PROGRAMME as of January 7th 2013

Venue: House of the Estates, (Säatytalo) Snellmansgatan 9-11

Recent eruptions of conflict, revolt and discontent have been radical and unexpected. The Arab Spring, the UK Riots or the Occupy movement are some examples of these. Furthermore, the recent violent right-wing attacks in Europe exemplify underlying conflict in the contemporary political climate. This symposium raises the questions of how to evaluate and to think about these phenomena. A further question is that of to what extent these events challenge the limits of psychoanalytic conceptualisation.


09.00-09.30 Opening address

09.30-10.20 JUSSI KOTKAVIRTA – Resistances to Recognition

10.30-11.20 LENE AUESTAD – Action, Revolt, Repetition

11.30-12.20 JONATHAN DAVIDOFF – Irruption from the Real

12.30-13.20 IMKE BRUST – The Return of the Repressed – Arendt and Fanon on Rage Against the State

13.20-15.00 Lunch

15.00-15.50 CHARIS KONTOU – Melancholia after the Economic and Social Collapse in Greece – A Psychoanalytic Approach

16.00-16.50 JASON GLYNOS & SAVVAS VOUTYRAS – Fantasies of Nationhood: A Critical Exploration of the Responses to the Greek Economic Crisis from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

17.00-17.50 PHILIP HEWITT – “Understanding the Social Superego Analogously to the Psychic”. Working in High School Communities in South Africa

18.00-18.50 AGNIESZKA PIOTROWSKA – Racial Relations in Zimbabwe through the Lens of Harare International Festival of the Arts – Mimicry or Hybridity and Integration?  Violence or Progress?

(Joint dinner, covered by the organizers, in the evening)



09.00-09.50 AMAL TREACHER KABESH – The Egyptian Revolution: Shards, Repetition and Identification

10.00-10.50 STEFFEN KRÜGER – ‘Disrupted Eruptions’: Depth-Hermeneutic Readings of the ‘Repressed Returns’ of VG Nett’s My 22nd of July

11.00-11.50 SVEIN TJELTA – Identity Building in Large Training Groups

12.00-12.50 JANE FRANCES – From Seeing to Feeling and Relating – What is the Role of Cultural Experiences in Shaping our Spontaneous Responses to Disfigurement?

12.50-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.20 SARA LAHTINEN – The Importance of Ambivalence in Cultural Identity Formation

15.30-16.20 ESZTER SALGÓ – Europhile Technocrats and Eurosceptic Populists: Battle of Dreams in the European Union

16.30-17.20 NICHOLAS SMITH – “DJ Mr. C, you nasty African!” Husserl and the postcolonial feminists

17.30-19.00 Group reflection session conducted by SVEIN TJELTA

(Joint dinner, covered by the organizers, in the evening)



09.00-09.50 JAY FRANKEL – The Traumatic Basis for the Resurgence of Right-Wing Politics among the American Working-Class

10.00-10.50 MARGARITA PALACIOS – Past as future? Spectres of Marx, Freud and Benjamin

11.00-11.50 BIMAL DAHAL – A Study on the Terrorist Rationalities in Nepal

12.00-12.50 Joint discussion with Circle 6

12.50-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.20 MAIRÉAD HANRAHAN – Pardoning the Impardonable: Hélène Cixous’s The Perjured City

15.30-16.20 NATALIE KAMBER – Landscapes of the Dispossessed: The Return of the Repressed in Dubravka Ugresic’s A Culture of Lies.

16.30-17.20 SZYMON WRÓBEL – The Return of Alcibiades. A Tale on Repression of Eros

17.30-18.20 Summing up, discussion of future conferences.


Presentations are expected to take half an hour; another 20 min. is set aside for discussion. There is a 10 min. break in between each paper. Please make sure that your paper fits the time-frame; if it exceeds 30 min., the time for discussion will be reduced.

This is an interdisciplinary conference – we invite theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies on these and related themes from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, group analysts, literary theorists, historians and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools will be most welcome. We emphasise room for discussion among the presenters and participants, thus the symposium series creates a space where representatives of different perspectives come together and engage with one another’s contributions, participating in a community of thought. Therefore, we would like you to attend for the whole symposium, and we will give priority to those who plan to do so. Due to the nature of the forum audio recording is not permitted.

This is a relatively small symposium where active participation is encouraged. Researchers, clinicians, students and others who are interested are invited to attend and present their work in a friendly and enjoyable social atmosphere. A participation fee, which includes two shared dinners, of € 155 – 1155 NOK – 1338 SEK – 1156 DKK – £ 125 – $ 201 – 108 LVL –
535 LTL,  is to be paid before the symposium. Fees must be covered by a bank transfer/international bank transfer. Your place is only confirmed once we have received your completed registration form as well as your payment. To sign up, please e-mail: moc.liamgnull@scitilop.sisylanaohcysp