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Conferences
12 October 2019 Start
12 October 2019 End
10:00 – 17:00 Time
UK The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

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Freud and Egypt: Between Oedipus and the Sphinx

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Egypt played a prominent role in Freud’s personal life and writings. From his childhood encounter with the Phillipson Bible, through his psychobiography of Leonardo da Vinci (in which the Egyptian goddess Mut becomes a key to the artist’s sexual and creative identity) to his final work Moses and Monotheism in which he makes the scandalous claim that Moses was not a Jew but an Egyptian. Accompanying the exhibition at the Freud Museum in London, this conference explores the themes of Egyptomania, sexuality, death and psychoanalysis. The day will conclude with a reading from Michael Eaton’s new play about Freud and Petrie. 

Speakers

Miriam Leonard (UCL) Introduction

 

Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)

Digging the Dirt: Freud’s archaeology and the lure of Egypt

 

Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)

Freud and Leonardo in Egypt

 

Phiroze Vasunia (UCL)

Egyptomania before Freud

 

Claus Jurman (Birmingham)

Egyptology in Vienna

 

Griselda Pollock (Leeds)

Freud’s Egyptian Moses, Mummies, Mothers and other Revenants: A Political-Cultural Reading

 

Joan Raphael Leff (Anna Freud Center)

Speculations on the pre-oedipal significance of Egypt for Freud

 

Michael Eaton (Nottingham)

Discordant Diggers…When Freud did not meet Petrie

 

For more information and to book a place please go to:  

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/freud-and-egypt-between-oedipus-and-the-sphinx/

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