Candela Potente

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Research interests: psychoanalysis, critical theory, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, global psychoanalysis, conceptual history, history of ideas.

Languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian (reading), Portuguese (reading).

Candela Potente is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her dissertation focuses on the epistemology of transference and the global circulation of psychoanalytic concepts. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires, where she specialized in modern philosophy and aesthetics.

At Princeton, she co-organized the Comparative Literature Lecture Series 2018/19, as well as a day-long roundtable with the same theme and title: “The Place of Concepts” (Spring 2019), and ran the IHUM Theory Reading Group from Fall 2015 to Spring 2018. She is a Graduate Affiliate in the Program in European Cultural Studies, where she co-organized working groups on Freud and Hegel.


Assistant in Instruction, COM 218: “Literature and Society” (Prof. Benjamin Conisbee Baer), Princeton University, Fall 2018.

Recent Conference Presentations

One Word for Another: Between Transference and Metaphor.” LACKiii, Worcester, MA, May 2019.

“Transference and Authority: Within and Beyond the Psychoanalytic Frame.” Psychoanalysis in Our Time – Psychoanalysis, Nationalism, and Ideology, Sopot/Gdansk, Poland, October 2018.

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