‘Psychology and the Other’ Conference

It is deep autumn. My neighbor, How does he live, I wonder. ~ Haiku by Matsuo Basho

Psychology and the Other Conference 2011

October 1st – 3rd
Cambridge, MA

Plenary Addresses
Jeffrey Bloechl, Ph.D., Boston College
Mark Freeman, Ph.D., College of the Holy Cross
Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Stuart A. Pizer, Ph.D., ABPP, Harvard Medical School

Erich Fromm bemoaned the divorce of psychology from philosophical and religious traditions and, in many ways, this artificial separation from our historical and conceptual siblings has only increased. The purpose of this conference is to enrich conversations at the intersections of philosophy, psychology, and theological/religious studies, particularly emphasizing scholarship around the notion of the “Other.” The term “Other” constitutes a shared space for continental thought, theology, and a variety of psychological discourses. This phenomenon bears significantly on ethical, epistemological, and phenomenological scholarship in each of these fields. As an interdisciplinary conference, presentations will explore the rich discourses that have emerged around the concept of the “Other” in various intellectual traditions, ranging from phenomenological work like that of Emmanuel Levinas to the work of John Zizioulas in theology or that of Jessica Benjamin in psychoanalysis. We invite psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, social workers, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, clergy, and graduate students of all persuasions to participate in this year’s event. Our hope is that our conversations and collaborations will challenge and deepen our various disciplines.

Invited Addresses:

Merold Westphal, Ph.D.
Fordham University

Kenneth Gergen, Ph.D.
Swarthmore College

Alfred Tauber, MD
Boston University

Frank Richardson, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin

Humphrey Morris, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Alvin Dueck, Ph.D.
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Marie Hoffman, Ph.D.
Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies & Theology

Click here to see the call for papers and for more information about registering for this conference.



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