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Dr Jörg Kreienbrock, Northwestern University

University College

October - December 2017

Jörg Kreienbrock is an Associate Professor in the Department of

German and Critical Thought and the Program in Comparative

Literary Studies at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in

2005 from the Department of German at New York University with

a dissertation thesis examining representations of the small and

minute in the prose works of Robert Walser. From 2005 to 2006 he

held a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

at Emory University. He spent the 2015/16 academic year as an

Alexander von Humboldt fellow in the Department of Media Studies

at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

His research and teaching interests include German literature

from the 18th to the 21st century with an emphasis on literary

theory, contemporary literature, the history of science, and popular

culture. Dr Kreienbrock is the author of

Kleiner. Feiner. Leichter:

Nuancierungen zum Werk Robert Walsers

(Diaphanes, 2010);

Malicious Objects, Anger Management, and the Question of Modern

Literature

(Fordham University Press, 2012); and as co-editor

of

Die Amerikanischen Götter: Transatlantische Prozesse in der

Deutschsprachigen Popkultur seit 1945

(de Gruyter, 2015).

While in Durham, Dr Kreienbrock aims to analyze the various fields

of knowledge (Gestalt psychology, theoretical biology, linguistic

structuralism, ethnography) that Ernst Cassirer summarizes under

the notion of a new holistic organicism. These disciplines are

representative of a particular type of German proto-structuralism,

which developed under the concepts of Gestalt, Form, and

Wholeness during the first half of the twentieth century. According

to these theories, elements within a structure, objects in the

world, or parts of a whole are all conceptualized as emplacements

within a field, which does not serve as a neutral background but

instead generates these phenomena, giving shape and meaning

in the act of producing space and creating a world. In this sense,

they all resemble de Saussure’s structural notion of language,

which, according to Katherine Hayles, must be understood “as

an integrated nondivisible whole, that is to say, as a unified field

composed of parts but not reducible to the sum of its parts.”

Dr Wahbie Long, University of Cape Town

College of St Hild and St Bede

October - December 2017

Dr Wahbie Long is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology

and Director of the Child Guidance Clinic at the University of Cape

Town (UCT) in South Africa. His research interests include the

history, theory, and indigenization of psychology, and his work has

appeared in journals including

History of Psychology, History of

the Human Sciences, Theory and Psychology,

and

New Ideas in

Psychology

. His book on the longstanding debate about the social

value of psychology,

A History of ‘Relevance’ in Psychology

, was

published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. He writes regularly in the

public domain about topics including Marxism, identity politics, and

higher education in South Africa.

Dr Long completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and

economics, and an Honours degree in psychology, at UCT, before

completing a Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Stellenbosch

University. He practiced as a military psychologist in the South

African National Defence Force before joining the Department of

Psychology at UCT in 2010, where he completed a doctoral degree

in 2013. He currently teaches an Honours module on philosophical

and theoretical issues in psychology as well as various topics in

the Master’s in Clinical Psychology programme. He continues to

practice as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist.

Dr Long’s work has been well-received by historians and

theoreticians in psychology. His article, ‘Rethinking ‘relevance’:

South African psychology in context’ was chosen as the best article

in the 2013 volume of

History of Psychology

, the official history

journal of the American Psychological Association. In 2015, he

was a Mandela-Mellon Fellow of the Hutchins Center at Harvard

University, and in 2016 he received the Early Career Award of the

APA’s Society for the History of Psychology.

At the IAS, Dr Long will draw on historical, theoretical, and clinical

scholarship in psychology to investigate the psychological sequelae

of structural violence. Informed by the notion of a ‘political

unconscious,’ he will begin theorizing how structures – economic

ones in particular – shape the psychological lives of ordinary

citizens. His objective is to develop a politically engaged form of

psychotherapy that can be practiced in contexts of social inequality.

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