Reclaiming the Unconscious - A Conference on the Intersection of Psychoanalysis with the Humanites

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October 21, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Colorado, United States
Subject Fields: 
Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology, Psychology, Humanities, Social Work

The conference will explore new and effective ways in which the theoretical discourses of the humanities converge with the clinical and social praxis of psychoanalysis at a time of global economic stress and political unrest.  Format will consist of an ongoing productive conversation between academics and clinicians.

  • How do we unlock the unconscious as a strategy of emancipation that not only unmasks the encrypted master discourse of global capital and its distorted subjectivities, but also shapes anew an empowered political praxis as well as restored bonds of community solidarity, which capitalism has eroded?
  • What role does psychoanalysis play in these new forms of critical theorizing as well as community-based and polis-building types of praxis?
  • How are to understand the function of religion within the order of symbolization as well as the structures of dominance in such a manner that psychoanalysis, historically excluded from both theoretical and professional discourses, can be accorded a new significance?
  • How can the clinical community work more effectively with critical theorists?

The conference is designed so that both presenters and participants can interact with each other over the three day period.  Registration is $100.  Students are eligible for a 40 percent discount.  Students must show ID at conference registration.  The discount DOES NOT apply to conference presenters, who are expected to pay the full registration.



Conference participants can get a discounted rate  for overnight stays at one of a number of participating hotels that have a partnership with the University of Denver.  To obtain a list of these hotels with booking information, please go to the University of Denver accomodations website at  When you make your reservation, simply ask for the University of Denver rate or, if booking online, enter the corporate code provided at this site by the participating hotel.  Unfortunately, there is only one hotel that is in walking distance of the university.  It is the La Quinta Inn Cherry Creek (1975 S. Colorado Blvd.), which is not a partner in the university's discounted rates.  You can find their website at

  • When
  • Friday, October 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM - Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar
  • Where
  • University of Denver - Sturm Hall 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208 - View Map
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Hosted by the University of Denver.  Organized by the Colorado Psychoanalytic Forum for the Lacanian Field and the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.  CONTACT: Carl Raschke, University of Denver (carlraschke@gmail.clom) or Gabriela Zorzutti, Colorado Psychoanalytic Forum for the Lacanian Field (

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