OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
April 11, 2020
As you all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly growing. The assessment of the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) is that social distancing measures of some kind will need to remain in place for at least some months. Based on the available evidence, it is currently too early to start lifting community and physical distancing measures.
Against this background, and after intensive consultations and a long and deep deliberation, the members of the organisational and scientific committee have decided to postpone the first International Conference, Sabina Spielrein and the Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis, to April 15–17, 2021.
We deeply regret being forced to make this decision, but as an Association we feel responsible for the health of our speakers and conference participants. Moreover, we cannot assess the possibility of travel and a potential quarantine for event attendants. We also feel socially responsible and do not want to contribute to the spreading of the disease.
We trust you will understand our decision.
Your existing registrations for April 2020 will of course be valid in April 2021. We very much hope that everyone will be able to attend then. However, if you are unable to do so and would like to request a refund of the conference fee, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We stand alone, together. Stay safe!
Organizational and scientific committee:
AND THE EARLY
15-17 April 2021
Location: Staszic Palace, 72 Nowy Świat Street
International Association for Spielrein Studies
International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
Scientific and organisational committee:
Klara Naszkowska (chair, International Association for Spielrein Studies)
Adrienne Harris (International Association for Spielrein Studies)
John Launer (International Association for Spielrein Studies)
Bernhard Bolech (International Psychoanalytic University Berlin)
Language of the conference: English
Polish/English and German/English translators will be present
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Registration of participants
Klara Naszkowska (Warsaw/New York)
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past”
Adrienne Harris (New York)
Klara Naszkowska (Warsaw/New York)
John Launer (London)
Between Bolsheviks and Nazis: A tragic story of Sabina's family
Vladimir Shpilrain (New York)
The untold story of Sabina Spielrein: Book presentation
Vladimir Shpilrain* (New York)
Henry Lothane (New York)
Psychoanalysis and emancipation: First female psychoanalysts from Poland –
a country that did not exist
Paweł Dybel (Warsaw, Krakow)
Friday, April 16, 2021
Curatorial tour of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto
(Jewish Historical Institute)
(Jewish Historical Institute)
Return to the Staszic Palace
Sabina Spielrein and Carl Jung
Chair: Klara Naszkowska
The miss-treatment of the little Russian patient
Nina Clara Schnall (Oakland)
Sabina Spielrein’s influence on C. G Jung, as case, collaborator, and projected anima
Felicity Kelcourse (Indianapolis)
Analytical psychology: Comparative analysis
Valentin Balanovsky (Kaliningrad)
Sabina Spielrein and the death drive
Chair: Pamela Cooper-White
Death instinct and mental conflict in Spielrein’s work
Fatima Caropreso (Juiz de Fora)
We could just as readily derive everything from the nurturing drive: Spielrein as a proto-Relational theorist
Esther Rapoport (Tel Aviv)
Is the death drive gendered?
Adrienne Harris (New York)
Eyal Rozmarin (New York)
Sabina Spielrein and medical science
Chair: Bernhard Bolech
Sabina Spielrein as a pioneer of evolutionary psychology and psychiatry
John Launer (London)
Spielrein, materialistic psychoanalysis and holistic neurology
Ana Tomcic (Exeter)
Sabina Spielrein and #MeToo movement: Group discussion
Kathy Sinsheimer (Oakland) & Adrienne Harris (New York)
Visit to the perished city. Guide tour to the former Warsaw Ghetto area
Agnieszka Haska (Warsaw)
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Sabina Spielrein and language
Chair: Esther Rapoport
Sabina Spielrein as linguist
Katalin Faluvégi (Budapest)
Sabina Spielrein’s language of the mother: Anticipation of the ideas of Jacques Lacan, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray
Klara Naszkowska (Warsaw/New York)
More female pioneers of psychoanalysis, Holocaust, and tyranny
Chair: John Launer
Margarete Hilferding: A woman before her time
Candice Dumas (Cape Town)
Erzsébet Kardos, the promise of the Budapest School of psychoanalysis
Anna Borgos (Budapest)
What do we know about Tatiana Rosenthal?
Pamela Cooper-White (New York)
An unknown heroine’s mission on the eve of the second world war: Erzsébet Farkas’ work in a Jewish foster home in Hungary
Dóra Szabó (Budapest)
More female pioneers of psychoanalysis: Escaping Holocaust and tyranny?
Chair: Felicity Kelcourse
The artist as narcissus: Lou Andreas-Salomé on Artistic Creativity
Shira Dushy (Tel Aviv/Berlin)
Ella Freeman Sharpe: A leading figure in the interpretation of the dreams
Irayetzin A. Hernández (Berlin)
Beyond the Nirvana principle: Barbara Low’s contributions to psychoanalysis
Richard Theisen Simanke (Juiz de Fora)
Speaking in Tongues. Nic Waal (1905—1960): Norwegian Psychoanalyst and
Håvard Friis Nilsen (Ostfold)
Polish-Jewish pioneers of psychoanalysis, Holocaust, and emigration
Chair: Irayetzin A. Hernández
“Our last psychoanalytical Mohican in Berlin”: The Polish analyst Salomea Kempner (1880-1943) and her years in Berlin (1923-1939) and her disappearance in Warsaw
Ludger Hermanns (Berlin)
Eugenie Sokolnicka, Sophie Morgenstern: Forgotten pioneers of psychoanalysis in the field of female psyche and child psychology
Ursula Prameshuber (Rome)
The force of destiny: Alberta Szalita, a Jewish psychoanalyst from Warsaw in America
Ewa Kobylińska-Dehe (Frankfurt/Berlin)
Sabina’s Faces: Work-in-progress presentation of a theatrical performance
Gunilla Bergerham (Stockholm)
Matilda Strand (Stockholm)
Eveline Grassman (Stockholm)
Alexandra Ekelo (Stockholm)
Bob Dolman (Los Angeles)
Closing of the conference
Informal kitchen, Małachowski Square 2
Ph.D. in philosophy, LL.M, senior researcher at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad). Research interests: history of philosophy and psychology (particularly Jung, Spielrein, Lossky). Recent publications: “Sabina Spielrein and Carl Jung: Contribution of Russian Emigrant to the Development of Analytical Psychology” (in Russian, 2019).
Playwright and actress working on stage, and in film and TV productions. Now touring is her musical for children about the environments of the oceans. Gunilla is also a certified dream coach of the Institute for Dream Psychology and a gestalt practitioner.
Ph.D., historian, researcher and librarian at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin. Most recent publication: “Galician Psychoanalysts at Freud’s Side. On the Epistemic Benefits of Social Marginalization” (in German, 2018), “Rudolf M. Loewenstein and psychoanalysis of antisemitism” (in German, 2019; in Polish, forthcoming in 2020).
Ph.D., research fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Budapest, editor-in-chief of the psychoanalytic journal Imágó Budapest. Research interests: life and work of Hungarian women intellectuals with focus on psychoanalysis and literature. Recent book publication: Girls of tomorrow: Women in the Budapest School of psychoanalysis (in Hungarian, 2018), "Alice Bálint and her diaries" (2019).
Ph.D., historian of psychology and psychoanalysis, associate professor at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil). Recent publications in English: “The death instinct and the mental dimension beyond the pleasure principle in the works of Spielrein and Freud” (2017) and “Knowledge and sense of reality in Sándor Ferenczi’s thought” (2019).
Ph.D., Academic Dean/Vice President, and C.B. Johnson professor of psychology & religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York. Recent publications: Old and Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (2017), Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis: Thought, Word, and Image (co-editor, 2019).
Canadian-born painter, writer, filmmaker and teacher, living in California. Film and TV credits include SCTV, Willow, The Banger Sisters. Paintings exhibited in Los Angeles and Stockholm. Consultant for the development and presentation of Sabina’s Faces.
M.A., clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist from Cape Town, South Africa. Research interests: the history of the first generation of female psychoanalysts in Western Europe.
M.A. in philosophy from the Tel Aviv University, M.A. student of clinical psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin. Her M.A. thesis focuses on Lou Andreas-Salomè's writings about art and narcissism. Research interests: psychoanalysis, philosophy and the arts, and how they integrate in the clinical practice.
Professor Dr. habil., IFiS at the Polish Academy of Sciences; Pedagogical University of Krakow. Author of many books on psychoanalysis and hermeneutics. Recent publications: A Past Messiah. Bruno Schulz and Psychoanalysis (in Polish, 2017), Affinities from the era. Associations between Polish modernism and interwar literature with psychoanalysis (editor, in Polish, 2018).
Actress, composer, violinist, singer and songwriter. Alexandra comes from the physical theatre tradition. She works mainly in touring plays and in her own solo performance “The Ordinary Princess” in which she plays 30 characters in less than an hour - just by changing voice and posture.
M.A., Ph.D. student, linguist, Germanist, university lecturer at Budapest Business School. Research interests: encounter of linguistics and psychoanalysis in Spielrein's oeuvre. Recent publication: “Linguistic approaches of the early psychoanalysts: Freud, Ferenczi, Spielrein and Hollós” (in Hungarian, 2018).
Actress, writer, film director, journalist and lecturer of journalism at the University of Stockholm. She works with film and television. Recipient of the Manhattan Short Film Festival award for the short film “Lili can see you” (as director and writer, 2019) that investigates psychological and technological dilemmas in the modern age.
Ph.D., faculty and supervisor at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty and supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, co-founder of the Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and ghosts.
Ph.D., sociologist, cultural anthropologist, lecturer at the Polish Centre for Holocaust Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Research interests: collaboration discourse concerning WWII, attempts to save Jews with foreign passports, anthropological view of various forms of memory and post-memory. Recent book publication: Disgrace! Stories about Polish betrayal (in Polish, 2018).
Hermanns, Ludger M.
M.D., specialist in psychosomatic medicine, psychoanalyst (DPV/IPA) and group analyst (D3G/SGAZ/BIG) in private office in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Chair of the History of Psychoanalysis Committee IPA and of Archiv zur Geschichte der Psychoanalyse at the Bundesarchiv Koblenz, co-editor of the journal “Luzifer - Amor.” Recent book publication: Psychoanalysis in Self-Portraits, Vol. XII (in German, 2019).
Hernández, Irayetzin A.
M.A. in Psychoanalytic Theory at Colegio de Psicoanálisis Lacaniano (Mexico), M.A. student of Psychology at International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, in private practice in Mexico City. Recent lecture: “Abraham and Ferenczi in Front of the War Neuroses' presented in the Congress The Great War: Trauma and Neuroses” (2019).
MMin., Ph.D., LMHC, associate professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis. Recent book publication: Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis (co-editor, 2019).
Professor Dr. habil., psychoanalyst, (DPV, IPA), cultural scientist, philosopher. IPU Berlin, FPI Frankfurt, IFiS Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Recent publications: “Body, Touching and Fantasy” (in German, 2018), “Like a Phoenix from the ashes – on the decline and rebirth of psychoanalysis in Poland” (2018).
M.D., family physician and family therapist by background, founding member of the International Association for Spielrein Studies, author of the first full-length biography of Spielrein in English, Sex versus Survival: the life and ideas of Sabina Spielrein (2015).
Lothane, Henry Zvi
M.D., internationally known as biographer of Paul Schreber and Sabina Spielrein. Published on Spielrein 1987—2016, disproving allegations of illicit sex between Spielrein and Jung. Recent publication: “Lessons Learned” in The Handbook of Psychoanalytic Holocaust Studies (2019).
Ph.D., cultural historian, 2019/2020 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, founding director of the International Association for Spielrein Studies. Recent publications: “Passions, Politics, and Drives: Sabina Spielrein in Soviet Russia” (2019) and “Sabina Spielrein: Searching for her own path” (in Polish, forthcoming in 2020).
Nilsen, Håvard Friis
Ph.D., historian of science and modern political history, professor of social science at Ostfold University College, Norway. Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Recent publication: "Resistance in Therapy and War. Psychoanalysis Before and During the Nazi Occupation of Norway 1933-45" (2013).
PsychD., Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Rome. M.A. in English literature from the University of Salzburg. Research interests: early female psychoanalysts, expats, nostalgia and exile. Recent publications: “Sabina Spielrein’s contribution to psychoanalysis” (in French, 2009); “Nostalgia” (in Italian, forthcoming in 2020).
PsyD., clinical psychologist at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis. Interested in Spielrein as a proto-relational theorist and in possible applications of her thought to queer theory. Recent book publication: From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis (2019).
Ph.D., co-editor of the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality, faculty member at the White Institute, in private practice in NYC. Research interests: intersection of psychoanalysis, social theory, and philosophy. Recent publications: “The Subject of Otherness, the Subject as Otherness” (2019).
Schnall, Nina Clara
M.A., M.F.A., Writer, cultural anthropologist, 1999/2000 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Artistic Director of the Yoga of Writing. Recent publications: “The Patient Writes Back; Psychoanalysis from the Other Side of the Couch” (2016) and “African Dance in Paris” (2018).
Professor of mathematics at the City University of New York. Great-nephew of Sabina Spielrein. Together with Henry Lothane, Vladimir is currently involved in a project of translating Spielrein's diaries and letters from Russian into English.
Simanke, Richard Theisen
Ph.D., chair professor at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), author of many works on the history of psychiatry, and history and philosophy of psychoanalysis. Most recent publications: “Meaning and object in Freud’s theory of language” (2017) and “Freud and his Bahnung in the history of dynamic theories of memory” (in Portuguese, 2019).
MFT, personal and supervising analyst and faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, in private practice for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Research interest: the history of ethics in the field of psychoanalysis. Recent paper on the subject: “Silencing” (2014).
Swedish actress, dancer and musical theatre performer. Matilda has performed in film and stage productions at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. She is also a drama and dance teacher for adolescents and children with neuropsychiatric conditions.
M.A., Ph.D. student in Theoretical Psychoanalysis Doctoral Programme at the University of Pécs (Hungary). Research interests: the contribution of psychoanalysis to the pedagogical field with particular regard to the so-called psychoanalytic experimental schools. Recent publication: “August Aichhorn and the delinquent youth” (in Hungarian, 2019).
Ph.D., cultural historian, author of Gods and Goods: Holism, Psychoanalysis and Modernist Women (thesis defended in 2019) with a chapter focused on Spielrein's work in Geneva and USSR, and a paper on Spielrein for “Contemporary European History” (forthcoming).