The Family Romance — Symbolic Structures or New Forms?

Conference in German and English


In cooperation with the Freud Research Group


Friday, 15 February 2019, 14:30 – 20:30, Sigmund Freud Museum

Admission free, please register below until 13 February
Family is not a natural phenomenon but a historically evolved creation that people interpret and live, suffer and preserve in very different ways. In recent decades we have observed an extraordinarily profound transformation of family structures and the concept of kinship in the industrial nations: people are increasingly living family and kinship beyond the middle-class heteronormative model of the nuclear family with its triad of father, mother and child.

On the basis of Freud’s writings and assumptions, the conference explores psychoanalytic theory concerning the concept of family. What potential does Freud’s thought have for a timely theory of current family forms?

With lectures by Ernst Falzeder, Philippe van Haute, Susann Heenen-Wolff, Mai Wegener and Herman Westerink. Afterwards, we cordially invite you to the Farewell for the "Old" Sigmund Freud Museum.

Programme (PDF for download):

14:30 – 15:45
Welcome by Daniela Finzi and Herman Westerink (in German)
Herman Westerink und Philippe van Haute: “Family Romance and the Oedipalization of Freudian Psychoanalysis” (in English)
Moderated by Claire Nioche-Sibony
16:00 – 17:00
Mai Wegener: “The Family as a Romance” (in German)
Moderated by Daniela Finzi
17:00 – 18:00
Susann Heenen-Wolff: “‘It is a convention among us analysts that none of us need feel ashamed of his own bit of neurosis’. Happy and Eventful Times at Berggasse” (in German)
Moderated by Barbara Zach
18:00 – 19:00
19:00 – 20:30
Welcome by director Monika Pessler and beginning of the Farewell for the “Old” Sigmund Freud Museum (in German)
Ernst Falzeder: “Sigmund Freud and His Families in Vienna” (in German)
Moderated by Christine Diercks
Image: Filmstill Sigmund Freud Museum 2020 © Stefanie Hilgarth / Wolfgang Haas, CastYourArt
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