Reading Group: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture in Historical Perspective 9th July 2018

Reading Group: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture in Historical Perspective

Monday 9th July, 6.30-8pm

Room G01, 43 Gordon Square

This series of reading groups looks at key texts in the history of psychoanalysis, exploring their connections to visual culture. Readings are intended for anyone interested in delving into this literature with a like minded group of non-experts from disciplines across art history, film and media studies etc.

For the second session on Monday 9th July, 6.30pm in room G01, 43 Gordon Square, we’re returning to some classics by Freud:

1) Freud & Josef Breuer, ‘On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena: Preliminary Communication’, in Studies on Hysteria (1893)

2) Freud, ‘A Dream is the Fulfilment of a Wish’, in The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)

3) Freud, ‘Fragment of an analysis of a case: Dora’ (1905)

Note – this is a fairly long text, so you might want to just read some of the beginning and end parts of it.

4) Freud, ‘Mourning and Melancholia’ (1917)

Readings available to download via google drive:

If you’re only able to read two or three of the texts, please do still come along. We’re also inviting people to bring a few images that they’re working on – to help spark our visual thinking and draw out any potential connections, applications, tangents etc.

Assuming there’s an appetite to continue the readings, we’ll pick the texts and date for the next session following on from this second one. Please bring suggestions for readings if you have them!

To RSVP and for more information contact:

Alistair Cartwright (Birkbeck, History of Art) —

Christy Slobogin (Birkbeck, History of Art) —

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The Freud Reading Group Invites New Members

The Freud Reading Group invites new members to join for September and October 2015.

We are a group of researchers reading the complete works of Freud in chronological order. While the group is usually closed to foster a sense of commitment and trust, we periodically open up to new members.

Meetings take place on the last Wednesday of the month between 13:00 and 14:30. The next two meetings are as follows:

Wednesday 30th September, 13:00-14:30, Room 218, 43 Gordon Square. Reading: Volume III of the Standard Edition, pp. 1-87 (to the end of ‘Obsessions and Phobias: Their Psychical Mechanism and their Aetiology’)

Wednesday 28th October, 13:00-14:30, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square. Reading: tbc

If you would like to join us, or have any questions, please email

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