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Wunderblock

03/06/2019 - 05/26/2019

open to public
Organizer: Freud Museum London
Venue: Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
NW3 5SX London
United Kingdom
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Wunderblock is an exhibition of new work by artist Emma Smith, drawing on original historical research into the post-war fascination with the infant mind.

This research, undertaken by the Hidden Persuaders Project at Birkbeck, University of London, examines ‘brainwashing’ during the Cold War. Smith’s exhibition particularly focuses on this history in relation to the child.

In the wake of World War II there was considerable anxiety about how children’s minds could be shaped or influenced to support fascism, communism or liberal democracy. A generation of children had also directly experienced the devastation of war, separation from their families, or life in institutions. Child psychoanalysis and psychiatry gained a prominent role and it was a time of great innovation and debate. However, observing and interpreting the developing mind, nurturing infant mental health, and supporting good parenting, also became powerful political issues. These were inextricably linked to the interests of the state, and aspirations for generating democratic citizens.

The mother’s close relationship with her newborn became a central preoccupation. The war years and the Nursery School Movement had helped enable women of all classes to work. Post-war research and debate offered conflicting messages, and put women under pressure to return to the home. Arguably, political interest in children’s care inside and outside the home was concerned as much with regulating populations, as with supporting the child and recognising their rights.

Smith’s exhibition turns some of this complex history of debate about nature and nurture, and about benign and malign influences over the child, on its head. Smith asks ‘What is the agency of the child?’, ‘What is innate to the infant and in what ways are they an ‘expert’?’; and, crucially: ‘To what extent does the baby or child influence their environment, and shape the adult’s world?’. Inspired by the rich material surrounding infant observation in psychoanalysis by practitioners such as Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Margaret Lowenfeld and Donald Winnicott, as well as the emergence of child-centred pedagogy and the anti-psychiatry movement, Wunderblock considers how we might engage with this history and meet the child from their own perspective.

III. Conference of an International Research Project on the History of Psychoanalysis in the Polish-German-Jewish Cultural Context

03/15/2019 - 03/17/2019

open to public
Organizer: PTPA - Polish Psychoanalytical Society
Venue: Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Mordechaja Anielewicza 6
00-157 Warsaw
Poland
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Return of The Repressed? Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of Totalitarianism in the 21st Century

The term “Return of the repressed“ refers to the tendency discovered by Freud to repeat the past that has not been worked through in the form of symptoms. We would like to ask the question if the “antiliberal turn“ in Poland and in other post-communist countries, also noticeable in Germany and in some West-European countries, could be treated as the symptom of the legacy of past century totalitarianism that has not been worked through? Or is it the expression of new regression to archaic fears and politically manipulated aggression towards the globalisation processes that cannot be integrated by the traditional democratic mechanisms?

Are the current crisis of liberal democracy and the breaking down of European project only temporary phenomena or do they have deeper roots in the socio-cultural transformations of our time?

Psychoanalysis as the heir of European Enlightenment preached the ideas of social and individual emancipation. The Freudian project consisted of three elements: ethics of self-knowledge, critical hermeneutics of culture and psychotherapy. But as the result of the development of psychoanalysis the therapeutic element became dominating.

We would like to ask the question about the critical potential of contemporary psychoanalysis. Does it offer the adequate cognitive means to understand the disturbing social phenomena? Could it become the critical theory and practice again?

Languages: Polish, English

Cooperation: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Pedagogical University, Cracow, International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, NPRH Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Polish Psychoanalytic Society, Warsaw, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Polin, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Scientific and Organisational Committee: Ewa Kobylinska-Dehe (IPU Berlin, IFiS PAN), Paweł Dybel (IFiS PAN, Warsaw, UP Cracow), Katarzyna Prot-Klinger (APS, Warsaw), Karolina Szymaniak (Wroclaw University), Ludger M. Hermanns (Karl Abraham Institut, Berlin), Ewa Głód (PTPa, Warsaw)



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