Douglas Kirsner is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University and a staff member for more than 38 years. He is the founder of the Deakin University Freud Conference in 1977 and was appointed to Personal Chair, Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Studies in 2007, retiring in 2014.
Professor Douglas Kirsner has made a prolific and ongoing contribution to the progressive humanities curriculum in philosophy and psychoanalytical studies. He continues to challenge boundaries in psychoanalytic studies and existential psychology both in Australia and overseas. Prof. Kirsner was made an honorary member of the prestigious American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) in 2015.
His seminal publications include Unfree Associations: Inside Psychoanalytic Institutes and The Schizoid World of Jean-Paul Sartre and RD Laing. He has also edited numerous collections and written a multitude of articles in psychoanalytic journals. Prof. Kirsner lectures widely at psychoanalytic institutes and associations in Australia and around the world.