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2 Willow Road
Benjamin Franklin House
Burgh House
Charles Dickens Museum
Dr Johnson's House
Emery Walker's House
Fenton House and Garden
Freud Museum
Handel & Hendrix in London
Hogarth's House
John Wesley's House
Keats House Museum
Kelmscott House
Stephens House and Gardens
14 - 15 October 2017
London Shh

Fashion and Psychoanalysis

Speakers will address a wide range of themes connecting fashion, clothing, style and the body to psychoanalysis, creativity and unconscious emotional life. The conference will also explore the largely neglected role of fashion in clinical and mental health settings – aiming to address the many idiosyncrasies, taboos and paradoxes involved.

The second day will be dedicated to wellbeing and mental health in the context of fashion. Through research and clinical perspectives, it will invite you to unravel two rather paradoxical phenomena: the relative absence of psychology in the fashion world and the apparent absence of fashion in the clinical encounter. The conference will end with a panel discussion on ‘Enclothed cognition’.

Speakers

SATURDAY 9.30 - 5.00
Fashion Thinking and Psychoanalysis

Zowie Broach (biog)
Introductory Thoughts

Valerie Steele (biog)
Freud and Fashion

Claire Pajaczkowska (biog)
In Fashion : Sexual Selection and the Fetish

Anouchka Grose (biog)
Ugliness+Time: Fashion and the Prisoners’ Dilemma

Shaun Cole (biog)
The ‘Great Masculine Renunciation’ Re-assessed

Philip Mann (biog)
The Dandy : Pathological Hero of Modernism

Caroline Evans (biog)
Denise Poiret and the Material Mnemonics of Fashion

Bella Freud (biog)
in conversation with Amanda Harlech (biog)

SUNDAY 10am - 1.30pm
Fashion, Psychology and the Clinical Encounter

Claire Pajaczkowska
Understanding 'Empathy by Design'

Katerina Fotopoulou (biog)
Body Imaging: Mentalising and Modifying our Bodily Appearance

Emilia Raczkowska (biog)
'There Remains the Area of Clothes' – Enclothed Cognition from the Lab to the Couch

PANEL DISCUSSION
Enclothed Cognition
Carolyn Mair, Anouchka Grose, Katerina Fotopoulou, Claire Pajaczkowska and others

Carolyn Mair (biog)
Closing Thoughts

Advance booking required
Day tickets available
Tickets from £25 - £105
https://freud.org.uk/events/76977/fashion-and-psychoanalysis/?utm_source=London%20Shh

Freud Museum
20 October 2017
Talks

Says Who? The Struggle for Authority in a Market-based Society

 ‘We live in an extremely controlling society in which authority has disappeared … traditional authority is lapsing into brute force … and we ourselves must take the first steps towards creating a new social order.’

This was the trenchant diagnosis by Paul Verhaeghe at the end of his acclaimed book about identity, What About Me? Now he returns to investigate another aspect of our lives under threat: authority.

In Says Who? Verhaeghe examines how authority functions and why we need it in order to develop healthy psyches and strong societies. Going against the laissez-faire ethics of a free-market age, he argues that rather than seeing authority as a source of oppression we should invest in developing it in the places that matter. Only by strengthening the power of horizontal groups within existing social structures, such as in education, the economy, and the political system, can we restore authority to its rightful place. Whether you are a parent or child, teacher or student, employer or employee, Says Who? provides the answers you need.

Paul Verhaeghe will give a short lecture, followed by a discussion with Dany Nobus and a Q&A.


Freud Museum
23 October - 27 November 2017
Other

PROJECTIONS: Psychoanalytic investigation of women in horror films

 Following the literary tradition established by Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, the horror genre in film seeks to elicit physiological and psychological reactions through visual and narrative techniques involving suspense, gore, the macabre and the supernatural. Horror films transfix and terrify audiences in equal measure, unfailingly achieving suspension of disbelief because fear is a universal and powerful emotion.

The role of women in horror movies is especially intriguing because of the ambivalent position occupied by female characters, ranging from victims of violence to perpetrators of dread. In The Question of Lay Analysis (1926), Sigmund Freud wrote, “The sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology.” Even at the end of his life, Freud was preoccupied by a question that never left him: “What do women want?” – the mystery of female subjectivity persisted with the advancement of psychoanalytic thought. It is precisely this perception of ‘the unknown’ that drives much of the unsettling storylines concerning women in horror films.

Relying predominantly on Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection, we will investigate cinematic representations of female bodies that appear paradoxically fragmented, decayed and impure, as well as wholesome, nurturing and attractive. Kristeva defines horror as a breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of boundaries between self and other. The abject disturbs identity, borders and rules – horror films portraying unclean and taboo elements of the feminine experience reveal the entwined dual system of Eros (beauty, sexual awakening, love, pregnancy) and Thanatos (possession, disease, destruction, death).

Other theoretical constructs in this series will include Freud’s hysteria, Jacques Lacan’s jouissance, and R.D. Laing’s ontological insecurity. Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions (see filmography below).Content warning: graphic imagery will be presented – viewer discretion is advised.

Week 1 – ADOLESCENCE: Teeth (2007), Carrie (1976), The Exorcist (1973)

Week 2 – IDENTITY: The Ring (2002), Single White Female (1992), The Brøken (2008)

Week 3 – PSYCHOSIS: Black Swan (2010), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Week 4 – ECONOMICS: Starry Eyes (2014), The Hunger (1983), American Psycho (2000)

Week 5 – DEMONS: The Entity (1982), Possession (1981), Paranormal Activity (2007)

Week 6 – DEVOURING: Neon Demon (2016), Dans Ma Peau (2002), Eat (2014)

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.

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