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Trans/Gender and Religious Law

Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israel Law, Harvard Law School

March 29th - 30th , 2017

“Trans/Gender and Religious Law” brings together a dozen scholars and thinkers from a range of disciplines to engage topics in the theory and practice of gender and gender transitions and transformations, with special attention to how these topics engage and are engaged by religious legal systems.

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Conference: Mindfulness and Phenomenology 

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists(ICNAP) Ninth Annual Meeting hosted in collaboration with the Krame Center

Ramapo College of New Jersey

May 25th - 28th, 2017

This conference will explore the congruence between mindfulness meditation practices and the field of classical Phenomenology.   Mindfulness generally refers to the contemporary application of ancient Asian contemplative systems of thought to health and well-being whereas phenomenology is here understood within the philosophical tradition inaugurated by Edmund Husserl at the beginning of the last century. While the two systems of knowledge arose from vastly different cultural and historical contexts, the commonality between their respective methodologies and approaches can be remarkable.  Many mindfulness practices are inherently phenomenological and many aspects of phenomenological scholarship and research are share profound similarities with Asian mindfulness techniques and applications.  It is the goal of this conference to explore, in an interdisciplinary spirit, the many shared latencies between these distinct yet cognate systems of knowledge and their applied practices. See Call For Papers link for more details.

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Michel Bitbol, Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Husserl Archives, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Shaun Gallagher,  The Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis page1image12848

Richard Kearney,  The Charles B. Seelig Professor Department of Philosophy, Boston College

39th Annual IAPSP Conference on The Psychology of The Self

October 20th-23rd

Boston, MA


Now that dyadic interactions in the treatment are recognized as carriers of what’s curative in psychoanalysis, the sharing of clinical process among colleagues -- or between student therapists and their teachers -- soars in importance. Kohut emphasized the essential feedback loop between the clinical and the theoretical but insisted that we start and end with the clinical exchange. In this conference we follow his lead by highlighting presentations that emphasize critical clinical moments and processes representing turning points for better or worse. For it’s in the clinical moments that windows of possibility can either open or close—that the direction taken can tend either toward the destructive or become positively transformative. 


Presented by: The International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology 




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Kristeva Circle Conference

October 27th-28th

University of Pittsburgh

The deadline for abstracts is April 1, 2017.

The Kristeva Circle supports research on or influenced by philosopher, psychoanalyst and novelist Julia Kristeva. The Circle holds regular gatherings, the purpose of which is to establish and advance Kristeva scholarship nationally and internationally. During these gatherings, scholars from a variety of fields and disciplines exchange ideas and collaborate on projects related to the work of Julia Kristeva. 

Keynote Speakers:

Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University 

Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California