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18:00 - 19:30 11 December 2012

The Embryo Individual: Early twentieth century psychodynamic perspectives on the origins of selfhood


Room 544, 5th Floor | (link Map)
1-19 Torrington Place | London | WC1E 7HB |

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

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Dr. Matt Ffytche, University of Essex

This talk takes off from problems investigated in The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche. Here it was argued that the notion of an unconscious psyche, which took shape in the Romantic period in Germany, emerged out of pre-existing debates over how individuality, and individual autonomy, could be represented in a climate dominated by discourses of mechanical and rational connection.

The paper will begin by rehearsing some of these representational problems in relation to the history of psychology and psychoanalysis, before examining a particular juncture (from 1911 1922) when the experience of the foetus and the birth of individuality was variously theorised in works by C. G. Jung, Sandor Ferenczi, Sigmund Freud and Emil Lorenz, culminating in Otto Rank's The Birth Trauma.


Professor Sonu Shamdasani
0207 679 1257 | s.shamdasani@ucl.ac.uk


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