FREUD AND THE ÉMIGRÉ. Austrian Émigrés and Exiles and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis in Britain from the 1930s through the 1970s

Symposium in German and English

 

Friday, 9 November 2018, 10:00 am – 6:45 pm at the Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna

Admission free, please register below
 

"Freud and the Émigré" addresses the seminal role of Sigmund Freud and his writings, as well as the part played by his students in the construction of Viennese heritage abroad through their influence on the creative license of Austrian émigrés and exiles in Britain. Émigré and exiled art historians, artists, authors, sociologists, and philosophers upheld Freud’s celebrity aura as a “memory image” of a lost Viennese home, and as such a nostalgic icon of their coming of age in Vienna, as well as an idealized recollection of a turn of the century "Intellectual Vienna". These émigrés, who would become significant international thinkers and producers, further applied Freud’s lessons in their creative endeavors as they adapted to new experiences abroad, contributing to the renewal of British culture. Thus, in many ways Freud was a touchstone of Austrian culture and intellect even as Austrians were forced out of their homeland during the crises approaching the mid-century.  How did their Freudian heritage help Austrian cultural producers come to terms with political and social exclusion, Nazi Germany’s brutal persecutions and the horrors of World War II?  After such traumatic losses of belongings, homes, and homeland, and with the subsequent hardships they faced as they integrated into British culture, can we better understand their reclamation of identity and re-location of self through their attachment to and investment in Freud’s lessons? How did these émigrés and exiles develop new, hybrid Viennese-British identities and a pointedly Freudian cultural language? 

The symposium "Freud and the Émigré" presents new research on the subject of Freud’s role in the lives of émigrés and exiles, exploring the way these figures accessed Freudian thinking and fashioned their own Freudian language. Distanced from home, these important cultural producers used their Viennese/ Austrian heritage to their advantage, contributing to the renewal of culture at a critical time.
 

Programme:

 
10.00 – 12.00  Panel 1: Freud’s Lessons and Émigrés' Civic and Political Engagements During and Post-WWII

Opening remarks Elana Shapira

Louis Rose: Exile and War Work: Ernst Kris and E. H. Gombrich in London and New York

Michal Shapira: Anna Freud Shaping Child Education and Promoting "Democratic Citizenship"
in Britain

Moderated by Elisabeth Brainin
 
 
 
12.15 – 13.45  Panel 2Viennese Cultural Networks in Britain

Werner Michler: Geistiger Heros, geliebtester Meister. Stefan Zweig und Sigmund Freud

Lisa Silverman: Hilde Spiel’s Freud: Jews, Exile, and a Viennese Legacy

Moderated by Deborah Holmes
 
 
 
15.00 – 16.30  Panel 3: Authorship and Psychoanalysis in Film and Art

Laura Marcus: Émigrés, Exiles and Strangers: Berthold Viertel and 1930s Cinema in Britain

Régine Bonnefoit: Der psychoanalysierte Künstler – am Beispiel von Hodins Werk Oskar Kokoschka. Eine Psychographie

Moderated by Katharina Prager
 
 

16.45 – 18.15  Panel 4Vienna and Beyond - Freud’s Heritage and Strategies of Cultural Renewal

Elana Shapira: Marie Jahoda Deconstructing Freud

Mitchell Ash: Whose/Which "Freud"? Social Context and Discourse Analysis of the "Controversial Discussions"

Moderated by Lisa Silverman
 
 

18.15 – 18.45

Closing remarks Friedrich Stadler
 
 
 
The two-day symposium starts on Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 6 pm with the keynote lecture Das gelobte Land: Freuds Traum von England by Liliane Weissberg at the Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna. For more information click here ...
 
Concept by Elana Shapira, University of Applied Arts ViennaFWF project leader "Visionary Vienna: Design and Society 1918-1934" & Daniela Finzi, Sigmund Freud Museum
 
 
 
       
 
 

Our members of the Society of Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum get a seat reservation. Please contact: freunde@freud-museum.at

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