For this episode of Rendering Unconscious Podcast, we have Elisabeth Punzi, PhD presenting her work with Per Magnus Johansson, PhD on Freud and H.D. This paper “Psychoanalysis and the Freedom of Thought; Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) was originally presented at the conference Re-writing the Future: 100 Years of Esoteric Modernism and Psychoanalysis, at Schloss Pienzenau, Südtirol, on May 30, 2019. Another paper on the relationship between H.D. and Freud by Drs. Elisabeth Punzi and Per Magnus Johansson, “‘She is perfect’ – Nuancing Freud’s View of Femininity through Reading ‘Tribute to Freud’ with respect to mystical and religious themes,” can be found in Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019).

H.D’s works “Tribute to Freud” and “End to Torment” are both mentioned in this episode.

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Dr. Punzi is organizing a conference at Gothenburg University The Material and Immaterial Heritage of Psychiatry, June 11-12th, 2019, where both Dr. Johansson and Dr. Sinclair will be presenting.

Elisabeth Punzi is a licensed psychologist, PhD and a lecturer at the Department of Psychology at Gothenburg University (GU). She leads a project concerning heritage and health at the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, GU and teaches psychoanalytic theory, psychology of religion and qualitative research methods, and many other topics. Her research concerns clinical practice, critical psychology/psychiatry, the importance of expressive arts for health and recovery as well as Jewish identity, heritage and congregational life.

Per Magnus Johansson is a licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, PhD and Associate professor in the History of Ideas at the University of Gothenburg (GU). He teaches psychoanalytic theory, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and Foucauldian discourse analysis, and many other topics. He is also in private practice in Gothenburg. His research mainly concerns the history of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and psychiatry.

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, work, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more.

Rendering Unconscious is also a book! Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry published by Trapart Books, 2019. Visit  Book release party at Aeon Books, 151 E Broadway, Manhattan, June 15 @ 7pm. For more information visit

The song at the end of the episode is from “Wormhole Staircase” by Carl Abrahamsson (feat. Vanessa Sinclair) available on Abrahamsson’s new solo album O Time Thy Pyramids from Highbrow-Lowlife on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube & all major streaming platforms.

Music for intro and outro of Rendering Unconscious Podcast by Carl Abrahamsson.

Photo of the grounds at Schloss Pienzenau by Vanessa Sinclair