Book Discussion: Cold War Freud

Dagmar Herzog (The Graduate Center), author of Cold War Freud, in conversation with Gary Wilder (The Graduate Center), Judith Surkis (Rutgers University), and Zahid R. Chaudhary (Princeton University).

Monday, November 13, 4.30-6.30pm
ooms 9204/9205

In Cold War Freud Dagmar Herzog uncovers the astonishing array of concepts of human selfhood which circulated across the globe in the aftermath of World War II. Against the backdrop of Nazism and the Holocaust, the sexual revolution, feminism, gay rights, and anticolonial and antiwar activism, she charts the heated battles which raged over Freud’s legacy. From the postwar US to Europe and Latin America, she reveals how competing theories of desire, anxiety, aggression, guilt, trauma and pleasure emerged and were then transformed to serve both conservative and subversive ends in a fundamental rethinking of the very nature of the human self and its motivations. Her findings shed new light on psychoanalysis’ enduring contribution to the enigma of the relationship between nature and culture, and the ways in which social contexts enter into and shape the innermost recesses of individual psyches.


Book Discussion: Cold War Freud
Date: November 13, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Room 9204, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Address: 365 5th Ave. , New York 10016 (View Map)