Maudsley Lectures in Psychoanalysis | Dreams in the 21st Century: Royal Road or Road to Nowhere?

The Autumn 2023 series of The Maudsley Lectures in Psychoanalysis

Dreams in the 21st Century: Royal Road or Road to Nowhere?

“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to the unconscious activities of the mind.” (Freud, 1900).

Monday 9th October - 4th December 2023

7:45pm - 9:15pm

Hybrid event - In person at 10 Windsor Walk SE5 8BB and online via Zoom.

This series will be recorded and available to watch for 1 week to all registered participants.

Psychoanalysis would not exist if Freud had not paid attention to both his patients’ dreams and his own. It was this investigation that enabled him to construct his radically new model of the mind. Should we still take dreams seriously, or are they a distraction? Are nightmares and traumatic dreams different from those that help us think? How do psychoanalysts today listen to dreams, and how are they used in modern clinical practice?

This series is open to everyone and will be of particular interest to clinicians working in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, nursing and other areas of mental health as well as those working in the arts and academia.

Chaired by Dr Rupert Nieboer, Dr Liz Allison & Dr Emma Staples Hotopf

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes - The sleep of reason produces monsters (No. 43), from Los Caprichos - Google Art Project

To book individual lectures, please click the link to the lecture below (all lectures will be recorded):


30th October | Contemporary Developments in Understanding Dreams and Dreaming - Mrs Orna Hadary

6th November | The Horror in Dreams - Prof Rosine Perelberg

13th November | Trauma and Dreams - Dr Jo Stubley

20th November | The ‘Other Scene': Dreams, Transference and the Analytic Situation - Prof David Tuckett

27th November | Melanie Klein and Dream Analysis: a Clinical View - Dr Christine English

4th December | Dreaming and Bearing Guilt - Mr Fakhry Davids



9th October | Dreaming Up Psychoanalysis: Freud's Discovery of the Unconscious - Dr Liz Allison

16th October | Ella Sharpe and the Language of Dreams - Prof Ken Robinson

The full series and individual lectures are available to book. Registration for the full series will close at 6:45pm on Monday 9th October. 

Concession tickets available for students, trainees and those on low income. Please email if you are unsure if you qualify for a concession ticket.

REFUND POLICY: Tickets are fully refundable until 14 days before the lecture, after which time no refunds will be issued. For full series bookings, tickets are fully refundable 14 days before the first lecture in the series.

Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not represent the views or opinions of the Institute, event organisers or other speakers. We expect delegates to respect the confidentiality of clinical material discussed in our events. The content must not be recorded, conveyed or disseminated in any format and participants must not share access to the event with non-registered participants.


October 9th, 2023 7:45 PM through December 4th, 2023 9:15 PM
Hybrid Event
Online via Zoom
& in person at 10 Windsor Walk SE5 8BB
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard Online via Zoom £ 160.00
Concession & NHS Staff Online via Zoom £ 120.00
If selected, only members with the status New, Current or Grace and those that have a website account will be able to register for this event.
Standard Online via Zoom £ 160.00
Concession & NHS Staff Online via Zoom £ 120.00