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“Freudian Futures” Will Be Theme of Spindel Conference Oct. 4-6

For release: September 26, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Memphis will host the 31st Annual Spindel Conference, “Freudian Futures,” Oct. 4-6. All sessions will be held in the University Center’s Fountain View Room and are free and open to the public.  Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University Center.

This year’s speakers, who are working at the intersection of psychoanalysis, philosophy, comparative literature, political theory, religion and science, will take up essential Freudian themes –dreams and drives, sexuality and fetish, cruelty and murder, as well as monotheism and metapsychology ­– in insightful and innovative ways, revealing the continued relevance of Freud’s thought.

The conference will offer seven sessions. Two keynote lectures will be presented by Elissa Marder of Emory University and Philippe Van Haute of Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Four main sessions will highlight the work of Gil Anidjar (Columbia University), Adrian Johnston (the University of New Mexico), Tracy McNulty (Cornell University), and Paul Moyaert (Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium). A special session, “Sovereign Cruelty of Psychoanalysis,” will feature Martin McQuillan and Simon Morgan Wortham, both of Kingston University in London.

Since 1981, a select group of philosophers, all experts on special topics in philosophy, have met at the University of Memphis to present papers and discuss a wide range of philosophical questions. The resulting Spindel Conference has established itself as one of the most distinguished philosophy conferences in the nation.

More information about the program is available online at

For specific questions, contact Pleshette DeArmitt, conference director, at



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