James Joyce’s Writing & Psychoanalysis – Conference November 2022

James Joyce’s Writing and Psychoanalysis

Conference on Lasting Relevance of Joyce’s Writing, Why Joyce’s Writing is Important to Psychoanalysis, and Links to the Contemporary Psyche

Date: 19 November 2022 – in person & by live stream

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland, UCD Newman House 85-86 Saint Stephen’s Green (Access through 85 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin D02 XY43)

Cost: From €64.91

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The conference is organised by the Freud Lacan institute in conjunction with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), and with the support of APPI, the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), and features a special live musical performance of The Seas Between.

Registration via Eventbrite (2 Ticket Types: In-Person and Live Stream)

Registration for in-person attendance will be on a first-come first-serve basis as the conference room accommodates a maximum of 60 people. Lunch and tea/coffee is included in the conference fee and will be served by the Commons Café at MoLI. Those unable to attend in person will have the opportunity to attend the conference via live streaming which will be managed by the MoLI Digital Curator.

Conference Description: The conference marks the centenary of the publication of Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses (1922), described as “the most dangerous book” and the “novel to end all novels.” The conference brings together psychoanalysts, academics, scholars, students, and all interested in the writing of Joyce and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice to explore the lasting importance of Joyce’s literature, how and why Joyce’s writing is important to psychoanalysis, and why the work of Joyce continues to both reflect and make a deep impression on the contemporary psyche. The conference takes place in the Old Physics Theatre and Saloon at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), the former home of University College Dublin and Joyce’s alma mater, and will offer a range of talks, panel presentations, discussions, debate, and live music performance. The conference will address the following themes:

  • Why Read Joyce: The Significance of Joyce’s Writing as Textual and Reading Practice?
  • Joyce’s Writing and its Relationship to Language
  • Joyce’s Symptom: Creativity, Inventiveness, and the Artist
  • The Role of the Senses and Sonority in Joyce and a Psychical Factor
  • Exile, the Foreign, and the Domain of the Unconscious