spring 2012 friends lecture series

Art and Psychoanalysis: War in the Time of Peace

Charlotte Salomon – Painting Against The Dark

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

17.00 - 18.30 (Note timing), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

girls walking, girls in blue swimsuits drawing, girls in blue pinafores drawing
Charlotte Salomon, Life? or Theatre?, 1940-42. Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. © Charlotte Salomon Foundation

Speaker(s): Professor Jacqueline Rose FBA (Professor of English, Queen Mary, University of London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

The German Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon is renowned for her extraordinary work Life? or Theatre? which she created under the shadow of Nazism, in exile in the South of France between 1940 and 1942.  The period it covers runs from the First to the Second World War cutting across the years which separate them, presenting a challenge to the seeming lull in the violence of European nation states in the twentieth century. In this lecture Jacqueline Rose will argue that Salomon’s work offers an aesthetic and ethical response to the threat of totalitarianism, navigating a unique path between private and public terror.

Jacqueline Rose is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and more recently on the politics and ideology of Israel-Palestine.  Her books include, Feminine Sexuality – Jacques Lacan and the école freudienne, which she co-edited with Juliet Mitchell and translated, Sexuality in the Field of Vision (Verso Radical Thinkers), The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, States of Fantasy (the Oxford Clarendon lectures), On Not Being Able to Sleep – Psychoanalysis and the Modern World, The Question of Zion (the Christian Gauss seminars), The Last Resistance and the novel Albertine. Conversations with Jacqueline Rose came out in 2010, The Jacqueline Rose Reader in 2011, and Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East has just been published. A regular writer for The London Review of Books, Jacqueline Rose also wrote and presented the 2002 Channel 4 TV Documentary, Dangerous Liaison – Israel and the United States.  She is a co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the UK and a Fellow of the British Academy, and teaches at Queen Mary University of London.

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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