By Mara Afzali ’14
Siena College hosted a unique gathering of philosophers, art historians, graduate students and academics from a variety of other disciplines this fall for the inaugural meeting of the Kristeva Circle.
Participants traveled across the globe, from as far away as Shanghai, Paris and London to attend the conference.
The Kristeva Circle was created by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Fanny Söderbäck, Ph.D., along with colleagues from Drexel and Vanderbilt Universities. Its mission is to support research on, or influenced by, the philosopher, psychoanalyst and novelist Julia Kristeva. She has distinguished herself as an extraordinary international thinker and an inspiration for social change.
Participants attended a series of panels composed of three presentations grouped together by similar topics. The presenters in each panel shared their specific research on Kristeva’s work and entertained questions from the audience. The structure allowed for a “conversation” to occur between projects, revealing interesting connections among varied areas of research.
The conference was organized by Söderbäck with support from Siena’s Philosophy Department, Office of Academic Affairs, Academic Programs, School of Liberal Arts, Women’s Studies Minor, Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women, Fair Trade Initiative, Kelly Oliver and Vanderbilt University.