segunda-feira, 20 de outubro de 2008

BISR Seminar

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

BISR Seminar

Sudhir Kakar - Culture and Psychoanalysis: A Personal Journey

The focus of this talk, is that part of an individual’s representational world which is shaped by his membership of a particular cultural group and which can be brought into deeper focus by comparing it with the representational worlds of individuals belonging to other cultures. Inevitably, this focus also leads to questioning of certain psychoanalytical propositions that have been regarded as psychologically universal but may only be culturally relative and their validity limited to parts of the Western world.

Sudhir Kakar is a Psychoanalyst and novelist. He has been Lecturer at Harvard University, Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Study of World Religions at Harvard as also Visiting Professor at the universities of Chicago(1989-92), McGill, Melbourne, Hawaii and Vienna. Dr.Kakar’s sixteen books of non-fiction include, The Inner World, Shamans, Mystics and Doctors, Tales of Love, Sex and Danger, Intimate Relations, The Analyst and the Mystic, The Colors of Violence, Culture and Psyche, The Indians: Portrait of a People, a new translation (with Wendy Doniger) of The Kamasutra for Oxford World Classics and Mad and Divine: Spirit and Psyche in the Modern World. He is also the author of the novels The Ascetic of Desire, Ecstasy and Mira and Mahatma and the editor of Indian Love Stories.

Tuesday 28th October 3.30 - 5pm Room B29 (Basement) Birkbeck Main Building, Malet St.

Free and open to all – no booking necessary.

Source of information and contacts:
Julia Eisner
Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

T: (0) 20 3073 8363
F: (0) 20 3073 8359

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