March 9, 2020


Dear colleagues,

As you all know, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is currently spreading over Europe and we are facing a potential pandemic. The assessment of the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) is that the risk of widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19 in EU/EEA and UK in the coming weeks is moderate to high, with more countries expected to report more cases and clusters. Poland reported its first case last Wednesday, and has 11 confirmed cases as of today.

In an attempt to stem the spread of the disease, following the recommendations of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and governments, organizations and companies are calling off conferences and other large events all over the world.

Against this background, and after intensive consultations and a long and deep deliberation, the members of the organizational and scientific committee have decided to postpone the first International Conference, “Sabina Spielrein and the Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis,” from April 2-4, 2020 to September 3-5, 2020.

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 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 September 2020. 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 spielrein@spielreinassociation.org.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Organizational and scientific committee:

Klara Naszkowska

Adrienne Harris

John Launer

Bernhard Bolech 



Konferencja międzynarodowa

3-5 września 2020


Pałac Staszica, Nowy Świat 72


International Association for Spielrein Studies

International Psychoanalytic University Berlin  

Komitet naukowy i organizacyjny
Klara Naszkowska (przewodnicząca, Międzynarodowe stowarzyszenie na rzecz badań nad Sabiną Spielrein) 
Adrienne Harris (Międzynarodowe stowarzyszenie na rzecz badań nad Sabiną Spielrein)
John Launer (Międzynarodowe stowarzyszenie na rzecz badań nad Sabiną Spielrein) 
Bernhard Bolech (Międzynarodowe stowarzyszenie na rzecz badań nad Sabiną Spielrein)

Język konferencji: angielski
Będzie można skorzystać z pomocy tłumaczy języków polski/angielski i niemiecki/angielski 

Thursday, September 3, 2020


Registration of participants 



Welcoming address
Klara Naszkowska (Warsaw/New York)



Public lectures:

“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, September 4, 2020 



Curatorial tour of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto
(Jewish Historical Institute)




Coffee break
(Jewish Historical Institute)




Return to the Staszic Palace 



Sabina Spielrein and Carl Jung
Chair: Klara Naszkowska


            Sabina Spielrein’s influence on C. G Jung, as case, collaborator,                                                  and projected anima
           Felicity Kelcourse (Indianapolis) 


            Analytical psychology: Comparative analysis
           Valentin Balanovsky (Kaliningrad) 



Lunch break 



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)



Coffee break


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, September 5, 2020 



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) 


Coffee break


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)


Lunch break

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)



Coffee break



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) 




Coffee break



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



Gala dinner 



Balanovsky, Valentin

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).


Bergerham, Gunilla

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. 


Bolech, Bernhard

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).


Borgos, Anna

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).

Caropreso, Fatima

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).


Cooper-White, Pamela

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).


Dolman, Bob

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.


Dumas, Candice

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.


Dushy, Shira
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.

Dybel, Paweł

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).  


Ekelöf, Alexandra

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.


Faluvégi, Katalin

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).


Grassman, Eveline
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.

Harris, Adrienne

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.

Haska, Agnieszka

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).

Kelcourse, Felicity

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).

Kobylińska-Dehe, Ewa

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).


Launer, John
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).  


Naszkowska, Klara

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)


Prameshuber, Ursula

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).

Rapoport, Esther
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).


Rozmarin, Eyal
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). 


Shpilrain, Vladimir

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).

Sinsheimer, Kathy

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).

Strand, Matilda
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. 


Szabó, Dóra
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).


Tomcic, Ana
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).


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