All About Father

March 20, 2015 (Friday)March 22, 2015 (Sunday)

University of Pennsylvania

All About Father

Psychoanalysis, The Oedipus Complex, and the Modern Family

Conference organized in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania's "Year of Health" initiative


Terrace Room
Cohen Hall, 249 S 26th Street

Greetings and The Robert Waelder Memorial Lecture
Introduction: Richard B. Cornfield, MD

The Discovery of the Oedipus Complex: A Tale of Two Letters
Harold P. Blum, MD


Eduardo Glandt Lecture Hall
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut Street

9:00am: PANEL I
Freud and the Story of Oedipus
Chair: Richard F. Summers, MD

The Road to Thebes: Freud and French Retrospective Medicine
Richard H. Armstrong

The Role of the Analyst in Times of Historical and Generational Crisis: The Example of Ernst Kris
Louis Rose

11:00am: PANEL II
After Freud: Theoretical Observations
Chair: André Dombrowski

Freud's Myth according to Lacan
Jean-Michel Rabaté
Accentuate the Negative: Returning to Freud and Lacan on the Question of Oedipus
Deborah Luepnitz

Anti-Oedipus beyond Oedipus: Deleuze and Guattari, Structural Psychoanalysis, and the post-Nuclear Family
Edward Kazarian

2:30pm: PANEL III
Fatherhood and the Modern Family
Chair: Nancy Hirschmann

Breaking the Male Code: The Role of Emotional Intimacy in Fatherhood
Robert Garfield, MD
The Decent Daddy in the Inner City
Elijah Anderson

2:30pm: PANEL IV
Questions of Gender
Chair: Tsitsi Jaji

Oedipal Triads, Pre-Oedipal Dyads: Homosexuality and the Modern Family
John Frank
Time for Oedipal Revival or Oedipal Rival? Transfathering in the Post-Modern Age
Jack Pula

7:00pm: Evening Lecture
Introduction: Liliane Weissberg

Paging Kafka's Father: Itineraries of the Paternal Metaphor
Avital Ronell


Seminar Rooms
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut Street

10:00am-12:00pm | Parallel Workshops

Workshop I: Psychoanalysis, Anthropology, and the Oedipus Complex
Lawrence D. Blum, MD and Gregory Urban

Workshop II: Considering Childhood
Elaine Zickler and Kathleen Hall

2:00-4:00pm | Parallel Workshops

Workshop III: Family Dynamics at Home and Away
Susan Adelman and Max Cavitch

Workshop IV: Issues of Sex and Gender
Patricia Gherovici and Annika Thiem