Psychoanalysis & Criminology
Libido & Power
International Hans and Otto Gross Congress
Graz, Austria 2011
For three days, scientists and researchers from several European countries and the U.S. will meet to engage with the scientific work and its impact of Prof. Dr. Hans Gross (1847-1915) and his son, Dr. Otto Gross (1877-1920). The criminal lawyer and founder of criminology in Graz, Hans Gross, and his son, the psychoanalyst and anarchist Otto Gross, have become well-known not only for their scientific achievements but also for their life-long conflict – a symptomatic one in the era of Expressionism – that has found its echo in the biographies of C.G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Ernest Jones, and Sabina Spielrein, as well as in those of Max Weber, Frieda Weekley and D.H. Lawrence. It has also influenced modern literature from Kafka to Werfel, as well as Erich Mühsam, Franz Jung and Franziska zu Reventlow, Max Brod and Johannes R. Becher.
Today, Otto Gross is seen as the initiator of what today we call intersubjectivity, and he was the first to link analysis with radical politics. The Handbook for Criminal Judges by Hans Gross became world-famous, was translated into many languages and continued to be re-printed into the 1970s. We can also find the “Father of Criminology” mentioned in many modern detective stories. During recent decades, Hans and Otto Gross and their work have repeatedly been the subject of as wide a variety of scientific disciplines as criminology and criminalistics, psychoanalysis and psychiatry, ethics, literature, the arts, law, and sociology, as well as their respective histories.* The Grossian father/son conflict has also been portrayed on stage and screen.
Since 1999, these varied and conflictual subject areas have been engaged with at ten international congresses and symposia (Berlin, Dresden, and Munich, at the Burghölzli in Zurich, Vienna, Graz, et al.), always in connection with publications of the proceedings (www.literaturwissenschaft.de). This series is now being continued with this upcoming Congress in Graz titled “Psychoanalysis and Criminology – Libido and Power”, from October 14–16 at the University of Graz.
* cf. Heuer, ed. Sexual Revolutions: Psychoanalysis, History and the Father, Hove, New York: Routledge 2011.
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