Maudsley Lectures in Psychoanalysis | Dreams in the 21st Century: Royal Road or Road to Nowhere?

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Organised by:

British Psychoanalytical Society (incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

09 October 2023 - 04 December 2023

Time: 19:45 - 21:15

Price: Standard Online via Zoom £160.00 | Concession & NHS Staff Online via Zoom £120.00 | Standard In Person £160.00 | Concession & NHS Staff In Person £120.00

Location: online


Dreams in the 21st Century: Royal Road or Road to Nowhere?
“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to the unconscious activities of the mind.” (Freud, 1900).

Monday 9th October – 4th December 2023

7:45pm – 9:15pm

Hybrid event – In person at 10 Windsor Walk SE5 8BB and online via Zoom.

Psychoanalysis would not exist if Freud had not paid attention to both his patients’ dreams and his own. It was this investigation that enabled him to construct his radically new model of the mind. Should we still take dreams seriously, or are they a distraction? Are nightmares and traumatic dreams different from those that help us think? How do psychoanalysts today listen to dreams, and how are they used in modern clinical practice?

This series is open to everyone and will be of particular interest to clinicians working in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, nursing and other areas of mental health as well as those working in the arts and academia.

Chaired by Dr Rupert Nieboer, Dr Liz Allison & Dr Emma Staples Hotopf


9th October | Dreaming Up Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Discovery of the Unconscious – Dr Liz Allison

16th October | Ella Sharpe and the Language of Dreams – Prof Ken Robinson


30th October | Contemporary Developments in Understanding Dreams and Dreaming – Mrs Orna Hadary

6th November | The Horror in Dreams – Prof Rosine Perelberg

13th November | Trauma and Dreams – Dr Jo Stubley

20th November | The ‘Other Scene’: Dreams, Transference and the Analytic Situation – Prof David Tuckett

27th November | Melanie Klein and Dream Analysis: a Clinical View – Dr Christine English

4th December | Dreaming and Bearing Guilt – Mr Fakhry Davids

The full series and individual lectures are available to book. Registration for the full series will close at 6:45pm on Monday 9th October.

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