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“The Double has become a thing of terrors just as, after the collapse of their religion, the gods turned into demons.”

Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny



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Join keynote speakers Maria Takolander, Peter Arnds and David McCooey to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Freud’s The Uncanny.


“When all is said and done” Freud argued, “all those themes of the uncanny which are most prominent are all concerned with the double”.

As part of this symposium, papers, presentations, and performances will explore the uncanny and its contemporary doubles, answering the following questions:

  • What new forms of terror come to us in the form of the double?
  • Can new figurations of the double procreating on screen and text be illuminated through Freud’s thesis?
  • What light can The Uncanny shed on the tyranny of sameness, narcissism and other doublings of the ego manifest in contemporary rhetorics of populism and nationalism?
  • How are contemporary artists and writers deploying the double to illuminate contemporary nightmares?
  • How might double readings and double meanings keep open the strangeness of everyday life?


David McCooey is a Professor of Writing and Literature at Deakin University. His poetry has been widely anthologised, and his poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for six major literary awards. McCooey is also a musician and composer. His latest album, The Apartment (with words by Paul Hetherington), was released as a digital download in 2018.

Professor Peter Arnds has been Head of the German Department and also of the Italian Department and the Director of Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently working on a large research project in the Environmental Humanities, a study of wolves and how their perception in cultural history impacts xenophobia and discourses of migration.

Maria Takolander is a prize-winning fiction writer and the author of The Double (and Other Stories) (Text, 2013). She is an Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. Her poetry books include Ghostly Subjects (Salt, 2009) and The End of the World (Giramondo, 2014).


Image "Family Portrait" © Jennifer Rutherford

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