Plenaries & Keynotes
Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities
Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost
Professor of Human Development
Chair of Human Development Department
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Elizabeth Corpt, MSW, LICSW, is Past-President, Supervising and Personal Analyst, Faculty Member, and Member of the Board of Directors at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Teaching Associate at the Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance Program for Psychotherapy, and Co-Chief Editor of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. She has written, published, and presented nationally and internationally on topics such as clinical generosity, the impact of social class on the forming of an analytic identity, and relational ethics. She maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and consultation in Arlington, MA.
Sunil Bhatia, PhD, is an internationally known Professor in Psychology and Human Development. His book publications include American Karma: Race, Culture and Identity in the Indian Diaspora (2007, New York University Press) and Decolonizing Psychology: Globalization, Social Justice and Indian Youth Identities (2018, Oxford University Press), which received the 2018 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. The book was given a runner up “honorable mention” in the 2018 Outstanding Book award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. His research focuses on understanding the development of self and identity within the contexts of racism, neoliberal globalization and migration. His current scholarly project on decolonizing psychology attempts to provide a conceptual framework to reimagine the discipline of psychology within the context of global capitalism. Dr. Bhatia is a fellow of Division 24 of APA and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters and has received Connecticut College’s 2018 Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Research Award; the 2005 John King Excellence in Teaching Award; Martinthe American Psychological Association’s 2015 International Humanitarian Award; and the 2017 Theodore Sarbin Award for distinguished contributions to psychology.
Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the English and Comparative Literature Departments at Harvard University. He was founding director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University from 2011-2019 and director of the Harvard Humanities Center from 2005-2011. From 2008-2019, he held the inaugural position of Senior Adviser on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University and from 2005-2008 served as Senior Adviser in the Humanities at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
With the support of the Volkswagen and Mellon Foundations, Bhabha is leading a research project on the Global Humanities. In 1997 he was profiled by Newsweek as one of “100 Americans for the Next Century.” He holds honorary degrees from Université Paris 8, University College London, and the Free University Berlin. In 2012 he was awarded the Government of India’s Padma Bhushan Presidential Award in the field of literature and education and received the Humboldt Research Prize in 2015. In 2018 Bhabha received an honorary doctorate at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.
Faculty and Personal & Supervising Analyst
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Extraordinary Professor of Psychology
University of Pretoria, South Africa
John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought & Department of Philosophy
University of Chicago
Dr Derek Hook is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University and an Extraordinary Professor of Psychology at the University of Pretoria. He is the author of A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial (2011), (Post)apartheid Conditions (2013), and Six Moments in Lacan (2017). In addition to acting as a co-editor with Calum Neill on the Palgrave Lacan Series, he is also the editor of Lie on Your Wounds: The Collected Prison Correspondence of Robert Sobukwe and the co-editor (with Sheldon George) of the forthcoming Lacan and Race (2021). His co-edited volumes of the Reading Lacan’s Ecrits series (2019, 2020, 2021, edited with Stijn Vanheule and Calum Neill) have provided a valuable resource for colleagues engaging with the writings of Jacques Lacan. He maintains a YouTube channel with 50+ mini lectures on Lacanian Psychoanalysis which can be accessed at:
Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. His books include: Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis , Freud, Aristotle: The Desire to Understand, A Case for Irony, Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony and Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis. He is a trained psychoanalyst and a member of the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Lear is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, as well as Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the American Philosophical Society.
Francisco J. González, MD, is a Personal & Supervising Analyst, Community Psychoanalysis Supervising Analyst, Faculty, and Co-Director of the Community Psychoanalysis Track at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), and Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. His teaching and writing focuses on the articulation of the social within individual and collective psychic life, including in the domains of gender, sexuality, racialized difference, immigration, film, and groups, and has been the recipient of the Symonds Award, the Ralph E. Roughton Paper Award, and co-recipient of the JAPA Award for the Best Published Paper 2019. He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, JAPA, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality and on the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. He practices privately in San Francisco and Oakland and in the public domain at Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco.
Associate Professor of Theology
Boston University School of Theology
Shelly Rambo has been teaching at Boston University School of Theology since 2004. Trained as both a systematic and constructive theologian, she is particularly attentive to the transmission of Christian theologies of suffering, from history to the present. She locates her work at the intersections of Christian theology, literature, and postmodern thought. Her book, Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining, forges a theology of the Spirit through engagements with postmodern biblical hermeneutics, a theology of Holy Saturday, and contemporary trauma theory. Her second book, Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma, explores the significance of resurrection wounds in the Christian tradition in relationship to contemporary discourses about wounding in popular culture and the study of trauma.
Distinguished Professor of Critical Theory & Gender and Sexuality Studies
Graduate Faculty & Undergraduate Instructor
University of Toronto
Mari Ruti is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Theory and of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Toronto. A graduate of Brown and Harvard universities, she has devoted her career to the study of contemporary theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, and feminist and queer theory. She is the author of fourteen books, most relevantly A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (2013); Between Levinas and Lacan: Self, Other, Ethics (2015); Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings: The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life (2018); Distillations: Theory, Ethics, Affect (2018); Critical Theory Between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue (2019; with Amy Allen); and Taking the Plunge: Living & Writing (forthcoming; with Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer).