The Sándor Ferenczi Center

Sabina Spielrein: History and Contemporary Relevance: The Webinar

International Association for Spielrein Studies
Psychology and Religion Program of Union Theological Seminary in New York
International Psychoanalytic University in Berlin
Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research 


Sabina Spielrein: History and Contemporary Relevance

The Webinar 

April 18, 2021
12:00 noon – 2:00 P.M. Eastern (New York) Time (Sunday)

The Webinar is open to everyone and will be of particular interest to those interested in women’s studies, Jewish studies, history of ideas, culture and psychoanalysis, gender studies, and to clinicians working in psychoanalysis, psychology, psychotherapy.

Four leading scholars & members of the International Association for Spielrein Studies will introduce and explore important aspects of Sabina Spielrein’s legacy as a pioneer of psychoanalysis.

The Webinar introduces the first international conference Sabina Spielrein and the Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis to be held on April 9–11, 2022 in Warsaw. To learn more about the Live Conference, go to:

Registration for the Webinar:

Live participation in the Webinar is free but requires pre–registration.

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The Webinar will be livestreamed and recording will be made available on the website of the Spielrein Association and our Facebook page

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)
Language of the webinar: English

Information on panelists & organizers:

Fátima Caropreso, Ph.D., is a 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” (IJP, 2017), “Sabina Spielrein’s theoretical views in her letter to Carl Gustav Jung” (Psicologia USP, 2019) and “Sabina Spielrein’s theory of the origin and development of language” (IJP, 2020).
Member of the International Association for Spielrein Studies.

Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D., LCPC, is the Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and Assisting Priest at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Author of nine books, including Old & Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015) & co-editor of Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2019, finalist for the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis /NAAP/ 2020 Gradiva® Award for Best Edited Book).
Member of the Steering Group of the International Association for Spielrein Studies.

Adrienne HarrisPh.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of.  Psychology, Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Co-founder and co-chair of the Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research. Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. Research topics: gender, analytic subjectivity, analysts of the period of WW I. Co-editor of Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2016). 
Founding member of the International Association for Spielrein Studies.

John Launer, M.D., is a family physician and therapist, Educator and Writer. He is an honorary lifetime consultant at the Tavistock Clinic in London, where he is convenor of the evolution and psychotherapy group. He wrote the first full length English biography of Sabina Spielrein, Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein (Duckworth/Overlook, 2014).
Founding member of the International Association for Spielrein Studies.

Klara Naszkowska, Ph.D., is a Cultural, Social & Personal Historian, 2020/2021 Visiting Scholar, 2019/2020 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Union Theological Seminary. Author of The Living Mirror: The Representation of Doubling Identities in the British and Polish Women’s Literature (1846-1938) (Peter Lang, 2014)Most recent publications: “Passions, Politics, and Drives: Sabina Spielrein in Soviet Russia” (Routledge, 2019), “Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942). W poszukiwaniu własnego głosu” (Universitas, 2020), “Help,Health, Husband & Hutzpah. Grete Bibring, Helene Deutsch, Dora Hartmann, Marianne Kris and Jenny Waelder–Hall – from Vienna to the United States” (Routledge, 2021).
Founding Director of the International Association for Spielrein Studies.

Esther Rapoport, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate practicing in Tel Aviv. She is the author of From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis:  Desiring in the Real (Routledge, 2019, finalist of Bisexual Book Award). She teaches relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Israel and beyond. The paper on Sabina Spielrein’s death drive, queer experience and psychoanalytic twogetherness was originally presented at Psychology and the Other conference in Boston in 2019. It will appear in the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality sometime this year. 
Member of the International Association for Spielrein Studies.

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