Omnia El Shakry: Psychoanalysis and the Imaginary – Translating Freud in Postcolonial Egypt

On 11th and 12th April 2019, the workshop “Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East” took place in Berlin. It was organized by Edna Bonhomme, Shehab Ismail, (both MPIWG) and Lamia Moghnieh (American University Beirut, EUME) in cooperation with Europe in the Middle East—Middle East in Europe (EUME) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG). The participants examined the history and politics of medicine and psychiatry in the Middle East from the 1800s until the contemporary period. Please find more information here.

Omnia El Shakry gave the keynote lecture of the workshop, entitled “Psychoanalysis and the Imaginary: Translating Freud in Postcolonial Egypt.” An audio recording of her talk is now available on our Soundcloud channel:

Omnia El Shakry is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses the intellectual and cultural history of the modern Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the history of the human and religious sciences in modern Egypt. El Shakry’s latest book, The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), traces the development of psychoanalysis and discourses of subjectivity in postwar Egypt as part of the transregional history of ideas of the self and the unconscious.



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