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

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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)

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

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

  1. 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
  1. 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

“Kristeva and the Ends of Ancient Eros”

Emanuela Bianchi, New York University Department of Comparative Literature

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


  • "Julia Kristeva, Melan
  • “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. Field

10:30-Noon Keynote address

“Feminine Revolt: Signs at the Edge of the Strange”

Jill Gentile, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


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, Biot, 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