Thursday 6 January 2011

Locked Up. 3. Schreber/Freud Centenary Symposium. Han Israëls, Zvi Lothane, Morton Schatzman conduct Inner Circle Seminar 164 (5 June 2011)

Daniel Paul Schreber

Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers

3. Schreber and Freud:
A Hundred Years of a Double Legacy

A Symposium for the Centenary of
Freud’s 1911 Case Study of
Daniel Paul Schreber’s
Memoirs of my Nervous Illness (1903)

Han Israëls
Zvi Lothane
Morton Schatzman


Inner Circle Seminar No. 164
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 5 June 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Judge Daniel Paul Schreber (25 July 1842 – 14 April 1911) is the most famous of all locked-up ‘psychotics’ and ‘mental patients’. This seminar marks the centenary of both Schreber’s death and Sigmund Freud’s 1911 case study of Schreber, the first of many reinterpretations of Schreber’s Memoirs of my Nervous Illness (1903). Schreber’s Memoirs, Freud’s case study, and other writings on Schreber, are said to be ‘paradigms’. But of what are they paradigms? Is the very concept of ‘paradigm’ in the ‘human sciences’ misleading? In today’s seminar, the world’s three leading Schreber experts discuss these questions, as well as why Schreber was locked up.

Han Israëls is author of Schreber: Father and Son (1989 [1980]).
Zvi Lothane is author of In Defence of Schreber: Soul Murder and Psychiatry (1992).
Morton Schatzman is author of Soul Murder: Persecution in the Family (1973).

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ (
Cost: Students £108, others £135, some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

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