Saturday, 31 October 2009

Buy Freud!

The long-awaited FREUD MUSEUM 2010 CALENDAR is now hot off the press!

The new calendar brings you an English Freud. Follow him month by month through his love of English science and literature. This colourful new calendar is illustrated by photos from his family albums and documented by books from his own library. We see Freud at each stage of his life, encountering Shakespeare or Byron, Darwin or Dickens, Virginia Woolf or H.G. Wells.

Don't miss our Calendar Offer of 15% off online orders until 15 November! (Usual price: £8.50).

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Freud and Detective Fiction

Tuesday 20 October 7pm
Frank Tallis
The Interpretation of Screams: Freud and Detective Fiction

Freud was an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes (his daughter read Dorothy Sayers) and the work of psychoanalysis has often been compared to the process of detection. Post-Freud crime writers and film directors enthusiastically adopted the ideas of psychoanalysis. In this evening talk at the Freud Museum, detective fiction writer and clinical psychologist Frank Tallis examines the enduring appeal of the genre and discusses his own novels.

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.

Tickets: £8 / £5 Friends.
(Pay on the door but phone or email to secure a place)

Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Evening Performance at The Freud Museum

Tuesday 13 October 2009 7.15pm
Gerald Davidson
Being Good: Aichhorn and Anna - A performance presentation

Actor and researcher Gerald Davidson returns to the Freud Museum after his brilliant presentations on Otto Gross and Herbert Graf ('Little Hans'), to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of August Aichhorn, Austrian educator and pioneering psychoanalyst in work with delinquent and troubled adolescents.

“Aichhorn’s death is a kind of full stop at the end of a great chapter in psychoanalysis...” Anna Freud, November 1949.

Tickets: £8 / £5 Friends.
(Pay on the door but phone or email to secure a place)

Please join us for a pre-performance glass of wine from 6.30pm.

Aichhorn and Anna
"The re-educator's double allegiance and identification with society on the one hand and the world of the delinquent on the other hand, is a fascinating problem, Mr Aichhorn..."

"In the original intake at the home for delinquent boys that I founded in the devastation of an abandoned refugee camp as our old Imperial world fell apart I was confronted with twelve adolescents who were considered completely beyond the pale. Even the majority of my idealistic co-workers felt these lads could be brought to heel only by the strictest discipline and the hardest physical labour. So I decided to take charge of these boys myself and I proceeded to allow their aggression full reign..."

"The Austrian Psychoanalytic Society was officially dissolved on August 25,1938. There was officially now only a study group and a training group affiliated to the Goring Institute in Berlin. My son,Thomas had been detained in Dachau for anti-German activity. And my wife was unwell. So I stayed on, alone..."

"I don't know if you have realised, Miss Freud, that since you left Vienna and I stayed on alone, all my activities were dedicated to your father..."

August Aichhorn and Anna Freud, reunited in Lausanne in 1948.

Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Open Seminar Announcement

at the University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

28th October 2009

Lisa Ruddick: Academic Cool and the Shaming of the Inner World

Lisa Ruddick is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Reading Gertrude Stein: Body, Text, Gnosis (Cornell, 1990), and has published articles on the intellectual life of the humanities in the United States. This is the subject of her book in progress, Intuition and Brutality in Academic Life.

Abstract: Since the 1980s, U.S. literary scholarship has been guided by poststructuralist theories that cast doubt on the value of the "self" and the "inner life." As practicing psychoanalysts on both sides of the Atlantic know, these are not the only sophisticated theories available for describing subjectivity. Why, then, have they enjoyed such dominance in the milieu of higher learning? The theories are valued because they serve to enforce group discipline in what has become an insular and paranoid academic subculture. They chip away at member’s faith in their own inner worlds, capturing them for the profession itself and its agendas.

For more details on this and future seminars, see the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies website.