Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory. His books include Not Working: Why We Have to Stop (2019), The Private Life (2013) and How to Read Freud (2005). Josh’s forthcoming book, How to Live. What to Do, will be published later this year. He has written for The Guardian, New Statesman, FT and TLS and appeared on BBC Radio 4.


Prof Josh Cohen will also be appearing in the Gandel Philanthropy Schools Program




Spotlight on Josh Cohen

Professor Josh Cohen (UK) explores intersections between psychoanalysis, cultural theory and modern literature. His writing has been termed ‘beguiling’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘compassionate’. Josh’s manner speaks of the same qualities, as he listens deeply to the answers that reside in spaces too removed for most of us to hear. In conversation with Nicola Redhouse.

May 4, 2020

Professor Josh Cohen Keynote: Why We Have to Stop

Stopping is essential to the feeling of being alive. So argues Josh Cohen (UK) in his wonderfully engaging interrogation of our work-obsessed culture. Bringing his wit and intellect to the subject, Cohen looks to the company of philosophers, psychoanalysts and artists – Emily Dickinson, Sigmund Freud, Oscar Wilde, Orson Welles and more – in his attempt…

May 3, 2020

Fake It Till You Make It: Closing Night

Fake news, fake selves, fake living, authenticity, imposter syndrome. As a society we are obsessed with what is real and what is artifice. Stories have the ability to be an antidote, transcending these categories, but they might also lead us further into a fog of illusions. Fabulous playwright Elise Hearst will steer us through this…

May 7, 2020