Parkes Institute Seminar: Stephen Frosh on “Psychoanalytic Hauntings: The Case of The Dybbuk”

The Parkes Institute and University of Southampton are delighted to welcome Professor Stephen Frosh, who will be delivering his paper Psychoanalytic Hauntings: The Case of The Dybbuk” on Tuesday 5th March 2013 at 6.00pm, Avenue Campus.

Professor Frosh’s talk looks at the idea of forgiveness and redemption through S. An-sky’s famous play, The Dybbuk, and the classic film of it made in Poland in 1937. The play deals with spirit possession and ambiguously portrays it both as a revolt against an oppressive social order and an attempt to repair that order, which in an important way is failing to keep its promise to its subjects. The film, coming to us from the eve of the Holocaust, is not only a cinematic representation of possession and haunting; it is itself a haunted cultural artefact, full of the sounds and images of a destroyed culture and a murdered community. Despite this, and the pain it brings, it is a reconciliatory document in that it attests to certain tragic possibilities of forgiveness. The talk draws on this thinking to briefly explore some ideas of the messianic in social thought, the relationship between violence and reparation, and the temptation we seem all to be faced with of bringing the social order to chaos.

Professor Stephen Frosh

Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic (Palgrave, 2010), Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2005), For and Against Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2006), After Words (Palgrave, 2002) and The Politics of Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 1999). His most recent books are Feelings (Routledge, 2011), A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory (Palgrave, 2012) and Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmission (Palgrave, 2013).


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