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Sex, Psychoanalysis and the Private Life: 17th November

  • the Society Club 12 Ingestre Pl London, W1F 0JF United Kingdom (map)

Your privacy is under attack, some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. Granta returns to The Society Club with Josh Cohen in Conversation with Devorah Baum to discuss sex, psychoanalysis and the private life.

Josh Cohen, author of THE PRIVATE LIFE, and Deborah Baum discuss the recent attack on privacy, through psychoanalytic theories on sexuality and selfhood, drawing on topical news stories from the leaking of nude photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna through to those who choose to share their private lives.

Following the recent leak of celebrity nude photos, privacy has become increasingly under threat. Our most private selves are stolen and revealed by hackers and shared with strangers on social media – no part of our life is protected from exposure. But what exactly are we searching for and what are we hiding?

Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths, a psychoanalyst in private practice and author of The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark. He is the author of books and articles on modern literature, cultural theory and psychoanalysis, including How to Read Freud (Granta, 2005).

Devorah Baum is a lecturer in English at the University of Southampton and conducted her doctoral research at King’s College London. She is currently undertaking research on the side-effects of the ‘Information Age’, examining the ways in which Knowledge is variously used as a defence, refuge and inoculation against the anxiety of uncertainty and not Knowing.

Books are available on the night.

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