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Sheldon George

Psychoanalysis, Race and American Slavery: Rereading Pleasure and Discontent in Freud and Lacan

Sheldon George is a Professor of English, a Lacanian theorist and a scholar of African-American literature. He is an associate editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society and a guest editor of two special issues of the journal: “African Americans and Inequality” (2014) and “Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Interventions into Culture and Politics” (2018). George’s book Trauma and Race: A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity was published in 2016 by Baylor University Press. He is coeditor of Contemporary African American and Black British Women Writers: Narrative, Race, Ethics (forthcoming from Routledge) and is currently completing a collection on Lacan and Race. George’s chapter “Jouissance and Discontent: A Meeting of Psychoanalysis, Race and American Slavery” will appear in the upcoming Psychology and the Other Series collection Race, Rage and Resistance.

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Adrienne Harris

The Perverse Pact: The Tenacity of Disavowal

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Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty and is a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. In 2012, She, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safran established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. She, Lew Aron, Eyal Rozmaren and Steven Kuchuck co-edit the Book Series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 100 published volumes. She is an editor of the IPA ejournal, which is developing cross cultural communications among the five language groups in the IPA. She has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states and the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War. Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, on intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and on ghosts.

Kevin Hart


Kevin Hart is Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Virginia where he also holds courtesy professorships in the Department of English and the Department of French. He is to give the Étienne Gilson lectures in Paris in 2020 and the Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology in Glasgow in late 2020. His poetry is collected chiefly in Wild Track: New and Selected Poems and Barefoot, both published by Notre Dame UP. Recent scholarly volumes include Kingdoms of God (Indiana UP) and Poetry and Revelation (Bloomsbury). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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Adrian Johnston

Selfless Capitalism: Marx, Lacan, and

Variaties of Greed

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Adrian Johnston is Chair of and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and a faculty member at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta.  He is the author of Time Driven:  Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive (2005), Žižek’s Ontology:  A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), Badiou, Žižek, and Political Transformations:  The Cadence of Change (2009), and Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume One:  The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy (2013), all published by Northwestern University Press.  He also is the author of Adventures in Transcendental Materialism:  Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).  He is the co-author, with Catherine Malabou, of Self and Emotional Life:  Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience (Columbia University Press, 2013).  His most recent books are Irrepressible Truth:  On Lacan’s “The Freudian Thing” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and A New German Idealism:  Hegel, Žižek, and Dialectical Materialism (Columbia University Press, 2018).  Moreover, Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume Two:  A Weak Nature Alone will be published in September 2019.  With Todd McGowan and Slavoj Žižek, he is a co-editor of the book series Diaeresis at Northwestern University Press

Juliet Mitchell

" Heathcliff.....He's always, always in my my own being". Siblings, their Heirs and Others on the Social Horizontal Axis

Juliet Mitchell was born in New Zealand in 1940. In 1944 she went to England by wartime convoy and lived in London until 1998 when she moved to Cambridge.
She first lectured in English literature (1962-1971) but following her publication of ‘Women: the Longest Revolution’ in 1966, curiosity about hostility to Freud in the rising Women’s Movement led to her publishing a series of short interventions culminating in Psychoanalysis and Feminism (1974). This was followed by training to become a psychoanalyst and continuing to lecture as an academic on a free-lance basis. In 1998 she returned to a full-time university post and since then she has been writing and lecturing about a horizontal axis of sociality starting with siblings. She established and directed a Centre for Gender Studies in the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Theoretical Psychoanalysis at U.C. London. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the International Psychoanalytic Association.

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Ann Ulanov

The Agony of Integration and the Blessings of Finitude

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Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, LHD, PhD is Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion Emerita at Union Theological Seminary, and an analyst in private practice in New York City. She is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Analytical Psychology. With her late husband, Barry Ulanov, she co-authored six books, including Religion and the Unconscious; Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer; Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; and Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus. By herself she is author of sixteen books, among which are The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space–Time Barriers; Knots and Their Untying; Madness & Creativity; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness/Deadness in the Self; and The Functioning Transcendent. She is the recipient of many awards, among which are three honorary doctorate degrees, the Oscar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association for distinguished work in depth psychology and religion, and the Gradiva Award for Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality.

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