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Freud and the Humanities

This landmark conference features lectures from international scholars on Freud and his impact on the humanities.

No registration needed for any of these talks. All talks are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Pre-registration required only for the lunches and concert.

Friday, October 27
Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

9:00 - 9:30am
Welcome and Introduction
Michael Steinberg, Director, Cogut Center for the Humanities

Session I
9:30am - 12noon
Chair - Rey Chow, Brown University

Freud, Jews and Other Humanists
Scott Spector, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Space of Sublimation in the Jewish Law: Freud's Moses and Monotheism Revisited
Tracy McNulty, Cornell University

Sigmund Freud: Savant or Charlatan?
Peter Kramer, Brown University

12 noon - 1:30pm
Lunch break**
Alumnae Hall Auditorium

Session II
1:30 - 4:00pm
Chair - Bernard Reginster, Brown University

Rebecca West at Nuremberg: Guilt after Freud
Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of East Anglia

Trauma, Witnessing and the Sublime
Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University

War and Projection
James Hopkins, King's College London

Student Session
4:30 - 6:30pm
Chair - Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Brown University

Towards a Tentative Theory of Fanfiction
Tasha Chemel

Original Drive
Jonathan Coleman

The Uncanny Re-Pression of Transference in Analysis
Jessica Laser

Show Me Yours: The Perversion and Politics of Cyber-Exhibitionism
Julie Levin Russo

Saturday, October 28
Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106

Session I
10:00am - 12 noon
Chair - Arlene Keizer, Brown University

Roman Fever: Freud Looks at Italy
Mary Bergstein, Rhode Island School of Design

Fabric, Skin, Honte-ologie
Ranjana Khanna, Duke University

12 noon - 1:30pm
Lunch break**
Smith-Buonanno Hall Lounge

Session II
1:30 - 3:30pm
Chair - Lynne Joyrich, Brown University

Josephine Baker: Psychoanalysis and the Colonial Fetish

Anne Cheng, Princeton University

The Real and the Uncanny of the Dream of Cinema: Traumatic Performance as Reenactment and Possession in Fiction and Documentary Film
Elizabeth Cowie, University of Kent

Panel Discussion
4:00 - 5:30pm

Saturday, October 28
The Hope Club

Dreams Concert**

A multi-media piece for piano and voice, featuring pianist Thomas Bagwell and singers Meagan Miller and Richard Cox.

**The lunches and concert are free of charge but require pre-registration to attend. To register, please contact the Cogut Center at 401/863-6070 or

October 26-28

The Freud Film Festival presents:  Spellbound, Mulholland Drive, The Seven Percent Solution, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Persona and Princess Tam-Tam.

For descriptions, times and venues, click Freud Film Festival.