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).