Monthly Archives: March 2018

29 April: Carol Seigel, How Jewish was Sigmund Freud?

Sigmund Freud was born into a Jewish family, married the granddaughter of the Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, and suffered from antisemitism all his life, culminating in his flight from Nazi-occupied Vienna. Psychoanalysis was often referred to as the ‘Jewish science’. Yet Freud maintained a deep ambivalence to religion and to his own Jewish inheritance, and this has been the subject of much debate in recent years. This talk explores how being Jewish profoundly influenced Sigmund Freud, and his complex attitude towards his Jewish identity.

Carol Seigel has been Director of the Freud Museum London since 2009. She is a historian by training, and has worked in different London museums for over twenty years, including the Jewish Museum and the Museum of London.

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22 March: James Renton, Fanaticism and the Balfour Declaration: From Luther to the Great War

 Untitled sponsored by the University of Edinburgh & the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society

VENUE: Martin Hall, New College, Mound Place, EH1 2LX

TIME: Please note non-standard start: 5:30pm

The centenary of the Balfour Declaration coincided with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s initiation of his rebellion against the Papacy. James Renton will argue that these two events are not just connected by a coincidence of the calendar. Luther, he contends, began a political theological frame of thinking about fanaticism in reference to Jews, Christians and Muslims that was absolutely central to the publication of the Declaration four centuries later.

James Renton is Reader in History and Chair of the Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar at Edge Hill University. Currently he is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University in Florence. He is interested in the history of race, particularly antisemitism and Islamophobia, empire, and in the intellectual history of global politics. His first book was a new history of the Balfour Declaration: The Zionist Masquerade: The Birth of the Anglo-Zionist Alliance, 1914-1918 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is currently writing a monograph on the British imperial idea of the Middle East and its consequences.

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