June Pilcher: Consciousness in Modern Society: Life in the Human Zoo

Lecture by June Pilcher in english

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 7 p.m.

Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien


Admission free, please register: office@freud-museum.at


The human brain is a fantastic biological machine. It provides us with many abilities including our every emotion, our thoughts about the nature of the universe, and our ability to do the rumba. It also gives us the desire to climb Mt. Everest 'because it is there,' the ability to think about quantum physics, and human consciousness.

Sigmund Freud is perhaps the most famous of the many philosophers and psychologists who have attempted to explain human consciousness. The effort continues today using a greater understanding of the mammal brain and particularly of the human brain. The purpose of the current presentation is to examine how the current theories about the human brain relate to earlier theories about the brain and mind and how our feelings of consciousness affect our ability to function in the world that we have created for ourselves – the human zoo.

Dr. June J. Pilcher is currently Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis for 2011-2012 at the Sigmund Freud Museum and at the University of Vienna. She earned her Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Chicago in 1989. She served as a research psychologist for three years in the US Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC before beginning her academic career at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Dr. Pilcher joined the faculty at Clemson University in August 2001. She was promoted to full professor in 2005 and was awarded an Alumni Distinguished Professorship in 2009. Dr. Pilcher’s research on the effects of stress and fatigue has been funded for over 15 years by several national agencies including the Federal Railroad Administration and the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland. Her other interests include teaching and training in a non-competitive, traditional martial art and rescuing ex-racing greyhounds. She has received numerous awards for her research and her work with students, including the Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry at Clemson University and being named as a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science in 2010.

An Event by the Sigmund Freud Foundation in cooperation with the Austrian-American Educational Commission



Freud, Adler, and the Second Viennese School


Freud, Adler, and the Second Viennese School:

Correlations and Collisions between Psychoanalysis and Music in Early 20th Century Vienna


Lecture in English 

Thursday, May 31, 2012, 8 p.m.

Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien


Free Admission, please register: office@freud-museum.at


Introduction: Dr. Christian Meyer, Director Arnold Schönberg Center



This lecture offers a re-consideration of the intersection of modern music and psychoanalysis in Vienna in the early decades of the 20th century.  While Sigmund Freud and the composer Arnold Schoenberg are often linked as epochal figures who profoundly shaped fin de siècle Vienna’s cultural and intellectual history, the actual connections between them—both manifest and latent—are seldom critically addressed.  Moreover, it is rarely noted that Alban Berg and Anton Webern—pupils of Schoenberg and influential modern composers in their own right—had direct and sustained contact, both personal and professional, with Freud and Alfred Adler before and after the First World War.  This was a period in which Vienna’s musical culture underwent a revolutionary transformation; in this lecture, it is argued that, in order to better understand this transformation, the hitherto aloof histories of modern music and psychoanalysis in early 20th century Vienna are in fact complimentary, with correlations that warrant closer examination.  



Dr. Alexander Carpenteris an associate professor of music at the University of Alberta, Augustana campus. A musicologist and music critic, his research interests include the music of Arnold Schoenberg, music and psychoanalysis, music and film, and popular music.  Dr. Carpenter’s research has been published in a number of scholarly journals, including Musical Quarterly, Studia Musicologica, Psychoanalysis and History, Popular Music and Society, Notes, and Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music.  He has been interviewed several times on Canada’s national radio service, the CBC, and on National Public Radio in the United States, on topics ranging from classical music to popular music and popular culture. 


an Event by the Sigmund Freud Foundation


When their world falls apart Working with post traumatic children and adults around the world.


When their world falls apart

Working with post traumatic children and adults around the world.

Lecture by Mooli Lahad

25. October 2011, 7 p.m.
Sigmund Freud Museum

Opening: Inge Scholz-Strasser (Sigmund Freud Museum)

Welcome Note: Daphne Frucht (WIZO)



In my lecture I'll describe the many faces of trauma of children and adults and the 30 years of experience working with them and with the education systems in various parts of the world following disasters. I will show examples of art work by children and will focus on the different manifestations of the problem among boys and girls Israeli Jewish and Arab children and their families.   Mooli Lahad

Prof Mooli Lahad is a senior Medical Psychologist and the President and founder of The Community Stress Prevention Center ,the oldest NGO in Israel that work with children, families and communities  post traumatic events. Prof Lahad has 2 PhDs a former consultant to UNICEF and NATO on civilians coping with disasters and Resiliency. The author and co-author of over 30 books and numerous articles and the recipient of 3 vey distinguished professional awards for his work . During the 2nd Lebanon war and post the war lead an extensive project with WIZO daycare centers and youth villages to help both children and adults recover from the war –trauma. His work lead him to Sri Lanka , Turkey, Mississippi , Japan and many other places post natural disasters. 



Close the Eyes

Special preview of the film by Natalie Zimmerman and Michael Wilson


Vienna between dreams and waking life


28. July 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Sigmund Freud Museum

Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna

free entrance, please register under veranstaltung@freud-museum.at

Film and discussion in English

A poetic and fragmentary portrait of Vienna, using dreams as points of entry/inquiry into contemporary cultural subjectivities.  The film weaves together disparate voices in an attempt to build a machine for social dreaming to awaken.

A live musical performance by Daniel Lercher (electronic acoustics) and Ingrid Schmoliner (voice) to follow the screening.


Zimmerman and Wilson have worked collaboratively since 1997. In 2009, they released their first feature-length film, Silhouette City—a cinematic essay exploring the contemporary history of Christian fascism in the United States.Through their collaborative entity, Social Satisfaction International, they have produced performance, new media, installation and photography for a wide range of international forums including the Miami International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Angelika Film Center (NY), Anthology Film Archive (NY), Cinema Politica Network (Canada), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), San Francisco Camerawork, Roxie Theater (SF), Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Mediaterra International Art and Technology Festival (Athens), The New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Russia Today Television (RT) and Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) have broadcast their hour-long film, American Crusaders and Silhouette City was featured and discussed on Press TV's Cinepolitics in November of 2008.

They have been recipients of numerous grants and fellowships from various institutions including: Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Yip Harburg Foundation, LEF Foundation, Eastman Foundation for Film, and Headlands Center for the Arts.

This production is made possible through a 2011 Fulbright fellowship awarded to Natalie Zimmerman by the Austrian-American Education Commission and co-sponsored by Museumsquartier/Quartier21.

Celebrating 40 years of Sigmund Freud Museum

40 years of Sigmund Freud Museum

Celebrating 40 years of Sigmund Freud Museum

15thJune 2011;  5-10 p.m.


Open house with ceremonial address by Otto Kernberg and entertainment programme

SigmundFreud Museum

Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna


On June 15th, 2011 the Sigmund Freud Museum celebrates its 40thbirthday. Under the presence of Anna Freud and federal chancellor Bruno Kreisky, Sigmund Freud’s former doctor’s office was opened as a public museum on June 15th, 1971.


On this occasion, the building in Berggasse 19 will be an open house on June 15th from 5 to 10 p.m. featuring a wide table of events. Otto Kernberg, psychoanalyst from New York will hold a ceremonial address moderated by Martin Engelberg. Reflections of Viennese psychoanalyst Felix de Mendelssohn will demonstrate the scientific perspectives of psychoanalytical thinking in Freud’s living- and working rooms in the 2nd half of the 20th century.


A video message by president Heinz Fischer as well as speeches by federal chancellor Werner Faymann, city councillor in charge of cultural affairs Andreas Mailath-Pokorny and other renowned personalities of political and scientific life will honour the importance of the museum for Vienna and Austria as well as for the international community.


The programme will feature a reading by Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz, a lecture-performance by Gerhard Naujoks as well as musical entertainment, making the house a stage for the artistic analysis of Sigmund Freud. The store front of Berggasse 19 will show the installation “The Wigmakers Visit” by Ann-Sofí Siden from the installation series “A View from Outside- Reloaded”.


Entrance is free; on that evening the museum will be opened for the public free of charge


Please register under veranstaltung@freud-museum.ator 01-319 15 96-12


Detailed programme:



17:15    Opening words by director Inge Scholz-Strasser

            Video message by president Heinz Fischer

            Speech by federal chancellor Werner Faymann

            Speech by city councillor in charge of cultural affairs Andreas Mailath-Pokorny

            Speech by member of the national council Katharina Cortolezis-Schlager

            Speech by Franz Kosyna (head of supervisory board, Sigmund Freud Foundation)

Speech by René Alfons Haiden (President Society of Friends of the friend of the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna)


18:30    Speech by borough mayor Martina Malyar


            Speech by Inge Scholz-Strasser

            Speech by Irene Chambers (Library of Congress, Washington D.C)

Speech by Moshe Zuckermann (Research Director, Sigmund Freud Foundation)

19:15    Introduction by Martin Engelberg

Ceremonial address by Otto Kernberg: “Some major contemporary Controversies within Psychoanalysis”

Famous Last Words by Felix de Mendelssohn (Advisory Committee, Sigmund Freud Foundation)




Reading of Sigmund Freud quotations and texts by Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz at the museum



Special guided tour of Anna Freud’s rooms by Roman Krivanek



Lecture-perfomance “Protocols of the Wednesday society” by Gerhard Naujoks and Lars Schmid at the museum

Trailer “A dangerous Method”(David Cronenberg)

Lounge Berggasse



Music: Trio from the Ensemble Scholem Alejchen: Yigal Altschuler, Isaak Loberan, and Hanna Melnik 


Princeton Talks EN

Princeton Talks

A Farewell to Arms: Joseph Roth's Radetsky March. Lecture in English by Marjorie Perloff in Cooperation with Princeton Global Seminar. Free admission. 1 July 2015, 7 p.m., Sigmund Freud Museum more ...

Princeton Talks EN

Princeton Talks

Politics and Madness. Lecture in English by Laure Murat in Cooperation with Princeton Global Seminar. Free admission. 7 July 2015, 7 p.m., Sigmund Freud Museum more ...

Princeton Talks EN

Princeton Talks

Towards a politics of re-veiling. Lecture in English by Gohar Homayounpour in Cooperation with Princeton Global Seminar. Free admission. 14 July 2015, 7 p.m., Sigmund Freud Museum more ...


Peter Kogler_Schauraum Berggasse 19


Brandt Junceau_Vandal EN


Sigalit Landau


Money and Soul

International Conference

Sigmund Freud Museum, October 15,2010


Friday, October 15, 2010, Sigmund Freud Museum

Panel 1, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Philosophy of money, Psychoanalysis of money (in English)

Moderator: Wolfgang Müller-Funk (Vienna University)

Alain Deneault (Université de Montréal): “Money as Cultural Preconscious. Crossed Lectures on Sigmund Freud und Georg Simmel“ Abstract and CV (PDF)

Noam Yuran (Tel Aviv University): “Money as Repression. Views from Psychoanalysis and Heterodox Economics“ Abstract and CV (PDF)

Marcel Drach(Université de Paris VII): „The Two Souls of Money“ Abstract and CV (PDF)

Lunch break


Panel 2, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.:  Credit, Credo, Crisis (in German)

Moderator: Helmut Berg

Thomas Oberlechner(Faculty for Psychology, Webster University Vienna) : „Investment Skill Confidence and the Financial Crisis: Contributions from Social and Economic Psychology“ Abstract and CV (PDF)

Thomas Druyen (Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität): „Mythen des Reichtums - Skizzen einer neuen Vermögenswissenschaft“ (Myths of Fortune – Outlines of a new Science of Ethical Wealth) Abstract and CV (PDF)

Carlo Strenger (Tel Aviv University):”’Just Do it!’ – Globaler Mythos und Seelische Realität” („Just Do it!” – Global Myth und Mental Reality) Abstract and CV (PDF)


Panel 3, from 6:30 p.m.:  Saving The Modern Soul (in English)

Discussion with Eva Illouz (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on her newest book Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help (2008) Abstract and CV (PDF)

Panelists: Felix de Mendelssohn (Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität Vienna); Simon Severino (Vienna Consulting Group)

Moderator: Noam Yuran


October 15, 2010, Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien

Registration: office@freud-museum.at




Philosophy and the Clinic of the Death Drive

Lecture in English

Lecture by Steven Millerin English

Sigmund Freud Museum, May 27,  7 p.m. 

Registration: office@freud-museum.at, 01-319 15 96-11

Philosophy and the Clinic of the Death Drive

Because of its speculative method, Beyond the Pleasure Principle is known as Freud’s most overtly philosophical work. The psychoanalyst’s reflections on life and death situate his work within the tradition of Empedocles, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche. However, an attentive reading of the text shows that Freud’s intention was not philosophical at all. The goal of his wandering meditations was not to establish a method to judge the legitimacy of human knowledge, but rather to assert that psychoanalysis can and must begin in the clinic. The death drive—which, for Freud, is exemplary of the drive in general—names the point where both analysand and analyst encounter something that remains radically unrepresentable; something that the analysand is incapable of articulating either to him- or herself or to others. And it is precisely at such a point that psychoanalysis discovers its object and most far-reaching vocation. In this sense, psychoanalysis is inherently anti-philosophical. Nonetheless, many philosophers have taken an interest in Freud’s theory precisely because of its rejection of the philosophical standpoint. Most of them simply reclaim Freud for philosophy by upholding his rejection of philosophy as the consummate philosophical act. In this respect, the work of Jacques Derrida is an exception. Rather than merely appropriating psychoanalytic concepts for philosophy, he considers that psychoanalysis is unintelligible—if not historically meaningless—if it is extracted from the limits that it sets upon itself. This lecture presents the way in which Derrida’s reading of Beyond the Pleasure Principle seeks to respect these limits to examine the consequences of this respect within Derrida’s approach to the politics of destruction.


Steven Miller is the 2010 Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis and teaches at the University of Vienna. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of English at State University of New York, Buffalo.



International Conference

From 25 to 27 March 2010 the Sigmund Freud Museum is hosting an interdisciplinary conference bringing together psychoanalysis and cultural studies in focusing on the transformation of contemporary family constellations.

The opening lecture will be held by the anthropologist John Borneman of Princeton University.

At the center of the three-day conference are the upheavals occurring in systems of familial relationship at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The transformation of the genealogical order and its psychical bonding force, which was a key stabilizing factor in modern social organization, can be seen in the growing equality of the sexes, the separation of sexuality and reproduction, the recognition of non-reproductive sexual orientations, the implementation of post-sexual reproductive technologies, and in the diversity of new ways of life. According to Freud, that order’s foundation was the incest taboo as the law of the father, whose internalization was central to heterosexual identity and to the patrilineal succession of generations. The disintegration of prohibiting authorities and the changing psychodynamics of the relationship between parents and offspring, adults and children, has led to a new definition of the difference between the generations, whereby roles, identifications and the borders of intimacy have been subjected to new evaluations.

The conference will illuminate this transformation from anthropological, ethnological, medical, sociological, psychoanalytic, religious and cultural perspectives, tracing theoretical displacements that have as yet received little attention and discussing its emancipatory side. Familial and social upheavals are also the theme of a film screening and reading that will end the conference.

Conception: Irene Berkel, scholar of religious and cultural studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna 

The keynote lecture on 25 March will be held by John Borneman, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University.



John W. Borneman, Princeton University

Karola Brede, Goethe-University Frankfurt

Wilhelm Brüggen, Berlin Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Johannes Huber, University of Vienna

Michi Knecht, Humboldt-University Berlin

Martin Treml, Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin

Conference Locations

Keynote Lecture on 25 March: Atrium of the Österreichische Beamtenversicherung ÖBV, Grillparzerstrasse 14, 1010 Vienna

Conference sessions on 26 and 27 March: Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna




Freud's Mexican Antiquities - Psychoanalysis and Human Sacrifice

Rube Gallo w Antiquities

Vortrag von Rubén Gallo (Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis)

in englischer Sprache

2.12.2009, 19 Uhr, Sigmund Freud Museum

Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis Rubén Gallo beschäftigt sich in seinem englischsprachigen Vortrag mit Freuds mexikanischen Antiken, eine davon ist im Sigmund Freud Museum zu sehen. Er beleuchtet dabei Freuds Verhältnis zu Süd- und Mittelamerikanischen Kulturen und stellt Fragen zum Aufbau von Sammlungen und dem Einfluss präkolumbianischer Kulturen aus Lateinamerika auf Freud und zeitgenössische Denker wie Walter Benjamin oder Georges Bataille.

Freud was an avid collector and over his life he acquired over 2,000 antiquities from around the world. In recent years the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian pieces in the collection have received much scholarly attention and have led to exhibitions and publications. But the collection also includes a handful of pieces from Latin America: a Peruvian Moche figure and two objects from pre-Columbian Mexico – one of which forms part of the permanent collection at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna. What do these objects tell us about Freud as collector of world cultures? How do they relate to the psychoanalytic theory of the development of civilization? What is their relation to the Mediterranean objects that make up the bulk of the collection? What do they tell us about the politics of collecting? Before his death in 2003, Edward Said published a little book, Freud and the non-European, on the question of how the Freudian worldview could account for non-European cultures. Following this line of thought, Rubén Gallo will use Freud’s Mexican antiquities as a point of departure to explore the psychoanalytic view of pre-Columbian Mexico – a culture that fascinated scholars of Freud’s generation, from Walter Benjamin to Georges Bataille.  

Rubén Gallo
ist Direktor des Studienprogramms für lateinamerikanische Studien an der Princeton University und Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis im Wintersemester 2009/2010.  Sein in Kürze erscheinendes Buch Freud’s Mexico: into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (MIT Press) ist eine Studie über Freuds Verbindungen zu Mexiko. Zu seinen weiteren englischsprachigen Publikationen zählen Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution(MIT, ausgezeichnet mit dem Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, 2005), New Tendencies in Mexican Art (Palgrave, 2004) und The Mexico City Reader(2004), das in Französisch und Spanisch übersetzt wurde.

Über Freud’s Mexico:
…a very different picture of Freud emerges from this book: a Freud who spoke Spanish, collected Mexican antiquities and Mexican books, had Mexican dreams, and corresponded with his Mexican disciples. Freud’s Mexico will lead readers into the wilds of psychoanalysis.

In Zusammenarbeit mit der Fulbright Commission und dem Insrituto Cervantes Viena