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2009 Conferences > Does the mind still matter?

Global Freud Symposium

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All events are located in Dana Commons, 2nd Floor, Clark University. Campus map

Faculty and student scholars will engage in a symposium exploring Sigmund Freud’s insights and impact in a variety of cultural contexts. Keynote speaker Sander Gilman, director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University, will deliver a public lecture at 8 p.m. at Clark's Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts titled “Electrotherapy Then and Now: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Treatments in Psychiatry.” A cultural and literary historian, author and editor, Gilman is currently working on a biography of Freud.

The seminar is coordinated by Clark Professor Robert Tobin, Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures. Students taking Professor Tobin’s Global Freud course will participate in the seminar and share their research.


9 a.m.

Robert Tobin—Introduction
Tobin is Henry J. Leir Chair of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Clark University and author of “Warm Brothers: Queer Theory and the Age of Goethe” and “Doctor’s Orders: Goethe and Enlightenment Thought.”

9:15 a.m.

Veronika Fuechtner—Berlin Psychoanalytic: Modernism, Race and Psychoanalysis in Weimar Republic Germany
Fuechtner is associate professor of German, Dartmouth College, and author of “Berlin Psychoanalytic: Culture and Psychoanalysis inWeimar Republic Germany and Beyond.”

10:15 a.m.

Rubén Gallo—Freud and Stalin in Mexico
Gallo is associate professor of Spanish, Princeton University, and author of “Freud in Mexico: The Neuroses of Modernity.” In 2009-10, he is a Fulbright Scholar at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, Austria.

11:15 a.m.

Nicole Simek—Postcolonial Freud
Simek is assistant professor of French, Whitman College, and author of “Eating Well, Reading Well: Maryse Condé and the Ethics of Interpretation.”

1:30 p.m.

“Lacan” by Matt Malsky
Performed by QX: Krista Buckland Reisner, Rohan Gregory, Peter Sulski, Jan Müller-Szeraws.

“My Voice Will Go With You”
Directed by Karl Nussbaum. Sound by John Aylward.

2:30 p.m.

Wendy Larson—Freud and the Revolutionary Mind in China
Larson is professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and vice provost for Portland Programs, the University of Oregon, and author of “From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and the Revolutionary Spirit in 20th-Century China.”

3:30 p.m.

James Keith Vincent—Freud’s Disciples in Japan
Vincent is assistant professor of Japanese, Boston University, and editor of “Perversion and Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature and Culture.”

8:00 p.m.

President's Lecture—Sander Gilman
“Electrotherapy Then and Now: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Treatments in Psychiatry”
Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts
Open to the public

Sponsored by the Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures