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F66 Secrets of the Soul: Dialogues on Mind, Art and Psychoanalysis Conference.

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F66 Secrets of the Soul: Dialogues on Mind, Art and Psychoanalysis Conference.
Date of Event
8th April 2017
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7th April 2017

Everybody has secrets.   Our own secrets can be a source of both pleasure and anxiety, while other people’s secrets often stimulate intense curiosity.  Freud invented psychoanalysis to help his patients tell their secrets, not only to their analyst, but primarily to themselves.  However, he soon realised that while the sharing of secrets can bring relief, they are not easily given up.  This one-day conference will bring together psychoanalysts, writers and artists to explore the use of psychoanalysis in our encounters with works of art and literature, which both invite and resist interpretation.  How might psychoanalysis enrich our understanding of the work, the artist’s creative process and our own reactions?  With the mystery of consciousness still unsolved, can art and fiction communicate aspects of the experience of having a human mind that both neuroscience and psychoanalysis fail to articulate? What can our experiences of art tell us about ourselves, and what do they reveal about the limits of what we can know?  Join us as we investigate.


Confirmed speakers include artist Tess Jaray, writer Sophie Hannah, psychoanalyst Ken Robinson, writer Catherine Hall, psychoanalyst Liz Allison, artist Garry Kennard and neuropsychologist and science writer Paul Broks.


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