Iconea Seminar: The Shofar-A Freudian Lacanian Approach

15 May 2013 - muzikologi

Wednesday 12 June 2013
17:00 – 18:30

Room G21A
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

*Free of charge, open to the public, no advance booking required*

The shofar is an instrument used in Jewish rituals, its purpose being to signal events of tremendous importance. Made of a ram’s horn, its manufacture process has remained unchanged for centuries.

From a study by Theodor Reik, an early collaborator of Sigmund Freud, I shall explore what further significations may be attached to this instrument and its sound, notably in relation to Freud’s approach to Totemism, and to Lacan’s category of The-Name-of-the-Father.

I shall then evaluate the consequences which can be drawn with regards to the world wide ubiquity of musical activities, and the contribution of musical practices to the construction of the social bond in the 20th and 21th centuries.

As a whole, I hope to demonstrate the usefulness of a methodology which uses an intersection between different disciplines, such as musicology, archao-musicology, anthropology, ethnology, semiotics and psychoanalysis.

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