Rhetorics of Power and Freedom of Thought – Voices of the It and the Over-I

Spring symposium in Budapest, May 9th-11th 2014

In collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Studies,
Central European University

PROGRAMME as of February 5th 2014

Venue: Central European University, Main Building,
Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest


09.00-09.30 Opening address with presentation round

09.30-10.20 ANDRÉ HAYNAL – Listening To Fanatics Commentaries of a Psychoanalyst

10.30-11.20 LENE AUESTAD – Speech, Repetition, Renewal

11.30-12.20 JONATHAN DAVIDOFF – Known Kinship or Subjectivity

12.30-13.20 KINGA GÖNCZ – Rhetorics of Power – Can it Dress up the Naked King?

13.20-15.00 Lunch

15.00-15.50 WERNER PRALL – To Be or Bartleby: Psychoanalysis and the Crisis of Immunity

16.00-16.50 JANE FRANCES – Appearance, Fashion, Power: How do We Know How to Look?

17.00-17.50 EDWARD WEISBAND – The Rhetorics of Power and The Power of Rhetoric: Reification, Hate And Desire: A Psychopolitical Analysis of Mass Atrocity and Genocide

18.00-18.50 JULIA BOROSSA – Histories of Violence: Outrage, Identification and Being Alongside

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


09.00-09.50 KATHLEEN KELLEY – From Totalitarian to Democratic Functioning: The Psychic Economy of Infantile Processes

10.00-10.50 FERENC ERÔS – Ferenc Mérei and the Politics of Psychoanalysis in Hungary

11.00-11.50 JONATHAN SUNLEY – Open Borders, Open Doors and Anxiety Some Thoughts on the Role of Defences from a Psychodynamic Perspective

12.00-12.50 KALINA STAMENOVA – The Invisible Other(s)

12.50-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.20 MARGARITA PALACIOS – Guilt and the Politics of Knowing: A Reflection on Post War Academic Cultures

15.30-16.20 AGNÈS HELLER – The Role of Political Commitment (Weltanschauung) in Autobiographical Memory

16.30-17.20 AMAL TREACHER KABESH – Worrying Indifference: Sacrificing the Other

17.30-18.20 JULIA RICHTER – Intergenerational Layers of Silence: How the Concealed or the Outspoken Remain Undiscussable

18.30-19.20 JUDIT SZEKACS-WEISZ – Unto the Third Generation…The Return of the Original Trauma

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


09.00-09.50 TIJANA MILOSAVLJEVIĆ-ČAJETINAC – Totalitarianism as the Radical Denial of Desire

10.00-10.50 JENYU PENG – Selective Memory and Halfway Justice: The Legacies of “White Terror” In Taiwan

11.00-11.50 RIVKA WARSHAWSKY – The Obscenity of the Normative “We” and the Possible Constitution of Other Kinds of “We”

12.00-12.50 SHAUL BAR-HAIM – Geza Róheim and the Maternal ‘Over-I’: European Fascism as a Crisis of Motherhood

12.50-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.20 STEFFEN KRÜGER – Discourse Analytical and Psychoanalytical Inquiries into the Rhetorics of Power

15.30-16.20 SZYMON WRÓBEL – Logos, Ethos and Pathos or The Paradigm of Patho-Politics

16.30-17.20 LUCIA CORTI – Letters from The Unknown: Psychoanalysis and the Ethics of Knowing

17.30-18.20 Closing discussion, feedback about the conference


The conference lasts for three full days, from about 9 am until about 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The time frame for each paper is 30 min for the presentation itself + 20 min for discussion, 50 min in total, and with a 10 min break in between each paper.

This is an interdisciplinary conference – we include 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 are most welcome. We promote discussion among the presenters and participants, for the symposium series creates a space where representatives of different perspectives come together, engage with one another’s contributions and participate in a community of thought. Therefore, attendance to the whole symposium is encouraged and priority will be given 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 and an enjoyable social atmosphere sought. A participation fee, which includes two shared dinners, of £150 (or € 178) before February 15th 2014 – £180 (or € 214) after February 15th 2014 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

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance for this event, though we will be able to assist you in finding affordable accommodation. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation towards the conference. We thank all donors in advance!

Note 1. The use of the terms ‘it’ and ‘over-I’ draws on Bettelheim’s critique of the standard English translation of Freud in Freud and Man’s Soul.