2019 Conference

LACK iii will be held at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 9-11, 2019. You can find the call for papers HERE.

Conference Organizers:
Hugh Manon (Clark University, hmanon@clarku.edu)
Jennifer Friedlander (Pomona College, Jennifer.Friedlander@pomona.edu)
Hilary Neroni (University of Vermont, Hilary.Neroni@uvm.edu


Welcome from Hugh Manon, Clark University:

In “The Freudian Thing,” Lacan recounts having heard “from Jung’s own mouth” the words spoken by Freud to Jung in September 1909 when they arrived in New York Harbor in view of the Statue of Liberty: They don’t realize we’re bringing them the plague.”  The two were en route to Clark University, where Freud would deliver five talks, the only lectures he would ever deliver in the Western hemisphere.  

Clark’s president, G. Stanley Hall, had invited Freud and a number of other leading scholars from various disciplines to speak on the 20th anniversary of the University’s founding.  In attendance were Franz Boas, William James, Sándor Ferenczi, Ernest Jones, A.A. Brill, and many others. Anarchist and sexual reformer Emma Goldman sat in the first rows, and also attended the ceremony in which Freud received an honorary doctorate—the only honorary degree he ever received.  Translated as Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Freud’s Clark lectures were for some time the definitive summary of Freudian theory.  

Reflecting in his autobiography on his week at Clark University, Freud remarked that “In Europe I felt as though I were despised; but over there I found myself received by the foremost men as an equal.  As I stepped onto the platform at Worcester to deliver my Five Lectures upon Psychoanalysis it seemed like the realization of some incredible day-dream: psychoanalysis was no longer a product of delusion, it had become a valuable part of reality.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the Clark Campus for LACK iii,

Hugh Manon

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