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Freud, a century after Totem and Taboo

Anthropology, culture and cognition

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Publié le mercredi 13 mars 2013 par Elsa Zotian

Résumé

Although hardly avoiding intense criticism by anthropologists such as Boas and Malinowski, Freud’s theories did, however, have a profound impact upon anthropology, receiving an enthusiastic reception among Culture and Personality theorists during the middle decades of the 20th century. Leading anthropologists of this trend relied on Freud’s contributions to develop approaches based on the relationship between culture and personality, expanding their views on the importance of culture in personality formation, on the constitution of culture patterns and on the formulation of national character. One hundred years after the publication of Totem and Taboo (1913), this two-day seminar seeks to address the influence of Freud’s legacy in contemporary anthropological thought. It also aims to explore the new interface between the two disciplines, namely through the recent work produced on kinship and on the cognitive approaches to the study of religion.

Annonce

Presentation

In the book review on Edwin Wallace’s Freud and Anthropology, Joan Mark argued that no “scientific discipline outside his own gave Sigmund Freud’s ideas such long-sustained and critical attention as did anthropology. Conversely, no other social or behavioral science so affected Freud’s thinking over the course of his long career” (1984:444). This statement reveals the long-lasting dialogue between anthropology and psychoanalysis, drawing our attention to the development of suchrelationship over the last one hundred years. In fact, anthropology’s influence on Freud’s theories is clearly acknowledged in one of his most provoking works, Totem and Taboo. Published in 1913, Totem and Taboo reflected Freud’s incursions into anthropological knowledge, presenting arguments that were inspired by evolutionist proposals, such as Frazer’s writings on the notion of the totem and about taboo beliefs and practices.

The subtitle intrigued many anthropologists: Some points of agreement between the mental lives of savages and neurotics. Yet, what Freud suggested was a parallelism between individual and asocial forms of neurosis (as a subjective status) and certain “cultural products” such as taboos, animism and totemic beliefs. Thus, Freud showed how psychoanalysis could explain these phenomena and could be applied or implied in cultural formations as identification and defensive mechanisms.

Although hardly avoiding intense criticism by anthropologists such as Boas and Malinowski, Freud’s theories did, however, have a profound impact upon anthropology, receiving an enthusiastic reception among Culture and Personality theorists during the middle decades of the 20th century. Leading anthropologists of this trend relied on Freud’s contributions to develop approaches based on the relationship between culture and personality, expanding their views on the importance of culture in personality formation, on the constitution of culture patterns and on the formulation of national character.

One hundred years after the publication of Totem and Taboo (1913), this two-day seminar seeks to address the influence of Freud’s legacy in contemporary anthropological thought. It also aims to explore the new interface between the two disciplines, namely through the recent work produced on kinship and on the cognitive approaches to the study of religion.

The seminar intends to bring together anthropologists and scholars in related disciplines whose research focuses on anthropology, culture and cognition by presenting their work and byengaging in fruitful academic debate and possible future co-operation.

The seminar will include a keynote lecture, panel presentations (day one), and the screening movie of David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method by followed by a roundtable discussion (day two). An undergraduate student’s poster session will also be held during the seminar.

Organizer

Anthropology Department/ CAPP
School of Social and Political Sciences
Technical University of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

Venue: ISCSP, Lisbon

Program

March 13th

9.30 | Opening Session Auditorium 6, floor 0

  • Alice Donat Trindade (Vice-President of ISCSP-UTL)
  • Hermano Carmo (Chair of the Department of Anthropology – ISCSP-UTL)
  • Maria de Fátima Amante (Scientific Committee – ISCSP-UTL)

10.00 – 10.45 Auditorium 6, floor 0

Chair: Maria de Fátima Amante (ISCSP-UTL)

  • Professor Roland Littlewood (University College London)
    Freud, a century after Totem and Taboo

10.45 – 11.00 | Coffee Break

11.00 – 13.00 | Session 1: Freud and Anthropology

Auditorium 6, floor 0

Chair: Catarina Casanova (CAPP-ISCSP-UTL)

  • Fausto Robalo Amaro (CAPP-ISCSP-UTL)
    The incest taboo: a semiotic analysis of Freud´s Totem and Taboo
  • Manuela Harthley (Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicanálise)
    Totem and Taboo revisited
  • Diana Espirito Santo (CRIA-FCSH)
    ‘Being there’? Remarks on the ecological ‘turn’ in anthropology and its bearing on understandings of mind and culture
  • Diniz Cayolla Ribeiro (UP)
    Nietzsche and Freud on the genealogy of bad conscience
  • José Gabriel Pereira Bastos (CRIA-FCSH)
    Para uma releitura pós-freudiana de ‘Totem e Tabu’ no contexto de um projeto de Antropologia Teórica

13.00 | Lunch Break

14.00 – 16.00 | Session 2:  Culture, Language and Ritual

Auditorium 6, floor 0

Chair: Irene Rodrigues (ISCSP-UTL)

  • Mario Machaqueiro (FCSH-UNL)
  • João Carlos Silva (Jorge Peixinho High School, Montijo)
    Inside and outside: from dark caves to bright societies. Psychoanalytic reading of Plato’s Allegory
  • Mira Elif Dermirhan (Marmara University, Istanbul)
    A color naming study on Turkmen language
  • Ana Rita Veleda Oliveira (CES/FLUC – UC)
    Anna Segher’s writing and the ritualization of trauma
  • Gonçalo Veiga (ICS-UL)
    The evil eye: belief, cognition and causality

March 14th

14.00  – 15.45 | Film Session: A Dangerous Method (2011)

Auditorium 7, floor -1

15.45 – 16.00 | Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.15 | Round Table

Chair: Tânia Ganito

  • Luís Batalha (ISCSP-UTL)
  • Fausto Amaro (CAPP-ISCSP-UTL)
  • Marina Pignatelli (CAPP-ISCSP-UTL)
  • José Gabriel Pereira Bastos (CRIA-FCSH)

17.00 – 17.15 | Closing Session

Auditorium 7, floor -1

  • Filipa Fernandes (ISCSP-UTL)

Scientific Committee

  • Fausto Amaro
  • Hermano Carmo
  • Celeste Quintino
  • Luís Batalha
  • Catarina Casanova
  • Fátima Amante
  • Marina Pignatelli

Executive Committee

  • Catarina Casanova   
  • Filipa Fernandes  
  • Irene Rodrigues      
  • Maria de Fátima Amante
  • Marina Pignatelli Tânia Ganito

Lieux

  • ISCSP-UTL - Rua Almerindo Lessa
    Lisbonne, Portugal (1300-663)

Dates

  • jeudi 14 mars 2013
  • mercredi 13 mars 2013

Mots-clés

  • Freud, Totem and Taboo, anthropology, culture, legacy

Contacts

  • Anthropology, Culture and Cognition Freud, a century after Totem and Taboo
    courriel : totemandtaboo2013 [at] gmail [dot] com

Source de l'information

  • Marta Maia
    courriel : martamaia72 [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« Freud, a century after Totem and Taboo », Colloque, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 13 mars 2013, http://calenda.org/241740