Scroll down or use the navigation at the right (desktop only) to find session details by day. 

Conference Structure

Session Types

Note:  All sessions are 90 minutes with a 15-minute break in between. 


  1. Psychological Humanities and Ethics - PHE
  2. Plato Symposium - Plato
  3. Dante Salon - Dante
  4. Alien Salon - Alien
  5. Narrative & Psychosocial Dialogues - Narrative
  6. Psychoanalytic Ideas on Technology and Subjectivity - Technology and Subjectivity
  7. Lacan and Race/Fanon and Phenomenology - Lacan/Fanon

Friday, September 17

Morning Sessions (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Invited Address 

Soulcraft: The Strains of Integrity and the Contours of Character 

Presenter: Chris Higgins

Respondent: Mark Freeman 


Breaking Scientism's Stranglehold on Psychology: Hermeneutics and the Politics of Resistance

Presenters: Philip Cushman, Daniel Masler, S. Peregin Lord, Peter Guilford & Julianne Ludlam

Paper Panel: Narrative Track

Conflicting Discourse of Disabilities & Differences

Justin Karter: Within and Against Global Mental Health: The Activism of Psychosocial Disability Advocates

Carly Solome: Encounters with the Liberal or Conservative Other: A Jungian Phenomenological Analysis of Individuation Through Conflict

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

Our Responsibility to Self and Other 

Sam Aston: Into the Kingdom: The Process of Self-Responsibility 

Katie Harster: Symptoms of Trauma, Kantian Natural Powers, and the Duty to Seek Treatment

Stephen Lambert: The Enhancement of Flourishing in Challenging Social Systems: Reflections on Hope for the Other Contrasted to Experiential Satisfaction in the philosophies of Jürgen Moltmann

On Inter-Relationality 

Paulina Fuentes Moad: Shattered Intimacy, Devastating Truths: Ruptures Due to Ethical Misconduct

Phil Garrity: YaYa: An Existential Reflection on Intimacy and Alienation among Identical Twin Brothers

Donna Wolfskehl DiStefano: Considering I-Thou Philosophy in Intersubjective Relations

Paper Panel: Dante Track 

Oh Power Divine 

Aaron B. Daniels: "Welcome and Introduction"

John Took: I Cannot Tell... but This I Know: Dante at the Point of Ultimate Concern

William Franke: Self-Reflection and the Other in Dante's Paradiso 

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track

Afropessimism P.1

Moderator: Michelle Stephens 

David Marriott: Lacan Noir

Lee Edelman: White, Black, Un-Black: Why the Symbolic Necessitates Racism

Plenary (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

The 'Real' of Antiblackness 

Presenter: Derek Hook 

Respondent: Michelle Stephens

Lunch Break

Plenary (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

The Edifice Complex: Towards a Trans-Mutual Psychoanalysis

Presenters: Francisco González, Lara Sheehi, Daniel Gaztambide & Celia Brickman

Afternoon Sessions (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Invited Address

The Languages of Emmanuel Levinas 

Presenter: Donna Orange

Respondent: Eric Severson 


Trauma as Self-Making, Trauma as Divine 

Presenters: Ginna Clark, Michelle Harwell, Manon Voice 

Paper Panel: Narrative Track 

Arcs of Redemptive Narratives: Predators, Incarnation & Other 

Lynne Tenbusch: Can a Sexual Predator Be More Than His Crime?

Nahanni Freeman: Confessions and Quantum Uncertainties: The Violence of Language, Orgasmic Cells, and the Incarnation of Words

Orrin Page: The Significance of 'the Other' in Self-Development: Narrative, Neuroscience, and the New Testament 

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

Contemporary Consciousness: On Psychoanalysis

Meera Lee: The Superego Today: Tracing the Voice of the Law and Desire in Freud and Lacan

John Roberts: Modern Subjectivity, Concealment, and the Problem of the Lacanian Unconscious

Susan Varney: Vulnerable Mind of State

Escape from the Self: On Transcendence and Existentialism 

Stefan Bolea: Nietzsche's Three "Noes" to Life 

Robert Langan: A Case for Transcendence

Edward Suprenant: Turning Towards the Luminous Darkness: How Buddhist Ontology, Heideggerian Aesthetics, and Intimations of the Divine Feminine Can Transform Our (Post)modern Dilemma

Paper Panel: Dante Track 

Longing for this Journey 

Stephen Surh: Revisiting Apophasis in the Commedia: Dante and the Self-Emptying God 

Tommaso Priviero: Jung, Dante, and the Art of Visionary Travelling

Matthew Elmore: Canto and Commentary: A Way Forward in Dantology 

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track 

The Drive, Sex and Race

Sheldon George: The Drive and Lacan's Object 'a' in Racism and Racial Identification 

Todd McGowan: Capitalism's Racist Requirement 

Sheila Cavanagh: The Other Jouissance of Racism(s): Rachel Dolezal and Amy Cooper

Evening Sessions (4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)

Invited Address

"Helping others feel that they matter": A Storied Relationship with Narrative Therapy 

Presenter: Steve Gaddis

Respondent: Mookie Manalili 


Embodying Religion: Neuropsychology, Theology and the Role of the Body in Spiritual Experience 

Presenters: Martha Reineke, James W. Jones & Steven J. Sandage 

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

The 'Subject' Matters in Literature 

Marilyn Charles: Psychosocial Studies and Literature: Subjectivity and Social Context 

Myka Hanson: Seeing Through Sarah: A Hermeneutic Exploration of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones

Sarah Horton: Testifying to the Misremembered Other: Thinking Fidelity in Light of Memory’s Unreliability

The Praxis of Neoliberalism

Karley Petersen: To Work and To Love: Resistance Toward a Dignified World of Work

Jeremy DaCruz: Anticapitalistic Praxis as Balm for Societally-Rooted Mental Distress

Laine Walters Young: Addressing the Anxiety of Supermodernity: Ethicists and Psychologists in Tandem Confront the "Wasteland of Meaning" 

A Field in Context 

Jeff Sugarman: Psychology and The Significance of History

Gabrielle Taylor: When Illness Becomes the Cure: A Relational Account of COVID-19

Penelope Starr-Karlin: Planetary-Selfhood: Global Warming and a World-Wide Context of Being

Paper Panel: Dante Track 

Across More Kindly Waters 

Christian Y. Dupont: Phenomenological Readings of Dante's Poetry II: Memory and Mimesis 

David M. Black: Dante's Vision and the Structure of Ethics 

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track 

Race and Anticolonialism 

Zahi Zalloua: Jamming Israel's Libidinal Economy 

Wayne Wapeemukwa: Indigenous Femicide as Settler-Colonial Reproductive Futurism 

Robert Beshara: A Liberation Psychoanalytic Account of Racism 

Screen Shot 2021-06-22 at 11.18.52 AM.png


7:00-8:30 pm

Systemic Racism and Traumatic Racism: The Long and the Short of It...

Attend in-person or live on Zoom
Register Here


Morning Sessions (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Invited Address 

Transference and the Methodology of Critique

Presenter: Amy Allen

Respondent: Stefanie L. Speanburg


Hope and Hopelessness: Potential Space in Year Two of the Pandemic

Presenters: Adrienne Harris, Heather Ferguson, Arthur Fox, Michael Feldman & Susan Klebanoff

The Crisis of Exposed Vulnerability: Shame, Power and the Dignity of the Other

Presenters: Jerome Miller, Peter Shabad & Donna Orange

Paper Panel: Plato Track

True Lies: Education, Deception, and the Pursuit of Wisdom

Christine Rojcewicz: A MisReading of Rhetorical Logos in Plat's Gorgias that Vindicates Persuasive Speech

Donald Boyce: On Noticing: The Applicability of the Erotic Hunting Metaphor in Plato for Psychoanalysis

Stephen Mendelsohn: Blinded by Desire: Self-Deception and the Threat of the True Lie in Plato's Republic

Paper Panel: Narrative Track 

Relationships to Persons (with Borderline and Schizophrenia) 

Miranda BrownThe Transmission of Borderline Personality Disorder from Mother to Child

Cody SandschaferBorderline Personality Disorder and Liberation Through Radical Acceptance 

Stephen Wykstra & Mark RuffaloBefriending the Schizophrenic Order: Revisiting Arietti on Therapeutic Friendship and Countertransference

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

On Racialized Intersubjectivity 

Sam BinkleyWhiteness, Trauma and the Racial Uncanny 

Peter CaprettoThe Ideological Conflict of Empathic Freedom in Intersubjective Relation

Patricia Hunter"Preoedipal Politics"

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track

Politics, Social Media and Racial Jokesters

E. ChebroluMind the Gap: An Analysis of Racial Anxieties in Populist Fantasies of Content Moderation on Digital Platforms 

Clint BurnhamLogical Time and the White Riot

Stephanie Swales & Carol OwensThe Jouissance of Black Humor in Key and Peele (and why White people don't know if it's ok to laugh)


Plenary (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Gratitude, Containers and Exemplars: Some Thoughts on Psychoanalysis 

Presenter: Jonathan Lear

Respondent: Alfred Margulies


Lunch Break

Plenary (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Ethical Labor: Making Reparations within Psychoanalysis 

Presenter: Elizabeth Corpt 
Respondent: Lewis Gordon

Afternoon Sessions (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Invited Address

Open Wounds of Racial Terror: The Elaine Race Massacre 

Presenter: Roger Frie

Respondent: Lynne Layton


Community Psychoanalysis and the Ethics of Care

Presenters: Tiffany Houck-Loomis, Tracy Sidesinger, Carlos Padrón, Naomi Snider, Alex Sierck, Alexis Waller

Lucas Fain's Primal Philosophy: Rousseau with Laplanche

Presenters: Lucas Fain, Jack Foehl, Gregory Fried 

Paper Panel: Plato Track 

Desire and Division: Platonic (mis)readings

John ProiosRace and Division in Plato's Statesman 

Andrew ZeppaThe Noble Taboo: Homoerotic Desire and Philosophic Inquiry

Noah RichardsonAn Erotic Death

Paper Panel: Narrative Track 

Suffering Meaning: Surviving Stories

Zipora Rosenberg SchipperTo Be a Witness and Stay Alive

Jennifer HamannThe Phenomenological Experience of Living with Terminal Cancer: A Case Study

Breanna VizlakhSitting with our Grief: Consequences of Containing the Trauma of COVID-19

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

Movement Towards Healing: Oppression, Trauma and Woundedness 

Nathaniel FasmanHorrors and Racial Oppression

Sean FitzpatrickThorns in the Spirit: Addressing Trauma as a Barrier in Sustained Engagement in Racial Justice Movements 

A. Taiga GuterresRecovering Spirit: Healing from Traumatic Wounds

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track 

Fanon at 60

Nigel GibsonFanon Today, Reason and Revolt of the Wretched of the Earth 

Daniel Jose Gaztambide: Subalternity, Blackness, & (the Crisis of) the Onto-Phenomenological 

Leswin LauscherFrantz Fanon, my 'Brother'


Evening Sessions (4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)

Invited Address

Studies of Mentality: Fascist Subjectivity, Subhumanism and Culture-Supremacy 

Presenter: Thomas Teo

Respondent: Jeffrey Yen


Flatland: Disembodied Modes of Living and the Possibility of an Embrace 

Presenters: Jack Foehl & Peter Shabad 

Re-Storying Society: On Narrative Therapy and Stories of Justice 

Presenters: Steve Gaddis, Mookie Manalili, and others

Paper Panel: Technology and Subjectivity Track 

Technological Reductions: Memes, Frankenstein, and Illusions

Lewis ThurstonInternet Memes and the Other

Robert RomanyshynMary Shelley's Frankenstein: Reflections on the Other as Monster

Susan SchwartzWho Am I Really? - Illusions and Splits in the Mirror 

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

Diverse Pitfalls and the Need for Community

Hee An ChoiAsian Immigrants as the Third Order

Julia GoetzA Call for Intersectional and Anti-Racist Theory

Raimundo SalasA Psychological Dilemma at the Heart of Diversity? 

Continental Analysis: Kierkegaard, Kristeva, and Reverie

Dante ClementiReconciling with Otherness: Kierkegaard and the Psychology of Nausea 

Samuel GableIronically into the end of an era: The late modern  carnival of social media and Internet forums, Kristevean humanism, and Kierkegaard's knight of faith in the new dark age

Fernando QuiguaReverie's Claim to Truth in the Analytic Field

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track 

Fanon and Lacan

Gautam Basu ShakurFanon and Ghandi? On the Question of Violence

Amy StewartLacan and the Necropolitics of the Signifier 

Alia Al-Sajia


Sunday, September 19

Morning Sessions (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Invited Address 

Freedom and Context: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Presenters: Peter Maduro, Doris Brothers, Jon Sletvold, Mauricio Cortina & Allison Merrick 


Affect & Psychoanalysis

Presenters: Gila Ashtor, Adriane Johnston, Elizabeth Wilson & Donovan Schaefer

Paper Panel: PHE Track

Ethical Distancing and Receptivity 

Deborah De Chiara-QuenzerAnger: Its Nature and Value 

Alexander Lea: On the Possibilities of Being(s) in Tact

Sophia Shieh & Haleigh CreamerTurning Toward the Faces of the Suffering Other - Dialogue of Ethical Distancing in Psychiatric Care 

Into the Darkness, Temptations and Joy 

Jacob Goodson: Darkness, Depression, Downwardness: Reflections on the Metaphor of Hell for Understanding Mental Illness

James Morley: The Temptations of Christ in the Desert: A Phenomenological Psychedelic Hermeneutic 

Austin Williams: Joy Unspeakable and Full of Shame: Supplementing and Applying Brian Treanor's "Melancholic Joy"

Paper Panel: Technology and Subjectivity Track 

Interfacing with Technology: Artificial Other, Mental Health, and Digital Objects

Gabriel Fernandez-BorsotThe Artificial Other: Artificial Companions and the Rise of Social Techno-Narcissim 

Lisa FinlayMental Health Treatment in the Information Age: Exploring the Functions of Artificial Intelligence and Human Subjectivity in Psychotherapy 

Sharon TugwellWhat Lurks Beneath: The Erotic Charge of the Laplanchean Unconscious and the Digital Object

Paper Panel: Alien Track 

Transported by the Alien

Aaron B. Daniels: Welcome and Introduction

Scott Scribner & Gregory J. Wheeler: Toward a Psychology of UFO Abduction Beliefs

Emily McAvan: The Alien Messiah: On Divine Alterity 

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track

Afropessimism P.2

Daniel Butler: Infancy Imperiled: Aphanisis and Antiblackness in Developmental Thought

Linette Park: Desire and Falling: On the Question of Abolition and the "Other Side" of Afro-Pessimism

Calvin Warren: Nothing Eros: Anti-blackness, Nihilism, and the Drives


Plenary (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

When the cure is that there is no cure: Mourning, melancholia, and creativity 

Presenter: Mari Ruti

Respondent: Jamieson Webster


Lunch Break

Plenary (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

What Does Decolonization Demand from Psychology: Reflections on Otherness

Presenter: Sunil Bhatia
Respondent: Helen Neville


Afternoon Sessions (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Invited Address

From Magdalens to Dress Codes: Embodied Shame and the Limits of Apology

Presenter: Claire Katz

Respondent: Sue Grand


Dwelling-In-Between: Reification, Rupture, and Resoluteness at the Intersections of Being

Presenters: Robin Chalfin, Ming Chang & Jason Ri

Paper Panel: Technology and Subjectivity Track 

From Social Media to Social Movement: Technologies of Change

Christopher BellCollective Bargaining in the Social Media Era

John O'LearyHidden Discourses: Political Polarization and The Role of The Unconscious - An Approach to Changing Hearts and Minds 

Sarah EssnerTraumatic Viewings Online: Social Media Reflections and Responses 

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

Levinasian Orientations: Synchrony/Diachrony and Autonomy/Heteronomy

Ryan MestDyadic Diachrony 

Angelos MouzakitisFrom Heroic Autonomy to Responsible Heteronomy: Castoriadis and/or Levinas?

Abuse: On Witness, Supremacy, and Boundaries

Lisa Cataldo: The Other Is Us: Relational Psychoanalytic Considerations of Complicity, Accountability, and the Role of Witness

Beverly HavilandThe Color of Shame: The Perversity of White Supremacy and Child Sexual Abuse in the Bluest Eye

Jenny LoganThe Ethics of Disciplinary Boundaries: A Case Study 

Paper Panel: Alien Track 

The Alien at Home and on the Couch

Anna BugaiskaThe Human and the Smart House: Speculative Psychology and Systems of Attachment 

Michael WaldenThe Alien Inside: Jean Laplanche's Internal Other in the Fiction of Brian Evenson and the Case of Ana 

Eliza RoseStarship Asylum: Laloux at La Borde and the Therapeutic Uses of Science Fiction

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track 

Race and the Clinic

Patricia GheroviciHysteria and Race Between Edith Roberts’ Candle in the Sun and Jacques Lacan’s The Family 

Chris Christian:  Observations on Ataque de Nervios as a Cultural Expression of Conflict and Compromise Formation

Respondent: Ann Pellegrini


Evening Sessions (4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)

Invited Address

Psychoanalytic Innocence: The Ideological Underpinnings of Theory and Praxis

Presenter: Lara Sheehi

Respondent: Robin DG Kelley


Alfred Lorenzer and a Psychological Cultural Analysis

Presenters: Daniel Rosengart, Katharina Rothe & Steffen Krüger

Paper Panel: Technology and Subjectivity Track 

Effects of Technology on Healing and Embodiment

Jessica ThomasUtilizing the Practice of Mindful Photography and Journal Writing to Mediate the Experience of Anticipatory Loss

Hannah VenableVirtual Symphony and Virtual Church: Considering the Importance of Bodily Presence

Hannah ZeavinRemote Relations: Teletherapy and Knowledge of the Self

Paper Panel: PHE Track 

Mystical Ascent: Therapeia, Contexts and Flesh

Joshua Beneventi: The Therapeia of Evagrius Ponticus: Towards a Christian "Mindfulness

Marilyn CharlesThe Establishment and the Mystic: Extreme Experience and Social Context

Jennifer Wang"The Mystic's Body: Hildegard, Merleau-Ponty and Glorified Flesh"

Paper Panel: Alien Track 

The Uncanny and Abcanny Alien

Dorothy ChangRepetition and Return in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy 

Jason HarrisUncanny Fascinations: Alienation, Obsession, and Enthrallment in Thomas Ligotti's "The Small People" and Other Weird Fiction

Aaron B. Daniels: The Abcanny: Encounters with the Inscrutably Alien

Paper Panel: Lacan/Fanon Track 

Black Femme, Thenatopolitics, and Ethics

Tiara JacksonLook, a Négresse: The Remains of the Black Femme

Christopher ChamberlainAfropessimism's Ethics

Jamil KhaderBeyond Jouissance: Thenatopolitics, Undead Palestinians, and the Death Drive


Sunday, September 19


6:30-8:00 pm

Guarding the Inward Sea: Moral Injury and the Spiritual Exercises of Howard Thurman