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Freud Memorial Lecture 2018- It’s Time to Put It Behind Us: A Psychoanalyti...

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University of Essex Colchester Campus

Essex Business School - Room EBS.2.2

Colchester, CO4 3SQ

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Speaker: Karl Figlio

Remembering and forgetting are recurring themes in clinical psychoanalysis, in society and in politics. Think of the demand to recognize and respond to charges of historical abuse. Victims insist that time does not erode the legitimacy and importance of bringing perpetrators to justice. They also feel that their dignity should be restored from the shame and indignity forced upon them. But their demand often comes up against the reply of the accused that they do not remember the alleged abuse. Here we have remembering and forgetting in both individual and social domains. Think also of recurring commemorations over the years, both private and public. The demand to remember people and events from years ago faces the exhortation that it is time to forget, whether as an individual or a society: time to put it all behind us and to ‘remember the future’. In a psychoanalytic framework, remembering can be reparative and healing, but can also be anti-reparative and destructive. This complex and often confused relationship between remembering and forgetting is the topic of this lecture, which is based on clinical and historical material.

Karl Figlio is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies and founding director of the former Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is a member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of the British Psychoanalytic Council and Clinical Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society, in private practice. He has published widely on psychoanalysis, both as a discipline and in relation to society. Recent work includes “The Mentality of Conviction: Feeling Certain and the Search for Truth”. In Hinshelwood, R. and Mintchev, N. (eds) The Feeling of Certainty. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017;

This event is free and open to all. Ample parking is available in our North Towers car park adjacent to the Essex Business School. In addition, Bonds (our food outlet serving the north side of campus) will remain open until 6pm on the day of this event.

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