Julia Kristeva portrait

Julia Kristeva. Photo: John Foley/Opale

A talk with Julia Kristeva

14.10 2016


The Bulgarian-French intellectual Julia Kristeva is a world-renowned psychoanalytical philosopher. Meet her in a personal talk led by Carin Franzén and Cecilia Sjöholm, two of Sweden’s foremost Kristeva experts. Five practising artists have also been invited to present their questions to Kristeva.

Video documentation of the conversation with Julia Kristeva at Moderna Museet 14 October, 2016

About Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva’s essays have inspired researchers all over the world in the fields of humanities and social sciences. She has had a huge impact on the development of feminist theory since the 1980s. Today, Julia Kristeva is a professor emerita at the Paris Diderot University.

Born in Bulgaria, she has lived and worked in France since 1966. In the 1960s, she was active in the group that produced Tel Quel, a magazine in which she published innovative articles on language and politics. She went on to become a psychoanalyst, and in the 1980s based her philosophical thinking on psychoanalytical practice. She explores the links between urges and language, between love and hate. In her recent books, Kristeva deals with such disparate subjects as the experience of being The Other, religious faith and the female genius.

Conference at Södertörn University

On 13–15 October, some 60 members of “The Kristeva Circle” from thirteen different countries will meet at Södertörn University. Julia Kristeva will attend the conference in person. The conference is organised by the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University and the Department of Culture and Communication at Linköping University, with generous support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Research Council and the Center for Baltic and Eastern European Studies. In conjunction with the conference, this event is open to the general public, where Julia Kristeva will talk to Carin Franzén and Cecilia Sjöholm.

Carin Franzén is a professor of languages and culture at Linköping University, and Cecilia Sjöholm is a professor of aesthetics at Södertörn University.