Main Speakers

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
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  • Juliet Mitchell is Professor Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies and Head of Department in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. She is a Full Member of the International Psychoanalytic Society.
    Her books include:

    Mad Men and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria and the Effects of Sibling Relations on the Human Condition;
    Women: the Longest Revolution;

    Psychoanalysis and Feminism and Women’s Estate.
    Her latest book, Siblings, will be published by Polity Press in October 2003.
    Juliet Mitchell is married to anthropologist Jack Goody and has one daughter and five step-children. She lives in Cambridge, U.K.

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  • Jack Goody is a Fellow of St John's College and Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    He is the author of many books, among them The Domestication of the Savage Mind (1977), The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society (1986). His recent books include The European Family: An Historico-Anthropological Essay (2000) and Food and Love: A Cultural History of East and West (1998).

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  • Tom Nairn, Professor of Nationalism and Cultural Diversity, Globalism Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne. Originally a philosopher from the post-war Logic & Metaphysics school at Edinburgh University, he later studied in France and Italy, where he turned into a Social Scientist.

    The Break-up of Britain appeared in 1977 (new edition, Common Ground, Melbourne, and Big Thinking, Glasgow, 2003).

    His study of the British Monarchy, The Enchanted Glass was published in 1988, and he returned to teach the ‘Nationalism Studies’ course at Edinburgh University Graduate School from 1995 to 1999.
    After the publication of Faces of Nationalism (Verso, 1998), he went to Australia in 2001, first to Monash University, and then to RMIT, in 2002.

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  • Krishan Kumar is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. He was previously Professor of Social and Political Thought at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate education at the London School of Economics.

    Prof. Kumar has at various times been a Talks Producer at the BBC, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Central European University, Prague, the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

    Among his publications are: Prophecy and Progress: The Sociology of Industrial and Post-Industrial Society; Utopia and Anti-Utopia in Modern Times; The Rise of Modern Society; From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society; 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals; The Making of English National Identity.

    Prof. Kumar's current interests focus on nationalism and national identity. Related research involves work on European identity in the context of transnational migration and challenges to the Nation-state. He is also preparing a study of current approaches to historical sociology.

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  • David Christian is a Professor in the Department of History, San Diego State University, California, USA.

    From 1975-2000 Prof. Christian taught Russian History and World History at Macquarie University in Sydney. His original training was in Russian and Soviet History, but from the late 1980s, he became increasingly interested in History from very large scales, including World History. At San Diego State, he teaches World History, the history of the Silk Roads, and also Russian History.

    Publications include: R.E.F. Smith and David Christian, Bread and Salt: A Social and Economic History of Food and Drink in Russia, Cambridge: CUP, 1984; Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990; Imperial and Soviet Russia, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press, 1997; A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Vol. 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998; Maps of Time: An Introduction to "Big History", Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004; The Case for "Big History", Journal of World History, 2, No. 2 (Fall 1991), 223-38; World History in Context, Journal of World History, 14, no. 4 (2003), 437-58.

  • Sergio Bologna (Trieste 1937), is advisor of the President of the National Council for Economy and Labour and Head of Transport Department of Antoptima SA, Lugano (CH), a little hi tech firm, and is editor of the book Il Lavoro Autonomo di Seconda Generazione, 1997 (The Second Generation Independent Work) by Feltrinelli, Milan.

    Studies on history, literature and Philosophy. He was an officer by Olivetti Advertising Department (1964\66), Professor at the Faculties of Sociology and Political Science by the Universities of Trento and Padua (1966\81), visiting professor at the University of Bremen (FDR) (1982\83), and has several publications on work history and sociology.

    In 1985 he left the academic world and set up a consulting office and research laboratory on transport and logistics as consultant for institutions and enterprises. From 1998 to 2001 he was a member of the Expert Group for the Guidelines for the National Transport Plan by the Ministry of Transport (coordinator of the freight and logistics sector).


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