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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
06 April 2019
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Hidden Persuaders Symposium

 As part of a series of public events related to the Wunderblock exhibition, this informal half-day symposium will explore the historical and contemporary relationships between child psychoanalysis, observation and visual culture. The focus will be on the methodological innovations and clinical legacies of the inter-war and post-war decades, including baby observation, cinematic microanalysis, play technique and the therapeutic use of children’s art.

The morning will include discussion between clinicians. writers and academics, as well as short screenings of rare research films of mother-infant interaction, and an original film montage on the theme of child development by filmmaker Ian Magor. Contributors include Margaret and Michael Rustin, Isobel Pick, Lynda Nead, Dagmar Herzog, Katie Joice, Sarah Marks and Daniel Pick.

Tickets includes free entry on the day to the Museum and Emma’s ‘Wunderblock’ exhibition (usual price £9).

6 April 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm 

£20 - £25 
 
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Freud Museum
07 April 2019
Talks

Lacan, Biology, and Sex

It is often misleadingly claimed that, by thinking the sexual unconscious in linguistic terms, Jacques Lacan does not deal with biology.

In this one-day intensive course we will contrast this naïve assumption. We will see how, in order to develop a logic of sexuation, Lacan needs to con­front the biological notion of sex from a psychoanalytic perspective.

On the one hand, we will focus on how Lacan’s attack on the – more or less – essentialist and fusional teleology of evolutionary theory, including that of the beginnings of molecular biology, is a constant throughout his oeuvre. Moving from a materialist perspective, psychoanalysis should problematize any alleged logos of life. For instance, the XX and XY chromo­somes are not, according to Lacan, a scientific writing of the way in which sex­ual difference generates the sexual relationship, but, instead, yet another reassertion of the mythical cosmic complementarity between matter and form, Yin and Yang as predicated in premodern times. Ignoring the clinical evidence provided by psychoanalysis, biology continues for the most part to take for granted a harmony between the sexes, and thus reduces itself to what we could call a “psycho-erotology”.

On the other hand, we will show how psychoanalysis cannot overlook the fact that cutting-edge research in behav­ioral neuroscience also contrasts this stance, and goes as far as defining sex as a set of “symptoms” that only successively allow for a “diagnosis” of male and female. Forty years after Lacan’s death, it is high time to establish a dialogue with some recent developments in the life sciences. Today, psychoanalysis should lend an ear to their own endeavor to have done with what Lacan, tacitly following the medicine Nobel laureate Jacques Monod, defines as animism, namely, the persistent anthropocentric assumption that natural objects in the world think (as we do).

Finally, we will argue that this dialogue should continue to endorse the question “What is a sci­ence that includes psychoanalysis?” as opposed to the – badly posed for Lacan – “Is psychoanalysis a science?”, that is, avoid conforming psychoanaly­sis to a hegemonic idea of science.

 

7 April  Time: 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Cost: £48 - £65 
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Freud Museum