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17:00 - 18:00 12 February 2013

Reflex and Interpretation – A Genealogy of Pyschoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines


G01 Lankester Lecture Theatre | Medawar Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Katja Guenther, Assistant Professor, History of Science Program, Princeton University

In the medicine of mind and brain, the "neuro" and the "psy" disciplines – neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience on the one hand, psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis on the other – have generally been considered as opposed in both their theory and practice. I aim to recast their relationship by focusing on Otfrid Foerster (1873-1941), a major proponent and founding figure of the neurological tradition in Germany, and Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) the father of psychoanalysis. An examination of their common engagement with sensory-motor, or reflex, physiology, as presented by the dominant neuropsychiatry in nineteenth-century Germany, allows us to think these different fields alongside each other and recognize unexpected parallels in their development, theory and practice.


Dr. Stephen Jacyna
0207 679 7179 | s.jacyna@ucl.ac.uk


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