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Book announcement – Freud by Elisabeth Roudinesco

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The French Freud biography by Elisabeth Roudinesco has now be translated and published by Harvard University Press. The blurb reads

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 in ours.

Roudinesco traces Freud’s life from his upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings in a prosperous Jewish-Austrian household to his final days in London, a refugee of the Nazis’ annexation of his homeland. She recreates the milieu of fin de siècle Vienna in the waning days of the Habsburg Empire—an era of extraordinary artistic innovation, given luster by such luminaries as Gustav Klimt, Stefan Zweig, and Gustav Mahler. In the midst of it all, at the modest residence of Berggasse 19, Freud pursued his clinical investigation of nervous disorders, blazing a path into the unplumbed recesses of human consciousness and desire.

Yet this revolutionary who was overthrowing cherished notions of human rationality and sexuality was, in his politics and personal habits, in many ways conservative, Roudinesco shows. In his chauvinistic attitudes toward women, and in his stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing threat of Hitler until it was nearly too late, even the analytically-minded Freud had his blind spots. Alert to his intellectual complexity—the numerous tensions in his character and thought that remained unresolved—Roudinesco ultimately views Freud less as a scientific thinker than as the master interpreter of civilization and culture.

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New Book – Political Freud by Eli Zaretsky

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Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History at Lang College an eminent specialist, among others, of the history of psychoanalysis, has written a new book on Sigmund Freud.

Eli Zaretsky reveals the power of Freudian thought to illuminate the great political conflicts of the twentieth century. Developing an original concept of “Political Freudianism” he shows how twentieth century radicals, activists and intellectuals used psychoanalytic ideas to probe consumer capitalism, racial violence, anti-Semitism, and patriarchy. He also shows the continuing influence and critical potential of those ideas in the transformed landscape of the present.

Zaretsky’s conception of Political Freudianism unites the two overarching themes of the last century—totalitarianism and consumerism—in a single framework. He shows that theories of mass psychology and the unconscious were central to the study of fascism and the Holocaust, to African American radical thought, particularly the struggle to overcome the legacy of slavery, to the rebellions of the 1960s and to the feminism and gay liberation movements of the 1970s. Nor did the influence of Political Freud end when the era of Freud-bashing began. Rather, Zaretsky shows that political Freudianism is alive today in cultural studies, the study of memory, theories of trauma, post-colonial thought, film, media and computer studies, evolutionary theory and even economics.

“Conversations Between Bloomsbury & Psychoanalysis: Mutual Influence or Incomprehension?” (London, 12 September)

Conversations Between Bloomsbury & Psychoanalysis:
Mutual Influence or Incomprehension?

UCL Health Humanities Centre, 12 September, 2015, 11.30am-5.30pm

In histories of modernist literature and psychoanalysis in Britain, few
topics have been as much discussed and mythologised as the relations
between Bloomsbury and Psychoanalysis. This conference reexamines the
meeting point between psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury group, and the
tensions and contradictions that occur when such large appellations are
linked. The topic has been approached from an array of perspectives,
ranging from gender studies, discourses of modernism to literary
history. However, the first hand testimony of figures, such as James
Strachey and Virginia Woolf, is often as odds with the considered views
of subsequent critics and theorists. Literary scholars and historians
will bring to bear new research and fresh perspectives on this
intersection and discuss the possibilities of a new understanding of the
relations between Bloomsbury and Psychoanalysis. There will be
contributions from those studying Bloomsbury writers, the critics of
Bloomsbury and British psychoanalysts in the pre-World War Two period.

Speakers

Professor Sally Alexander, Goldsmiths College London – “Winnicott’s Women
Analysts.”

Professor Fuhito Endo, Seikei University Tokyo – “Joan Riviere in
Masquerade, or Her Implicitly Kleinian Criticism of Freud.”

Dee McQuillan, University College London – “Documentation versus
Interpretation: James Strachey as a Link between Psychoanalysis and
Bloomsbury.”

Professor Kunio Shin, Tsuda College Tokyo – “Some Versions of
Anti-psychoanalysis: Lewis, Richards, and Auden in the 1930s.”

Helen Tyson, Queen Mary University London – “On ‘Freudian Fiction’
–Virginia Woolf, Modernist Readers and Psychoanalysis.”

Cost: £35; Registered students (with proof): £25; UCL staff and UCL
students: free

Booking:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conversations-between-bloomsbury-psychoanalysis-mutual-influence-or-incomprehension-tickets-17863364805

Financially supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Location: Room 103, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

Colloque “Rêver sans Freud” (Lausanne, 29 mai 2015)

RÊVER SANS FREUD

Journée d’études, Lausanne, 29 mai 2015

Organisée par Aude Fauvel (IUHMSP, CHUV-UNIL) et Rémy Amouroux (Faculté des SSP/UNIL)

Université de Lausanne, Bâtiment Geopolis, salle 2879
Métro M1, arrêt UNIL-Mouline

En occident, la question de l’interprétation des rêves demeure attachée au nom de Sigmund Freud, que l’on considère traditionnellement comme étant le premier à avoir ancré l’activité onirique dans la science et fait du rêve un vrai sujet d’exploration médicale. Par suite, depuis la première édition de son ouvrage fondateur en 1899, le débat s’est souvent posé en des termes binaires : avec ou contre Freud, pour ou contre son modèle interprétatif de la genèse onirique. Pourtant, ainsi que l’ont montré diverses études historiennes récentes, il n’a en réalité pas fallu attendre Freud pour que le rêve soit l’objet d’explorations scientifiques poussées, la vision freudienne s’ancrant elle-même dans l’apport de travaux antérieurs, un héritage qui a longtemps été éclipsé. Par ailleurs, il n’y pas non plus eu dans le domaine « psy » que des anti ou des pro-freudiens, de nombreux analystes du processus rêvant ne se partageant pas le long de cette ligne de démarcation, et suivant plutôt le fil de schémas interprétatifs situés en dehors et/ou à côté des problématiques liées à Freud.

Sans pour autant mettre en cause l’apport fondamental de l’œuvre freudienne, cette journée d’études aimerait donc contribuer au renouvellement du regard sur l’histoire du rêve, en interrogeant la généalogie de ces autres traditions scientifiques oniriques. Il s’agira, en particulier, d’explorer une culture plus « anglo-saxonne » de l’analyse des songes, où la figure du laboratoire et de l’expérimentation contrôlée (rêves sous drogues, sous influence, privation de sommeil, culture des tests psychométriques, etc.) joue un rôle spécialement prononcé. Il s’agira aussi d’examiner quels usages thérapeutiques ont été envisagés pour le rêve en dehors du cadre psychanalytique, en examinant, par exemple, comment certains spécialistes « psy » (psychiatres, mais aussi psychologues, psychothérapeutes, etc.) ont cherché à influencer le psychisme, voire à soigner des troubles mentaux, via des techniques de contrôles et/ou de modifications de la forme des songes.

Le colloque est libre et ouvert à toute personne intéressée.

PROGRAMME

9h00   Ouverture de la journée et accueil des participants

9h30-9h50    Présentation de la journée

Aude Fauvel (IUHMSP, CHUV-UNIL), Rémy Amouroux (Institut de psychologie, Fac. des SSP/UNIL)

Matinée : Président de séance : Mark Micale (University of Illinois)

 

9h50-10h30 Sciences et techniques du corps rêvant : jalons pour une histoire (Andreas Mayer, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris)

10h30-11h10   The television qualities of the nightlife of the mind – Dorothy Eggan’s dream-collecting practices among the Hopi (Rebecca Lemov, Harvard University)

11h10-11h30           Pause

11h30-12h10   Acid dreams. Tripping into the unconscious  (Jeannie Moser, Technical University of Berlin)

 

12h10- 14h   Pause repas

Après-midi : Présidente de séance : Jacqueline Carroy (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris)

14h-14h40   The (private) dreams of Aaron T. Beck  (Rachael I. Rosner, Independent Scholar, Boston)

14h40-15h20   Pourquoi notre cerveau rêve-t-il? (Sophie Schwartz, Université de Genève)

15h30-16h    Discussion finale / Table ronde

Pour les abstracts et plus d’informations :

http://www.chuv.ch/iuhmsp/ihm_home/ihm_activites/ihm_colloques.htm

Book announcement – A new biography on Freud by Elisabeth Roudinesco

 

Screenshot from 2014-11-16 18:02:43Elisabeth Roudinesco publishes a new biography on Sigmund Freud. Due to her central position in the French intellectual life – among others she regularly writes in Le Monde – this French historian and psychoanalyst has become a major actor in the never ending and sometimes very violent discussions on the legacy of Freud.

Today (16 November) on BBC 3: Freud in Asia

BBC 3 Sunday Feature

Christopher Harding, John Gallagher

Documentaries presented by two of Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers.

FREUD IN ASIA

Christopher Harding explores the influence of Freud on psychotherapy in Japan and India. Freud’s travels around Europe and the USA a century ago catapulted psychotherapy to fame.

The invitations to Japan and India came too late for him to travel but he found his work debated throughout Asia. In India he was discussed by British colonial officers, who penned amateur tracts about Indian nationalism as mere sexual trauma.

Thousands of miles further east in Tokyo, Freud was partnered with a medieval Buddhist saint in the hybrid psychoanalytic technique of Heisaku Kosawa. Mishima read and was influenced by his work. Christopher Harding explores the spread of Freud’s influence and its significance.

A JOURNEY INTO THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHRASE BOOK

John Gallagher focuses on the history of a long-overlooked form of literature: the foreign language phrase book. The British often assume that most people we meet abroad will speak English – and many of them do.

This was not the case three or four centuries ago, when the Grand Tour became a rite of passage and an increasing number of entrepreneurs forged trade links across Europe and beyond. At that time English was a minority language.

Phrase books and travel guides of the time reveal the preoccupations of the day and, in the varied dialogues and phrases they offered, reflect the needs of a variety of travellers, be they tourists keen to visit the art of Italy or the salons of Paris, merchants seeking to make deals in Dutch marketplaces, or spies intent on learning the secrets of continental powers.

Producers Fiona McLean and Mohini Patel

For more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p51zy

Article: “Why Freud Still Haunts Us”

An article appeared today in The Chronicle of Higher Education with the title:

“Why Freud Still Haunts Us”

The piece, by Michael S. Roth, marks the 75 years since Freud’s death. It starts thus:

For those of us prone to commemorations, it is a rich season. The beginning of the Great War 100 years ago, 70 years since the Normandy invasion, and the 50th anniversary of several major events in the American struggle for civil rights. September 23 marks 75 years since the death of Sigmund Freud.

Should we care? In many respects, Freud seems to be from another world. We know so much more now. Psychotropic medications are big business and are prescribed to ever-growing numbers of the “worried well,” while psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy are more of a rarity than ever.

And then there is all that embarrassing stuff about sex and penises, about inescapable aggression and guilt. And mothers. All of that is from another time, isn’t it?

After all, now we know that women are equal to men, even if we scratch our heads when trying to explain how patriarchy gets reproduced, generation after generation, despite our professed ethics. Now we know not only that sex must be deeply consensual but that it should be really healthy—so safe that it is, well, less than desirable.

Freud taught that we could never be sure about our own “consent,” let alone another’s (that’s why we’re turning to new laws to demand that only “yes” really means yes). He insisted that the sexual relation was the discord among fantasies and therefore rarely a terrain of great safety.

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