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The Kristeva Circle, October 3-5, 2019

Trajectories of Psychoanalysis

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University’s Conference Center and Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

You are invited to attend the Kristeva Circle Conferencewhich will meet October 3-5, 2019, at Emory University's Conference Center and Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30329, on the theme of "Trajectories of Psychoanalysis." In addition to panels by leading scholars and clinicians, highlights include:

Registration includes breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday. Fees can be paid by check at the conference. To register, please send your name, address, and affiliation to Melinda Robb at melinda.robb@emory.edu and include "Kristeva Circle Registration" in the subject line.

Indicate whether you would like:

  • a one-day pass for October 4 or 5 for $130,
  • full conference registartion for $250,
  • free graduate student registration (limited number available),
  • subsidized registration of $95 for Emory-affiliated faculty and staff (limited number available)

To reserve a hotel room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, please follow this link: https://www.reseze.net/servlet/SendPage?hotelid=1519&skipfirstpage=true&page=131832 or call 1-800-933-6679 and use the reservation code 131832.


Thursday October 3, 2019

6 -8 p.m. U.S. Premiere of the documentary film, Who’s Afraid of Julia Kristeva?, introduced by filmmaker Iskra Angelova 

8-10 p.m. Reception in the Garden Overlook


Friday October 4 

7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

9-10:30 a.m. Roundtable discussion with filmmaker Iskra Angelova and Alice Jardine, author of the new intellectual biography of Kristeva, At the Risk of Thinking.

10:45-12:00 Concurrent Panels (two papers each)

A. Kristeva’s Secret Agents

  • “Kristeva’s The Enchanted Clock: Fictional Trajectories in Time,” Carol Mastrangelo Bové
  • “Sabina as Salome: Political Subjecthood and Vision as Authorship, from Bolaño to Kristeva,” Allison Vanouse

B. Libidinal Bodies

  • “Crises of Word and Flesh: Kristeva and the Trajectories of Transgender Subjectivity,” Amy Ray Stewart
  • “Tenderness or Reliance: an Alternative Economy of Desire,” Stephanie Koziej

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Room

1:30-3:30 p.m. Concurrent Panels 

C. Poetic Resistance

  • “Theories of Poetic Resistance,” Elisabeth Paquette
  • “Comparing Chinese and Western Poetry from a Psychoanalytic Perspective,” Zhencen Yin
  • “From Psychological Space to Text Space: the Cognitive Path of Kristeva’s Spatial Consciousness,” Keyi Zhu

D. Affects

  • “Confronting the Shame of Abjection: Anger, Excess, and the Political Trajectory of Kristeva’s Vision of Feminist Revolt,” Jennifer Purvis
  • “Kristeva’s Wager on the Revolutionary Affects of Marginalized Communities,” Stacy Keltner
  • “Forgiveness Between Hatred and Promise: Kristeva and Arendt,” Gertrude Postl

4:00-5:30 p.m. Keynote address by Emanuela Bianchi, New York University Department of Comparative Literature: “Kristeva and the Ends of Ancient Eros”

6-8 p.m. Reception in the Garden Overlook


Saturday October 5

7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet 

9:00-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Panels 

Revisioning Lacan

  • “Sublime Scenarios: The Psychoanalytic Animal in Angela Carter’s Short Fiction,” Margret Gunnarsdottir Champi
  • “Mirroring Mothers: Witnessing Maternal Subjectivity in Sarah Irvin’s Breastfeeding Drawings,” Robert Shane


  • “Black Women Mourning on the Frontier of Life and Death: A Kristevian Analysis,” Tiara Raven Marie Jackson
  • “Julia Kristeva: Melancholy, the New Humanism, and this Incredible Need to Believe,” Alina N. Feld

10:30-Noon Keynote address by Jill Gentile, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: “Feminine Revolt: Signs at the Edge of the Strange”

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Lunch in the Dining Room

1:15-3:15 p.m.  Plenary Panel 

Kristeva’s Clinic

  • Emelia Angelova, “Kristeva’s Clinic: On Reversibility and the Unconscious in Freud’s Theory of the Drives”
  • James Donnelly, “Love, Hate, and Knowledge: Three Sisters’ Dance Around the Play of Existence. Conversations across the Channel: Kristeva, Green, Bion and Winnicott”
  • Louis Scuderi, “The Abjection of Thought: Phobic Functioning Inside and Outside of the Session”

3:30-5:00 p.m. Plenary panel sponsored by the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society 

Multiple Psychoanalytic Perspectives on “Countertransference: A Revised Hysteria” 

  • Stefanie Speanburg, PhD, LCSW
  • Kareen Malone, PhD, LPC
  • Yudit Jung, PhD, LCSW





About the Program

Emory University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies that is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of psychoanalysis across a range of disciplines. The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP) deals with the theory, application, and history of psychoanalytic thought and practice. It is not a clinical training program.  

The program draws faculty from Emory College, the Law School, and the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. In addition, faculty affiliated with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute participate in the program, linking the academy with the psychiatric and psychoanalytic communities.

PSP students are provided a great deal of flexibility in designing courses of study to suit their unique needs and interests. Because psychoanalytic thought is not bound to one discipline, students are encouraged to cross disciplinary and intellectual boundaries.