Directors and Advisory Board


Dr. Julie Carlson, Professor of English, Director Emeritus of “Literature and the Mind,” University of California, Santa Barbara;

Dr. L. O. Aranye Fradenburg, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Founder and Director Emeritus, “Literature and the Mind,” University of California, Santa Barbara; Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles;

Dr. Eileen A. Joy, Director, punctum books;



PORTER ABBOTT, Research Professor Emeritus of English, University of California, Santa Barbara; author of Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable (Ohio State University Press, 2013), The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative (Cambridge U Press, 2008/2002), Beckett Writing Beckett: The Author in the Autograph (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996), and editor of On the Origin of Fictions: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Special Double Issue of SubStance 94/94 (2001).

MARCO CARACCIOLO, Assistant Professor of English and Cognitive Literary Studies, Ghent University; author of “Strange” Narrators in Contemporary Fiction: Explorations in Readers’ Engagement with Characters (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), A Passion for Specificity: Confronting Inner Experience in Literature and Science, with Russell T. Hurlburt (Ohio State University Press, 2016), The Experientiality of Narrative: An Enactivist Approach (De Gruyter, 2014), and Letteratura e scienze cognitive , with Marco Bernini (Carocci, 2013).

RITA CHARON, M.D., Professor, Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Founder and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University; author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford University Press, 2007), co-editor (with Martha Montello) of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics (Routledge, 2002) and (with Peter Rudnytsky) Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (SUNY Press, 2008).

BRACHA LICHTENBERG ETTINGER, Artist, psychoanalyst, philosopher and Chair, Art and Psychoanalysis, European Graduate School; author of The Matrixial Borderspace (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and And My Heart Wound-Space (14 Istanbul Biennial & Wild Pansy Press, 2015). Monographs on the artist-theorist include: Bracha L. Ettinger: Art as Compassion (Mer. Papers Kunsthalle, 2011) by Catherine de Zegher and Griselda Pollock; and Art in the Time-Space of Memory and Migration: Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and Bracha L. Ettinger in the Freud Museum (Wild Pansy Press & Freud Museum London, 2013) by Griselda Pollock.

CARL HART, Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) and Chair, Department of Psychology, Columbia University; author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (Harper, 2013) and (with Charles Ksir) Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

FRED MOTEN, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside; author of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, with Stefano Harney (Minor Compositions, 2016), B Jenkins (Refiguring American Music) (Duke University Press, 2010), The Little Edges (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2014), and In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (U. of Minnesota Press, 2003).

LAURA OTIS, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of English, Emory University; MacArthur Fellow, 2000; author of Rethinking Thought: Inside the Minds of Creative Scientists and Artists (Oxford University Press, 2015), Müller’s Lab (Oxford University Press, 2007), Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology (Oxford University Press, 2002), and Organic Memory: History and the Body in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (University of Nebraska Press, 1994).

JAAK PANKSEPP, Professor, Bernice Gilman Baily and Joseph Baily Endowed Chair in Animal Well-Being Science, Washington State University; author (with L. Biven) of The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion (W. W. Norton, 2012) and Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Oxford University Press, 1998).

LAURENCE A. RICKELS, Professor of Psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School (EGS) and Professor Emeritus of Kunst und Theorie at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Sigmund Freud Chair; author of Germany: A Science Fiction (Fort Wayne Anti-Oedipus Press, 2015), Die Unterwelt der Psychoanalyse (Vienna Passagen Verlag, 2014), The Devil Notebooks (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), Nazi Psychoanalysis, 3 vols. (University of Minnesota Press, 2002, and The Case of California (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).

HORTENSE SPILLERS, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor, Vanderbilt University; author of Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2003), and Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex and Nationality in the Modern Text (Routledge, 1991).

ELIZABETH A. WILSON, Chair, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University; author of Gut Feminism (Duke University Press, 2015), Affect and Artificial Intelligence (University of Washington Press, 2010), Psychosomatic: Feminism and the Neurological Body (Duke University Press, 2004), and Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition (Routledge, 1998).

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