Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences

What can psychoanalysis, a psychological approach developed more than a century ago, offer us in an age of rapidly evolving, hard-to-categorize ideas of sexuality and the self? Should we abandon Freud's theories completely or adapt them to new findings and the new relationships taking shape in modern liberal societies? In a remarkably prescient series of lectures delivered in the early 1960s, the French philosopher Louis Althusser anticipated the challenges that psychoanalytic theory would face as politics moved away from structuralist frameworks and toward the elastic possibilities of anthropological and sociological thought.

Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences translates Althusser's remarkable seminars into English for the first time, making available to a wider audience the origins and potential future of radical political theory. Althusser takes the important step in these lectures of distinguishing psychoanalysis from psychology and especially psychiatry, which long resisted Freud's analytical concepts of the unconscious and overdetermination. By freeing psychoanalysis from this bind, Althusser can then apply these analytical concepts to the social and the political, integrated with Marxist theory. The result is an enlivened methodology for comprehending social organization and change that had a profound influence on the Frankfurt School and scholars who continue to work at the forefront of radical thought today: Judith Butler, Étienne Balibar, and Alain Badiou.

Writings on Psychoanalysis: Freud and Lacan

With several never-before published writings, this volume gathers Althusser's major essays on psychoanalytic thought - documenting his intense and ambivalent relationship with Lacan, and dramatizing his intellectual journey and troubled personal life.

The Ethno-Psychoanalytic Approach: Exploring Social Life In Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi, Freud Museum London, 26 - 30 October 2016

The Freud Museum joins in celebrating Black History Month this October with a pop-up interactive photographic exhibition portraying social life in Southern Africa, by Social Anthropologist & Photographer Maria Saur.

Research participant Chief Kulaya in Malawi stated:
“I learned a lot by talking with you, not that you said much, but it made me reflect on the things that have happened to us – which helped me to better come to terms with them; and maybe approach some things differently in future.”

Maria Saur has published & exhibited in Southern Africa in the places where her research was conducted and in Europe.

Further information >

FREE with admission - no need to book.

The exhibition will be complemented by Maria Saur’s talk about her ethno-psychoanalytic research on relational dynamics on Sunday 30 October, 2pm at The Freud Museum. Further information >

Freud: In His Time and Ours by Élisabeth Roudinesco

Elisabeth 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 siécle 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.

Élisabeth Roudinesco and Sigmund Freud: en son temps et dans le nôtre

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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Psychoanalysis and Politics: Anxious Encounters & Forces of Fear - Paris, March 31st-April 2nd 2017

Anxious Encounters and Forces of Fear – Spring Symposium in the rooms of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society March 31st-April 2nd 2017

Complete list of speakers

(The conference will begin on Friday morning and close at about 5 pm on Sunday.
A programme with times is forthcoming)

FADI ABOU-RIHAN – War Games (Psychoanalyst, Toronto, Canada)

PINA ANTINUCCI – Encountering the Uncanny (Psychoanalyst, British Psychoanalytical Society, London, UK)

LENE AUESTAD – Unconscious Fear, Authoritarianism and Experience (PhD, prev. Research Fellow, Philosophy, University of Oslo/ Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Norway/ London, UK)

NAYLA DEBS – Thinking and Being in Times of Change (PhD candidate, Psychoanalytic studies, Paris-Diderot University/clinical psychologist, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France)

FERENC ERŐS – The Politics of Trauma: From Shell-Shocked Soldiers to Holocaust Survivors (Professor emeritus, Dep. Of Social Psychology, University of Pécs, Hungary)

JAY FRANKEL – Clinical Impasse, Political Impasse (Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University, USA)

LESLIE GARDNER – The Brutality of ‘Home’ (PhD, Rhetoric, Fellow of Centre Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK)

JIM GRABOWSKI – Department of Abuse and Neglect – A Confusion of the Tongues in Chicago Child Welfare (Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Institute for Clinical Social Work, USA)

SCOTT GRAYBOW – Fearing the News: On the Role of Fear in the Social Character of American, White, Working Class Males (Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, adjunct professor, Metropolitan College of New York, USA)

GAIL HAMMILL – With All Due Respect: Fear and the Homosocial Contract in Totem and Taboo (Assistant professor of English, American University in Dubai)

THOMAS JUNG – Scusami, Scusami! When There Is No Name (Psychoanalyst in Training, Group Analyst, Architect, Vienna, Austria)

KIRSTEN KLERCKE – The Pervert’s Efficient Avoidance of Anxiety (Prev. Lecturer, assistant professor, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University, Denmark)

SUE LIEBERMAN – Brexit: A Suitable Case for Treatment? (Group Analytic psychotherapist, Edinburgh, Scotland/UK)

GILI LIVIATAN – Jocasta’s Reparation: The Feminine Element and the Call for Peace in Cultural Products. A Critical Study of the Psychoanalytic Thought on War and Its Restraint (Bar Ilan University, Israel)

MERSIJA MAGLAJLIC – Celui qui ne peut se server de mots: Dogs are Muslims, too. (Stud., Australian Institute of Professional Councillors, Australia)

MJ MAHER – Riding the Rumbling Terror of The Mystic Hour (Group analyst, London, UK)

ŽELJKA MATIJAŠEVIĆ – Fear, Anxiety, and Terror: A New or the Old Authoritarianism? (Professor, Comparative Literature, Head of the Comparative Literature Department, University of Zagreb, Croatia)

JENYU PENG – Encountering State Violence to Re-Create a Collective Identity. Political Trauma, Subjectification, and Space for Alterity (Institute of Ethnology, Academica Sinica, Taiwan)

WERNER PRALL –The Were-Wolf is a Fearsome Beast, or: How to Draw a Line under the Human (Senior Lecturer, Dep. of Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, London, UK)

BARIŞ ÜNSAL – Why Can’t We Be Fat and Cheerful? Appearance Anxiety and Gaze of the Other (Stud. Psychology, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey)

PIERRE DE SENARCLENS – The Emotional Aspects of Nationalism and Ethnicity (Professor emeritus, University of Lausanne, France)

JONATHAN SKLAR – Forces of Fear on the Border: Memory and Trauma in Society (Training Analyst, British Psychoanalytical Society, London, UK)

ERIN SOROS – Who’s Afraid of Lee Maracle? An Indigenous Author’s Challenge to Freud (Postdoctoral fellow, Toronto, Canada)

LINDEN WEST – The Case of Brexit: Anxious Encounters and Forces of Fear: A Psychosocial Perspective, (Professor, Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

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