Pandemic! Fighting Infection Past and Present

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

5th April 2018 | 5:30PM

Join us for the launch of our new exhibition, Pandemic! exploring infection control nursing in outbreaks from the First World War flu pandemic to Ebola.

Speakers are Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, Dr Mark Honigsbaum, historian of medicine and infectious diseases and Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention & Control.


Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room. We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event and there will be a large print exhibition guide. Assistance dogs are welcome.

This event is live subtitled with Speech-to-text reporting.

‘The very best education for medical students’: discovering the history of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum & Archives

18th April 2018 | 5:30PM

SBHMS-P-5 R V Payne teaching in Path Museum

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives and Barts Pathology Museum are holding an event to celebrate a project to catalogue and conserve the records of the former St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College.

Date: 18 April 2018

Venue: Barts Pathology Museum, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield

Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm (presentation will begin at 6pm)

The event is free and includes an opportunity to view highlights from the collection, a temporary display focusing on student activities and also the chance to see the unique pathology museum.

There will be a presentation and refreshments are available.

Register now while places are still available!

Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: 12 Week Evening Course

Freud Museum London

19th April 2018 | 6:30PM

19 April 2018 – 5 July 2018
Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm

Freud was famously ambivalent about philosophy: on the one hand, pouring scorn on academic philosophers who dismissed the notion of the unconscious mind on the pretext that it involved a logical contradiction – while on the other, stating proudly in his autobiography that after a long detour through medicine and psychotherapy he had finally returned to the philosophical preoccupations of his youth. The course will examine the ways in which psychoanalysis and philosophy inform each other, and intersect with each other – sometimes in mutual support and sometimes in sharp conflict. We begin with the great philosophers of the past who influenced and inspired Freud and later psychoanalysts, then, in the second half of the course, turn to contemporary philosophers who have reflected on psychoanalysis, either critically, or with the aim of clarifying the nature of its contribution to the understanding of the human condition.

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD – having received his PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, Dr Barrett specialises in both philosophy and psychoanalysis and has taught at several leading institutions, including Imperial College and Birkbeck College.

Week 1: Introduction. Freud’s study of philosophy as an undergraduate. The deep philosophical background to the emergence of psychoanalysis: the Enlightenment vision vs Romanticism.

Week 2: Schopenhauer. The formative influence on Freud’s thinking of the philosophy of Schopenhauer. ‘The World as Will and Representation’.

Week 3: Nietzsche. Anticipations of psychoanalysis in the philosophy of Nietzsche. Freud and Jung and their different relationships to Nietzsche. Psychoanalysing philosophy.

Week 4: Plato. ‘Eros’ in Plato and Freud. Freud’s view of homosexuality and Plato’s philosophy. Plato’s ‘Symposium’. Freud between Plato and Nietzsche.

Week 5: Spinoza. Sometimes referred to as ‘the philosopher of psychoanalysis’, we will examine Spinoza’s understanding of the mind/body relationship, and his views on freedom and happiness. Spinoza’s ‘Ethics’

Week 6: Popper and Grunbaum. The 20th century debate over the scientific status of psychoanalysis. Grunbaum’s ‘The Philosophical Foundations of Psychoanalysis’

Week 7: Ricoeur and Habermas. The debate over the interpretation of psychoanalysis as hermeneutics. Ricoeur’s ‘Freud and Philosophy’

Week 8: Levinas and Buber. Psychoanalysis and the philosophy of the ethical relation to the other. Levinas’ ‘Totality and Infinity’ and Buber’s ‘I and Thou’

Week 9: Marcuse and Girard. Philosophical responses to Freud’s analysis of society. Marcuse’s ‘Eros and Civilisation’ and Girard’s ‘Violence and the Sacred’. Freud and violence.

Week 10: Foucault. Foucault’s earlier view of psychoanalysis in ‘Madness and Civilisation’, and his later view in ‘History of Sexuality, vol 1’.

Week 11: Lacan. Lacan’s appropriation of philosophy for the ends of psychoanalysis. Hegel, Heidegger and Freud, according to Lacan.

Week 12: Derrida. Derrida’s relation to psychoanalysis. Derrida vs Lacan. Derrida in the Freud archives: ‘Archive Fever’


Gomez, L. ‘The Freud Wars: an introduction to the philosophy of psychoanalysis’ (Routledge 2005)

Ricoeur, P. ‘On Psychoanalysis’ (Polity 2012)

Orange, D.M. ‘Thinking for clinicians: philosophical resources for contemporary psychoanalysis and the humanistic psychotherapies’ (Routledge 2010)

Braddock, L. ‘The academic face of psychoanalysis: papers in philosophy, the & Lacewing, M. (Eds) the humanities and the British clinical tradition’ (Routledge 2007)

Cavell, M. ‘Becoming a subject: reflections in philosophy and psychoanalysis’ (Oxford UP 2006)

Tauber, A. ‘Freud, the reluctant philosopher’ (Princeton U.P. 2010)

Seung, T.K. ‘Nietzsche’s epic of the soul: Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ (Lexington Books 2005)

Chapelle, D. Nietzsche and psychoanalysis’ (SUNY Press 1993)

Della Rocca, M. ‘Spinoza’ (Routledge 2008)

Janaway, C. ‘Schopenhauer’ (Oxford U.P. 1994)

Beck, M.C. ‘The quest for wisdom in Plato and Carl Jung: a comparative study of the healers of the soul’ (Edwin Mellen Press 2008)

Grunbaum, A. ‘The Foundations of psychoanalysis: A philosophical Critique’ (U of California P 1984)

Habermas, J. ‘Knowledge and Human Interests’ (Heineman 1972)

Mills, J. (Ed) ‘Rereading Freud: psychoanalysis through philosophy’ (SUNY Press 2004)

Frie, R. ‘Subjectivity and intersubjectivity in modern philosophy and psychoanalysis: a study of Sartre, Binswanger, Lacan and Habermas’ (Rowman & Littlefield 1997)


Booking:Full price: £190
Friends of the Museum: £160
Students/concessions: £130

Advance booking essential

In the frame: portraits, power and personality

Royal College of Physicians Museum

24th April 2018 | 6:30PM

Inspired by the RCP’s nationally-significant portrait collection, hear from a panel of experts; artists, curators and writers to explore the process by which portraits are commissioned today, the use of symbolism in contemporary portraits, and the continued fascination of portraiture as a form of representation.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is one of a very few organisations which continues to commission portraits of its leaders. But how do contemporary portrait artists capture a personality? How do today’s portrait sitters hope to be represented? Do we need to do away with the pomp and ceremony of the past. The RCP’s collection is a visual chronology of the evolution of power, symbolism, even fashion, as gradually the ‘presidential paraphernalia’ that once adorned RCP presidents of the past are dissolved to simple, even abstract, styles.

What we see depicted in portraits today has evolved dramatically over the few centuries. Less about power and status, frequently in more informal settings, and often in the medium of photography, today’s sitters and artists seem to favour individuality over prestige. Compared with the imposing ‘swagger portraits’ of the past, is the twenty-first century just shy? Or have our values as a society shifted? And how has portraiture changed as issues around representation and diversity have become more widely acknowledged?

On the panel: Artist, Paul Benney, curator and writer, Liz Rideal and photographer, Jessica van der Weert.

The RCP museum will be open until 8.30pm on the evening, including 140 portraits on public display throughout the building. Current temporary exhibition ‘Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation’ will also be open.

Tickets £8, concessions £5. Book tickets via Eventbrite.

The Psychoanalytic Organization and the Lacanian School

Freud Museum London

25th April 2018 | 7:00PM

7:00pm -8:30pm

Raul Moncayo and Dany Nobus

This talk will consider the history of psychoanalytic organizations and the Lacanian school as an organization, beginning with a review of Lacan’s trajectory in attempting to develop a new psychoanalytic organization consistent with the discourse of the analyst. Lacan was interested in alternative organizations in which hierarchical authority is balanced against a circular structure composed of communal, libertarian, and solidaristic forms of symbolic exchange.

The examination of Lacan’s innovations with respect to the psychoanalytic organization will be considered within the context of his contributions to psychoanalysis and how they address the current predicaments of the psychoanalytic field. Along the way we will show how Lacan’s work on the psychoanalytic organization is indebted to Bion’s work groups.

We will continue with a critical appraisal of what worked and what didn’t work in Lacan’s organization that resulted in Lacan’s dissolution of his school. Finally, we will consider the conditions under which after Lacan, a Lacanian school has been established in the US within the context of the current state of the larger international Lacanian movement. In fact, Lacan’s efforts never actually deviated from the three functions that Eitingon (1922-1925) originally assigned to a psychoanalytic clinic: therapeutic, formative, and research.

Raul Moncayo, Ph.D.
Supervising analyst of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis of the San Francisco, Bay Area in California. Private practice of psychoanalysis, control analysis, and consultation. Dr. Moncayo teaches a year-long Seminar at the Lacan School, has been adjunct faculty in several local universities over the years, still supervises doctoral dissertations, and has also been a visiting professor at North American, European, and South American universities. Dr. Moncayo is the author of five books, and this year’s presentation at the Freud Museum will draw from a chapter (co-authored with Dany Nobus) from a new book to be released by Palgrave Mcmillan in 2018.

Dany Nobus, Ph.D.
Psychoanalyst, Chair of Psychoanalysis at Brunel University London, and Chair of the Freud Museum London. He is the author of Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2000), Knowing Nothing, Staying Stupid: Elements for a Psychoanalytic Epistemology (with Malcolm Quinn) (Routledge, 2005), and The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s “Kant with Sade” (Palgrave, 2017). He has also contributed numerous papers on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis to academic and professional journals.


Advance booking required
Full price: £11
Friend of the Museum: £9
Student/unwaged: £9

PROJECTIONS: Marilyn Monroe’s onscreen persona

Freud Museum London

26th April 2018 | 7:00PM

Three Week Evening Course
16-30 April 2018
Mondays 7-9pm

Norma Jeane Baker transformed into Marilyn Monroe inside Hollywood’s ravenous glare. She began her entertainment career as a pinup model and soon secured her place as a bona fide international movie star. The ever-luminous Marilyn stole every scene she appeared in; many cinema scholars equate Monroe with the essence of the art form itself, due to the magic she invariably conjured up on the silver screen. She possessed an instinctive and sophisticated understanding of how to construct memorable images, and was not afraid of being vulnerable in her artistic process.

But beauty, talent and success did not diminish the pain of emotional difficulties Marilyn lived through. Abandoned in childhood by her parents, she experienced the vagaries of fame in her professional life, was bullied by powerful studio bosses, had three unsuccessful marriages and endured fertility problems, turning to alcohol and pills to cope with debilitating neuroses. Beneath the social mask of cheerful joie de vivre, Marilyn suffered enormously – and had the wherewithal to channel sorrow into her craft, evident in her interest in psychoanalysis and reliance on Method Acting to deliver authentic performances. Her untimely death at the age of 36 did not stop the ascension of her star in popular culture; quite the opposite, film experts and amateurs alike see her as a modern-day Aphrodite.

In this new PROJECTIONS series, we will examine the creation of Marilyn Monroe’s onscreen persona, and the psychological underpinnings that shaped not only how she projected herself, but also the ways in which film audiences continue to respond to her. We will consider the symbolism contained in Marilyn’s most famous film characters within three categories: the origins of her celebrity, the establishment of her icon, and a burning desire to disrupt widespread perceptions of who she was.

Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions (see filmography below).


Ladies of the Chorus (1948), All About Eve (1950), Monkey Business (1952), Niagara (1953)


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven-Year Itch (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959)


Bus Stop (1956), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), Let’s Make Love (1960), The Misfits (1961)

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary – the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.


Full price: £60
Friends of the Museum: £45
Students/concessions: £45

Advance booking essential.

SOLITARY PLEASURES in art and psychoanalysis

Freud Museum London

28th April 2018 | 9:30AM

28th April 2018
9:30am – 5:30pm

A day-long conference to accompany Solitary Pleasures, a group exhibition that investigates a significant topic in the psychology of sexuality and eroticism: masturbation.

The conference explores the history of masturbation, both explicitly and implicitly, in which this ‘solitary pleasure’ has been considered as a disorder, as ‘unnatural’, ‘unhealthy’, and as a violation of a moral law; yet conversely it has been seen as a vital force, as a creative and magical act, and as ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’.

The conference, like the exhibition, reveals masturbation as a topic that can transform our understanding of human subjectivity and sexuality. Perhaps the most common form of human eroticism, it is also one of the least theorised. The conference will explore our complex sexual, erotic, and intimate encounters with ourselves and one another by viewing masturbation as an all-inclusive practice – gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, trans, queer, +. We hope to investigate masturbation as a ‘solitary pleasure’ as opposed to a ‘solitary vice’, as a pleasure that is universal and particular, collective and individual, and that’s also potentially mutual; a shared exchange and an intimate encounter between couples, lovers and strangers in ways that redefine desires and eroticism’s possibilities.

Making – masturbation in creativity and art practice
Educating – masturbation in sexual health and wellbeing
Talking – masturbation in clinical practice

Contributors include
Professor David Bennett (U. of Melbourne), Dr Sean Curran (Sutton House), Dr Chantal Faust (artist, RCA), Sarah Forbes (former Curator of the Sex Museum), Professor Johnny Golding (RCA), Natika Halil (Chief Executive, Family Planning Association), Jordan McKenzie (artist, UAL), David Morgan (clinician), Professor Michael Newman (Goldsmiths), Professor Adrian Rifkin (CSM), Florence Schechter (The Vagina Museum), Dr Marquard Smith (UCL IoE), and Dr Esther Teichmann (LCC).

Speakers’ Biographies

Prof. David Bennett is professorial fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and has been Visiting Professor at Birkbeck University of London, the London Consortium, Durban University, and Essex University. He has published many books and articles on the history and politics of psychoanalysis, sexuality, censorship and cultural theory, including The Currency of Desire: Libidinal Economy, Psychoanalysis and Sexual Revolution (2016)

Dr Sean Curran is Community Learning Manager at Sutton House, The National Trust. A Heritage Educator, Curator, and LGBTQ culture(s) enthusiast, they teache on the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education.

Dr Chantal Faust is an artist, writer, and Senior Tutor in the School of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art. Interested in eroticism and haptic technology, her photographic, painting, video, and installation works have been exhibited in the UK, Australia, and North America.

Sarah Forbes is author of Sex in the Museum: My Unlikely Career at New York’s Most Provocative Museum (2016), a book about her time as Curator at the Sex Museum in New York. She is a sexual culturalist, writer, and Curator-in-Residence at Kindred Studios.

Prof. Johnny Golding is Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art at the RCA where she leads the PhD Research Group ‘Entanglement’. Internationally renowned for her philosophy-poetic enactments and sound-scape exhibitions, her research covers the entangled dimensionalities of Radical Matter, an intra-disciplinary arena of art, philosophy and the wild sciences.

Natika Halil is Chief Executive of the sexual health charity Family Planning Association.

Jordan McKenzie has presented performances, films, drawings and installations both nationally and internationally, including ‘Shame Chorus’, an uplifting project developed with the London Gay Men’s Choir and commissioned by the Freud Museum London. He is Lecturer in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

David Morgan is a Psychoanalyst at the BPAS and a Training Analyst at the BPA. He is the organiser of the Political Minds seminars at the British Psychoanalytic Society and hosts the ‘Frontier Psychoanalyst’ podcasts. He is co-editor with Stan Ruszczynski of Sexuality Delinquency and Violence, published by Karnac Books. He has worked as a consultant psychotherapist in the NHS for 25 years at Camden Psychotherapy Unit and the Portman Clinic, regularly contributes to radio and television programmes, and lectures nationally and internationally.

Prof. Michael Newman is Professor of Art Writing in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths. His current research circles around the erotic, shame, and shamelessness, and has written books on Richard Prince, Jeff Wall and Seth Price.

Prof. Adrian Rifkin is a visiting professor at CSM, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS. He has written extensively on queer and gay sexualties amongst other things. His latest publication is Communards and Other Cultural Histories (Haymarket, 2018), a collection of essays edited by Steve Edwards.

Florence Schechter is a Science Communicator and Director of The Vagina Museum.

Dr Marquard Smith is Programme Leader of the MA Museums & Galleries in Education, UCL Institute of Education, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, and curator of ‘Solitary Pleasures’ at the Freud Museum London

Dr Esther Teichmann is an artist interested in fantasy and desire, and has recently had solo and group exhibitions in Cleveland, Manchester, and Mannheim. Currently Senior Lecturer in Photography at LCC, in April she begins a new role at the RCA.



Full Price: £65
Students and Concessions: £45
£5 discount for members of the Freud Museum, and staff and students of the Royal College of Art and UCL.

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