The Sándor Ferenczi Center

The Emigré Analysts and American Psychoanalysis: History and Contemporary Relevance

A Two-Day Conference Honoring the New School Centennial


The Emigré Analysts and American Psychoanalysis: History and Contemporary Relevance


Friday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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(Ticket: $75, Ticket + CE Credits: $100)
Free to New School students.

9 CE credits available for NYS Social Workers and MHCs


This conference is organized to examine the context AND the contemporary relevance of the forced emigration of European Jewish psychoanalysts in the deepening crisis in Europe in the 1930s, the rise of Fascism, the subsequent war, and the Holocaust.

This conference is set in the context of the Centennial of the New School, historically the ‘University in exile’, and a site of radical thought and practice throughout its history.


Adrienne Harris
Aleksandra Wagner


Nellie Thompson, Emily Kuriloff, Judit Meszaros,
Ellen Schrecker, Pamela Cooper-White, Eli Zaretsky,
Adam Brown, Irene Cairo, Rogelio Sosnik



Friday, December 13, 7:00-10:00pm

Theresa Lang Student and Community Center
Room I202, 55 W 13th St.


We begin with a Friday evening event: a Roundtable with all the participants. This introduces the issues, and history and contemporary implications that are essential to understanding this migration, its support, its agenda, its impact, and its relevance to our contemporary circumstances, internationally. Followed by Q and A with audience.


Saturday, December 14, 9:00am-5:00pm

Room UL104
University Center, 63 Fifth St.

Three panels.

1. The Political and Historical Background to this work of the ECRI in Europe and in the United States. Life and practice under conditions of immigration for Analysts and families arriving from Europe
Panelists: Thompson, Schrecker, Meszaros
Moderator: Harris

2. The importing and transforming of Theory and Practice. What changed inside Psychoanalysis – its institutions, its theories, and its practices?
Panelists: Cooper-White, Kuriloff, Zaretsky

3. Contemporary political and social crises, and exile and emigration in the present.
Panelists: Brown, Cairo, Sosnik
Moderator: Wagner


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