International Conference is a combination of a Webinar and a Live Conference. 

The Webinar "Sabina Spielrein: History and Contemporary Relevance" took place on April 18, 2021. 


The Live Conference will take place on April 9-11, 2022 in Warsaw.  

Program of the Webinar:

                12:00-12:15: Welcoming address (Klara Naszkowska, Poland)

                12:15-1:15: Panels:


                                  12:15-12:30: John Launer (UK). 

                                                      The Evolutionary Thinking of Sabina Spielrein.

                                  12:30-12:45: Fátima Caropreso (Brasil).

                                                        Sabina Spielrein's Views on Language.

                                  12:45-1:00: Adrienne Harris (USA).

                                                     Sabina Spielrein through Relational Psychoanalytic,                                                                 Feminist, and Developmental Psychological Lenses.

                                  1:00-1:15: Esther Rapoport (Israel). 

                                                   Sabina Spielrein’s death drive, queer experience,

                                                   and psychoanalytic twogetherness.

                1:15-1:30: Breakout groups

                1:30-2:00: Plenary discussion


Moderator: Klara Naszkowska (Poland)

Web host: Pamela Cooper–White (USA)


International Association for Spielrein Studies

The Psychology and Religion Program at Union Theological Seminary in New York

International Psychoanalytic University Berlin  

Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research. 


                "Sabina Spielrein and the Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis"


9-11 April 2022

Warsaw, Poland

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)

Pamela Cooper-White (International Association for Spielrein Studies) 

Language of the conference: English
Polish/English and German/English translators will be present

Saturday, April 9, 2022


Room 268



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) 




Room 161





Sunday, April 10, 2022



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




Coffee break
(Jewish Historical Institute)




Return to the Staszic Palace 



Room 268

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) 




Room 161

Lunch break 


Room 268

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)



Room 161

Coffee break


Room 268

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) 



Room 268

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) 

Monday, April 11, 2022 



Room 268

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) 



Room 161

Coffee break



Room 268

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)


Room 161

Lunch break


Room 268

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 
              Resistance Fighter

             Håvard Friis Nilsen (Ostfold)



Room 161

Coffee break



Room 268

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)



Room 161

Coffee break



Room 268

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)



Room 268

Closing of the conference



Informal kitchen, Małachowski Square 2

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).

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).


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). 


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).

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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