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Spindel 2012
Spindel Conference 2012

The 2012 Spindel speakers, who are working at the intersection of psychoanalysis, philosophy, comparative literature, political theory, religion, and science, have been invited to address not only the question of the future(s) of Freudian concepts but also how our future(s) will be shaped by Freudian psychoanalysis. Speakers will take up essential Freudian themes--dreams and drives, sexuality and fetish, cruelty and murder, as well as metapsychology--in insightful and innovative ways, revealing the continued relevance of Freud’s thought.

This intensive and focused conference will include seven sessions: two keynote lectures will be presented by Elissa Marder (Emory University) and Philippe Van Haute (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), four main sessions will highlight the work of Gil Anidjar (Columbia University), Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico), Tracy McNulty (Cornell University), and Paul Moyaert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), and a special session entitled “Sovereign Cruelty of Psychoanalysis” will feature Martin McQuillan and Simon Morgan Wortham (both from Kingston University London).

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Conference program

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The Conference Director wishes to thank the artist Valerio Adami for kindly granting us permission to use his "Sigmund Freud in Viaggio Verso Londra" (1973).
Keynote Sessions
Elissa Marder (Speaker)
Claire Katz (Moderator)

Philippe Van Haute (Speaker)
Pleshette DeArmitt (Moderator)

Special Session

Martin McQuillan (Speaker)
Simon Morgan Wortham (Speaker)
Angela Hunter (Moderator)

Main Sessions

Gil Anidjar (Speaker)
Emily Zakin (Respondent)
Jonathan Judaken(Moderator)

Adrian Johnston (Speaker)
Ed Pluth (Respondent)
Somogy Varga (Moderator)

Tracy McNulty (Speaker)
Steven Miller (Respondent)
Mary Beth Mader (Moderator)

Paul Moyaert (Speaker)
Jeffrey Bloechl (Respondent)
Elaine Miller (Moderator)
Conference Director
Pleshette DeArmitt
Conference Assistants
Chris Lucibella
Sarah Marshall
Desiree Ramacus-Bushnell
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