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


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. 


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


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