spring 2012 friends lecture series



Art and Psychoanalysis: War in the Time of Peace

Psycho-analysis: War and the Law of the Mother

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

perspex unit containing mould of baby's hand and accompanying document
Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document: Documentation IV, Transitional Objects, Diary and Diagram, 1976. Detail. 1 of the 8 units. 8 units, 28 x 35.5 cm each. Perspex units, white card, plaster, cotton fabric. Collection, Zurich Museum. Courtesy the artist.

Speaker(s): Professor Juliet Mitchell (Research Forum / Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA Visiting Professor at The Courtauld; Director of PhD program in Psychoanalytic Studies, UCL; Mellon Visiting Research Scholar, Witswatersrand.S.A.)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

The lecture argues that we need to add a horizontal axis of lateral relations to the dominant vertical model deployed by Psychoanalysis and most social sciences. The vertical' Law of the Mother' prohibits killing between lateral siblings along the horizontal axis. An effect of this is the institution of war as legitimated killing as foundational of the gender differentiated social world. Legitimate killing is always twinned with illegitimate killing.






Juliet Mitchell
is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association and the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is also an Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, University of Cambridge where she is a Founder-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies. Among her widely translated books are: Women: the Longest Revolution, Psychoanalysis and Feminism, Mad Men and Medusas, Siblings, Sex and Violence.

This lecture series will complement the 2011-12 Research Forum/Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA on ‘Art and Psychoanalysis: Fifty Years of War in the Time of Peace, 1960-2010’, taught by Professor Mignon Nixon with Visiting Professor Juliet Mitchell (University College London Psychoanalysis Unit). The course is conceived as a dialogue between art and psychoanalysis on questions of war and war protest.  The lecture series will offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on art, psychoanalysis and war.

Supported by Friends of The Courtauld



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