Nightmare Hieroglyphs

Freud Museum London

4th October 2019 | 2:00PM



An afternoon talk by Dr. Eleanor Dobson

Freud famously related the interpretation of dreams to the translation of hieroglyphs.

He provided an account of one of his own ‘hieroglyphic’ dreams in which nightmarish bird-headed figures are sexually-threatening hieroglyphic characters come to life. Freud’s willingness to address the sexual nature of Egyptian iconography was notably at odds with most contemporary Egyptologists.

While scrutiny of their private papers and photographs reveals that they were actually far more willing to grapple with images of ancient Egyptian sexuality than they implied, in their publications Egyptologists skirted around sexual imagery and spoke in euphemisms. This culture of outward coyness did, however, change as a result of Freud’s influence.

Several authors who had read Freud’s work wrote tales of nightmarish, monstrous bodies connected to zoomorphic hieroglyphs. From Algernon Blackwood and H. P. Lovecraft to H.D., writers responded to Freud’s interpretation of animal-headed gods and their written counterparts as entities that posed not only a psychological but a sexual threat: in their works, an interest in hieroglyphic characters or the animal-headed gods they represented – as this talk shows – can be seen to stand for dangerous and unnatural sexual impulses latent as part of a universal stratum deep within the psyche, inherited from antiquity.

Dr Eleanor Dobson is Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature at the University of Birmingham. Her doctoral thesis investigated the cultural exchanges between literature and Egyptology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including an analysis of the significance of the works of Sigmund Freud in these contexts. More broadly she is interested in the supernatural and the occult in literature and history across the past two hundred years.



INTRODUCING FREUD: Sexuality, Day course with Keith Barrett BA PhD

Freud Museum London

5th October 2019 | 10:00AM



Sexuality is at the centre of Freudian psychology.

When Jung suggested that that his work would meet with far less resistance from the medical profession and the public at large if he softened down the concept of libido so that it referred to a vague ‘life instinct’, rather than evoking thoughts of actual sex, Freud adamantly refused to do so, insisting that the truth about human beings could not be given up for the sake of mere social acceptance!

We will explore the ideas Freud saw as his most important contribution to human knowledge, reviewing all aspects of his theory of the key role of sexuality in the emotional development of the person from birth onwards, and asking the crucial question: Why Sex? That is, what were the factors leading Freud to make sexuality the cornerstone of his theory, and the chief focus of his work?

Sexuality day course outline.

This is the second of five Saturday courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. The course will be accessible to beginners – but is also designed for those already familiar with Freud’s work who wish to acquaint themselves with the results of the latest research and scholarship bearing upon it, and up-date themselves on the recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.



Museum Lates at the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

10th October 2019 | 5:00PM



Visit the Royal College of Physicians Museum after hours until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month. Explore exhibitions, art, medical objects and more than 500 years of history at England’s oldest medical college.

Discover collections, featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Dame Elisabeth Frink, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ designed by acclaimed architect Sir Denys Lasdun. See free temporary exhibitions from our award-winning team, and join a curator-led tour.

Free 30 minute exhibition tours start at 6pm, book online now to reserve your place.

For details of the changing monthly programme of drop-in activities, talks and workshops click here to check the Royal College of Physicians website

Highlights of any visit include:

  • priceless portraits and silver displayed throughout the building
  • medical rarities such as the Symons collection of self-care instruments and medical apparatus, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical tools from the era of the English Civil War
  • a remarkable set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • a changing programme of acclaimed temporary exhibitions

Forthcoming Museum Lates:

  • Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • Thursday 10 October 2019 (one week later than usual)
  • Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Thursday 5 December 2019



The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

10th October 2019 | 5:30PM



For World Mental Health Day Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award-winning writer, will take us on a journey into the psychiatric wards he once worked on. In conversation with nurse consultant and voice hearer Jonathon Slater, Nathan will share the stories of some extraordinary people on their experiences of living with the strange and misunderstood condition we call schizophrenia. Filer’s new book The Heartland (Faber, 2019) debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mad – and what it means to be human.

This talk will be live subtitled. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing. This event is hosted by the RCN Foundation, a charity that supports every member of the nursing team as they care for patients and improve the UK’s health and wellbeing.

Free event, but tickets should be booked in advance on the link below.

Accessibility

The 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. Assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have any other needs, please email us at rcn.library@rcn.org.uk and we will assist you wherever possible. Advertised start times are when the doors open. Talks usually begin 30 minutes later. Check back nearer the time for the full programme. Where possible, we film events and put them up online. Check our website for footage of past events.

View our Terms & Conditions for events here.



Freud and Egypt: Between Oedipus and the Sphinx

Freud Museum London

12th October 2019 | 10:00AM



An interdisciplinary conference

 12/10/2019 10-5pmEgypt played a prominent role in Freud’s personal life and writings. From his childhood encounter with the Phillipson Bible, through his psychobiography of Leonardo da Vinci (in which  the Egyptian goddess Mut becomes a key to the artist’s sexual and creative identity) to his final work Moses and Monotheism in which he makes the scandalous claim that Moses was not a Jew but an Egyptian. Accompanying the acclaimed exhibition at the Freud Museum, this conference explores the themes of  Egyptomania, sexuality, death and psychoanalysis.

Speakers
Miriam Leonard (UCL)
Introduction

Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)
Digging the Dirt: Freud’s archaeology and the lure of Egypt

Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)
Freud and Leonardo in Egypt

Phiroze Vasunia (UCL)
Egyptomania before Freud

Claus Jurman (Birmingham)
Egyptology in Vienna

Griselda Pollock (Leeds)
Freud’s Egyptian Moses, Mummies, Mothers and other Revenants: A Political-Cultural Reading

Joan Raphael Leff (Anna Freud Center)
Speculations on the pre-oedipal significance of Egypt for Freud.

Michael Eaton (Nottingham)
Discordant Diggers … When Freud did not meet Petrie.

A limited number of bursaries are available for NHS mental health service users and applicants on low incomes or UK benefits. The bursary tickets are £15. Please apply to Ivan Ward on ivan@freud.org.uk

NB. This conference will held at University College School Frognal London, NW3 6XH

 



Fighting for Recognition : The History of a Health Profession

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

17th October 2019 | 12:00AM



Join us for the launch of our new exhibition celebrating 100 years of nursing registration. Find out about the fiery characters who fought for nursing registration, view original nursing registers from the General Nursing Council (now Nursing and Midwifery Council) and trim your own hat to emulate a matron from 1919. Talks and displays will explore the very different histories of health and medical Royal Colleges, from midwifery to physiotherapy; anaesthesia to optometry. The talks will be live subtitled.

Free event, but tickets should be booked in advance on the link below.

Accessibility

The 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. Assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have any other needs, please email us at rcn.library@rcn.org.uk and we will assist you wherever possible. Advertised start times are when the doors open. Talks usually begin 30 minutes later. Check back nearer the time for the full programme. Where possible, we film events and put them up online. Check our website for footage of past events.  https://www.rcn.org.uk/library/exhibitions-and-events/previous-events

View our Terms & Conditions for events here.

 

 



The Transformation of Healthcare in Early Modern England

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

22nd October 2019 | 6:00PM


 

The Monckton Copeman lecture is being delivered by Patrick Wallis who has worked on the history of early modern medicine since his doctorate on the Society of Apothecaries in the 17th century.

The lecture and buffet is open to the public and members.



INTRODUCING FREUD: Dreams (and Self-Analysis)

Freud Museum London

26th October 2019 | 10:00AM



At one stage, Freud maintained that in order to practise as a psychoanalyst, the only qualification necessary was to have learned to interpret one’s own dreams.

This statement reflected the fact that he had embarked upon a self-analysis, during the year of mourning following his father’s death, by analysing his own dreams. He changed his mind on the training of future analysts later, but nevertheless, the centrality of dream interpretation to psychoanalysis has never been more clearly underlined.

The course will examine in detail Freud’s method of interpreting dreams, and the theory of dreams he proposed to support it. We will compare Freud’s method with other approaches to dream interpretation, discuss the role of dreams in psychotherapy, and review the latest findings of sleep science as they bear on Freud’s ideas. We will also explore Freud’s attempt to analyse himself.

Dreams (and Self-Analysis) day course outline.

This is the third of five Saturday courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. The course will be accessible to beginners – but is also designed for those already familiar with Freud’s work who wish to acquaint themselves with the results of the latest research and scholarship bearing upon it, and up-date themselves on the recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.



Museum & Theatre Open Day 26 October 2019

Langdon Down Museum

26th October 2019 | 10:00AM



The museum and theatre are open from 10am to 5pm.  

(Last entry 4.30pm)

Talk & tour 11am – 12.30pm: Historic European Theatres Day & Normansfield Theatre

Historic European Theatres Day (Friday 25 October) is celebrated annually. This event the following day on Saturday 26 October includes a talk about Normansfield Theatre and the European Route of Historic Theatres and Perspectiv – the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe.

The talk will be followed by a tour around the theatre including a viewing of the historic scenery collection.

Using our interactive touch screen you can view the catalogue of 150 items of scenery in storage that include beautiful backcloths, side flats, top borders and props. The visit will also show a short film about a recent project to re-photograph the scenery collection.

This talk is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.



Up Close and Medical

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

26th October 2019 | 2:00PM



Get Up Close and Medical with the London Museums of Health and Medicine!
Fascinated by the history of healthcare? Then join us for an afternoon extravaganza, bringing together a host of London’s medical museums and heritage organisations at this free drop-in event.
  • Handle objects relating to the history of medicine
  • Try your hand at surgical suturing
  • Insert a breathing tube into our long-suffering mannequin
  • Step back in time and use a Victorian pill machine
  • Test your hand hygiene with special GloGerm gel
  • See beautiful hand-coloured medical texts dating back to the 1400s
And much more!
Where: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (how to get here)
When: Saturday 26 October, 2pm – 5pm
All welcome, no booking required.
Please note there will be photography at this event.