Oedipus emerges out of a long history of nineteenth-century obsessions with ancient Greece. But Freud’s psychoanalysis of Greek myth was also a response to the nineteenth-century sexological fascination with the sexual decadence of ancient Rome. This talk explores the intriguing story of how the obscene and erotic verse of Roman epigram became an authoritative language for nineteenth-century sexual science, in order to ask, how and why did...

Duration: 01:08:38


Lament: Bettina von Zwehl in conversation with Josh Cohen

7/19/2016
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Lament: Bettina von Zwehl in conversation with Josh Cohen Lament is a new publication by Art/Books, which features two series of images by artist Bettina von Zwehl with new writing by psychoanalyst Josh Cohen. Cohen’s two texts are interwoven amongst the images, one a critical reflection on light and shadow, the other a poetic tale inspired by the torn photographs. This evening they will discuss both the publication and von Zwehl’s exhibition Invitation to Frequent [...]

Duration: 01:11:16


The Unheimlich and Consciousness in Art

7/19/2016
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Author’s Talk: Imogen Racz Building on research from my recent book Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday, this talk will consider how post-war sculptors have addressed ideas of the domestic uncanny. In order for these works to have resonance viewers needs to empathetically engage, and allow for a blurring between consciousness and the material world. They project onto the objects and installations their own understanding of reality.

Duration: 00:51:17

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