'Confronting the Present in the Past: German-Jewish Exiles in London 1933-1950'

Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University

Mon 11 - Thurs 14 May 2009, 5.15pm daily; preceded by the Community Sherman Lecture May 10.

Venue: Arts Lecture Theatre of the Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester (Building 67 on Campus Map)

Community Lecture: Sunday 10th May 2009'Albert Einstein's Violin: Jews, Music and Modern Life'

Sander L. Gilman will explore why Jews were so prominent in the world of high music a hundred years ago and how high culture became a tool for integrating into European society. The question about what 'Jewish music' could be was hotly debated, even shaping early Zionist thought and notions about the future State of Israel. Gilman's illustrated talk will connect the passionate violin performances of one of the most legendary Jewish exiles, Albert Einstein, with the role of minorities in our contemporary classical music scene.

1. Monday 11th May 2009'Freuds: Sigmund and Anna Confront the Present in the Past'

Looking at Sigmund Freud's celebrity arrival in London, we can begin to sense the contours of an exile response to British society in the 1930s, with its complexity distorted by the sense of refuge given to the exiles.  Anna's response is quite different than her father's - as it mirrors her experience of the war.


2. Tuesday 12th April 2009: 'Anti-Freud: Elias Canetti and the Jews'

Elias Canetti's seeing the Past in the Present is mirrored in the reception that his novel Auto-de-Fe, published in Vienna, has in the UK and Canetti's own struggle with the culture of England, including that of the exiles, and what it came to mean to be a Jew in a London seemingly obsessed with Sigmund Freud.  

3. Wednesday 13th April 2009'Learning to See: Ernst Kris, E. H. Gombrich and Edgar Wind Confront the Present in the Past'

Ernst Kris and E. H. Gombrich come to England and create a new art history that sees the past in the present in its attempt to provide an overarching theory of art and politics.  Humor plays a major role in their initial use of psychoanalysis to provide a theory of seeing.

4. Thursday 14th April 2009'After the Shoah: H. G. Adler - From Terezin to London'

After 1945 the new exiles such as H.G. Adler arrive in London from their experiences in the concentration and death camps.  They react to the exiles already present in British culture.  Their experiences come to be absorbed in the creative life of the child exiles who had come much earlier and whose creative lives extend into the present.


Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, where he is the Director of the Program in Psychoanalysis and the Health Sciences Humanities Initiative. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of eighty books. His Oxford lectures Multiculturalism and the Jews appeared in 2006; his most recent edited volume, Diets and Dieting: A Cultural Encyclopediaappeared in 2007. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane(John Wiley and Sons, 1982, reprinted 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in North America, South Africa, the United Kingdom (including the Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature at Oxford University), Germany, and New Zealand. He was president of the Modern Language Association in 1995. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) at the University of Toronto in 1997, elected an honorary professor of the Free University in Berlin (2000), and an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2007).