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Haim Bresheeth is Chair of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London. A filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar, he was on the Editorial Board of the Journal Khamsin for many years until its demise in 1991. He has published widely in Hebrew and English on Palestinian and Israeli film, and is currently working on the representation of the other and stranger in European film. His films include the widely-shown State of Danger (1989, BBC2)—a documentary on the first Palestinian Intifada. Among his books are the best-selling Introduction to the Holocaust, with Stuart Hood (Lanham, MD: Totem Books, 1994); The Gulf War and the New World Order, co-edited with Nira Yuval-Davis (London: Zed Books, 1992); Cinema and Memory: Dangerous Liaisons, co-edited with S. Zand & M. Zimmerman (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Centre [Hebrew], 2004). []

Marie Coleman Nelson (1915-1998) was best known for her groundbreaking work in developing—together with her husband, sociologist Benjamin Nelson—the theory and technique of paradigmatic psychotherapy. A longtime member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), Ms. Nelson directed that school's prestigious journal, "The Psychoanalytic Review," for 17 years. She also founded one of Africa's first psychotherapy training institutes, in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for more than a decade bridging the '70s and '80s. In so doing, she blended Western approaches with a profound respect for indigenous healing strategies, an attitude we see evinced in her article "Paths of Power."

Vincent Crapanzano is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His extensive field research, often and profoundly informed by a far-reaching critical appreciation of psychoanalysis, includes work with the Navajo in Arizona, with the spirit-possessed in Morocco, with whites in South Africa, and most recently with Fundamentalist Christians and legal conservatives in the US. His books, many translated (into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Japanese and Hebrew), include: The Fifth World of Forster Bennett: A Portrait of a Navaho (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2002); The Hamadsha: An Essay in Moroccan Ethnopsychiatry (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973); Tuhami: A Portrait of a Moroccan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980); Waiting: The Whites of South Africa (New York: Vintage, 1986); Hermes' Dilemma and Hamlet's Desire: On the Epistemology of Interpretation (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1992), and Serving the World: From the Pulpit to the Bench (New York: New Press, 2000).

Virginia de Micco, psychiatrist and anthropologist, is an Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) candidate. She works with the psychopathology of migration, with cultural mediation and with the epistemological debate between psychoanalysis and ethno-anthropology. Besides numerous articles published in various journals, she has edited the following books: Passaggi di Confine. Etnopsichiatria e Migrazioni (Napoli: Liguori, 1993) and Le Culture della Salute. Immigrazione e Sanità: Un Approccio Transculturale (Napoli: Liguori, 2002). She has also translated from German and edited the work of Wolfgang Loch, Psicoanalisi e Verità (Rome: Borla, 1996) and translated from French and edited the work of Paul-Laurent Assoun, Freud e Le Scienze Sociali. Psicoanalisi e Teoria della cultura (Rome: Borla, 1999). She obtained the Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in “Anthropologie Sociale et Ethnologie” with Prof. Marc Augé at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and obtained a doctorate in “Etnoantropologia. Letterature e Pratiche Simboliche. Mito e Rito” at La Sapienza University in Rome. She also held a teaching position in Psicologia della Personalità at the Second University of Naples. []

Benjamin Kilborne is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis; Training and Supervising Analyst of the International Psychoanalytic Association; corresponding member of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institue and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; Visiting Professor at the University of Moscow, and faculty member of the newly established psychoanalytic training center in Istanbul. Former Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego and University of California, Los Angeles, he is the editor (with L.L. Langness) of Culture and Human Nature: The Theoretical Papers of Melford Spiro (Chicago-London: University of Chicago Press, 1987) and author of the widely translated Disappearing Persons: Shame and Appearance (New York: SUNY, 2002). []

Waud H. Kracke is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, a research graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and a founding member and faculty at the Chicago Circle Association, affiliated with the École Freudienne du Quebec. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) and of the Comité Scientifique of the journal Savoir. His publications include Force and Persuasion: Leadership in an Amazonian Society (Chicago: University of Chicago press, 1978) and a number of articles, from a psychoanalytic perspective, on dreaming and culture shock in other cultures. []

Alfredo Lombardozzi is a member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (S.P.I.), of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and of the Italian Institute for Group Psychoanalysis (I.I.P.G.). Trained as an anthropologist, he teaches courses in “Biological Foundations of Primitive Cultures” at the University of L’Aquila (Italy). he is the author of numerous articles on the relationship between psychoanalysis and anthropology, he has recently published Figure del dialogo tra antropologia e psicoanalisi (Rome: Borla, 2006). []

René Major, M.D., psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, is the author of several essays including Rêver l’autre, L’agonie du jour, Le discernement, De l’élection, Lacan avec Derrida, Au commencement, la vie la mort, La Démocratie en Cruauté and, with Chantal Talagrand, a biography of Freud (Paris: Gallimard, 2007). He was program director at the Collège International de Philosophie, and President of the Société Internationale d’Histoire de la Psychiatrie et de la Psychanalyse. He is currently President of the Institute for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies. []

Anthony Molino is a practicing psychoanalyst and award-winning translator of Italian literature. Based in Italy, he was awarded a doctorate in anthropology from Temple University in 1998, and is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), the United Kingdom Council on Psychotherapy, and the Italian Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is best known for the books Freely Associated: Encounters in Psychoanalysis (London: FAB, 1997) and The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism (FSG, 1998). He has also compiled the two-volume Squiggles & Spaces: Revisiting the Work of D.W. Winnicott (London: Whurr, 2001) and, with Christine Ware, edited Where Id Was: Challenging Normalization in Psychoanalysis (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001). His most recent work is Culture, Subject, Psyche: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2004). As a translator, he has published works by poets Antonio Porta, Valerio Magrelli and Lucio Mariani, as well as by playwrights Eduardo De Filippo and Manlio Santanelli. Forthcoming from FAB is Off the Couch: Conversations from the Journal of European Psychoanalysis, co-edited with Sergio Benvenuto. []

Gananath Obeyesekere was born and raised in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), where he studied English literature. In time, influenced by the likes of Melford Spiro, Edmund Leach, Max Weber and Freud, Obeyesekere turned his attention to the larger historical and cultural-cum-psychological forces that were being played out in different political and social arenas. These concerns found expression in two works primarily: in Medusa’s Hair: An Essay in Personal Symbols and Religious Experience (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1984), and, with Richard Gombrich, Buddhism Transformed (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1981). There followed a culmination of the Weber-Freud enterprise (plus Ricoeur) in The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), a reformulation of the Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures Obeyesekere delivered in 1982 at the University of Rochester. In the last decade or so, Obeyesekere’s researches have resulted in The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1992) and Cannibal Talk: Dialogical Misunderstandings in the South Seas (Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004), a book that combines postcolonial criticism with Freudian and other theories. His most recent book is Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist and Greek Rebirth (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002). [sekere@Princetion.EDU]

Wesley Shumar
holds a Master's degree in Cinema Studies and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology. Associate Professor of Anthropology, he currently chairs the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is the author of College for Sale: A Critique of the Commodification of Higher Education (London: Falmer Press, 1997) and co-editor of Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace (Boston. Cambridge University Press, 2002). His research interests include psychoanalysis, higher education, virtual community, the semiotics of mass culture, and the articulation of selfhood as it relates today to personal and political issues of identity and globalization. []

Janet Thormann teaches in the English Department at the College of Marin in California. []

Slavoj Zizek, Marxist philosopher, co-Director of the International Center for Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London. Among his latest publications are The Parallax View and How To Read Lacan.


Gillian Clayton is a psychoanalyst practicing in South London. She trained in Italy where she practiced for several years and is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, U.K. []

Agnès Jacob translates medical, literary and psychoanalytic texts into English and French. She divides her time between Paris and Montreal. []

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