Guilt in Freud

Guilt in Freud
22 October 2021, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

               Seminar series in partnership with the:
Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM) and Birkbeck Guilt Working Group

Co-convened by Joseph Ford (IMLR), James Brown and Sam Ashenden (BBK)

Speaker: Naomi Segal (IMLR)

Where does Freud stand on the question of guilt? Is it a fact or a feeling? In either case how does it arise, what are its effects, and how do they relate the individual to society? In this session I will present the notes accumulated in the course of a seminar group at Birkbeck which, from 2015 to 2021, read its way through the 23 volumes of the Standard Edition of Freud translated & edited by James Strachey et al. The main outcome of the latter for me was to trace the development of Freud’s thought in relation to replacement but I also built up notes on other aspects, including guilt. Though it may be argued that later psychanalysis, such as that of Klein, focuses more on this question than its founder did, this session seeks to establish where it began. 

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Professor Naomi Segal is an Honorary Fellow at the IMLR. From 2004 to 2011 she was founding Director of the Institute (then known as the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies). She has served on or chaired numerous inter/national committees, and represented the UK on the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation 2005–11. She is the author of 18 books, including monographs Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, gender and the sense of touch (2009), André Gide: Pederasty & Pedagogy (1998), The Adulteress’s Child (1992), Narcissus and Echo (1988), The Unintended Reader (1986) and The Banal Object (1981). Her most recent book is a coedited volume of essays, On Replacement: Cultural, social and psychological representations (2018) and she is currently completing a monograph on replacement, to be published by Brill in 2022. Naomi Segal has chaired Cultural Literacy Everywhere – formerly Cultural Literacy in Europe – since 2007.
The next seminars in this series 'Towards a Taxonomy of Guilts' will take place on 5 Nov & 10 Dec 2021.

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