Civilization and its Discontents: A Marathon Reading
The Centre for Creative and Critical Thought at the University of Sussex together with the Freud Museum London are pleased to announce a marathon reading of Sigmund Freud’s classic text, Civilization and its Discontents, at the Freud Museum on Sunday 14 June.
Civilization and Its Discontents, written in 1929, remains the definitive text on human destructiveness. As news of wars around the globe, appalling brutality, religious conflict and sexual violence continue unabated, the relevance of this work is undeniable. ‘Men are not gentle creatures’ Freud wrote, ‘but ...creatures whose instinct [is] aggressiveness.’
The event is free with an admission ticket to the Freud Museum. There are no tickets and audience members can come and go as they please. This is a staged reading and interactive performance.
The reading will last in all approximately four and a half hours. At the end, after the Museum closes, audience members are invited to stay for discussion and light refreshments.
This staged reading revisits a classic text in a modern context, a face-to-face encounter for those hungry to engage with serious and pertinent ideas. A successful similar event took place in New York in January, and this is the first European marathon reading. Readers will include well known psychoanalysts, academics, writers, artists and performers. A list of confirmed names will be added shortly.
“To read Civilization and its Discontents in 2015 is to bear witness to the deadly violence whose daily presence is all-too-familiar to us and imagine the conditions that might provide a loving counterweight to that violence.”
Simon Critchley, Philosopher.
Sara Jane Bailes, University of Sussex
Caroline Bainbridge, Roehampton University
Julia Borossa, Middlesex University
Peter Boxall, University of Sussex
Josh Cohen, Goldsmiths, University of London, psychoanalyst
Gerald Davidson, actor, researcher
Simon Glendinning, LSE, Philosopher
Anouchka Grose, psychoanalyst and author
Rachel Holmes, historian and author
Deborah Levy, novelist
Michael Molnar, researcher and former Director, Freud Museum London
David Morgan, consultant psychotherapist, psychoanalyst Bpas Bpa
Ankhi Mukherjee, University of Oxford
Cathy Naden, performer/writer
Dany Nobus, Brunel University London
Ruth Padel, poet
Jocelyn Pook, composer and musician
Eric Prenowitz, University of Leeds
Alan Read, King's College London
Caroline Rooney, University of Kent
Nicholas Royle, University of Sussex
Kalu Singh, author
Marquard Smith, Kingston University
David Williams, RHUL, writer, dramaturg
Timberlake Wertenbaker, playwright
Sarah Wood, University of Kent