Julia Kristeva


The Kristeva Circle conference




A talk with Julia Kristeva at Moderna Museet
14.10 2016
Sveriges Television, SVT, 18.10.2016






Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 14.10.2016


Södertörn University, photos : Kamelia Spassova




The Kristeva Circle supports research on or influenced by philosopher, psychoanalyst and novelist Julia Kristeva. The Circle holds regular gatherings, the purpose of which is to establish and advance Kristeva scholarship nationally and internationally. During these gatherings, scholars from a variety of fields and disciplines exchange ideas and collaborate on projects related to the work of Julia Kristeva.




The Kristeva Circle conference,

October, 13-15, 2016

Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden


  Thursday October, 13, Södertörn University




  16.00 MB416

Welcome speech by Gustav Amberg, Vice-Chancellor of Södertörn University


16.15-18.00 MB416

Julia Kristeva: Interpreting Radical Evil

Chairs: Carin Franzén & Cecilia Sjöholm


18.00 Reception, only by invitation




Friday October, 14, Södertörn University



9.30-11.00 MA636

Keynote: Miglena Nikolchina, Sofia University: Deus e(s)t Machina: Revolution and Time in Kristeva’s Writing

Chair: Cecilia Sjöholm



11.30-13.00 MB505

Plenary session: Roundtable discussion on Elaine P. Miller’s Head cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times

Speakers: Fanny Söderbäck, DePaul University, Sarah K. Hansen, California State University Northridge, Sara Beardsworth, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Response: Elaine P. Miller, Miami University Ohio

Chair: Carol Mastrangelo Bové



14.00-15.30 Parallel sessions


A. MC216

Laura Wahlfors, The Impudent Voice of the Musician – On Kristeva’s Interpretation of Diderot’s Le Neveu de Rameau

Surti Singh, The Mental Image and the Spectacular Imaginary: Kristeva on Sartre

Rachel Boué-Widawsky, Journey and Humanism as a Poeisis in Julia Kristeva’s Work

Chair: Noëlle McAfee


B. MC219

Katji Lindberg, “Reason Gives Way to Resonance”: Two Ways to Conceptualize Transmission in Relation to Language, Body and Affect

Gertrude Postl, Text, Writing, Experience: Kristeva as Reader, Kristeva as Writer

John Swedenmark, An Epistemological Shock: The Design of Description in Le Langage, cet inconnu

Chair: Claudia Lindén


C. MC221

Anna Nyström, Listening as a Way to Subjectivity, in Julia Kristeva’s Teresa, My Love

Frances Restuccia, Saint Teresa’s Psychoanalytic Mystical Journey

Catharina K. Hellberg, Disruptive Semiotics: A Kristevan Reading of Thomas Hardy’s Fiction

Chair: Anna-Karin Selberg



18.00-19.00 Moderna Museet

Conversation with Julia Kristeva

Moderators: Carin Franzén & Cecilia Sjöholm



Saturday October, 15, Södertörn University


9.30-11.00 MB505  

Keynote: Eivind Engebretsen, University of Oslo: The Medical Concept of Evidence and the Irreducible Singularity of Being

Chair: Carin Franzén



11.30-13.00 Parallel sessions


D. MC216  

Mary Marley Latham, The Maternal Sublime: Aesthetic Implications of Klein’s Object-Relations Theory

Hong-qian Zhang, Research on Kristeva’s About Chinese Women

Synnøve Myklestad, Julia Kristeva – Disturbing the Calculation of Education. Searching for “the zero degree of humanity” through questioning the effective and the affective in education

Chair: Sarah Hansen


E. MC219

Noëlle McAfee, “Let’s Make America Great Again”: Trump’s Adolescent Syndrome of Ideality and his many Paranoid-Schizoid Positions

Zehra Çiftci, Emancipatory Power of Language through Maternity: A Case of Saturday Mothers

Carol Mastrangelo Bové, Kristeva in America: Reimagining the Exceptional

Chair: Fanny Söderbäck


F. MC221

Ruth Y. Jenkins & Katie Jenkins-Moses, Incarnating Art: Inscribing the Body

Ariane Lolita Willson, The Beautiful Grotesque and Other Glorified Horrors: A Study of the Abjection of Female Beauty in Modern Art

Tomasz Szczepanek, Lars von Trier’s Depression Trilogy – Deconstruction of the Logocentric Order

Chair: Elaine Miller



13.45 - 15.15 Parallel sessions


G. MC216

James Donnelly, Psychoanalytic Insight and a Philosophy of Existence: A Meditation after Bion, Kristeva and Winnicott

Emilia Angelova, Kristeva and Interactive Vulnerability: Fantasy, Narcissism, and the Non-Discursive Relation

Geraldine Cuddihy, Performativity and Affect: A Reader’s Response to Julia Kristeva’s Essay on Abjection

Chair: Jakob Staberg


H. MC219

Zeynep Harputlu, Abject Bodies in Fiction by Charles Dickens and Arthur Morrison

Fabrizio Ciccone, Beckett’s Theater of Severed Heads

Chair: Claudia Lindén


I. MC221

Panel: The Early Kristeva and the Chance of Semiotics

a) Darin Tenev, Semiotics as the Making of Models

b) Enyo Stoyanov, Process and Ruination in Revolution in the Poetic Language

c) Maria Kalinova, The Concept of “ideologeme” in Kristeva’s Semanalysis

d) Kamelia Spassova, Dual Codes: the Semiotic and the Symbolic in Lotman and Kristeva

Chair: John Swedenmark



15.30-16.30 Parallel sessions



K. MC219

Athena Colman, The Trace of Refusal in Existence: Sartre’s Nihilation in Kristeva’s Intimate Revolt

Harrison Demas, An Incredulous Position: Belief, Death, and Melancholia in Kristevan Theory

Chair: Sara Beardsworth


L. MC221

(En français)

Pierre Johan Laffitte, Trois négativités ou Un point de voyance dans le reel : de la fonction d’idéal du moi de certains énoncés de J. Kristeva dans le champ intellectuel

Alain Delay, Une lettre d’amour de Julia Kristeva à Thérèse d’Avila

Chair: Carin Franzén


16.45- 17.45 MB505

Plenary session: Roundtable discussion on Kristeva’s Legacy:

Speakers: James Donnelly, USA, Per Magnus Johansson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Maria Yassa, Stockholm, Sweden.

Chair: Jakob Staberg


19.00 Conference dinner at Långholmen restaurant, by invitation only



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