The Uncanny: Art, Literature and the Clinic

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One day conference


The centenary of the publication of Sigmund Freud’s “The Uncanny” will be celebrated next year. In this fascinating work, Freud argued that aesthetics should not be understood only as a “theory of beauty” but also as a “theory of the qualities of feeling”. The papers in this conference will explore the particular qualities of feeling that belong to the uncanny: unsettling experiences, sentiments of disquiet and strangeness usually sudden and temporary; they involve the perception of something familiar as de-realised or something unknown and yet bizarrely familiar, recognisable in works of art and literature. In the clinical situation, the analyst’s capacity to identify such states of mind in the patient, or in themselves, and his/her own capacity to bear them, are seen as essential to making possible a powerfully transforming psychoanalytic process.

Cancellation policy: tickets are non-refundable from 10 November 2018

A buffet lunch is provided: please email with any dietary requirements

A limited number of concession tickets at £50 are available for students and IOPA Candidates: please email

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November 24th, 2018 9:30 AM   to   4:00 PM
Institute of Psychoanalysis
Byron House, 112A Shirland Road
London W9 2BT
United Kingdom

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Phone: 020 7563 5017
Phone: 020 7563 5016
Ticket £ 90.00
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Ticket £ 90.00