Freud once asserted that his intention was to re-interpret myths and stories as products of the inner world, and thus ‘transform metaphysics into metapsychology’. But had Wagner got there before him? By taking the mythic dimension and bringing it into the human realm, Wagner anticipated Freud in his depiction of unconscious processes of the mind, while Freud’s ‘science of the unconscious’ gives unprecedented insights into Wagner's monumental achievements. This conference is a result of the conviction that, like Freud, “Wagner was grappling ... with fundamental psychosexual issues that affect us all” (Barry Millington, 2013) and that a fruitful dialogue can exist between their two bodies of work.
Speakers: Anthony Cantle (psychoanalyst), Gavin Plumley (musicologist), Inge Wise (psychoanalyst), Tom Artin (writer), Bryan Magee (philosopher), Stephen Gee (psychotherapist), Estela Welldon (forensic psychotherapist), Stephen Gross (Jungian analyst)