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Diane O'Donoghue

Director, Program for Public Humanities & Senior Fellow for the Humanities

Diane O'Donoghue

Director, Program for Public Humanities & Senior Fellow for the Humanities

Phone 617.627.6145
Barnum Hall
163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA
Biography: 

Diane O’Donoghue is the Director of the Program for Public Humanities and Senior Fellow for the Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She is also Visiting Professor of Public Humanities at Brown University's John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and a scholar member and faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where she is Chair of their new Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. An art historian, she has chaired the Department of Visual and Critical Studies (now Visual and Material Culture) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and since joining Tisch College in 2015 her scholarship and public-facing projects frequently intersect. Her specialization in the visual culture and archaeology of early China helped facilitate  a bilingual, archival exhibition (“These Words”) in Boston’s Chinese neighborhood, and an interest in connections between archaeology and psychoanalysis brought her to Vienna, where she became involved in descendant advocacy for Nazi-era restitution of a large Jewish cemetery. This latter work in turn inspired aspects of her recent book, On Dangerous Ground: Freud’s Visual Cultures of the Unconscious (Bloomsbury, 2019), winner of the 2019 Robert S Liebert Award; previous writings have received the Loewenberg, Deutsch, and Silberger Prizes. Her scholarship now extends into areas of public and civic memory, sites of memorialization, and forensic ethics and excavations.

Recent Publications:

On Dangerous Ground: Freud’s Visual Cultures of the Unconscious. New York; London: Bloomsbury, 2019. 

“What Readers Matter? Challenging the Disappearance of the Branch Library in Boston’s Chinese Neighborhood.” In Doing Public Humanities, edited by Susan Smulyan. New York: Routledge (forthcoming, 2020). 

“Sigismund’s Wolves.” American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences, 76, no.4 (Winter 2019): 553-567.

“Image, Loss, Delay.” In Grief and Its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, Creativity, edited by Adele Tutter and Léon Wurmser. New York; London: Routledge, 2016, 88-94. 

“Liquiphophia und der Schauplatz der Psychoanalyze.” In Verflüssigungen: Ästhetische und  semantische Dimensionen eines Topos, edited by Kassandra Nakas. Berlin; Munich: Wilhelm Fink. 2015, 45-56.

 

Education: 
Ph.D. Art History, Harvard University
B.A. History, Mount Holyoke College
Selected Honors and Awards: 
2020 Grantee, Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Diversity Fund, Tufts University.
2019-2020 Grantee, Tufts University Collaborates Grant.
2019 Robert S Liebert Award, in recognition of interdisciplinary work in psychoanalysis and the humanities. Columbia University and its Psychoanalytic Center.
National Humanities Conference, 2017 Annual Meeting - Closing Plenary Panel
2016 Mass Humanities, exhibition grant (for the “These Words” project).
2016 New England Foundation for the Arts (for the work of exhibition partner, Wen-ti Tsen, for the "These Words" project).
2015-2016 Grantee, Tisch College Community Research Fund (for the “These Words” project), Tufts University.
2014 Scholar-in-Residence, Erikson Institute, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.
2013-2014 Faculty Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University.
2010 Elisabeth Ortner-Chopin Visiting Professorship, University of Vienna.
2008 Tufts University Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) Grant.
2006 Council for International Exchange of Scholars. William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fulbright Visiting Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
2005 Felix and Helene Deutsch Prize. Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
2002 Peter Loewenberg Prize (formerly CORST Prize) for writing on psychoanalysis and culture. American Psychoanalytic Association.
2001 Council for International Exchange of Scholars. William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fulbright/Sigmund Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis, University of Vienna.
2000 Annual Excellence in Teaching Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University.
Selected Professional Activities: 
Member, Steering Committee, North East Public Humanities Consortium, 2015-present
Co-chair, Planning Committee, 2019 Annual NEPH Meeting
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
Memory Politics: Memorials and Sites of Forgetting
Ethical in Public: Humanities as Moments of Encountering
Public Amnesias and Their Discontents
Critical Discourses: Genealogies and Visual Strategies
Recognitions: Re-Visioning the Uses of Objects
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories of Genders and Representation
Bronze Age of China and the Ethics of Metallurgy
Asian Painting/s and Empire
Acts of Emptying: Visual Cultures of Premodern Japan
Multiplicities: The Visual Cultures of Premodern India