Freud and the Humanities

25 Nov 2016
Freud and the Humanities

Freud and the Humanities by Hans Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, NUI Galway. 5 p.m. 1st December ORB G27


CASiLaC Research Cluster on European Thought and Global Inspiration

Freud’s ‘decentering’ theory of the unconscious culminates in his formula that humans are not “masters in their own house”. As a critic of humanity’s anthropomorphic world-view Freud saw himself in a row with Copernicus and Darwin. Michel Foucault calls him a “founder of discursivity” as he had established an endless possibility of discourses. In his writings Freud presents a new model of the human psyche, a cultural theory, and a revolutionary approach to the therapy of neurotic disorders. However, in the field of the humanities a new method of interpretation was more relevant than anything else. Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams became the paradigm of a hermeneutic theory which allows to reveal the unconscious significance of texts and all sorts of cultural artefacts.

Hans Walter Schmidt-Hannisa is Professor of German at NUI Galway. He has largely published on literary and cultural theory and is an eminent expert on Sigmund Freud’s hermeneutics of dreams.


Thursday 1st December 2016, 5pm

CACSSS Mary Ryan Seminar Room, ORB G27


School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Teangacha, Litríochtaí agus Cultúir

College Road, Cork