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Psychoanalysis and the Dialectic of Enlightenment

Date:14 March 2006 to
15 March 2006
Location:Green Room, Trent Park Campus, Middlesex University, London N14

This is the 4th annual research event on Philosophy and Psychoanalysis involving collaboration between the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy and the Centre for Psychoanalysis and Philosophical Anthropology, Radboud University, Nijmegen/ University of Leuven.

This conference aims to clarify the place of psychoanalysis within the Enlightenment tradition today, via a consideration of the role of psychoanalytical theory in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), associated texts in Frankfurt Critical Theory, and related critical materials on philosophy and psychoanalysis. The phrase ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment’ is thus understood here in a dual sense: (i) with reference to Horkheimer and Adorno’s classic text, which first outlined the philosophical dynamics by which the process of Enlightenment ‘turns against itself’; (ii) as a more general philosophical problematic that includes, centrally, the contribution of psychoanalysis to the development of a form of Enlightenment that is self-reflective about certain of its own self-negating dynamics. It is the status and implications of psychoanalytical reflections on the self-destructive aspect of enlightenment reason that is at stake.

Speakers

International Speakers

Prof. Vladimir Safatle , Professor of Philosophy, University of São Paulo, Brazil [author of The Passion of the Negative: Lacan and Negative Dialectic, Unesp, 2005]
Paper: ‘Mirrors Without Images: Mimesis and Recognition in Adorno and Lacan’

Dr. Cecilia Sjöholm, Associate Professor in Comparative Literature, Södertörn University College, Stockholm . [Author of The Antigone Complex: Ethics and the Invention of Feminine Desire, Stanford University Press, 2004, and Kristeva and the Political, Routledge, 2005.]
Paper: ‘Enlightenment and the Creation of Female Desire’

Prof. Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, NY. [Author of Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis, Knopf, 2004.]
Paper: ‘Psychoanalysis, Enlightenment and the Spirit of Capitalism’

Centre for Psychoanalysis and Philosophical Anthropology, Nijmegen/Leuven

Dr. Tinneke Beeckman, Postdoctoral Research, Free University of Brussels. [Author of The Enlightened Animal, forthcoming.]
Paper: ‘Freud’s Enlightened Animal’

Dr. Andreas Block, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Philosophy, Radboud University, Nijmegen.
Paper: 'The Happy Hooker: Benjamin and Freud on Fetishism and Boredom'

Dr. Tomas Geyskens,Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University Leuven.
Paper: 'Two Models of Psychic Conflict'

Stephan Symons, Research Student, Catholic University Leuven.
Paper: 'The Happy Hooker: Benjamin and Freud on Fetishism and Boredom'

CRMEP

Dr. Christian Kerslake, Research Fellow in Modern European Philosophy, CRMEP. [Author of Deleuze and the Unconscious, forthcoming, Continuum, 2006.]
Paper: ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment and Evolutionary Psychology’

Dr. Ray Brassier, Research Associate in Modern European Philosophy, CRMEP. [Current project: Nihil Unbound: Philosophy, Science and Extinction.]
Paper: 'Dialectic of Nihilism'

Prof. Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the CRMEP, will introduce and chair the event.

Programme for day 1: 14 March

9.30–10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.00–10.30 Introduction
Peter Osborne (CRMEP)

10.30–11.15 ‘Psychoanalysis, Enlightenment and the Spirit of Capitalism’
Eli Zaretsky (Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, NY)

11.15–11.45 Discussion

11.45–12.00 Break

12.00–12.45 'Two Models of Psychic Conflict'
Tomas Geyskens (Catholic University Leuven

12.45–1.15 Discussion

1.15–2.15 Lunch break

2.15–3.00 ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment and Evolutionary Psychology’
Christian Kerslake (CRMEP)

3.00–3.30 Discussion

3.30-3.45 Coffee

3.45–4.30 ‘Freud’s Enlightened Animal’
Tinneke Beeckman ( University of Brussels

4.30–5.00 Discussion

5.00–6.00 Drinks

8.00-Conference Dinner

Programme for day 2: 15 March

9.30–10.00 Coffee and Registration

10.00-10.45 ‘Mirrors Without Images: Mimesis and Recognition in Adorno and Lacan’.
Vladimir Safatle ( University of São Paulo)

10.45–11.15 Discussion

11.15–11.30 Break

11.30-12.15 ‘Enlightenment and the Creation of Female Desire’
Cecilia Sjöholm (Södertörn University College, Stockholm)

12.15–12.45 Discussion

12.45–2.00 Lunch break

2.00–2.45 ‘Dialectic of Nihilism’
Ray Brassier (CRMEP)

2.45–3.15 Discussion

3.30-4.15 'The Happy Hooker: Benjamin and Freud on Fetishism and Boredom'
Andreas Block (Radboud University, Nijmegen) and Stephan Symons (Catholic University Leuven)

4.15-4.45 Discussion

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