October 21, 2015
1:00–4:00 p.m.


Center for Recreation and Sports
Campbell Lounge Rooms 2 &3
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Psychological Reflections on Religious Violence


Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst, novelist, and a scholar in the fields of cultural psychology and the psychology of religion. He has been Lecturer at Harvard University, Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Kakar has also been a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Study of World Religions at Harvard (2001-02), as also Visiting Professor at the universities of Chicago (1989-92), McGill, Melbourne, Hawaii, Vienna and Adjunct Professor, INSEAD, Fontainbleau (1994-2013). Kakar was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton (1983-84), Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), Berlin (1994) and Centre for Advanced Study of Humanities, University of Cologne (2012-14). He has also been Watumull Distinguished Scholar at Hawaii, Fellow of the National Academy of Psychology, recipient of Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships in India and is on the board of the Freud Archives in the Library of Congress, Washington.

Sudhir Kakar’s many honors include the Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, Germany’s Goethe Medal, Rockefeller Residency and the Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, New York Academy of Sciences, and Academie Universelle des Cultures, France. As ‘the psychoanalyst of civilizations’, the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur listed Kakar as one of the world’s 25 major thinkers while the leading German weekly Die Zeit has profiled him as one of the 21 thinkers for the 21st century. His most recent award (2012) is the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Kakar is the author of eighteen books of non-fiction and five of fiction, of which the most recent are Young Tagore: The makings of a genius (Penguin-Viking, 2013) and the novel, The Devil Take Love (Hamish Hamilton, 2015. His books have been translated into twenty-two languages around the world. Dr. Kakar was in private psychoanalytic practice in New Delhi for 25 years before moving to his current place of residence in Goa, India

Talk will be followed by a panel discussion on multiculturalism

Panel Members: Max Cinberg, Kahlen Kim, Lauren Knopf, Nili Solomonov, Remi Sowemimo-Coker

Tagged: Gordon F. Derner Institute
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