Psychoanalysis and the Health Humanities (Previous Staff-Led Events)


Anna Freud Centre, 12 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SU

An increasing number of students in the humanities are interested in the methods and assumptions of the medical humanities. The aim of this workshop is to gather experts from a variety of humanities disciplines (Literary Studies, Classics, History, Philosophy) in which psychoanalysis might serve as a bridge to a medical or health-related theme. The workshop will be open to up to 60 students at LAHP institutions. Registrants are required to attend the whole day. 

9 to 9:15 welcome and registration

9:15 Brett Kahr (Trustee, Freud Museum), Freud and the Humanities;

10:15 Neil Vickers (King’s College London; English and Centre for the Humanities and Health), How Winnicott’s concept of ‘holding’ might illuminate illness experience.

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Armand D’Angour (Oxford, Classics), ‘Asclepius and Hippocrates: classical Greek notions of mental illness and their psychoanalytic implications’

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Tour of the Freud Museum and its archives

13.45 Sarah Richmond (UCL, Philosophy), Psychoanalysis, philosophy and the health humanities

14.45 Barbara Taylor (QMUL, Taylor), Psychoanalysis, history and the health humanities

15.45 Tea break

16:00 Mi-Kyung Yi (Paris Diderot, Department of Psychoanalytic Studies), closing plenary: ‘A stranger in my body: femininity and alterity in the experience of illness´

This event is being organised by Neil Vickers of the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London and Brett Kahr of the Freud Museum, in collaboration with Mi-Kyung Yi of the Department of Psychoanalytic Studies at Paris Diderot.

For further information about the event, please contact

To register for the event please send an email to James Rakoczi at

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