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Poetry Conference

29.06.2018 - 30.06.2018

Veranstalter: The Institute of Psychoanalysis
Veranstaltungsort: Byron House
112a Shirland Road

W9 2BT London
Vereinigte Königreich
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Most often when we speak, we do not fail afterward to experience a feeling of discomfort, as though some shame were attached to using words, whether to say important or insignificant things; in the first case, because we have betrayed them by speaking too adroitly or too awkwardly, in the second, because we have betrayed the seriousness of speech itself. (Maurice Blanchot)

Narcissism invariably involves a degree of self-idealization that is reflected in omnipotent phantasies of being admired and this increases the sensitivity to shame if they are seen through. As with the emperor and his imagined clothes, the pride of narcissistic omnipotence can easily collapse and be replaced by feelings of shame. (John Steiner)

Shame can emerge in the gap between our ideal self and reality. We can feel small when we want more or what someone else has. Our plea for help might go unanswered and we are left with feelings of inadequacy. The process of psychoanalysis and of writing poetry can be shame-laden. Both can involve shameful encounters with our least loved parts.

In analysis and in poetry writing, the idea of an unresponsive other—an analyst or a reader—can result in feelings of hopelessness and the inability to express desires out of fear that they might be mocked.

This conference will explore shame in a variety of ways. Bringing together poets, psychoanalysts and scholars, the event will look at shameful encounters, narcissistic wounds, and shameful identities. We will also explore the shame of writing, of self-exposure, and of talking about trauma.


Limited concession tickets for students/unwaged/low waged available

Details of Poetry Competition - with Under the Radar magazine - coming soon!

Image: Angela Dufresne - ´The Real Allegory of My Artistic and Moral Life´ 2014
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Event Fee(s)
Conference Tickets
Full Conference Early Bird £ 45.00
Friday Evening Only £ 10.00
Saturday Only £ 45.00

Psychoanalysis and Religion: Freud, Jung, Kristeva

30.06.2018 10:00

Veranstalter: Freud Museum London
Veranstaltungsort: Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
NW3 5SX London
Vereinigte Königreich
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Freud is famous for portraying religion as a collective neurosis of mankind.
He argued that religious beliefs give expression to wish-fulfilling illusions, serving the immature emotional needs of the child living on within the adult.

Such illusions – he sternly maintained – should be cast aside and replaced by ideas corresponding to reality – namely, the materialistic world view that emerges gradually but inescapably from the cumulative process of scientific observation.

This is one side of Freud – expressing his self-image as an ‘Enlightenment philosophe’ (in Peter Gay’s accurate phrase). But there is another side to Freud – unfortunately less widely known – for in the later works he develops a subtle and complex theory of society, in which religion plays a much more positive – even vital – role. Seen from this perspective, religion may be regarded as necessary for our psychological well-being – even for the survival of human kind.

We will explore a range of psychoanalytic interpretations of religion, examining different views of its function and significance in the lives of human beings.

Sigmund Freud Museum SFU Belvedere 21er haus stuhleck kunsthalle
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