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Ferenczi and the Budapest School: Evolution, Exile, and Contributions to Modern Psychoanalysis

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
November 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

Judit Mészáros, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst with the Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society (IPA) and member of the Training Committee of the Society. Involved in teaching as well, she is a honorary associate professor at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and a staff member at the European Psychotherapy Training Institute, Tündérhegy, Budapest. She has written scores of papers and is the editor and author of several books, the most recent published one: Ferenczi and Beyond. Exile of the Budapest School and Solidarity in the Psychoanalytic Movement during the Nazi Years. Karnac, 2014. She has also curated exhibitions about Ferenczi and the Budapest School at the Freud Museum, London (2004), and the Galeria Centralis of the Open Society Archives, Budapest (2006), and consulted on documentaries on Ferenczi’s life (2001, 2012). She is president of both the International Sándor Ferenczi Foundation and the Ferenczi Society as well as a psychoanalyst in private practice.

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  Can one truly speak of a school with no walls, no director, and no students? And if so, what organizing principles provide the common ground that distinguishes the professional philosophy of its members? How did the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis take shape? What was the role played in it by Sándor Ferenczi, Freud’s closest friend and associate? What significance did this intellectual grouping hold for the evolution of modern psychoanalysis in relationship-based psychoanalysis, in early object relationship theory or in the paradigm shift of trauma theory? How did the defining moments of early 20th-century Hungarian and European politics impact both psychoanalysis and the analysts themselves? What was the importance in these pivotal times of the Emergency Committee on Relief and Immigration – an organization formed in 1938 by the American Psychoanalytic Association. The American psychoanalysts had set aside considerations of professional achievement and rivalry to assist their colleagues forced to flee European Nazism. 

The lecture answers all of these questions and demonstrates through the emigration of the Budapest psychoanalysts how the threat of destruction can draw people together from across continents and how the scattering of seeds enriched psychoanalysis and culture of our time.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - At the conclusion of the event the participants will be able to:

1.    explain the contribution of the Budapest School of psychoanalysis to our recent knowledge. 

2.    discuss the role of the Emergency Committee on Relief and Immigration

3.    describe the most important element in the modern trauma theory


No registration required. For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

2 hours
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