A Century of the Uncanny

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Date(s) - 25/01/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Day Conference organised by The Freud Museum, London

Saturday, 25 January 2020

It is related to dread, horror, repulsion and distress. But what is the uncanny and why is it so significant today?

Freud’s investigation into the uncanny has been influential in literature, film, art and philosophy. It can also help us think about political culture and the therapeutic situation itself.

This multi-disciplinary conference investigates Freud’s infuriatingly complex and contradictory paper and asks how it can help us understand contemporary dilemmas in art, culture, politics and psychotherapy.

Speakers and topics include:

Gregorio Kohon: The Uncanny: Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetic Experience – The Compulsion to Repeat

Forbes Marlock: Ghost Writing

Nicholas Royle: Dream Freud

Martin Bladh and Karolina Urbaniak: Screening of the animated film, ‘The Sandmann’

Agnieszka Piotrowska: Film, Object, and the Horror of a Doppelgänger

Alexandra Kokoli: A Footnote on Nightmares: Feminism and the Uncanny

June Campbell: There’s No Place Like Home

Carol Leader: The Theatre of the Uncanny: Notes from the Consulting Room

For more information on the conference programme, click here.