Cherchez la femme
Chair: Rachel Lasserson
Lisa Appignanesi, Stephen Frosh, Eva Hoffman and John Launer discuss how sex became a scandal, not only in the so-called “dangerous method”, psychoanalysis, but also beyond the consulting room. Early 20th century Europe was a cauldron of fertile ideas, Victorian repression, antisemitism and illicit liaisons. John Launer’s Sex versus Survival: the Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein recounts how sex and Jewishness (and Jewish sex) became a battleground between Freud and Jung. Cultural commentator Rachel Lasserson will do her best to keep this conversation within acceptable limits.
Lisa Appignanesi is a prize-winning author and cultural commentator. A visiting professor at King’s College London, she is a former president of British PEN and chair of the Freud Museum. Her new novel is Trials of Passion.
Stephen Frosh is Professor of Psychology and Pro-Vice-Master of Birkbeck College, London. His academic interests are in the applications of psychoanalysis to social issues, such as gender, culture and race on which he has written many books.
Eva Hoffman is an internationally renowned writer and academic. Born in Kraków, Poland, she emigrated to Canada in 1959. Her books, which are translated into many languages, include Lost in Translation, Exit into History and Time.
John Launer is a doctor, family therapist, educator and award-winning writer. He is an honorary lifetime consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, and an honorary senior lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London.
Rachel Lasserson founded the Anglo-Brazilian Shakespeare Forum, directed plays and taught physical theatre in England and Brazil. From 2007 to 2013 she was editor of The Jewish Quarterly.
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