Mourning and Religion:
Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Role of Religion in Individual and Cultural
October 26-27, 2007
University of Chicago Divinity School
Swift Lecture Hall
1025 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60637
Celia Brickman is a therapist and faculty member at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago, where she is also co-director of the Education Program. She is the author of Aboriginal Populations of the Mind: Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis (Columbia University Press, 2003). At the time of writing this essay, she was a senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.
Bertram J. Cohler is William Rainey Harper Professor, The College, Committee on Human Development, and the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of the University of Chicago. He is also a faculty member at The Institute for Psychoanalysis (Chicago). He is the author of Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction (2003); The Psychoanalytic Study of Our Lives Over Time; Mothers, Grandmothers, and Daughters: Personality and Child Care in Three-Generation Families; and The Essential Other: A Developmental Psychology of the Self (1993).
Susan E. Henking is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has written on the history of American sociology, on AIDS-related memoirs, and on teaching as the work of public intellectuals. She is co-editor, with Gary David Comstock, of Que(e)rying Religion: A Critical Anthology (1997) and founding editor of the "Teaching Religious Studies" series of the American Academy of Religion.
Peter Homans is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Religious Studies in the Divinity School, the Social Science Collegiate Division, and the Committees on Human Development and the History of Culture at the University of Chicago. His publications include: Jung in Context (1979; 1995); The Ability to Mourn (1989); and Symbolic Loss (2001).
Diane Jonte-Pace is Professor of Religious Studies and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Santa Clara University. She is the author of Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny and the Uncanny Mother in Freud's Cultural Texts (2001), and the editor of Teaching Freud (2003) and (with William Parsons) Religion and Psychology: Mapping the Terrain (2001).
Harriet Lutzky is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, City University of New York, and a psychoanalyst in private practice. Her articles include "Reparation and Tikkun: A Comparison of the Kleinian and Kabbalistic Concepts" (1989); "The Sacred and the Maternal Object: An Application of Fairbairn's Theory to Religion" (1991); and "Desire as a Constitutive Element of the Sacred" (2003).
William B. Parsons is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is author of The Enigma of the Oceanic Feeling (1999) and co-editor with Diane Jonte-Pace of Religion and Psychology: Mapping the Terrain (2001). His articles have appeared in numerous journals and edited books, including the Journal of Religion, and Vishnu on Freud's Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism (1998).
Mary Ellen Ross is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity University. She has published in the fields of ethics, the psychoanalytic study of religion, and feminist theory. She is coeditor with Paula Cooey and Sharon Farmer of Embodied Love: Sensuality and Relationship in Feminist Values (1987). Her essay "The Humanities of the Gods: The Future and Past of Freud's Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Religion," appeared in Sigmund Freud and His Impact on the Modern World (2001).
Ernest Wallwork is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University and a psychoanalyst in private practice in Syracuse, New York and Washington, D.C. Professor Wallwork is the author of Durkheim: Morality and Milieu (1971); co-author of Critical Issues in Modern Religion (1973, 1991); Psychoanalysis and Ethics (1991), and numerous articles on psychoanalysis, religion and ethics.