Annual Conference

The annual philosophy conference at Villanova University has been a tradition since 1996. Sponsored by the Philosophy Graduate Student Union (PGSU), it began as one of the first graduate philosophy conferences in Continental philosophy. Now open for faculty as well as graduate students, the conference has drawn participants from all areas of philosophy as well as from around the world.


23rd Annual Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the Philosophy Graduate Student Union
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Amy Allen (Penn State)
Dr. Jamieson Webster (Eugene Lang College of the New School, Psychoanalyst in New York)

“Resistance: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theories”

Villanova University
Garey Hall Room 10A on Friday April 20th, 2018
Bartley 034 on Saturday April 21st, then keynote speech in Bartley 2001 at 5:30-7pm

Friday, April 20th       

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch (sponsored by Dr. Sally Scholz)

1:30 - 1:45pm Welcome

1:45 - 3:00pm

Felix Yeung (University of Hong Kong )

“Beyond Bad Conscience?” Critical Reflections on Judith Butler’s Ethics of the Social Bond

Sandrine Hansen (KU Leuven)

Organic Elasticity – Inhibition or Critical Potential?

Moderated and commented by Kevin Lower

3:20 - 4:35pm

Lucas Ballestín (New School)

Ideology, Racialism, and the Function of Unconscious Defense

Dr. Anne van Leeuwen (James Madison University) A Critique Of The Political Economy Sex: Structuralism, Psychoanalysis And Marxism

Moderated and commented by Iaan Reynolds

6:00 - 7:30pm Keynote Speech

Dr. Jamieson Webster  (Eugene Lang College of the New School, psychoanalyst in New York)

Never the Right Man: Reading Freud’s "Taboo On Virginity" in the Age of Trump

19:30 Keynote Reception (sponsored by Theology Department)

Saturday, April 21st   Bartley 034

10:15 am Breakfast and coffee

10:30 am - 12:10pm 

Benjamin Randolph (Penn State )

The Critical Theory of Ideology: Adorno on Narcissistic Delusion

Rochelle DuFord (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

‘The Silent Conspiracy of All Men with Each Other’: Solidarity in the Patriarchal Psyche

Dr. Inara Luisa Marin (Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning)

The roots of Freudo-marxism in Early Frankfurt school: Wilhelm Reich

Moderated and commented by Daniel Allen

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch and publishing workshop

sponsored by Columbia University Press

2 - 3:15pm 

Keren Moscovitch (Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts )

Intimacy and Ideology: A Radical Discourse

Dr. Anna Vitale (Bard College, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts )

On Listening and Expanding Time in Psychoanalysis.

Moderated and commented by Katherine Kurtz

3:30 - 4:45pm

Nicole Yokum (Penn State)

Because “Negativity is Variable and Unevenly Distributed”: The Need for Klein in Addressing Contextual Forms of Wounding

Jenji Learn (Western Michigan)

Mind the Gap: The Limits of Mental Explanation for Bodily Experiences

Moderated and commented by Chris Ma

5:30 - 7:00pm Keynote Speech  (partially sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies Program)
Bartley 2001

Dr. Amy Allen (Penn State ) 

Psychoanalysis, Critique, and Emancipation

7:00 PM Keynote reception Bartley 2001