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Lecture by Uffa Jensen (MPI for Human Development, Berlin): "Do Emotions Travel? The Global History of Psychoanalysis in Berlin, London, and Calcutta 1910-1940"

20. Mai 2014 19:00 Uhr bis 21:00 Uhr
Veranstalter:  RA C "Knowledge Systems" and Interdisciplinary Research Group MC11.2 “Melancholy”

Dr. Uffa Jensen - MPI Berlin: "Do Emotions Travel? The Global History of Psychoanalysis in Berlin, London, and Calcutta 1910-1940"

Abstract:

"In the early 20th century, psychoanalysis became quickly globalized. In contrast to many assumptions that psychoanalysis defines western modernity, this development was not restricted to the 'West'. In 1922, the first non-Western psychoanalytical society was inaugurated in Calcutta, India. By combining the Bengali case with the study of Berlin and London - two more conventional sites in the literature -, the project proposes a global history of psychoanalysis which challenges firmly established notions in the historiography. The processes of transnational transfer and local adaptation, which this project will address, had an effect not just on different dimensions of psychoanalytical knowledge, but also on a particular set of therapeutic practices. The therapeutic aspect highlights the everyday dimension, which psychoanalytical knowledge had for patients in different parts of the world. With the emphasis on practices, the project thus departs from the emerging literature on a global intellectual history. At the same time, it raises questions about an emotional history, because psychoanalysis - in Calcutta as much as in Berlin or London - needs to be understood as emotional knowledge and as an emotional technique. Therefore, it is necessary not just to ask about knowledge transfers, but also about traveling emotions."

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