War, Propaganda and Psychoanalysis: R Money-Kyrle

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The Melanie Klein Trust

10 February 2024

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Price: £25

Location: online


“Pockets full of dynamite” War, Propaganda and Psychoanalysis: Roger Money-Kyrle Revisited

Claudia Frank and Heinz Weiss in discussion with Daniel Pick.

Roger Money-Kyrle observed that, ‘we are like people who go about without knowing that their pockets are full of dynamite’ (1937). His alertness to the potential within the individual psyche to give rise to devastating social events was a constant thread through his thinking. Money-Kyrle lived through two catastrophically destructive wars, and over his career he wrote numerous papers about conflict, political power and the human urge for violence.

His writing emerged as much from his deep thinking about philosophy, ethics and politics as from his clinical practice; it remains a rich psychoanalytic exploration of both the individual’s inner life, and the ways in which the individual psyche relates to the broader sphere of human society.

Money-Kyrle was an analyst, a friend and a follower, of Melanie Klein. Having been somewhat overlooked in recent years, Money-Kyrle’s writing is in fact keenly relevant in the current world. This event is an opportunity to think about his ideas, against the background of the freshly published 3 volume German translation of his work by Heinz Weiss and Claudia Frank, including some papers not published in the English Collected Papers of Roger Money-Kyrle (1978).

This event will be linked to our following one on trauma with Joanne Stubley and Caroline Garland (2 March, more details to be announced soon), who have both written extensively on the topic.

About the speakers:

Claudia Frank is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Stuttgart, training analyst of the DPV and guest member of the BPAS. For many years she worked in the Department of Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the University of Tübingen. She has published widely in English and German on the theory, technique and history of Kleinian psychoanalysis, including Melanie Klein in Berlin (Routledge, 2009).

Heinz Weiss is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and member of the DPV and a guest member of the BPAS . For many years he was Head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Stuttgart; Head of the Medical Centre and member of the Board of Directors at the Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt a. M. He is currently Chair of the Education Section of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and author of many books and papers in English and German, most recently Trauma Guilt and Reparation (Routledge, 2020).

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst, historian, university teacher, writer and occasional broadcaster. He was Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is a training and supervising analyst of the BPAS, and author of several books on modern cultural history, psychoanalysis, and the history of the human sciences, including Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control (Profile/Wellcome Collection, 2022) and The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts (Oxford University Press, 2012).

The event will be chaired by David Taylor.

The proceeds of this event, and of the next one on trauma on 2 March will go to the Melanie Klein Trust’s ‘Help for Helpers’ project.

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