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Vienna: Birthplace of Psychoanalysis, Modernism, and World War I

Birthplace of Psychoanalysis, Modernism and World War I 2:59

This seminar will explore the cultural history of psychoanalysis and its relation to Austrian history. It will feature weekly speakers who will lecture on topics as diverse as the history of communism in Vienna, the place of psychoanalysis in today's world, and the transformation of Austria from a world power into a small landlocked nation. 

GLS 318/ECS 328/EPS 338: Vienna: Birthplace of Psychoanalysis, Modernism and World War I
The Fish Benoist Family Global Seminar

May 31 to July 9, 2021​

Rubén Gallo, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor in Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain and professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Before 1918, Austria-Hungary was a world power that spread from the Mediterranean to Ukraine, and Vienna was one of the world capitals of art, culture and intellectual life. This seminar will offer an introduction to Viennese culture and history around the time of World War I by focusing on Freud’s work and on his relationship to modern culture, including literature, arts and politics. It explores the cultural history of psychoanalysis and its relation to Austrian history. In addition to regular class meetings with Gallo, students will enjoy will guest lectures on topics as diverse as the history of communism in Vienna, the place of psychoanalysis in today's world, and the transformation of Austria from a world power into a small landlocked nation that often has thought of itself as a new Switzerland — a neutral country and a buffer between East and West.

Gallo will teach the seminar remotely from Princeton and, conditions permitting, from Vienna for one week. Via Zoom, Gallo and his guests will lead students through a series of virtual visits: to the newly renovated Sigmund Freud Museum, to the Sigmund Freud University, to the University of Vienna; and to the city’s cultural institutions — the Opera, the Ringstraße, the theaters and the museums. 

Students will engage in virtual assignments with local (Vienna) specialists and using onsite materials. They will interview 6­–7 Viennese scholars who work on various aspects of psychoanalysis: e.g., the director of the Sigmund Freud Museum, two practicing analysts, a historian specializing in Freud studies, a museum curator. They also will work — remotely— with the collections of the Sigmund Freud Museum and choose an object (or book) to research during the duration of the seminar. Their research will combine printed sources with Zoom interviews with experts on the subject. 

One hour of daily instruction in German will also be required.

This seminar fulfills the Literature and Arts (LA) general requirement as well as a requirement for the certificates in European Politics and Society and in European Cultural Studies.

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