The Sándor Ferenczi Center

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The Sándor Ferenczi Center was established at The New School for Social Research in 2008. Sándor Ferenczi (1873–1933) was an important psychoanalytic pioneer and a close associate of Sigmund Freud’s. He is known for his innovative clinical work, his willingness to work with the most difficult of patients, his socially and politically progressive attitudes, and his promotion of a cultural climate that facilitated interdisciplinary conversation between psychoanalysis, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The goals of the New School Ferenczi Center include 1) sponsoring lectures, conferences, and workshops relevant to Ferenczi’s legacy of clinical innovation, 2) promoting Ferenczi’s legacy of social and political progressivism, and 3) contributing to the ongoing vitality of psychoanalysis as a cultural, intellectual, therapeutic discipline. The center is affiliated with the International Ferenczi Foundation and the Sándor Ferenczi Society.

Situating the Sándor Ferenczi Center at The New School is of historical significance. Ferenczi spent four months in New York in 1926 lecturing at The New School after being invited to the United States by Alvin Johnson, the president of The New School, who was subsequently to become the founder of the “University in Exile.” From Ferenczi’s correspondence with Freud during this period, we know that he lectured, saw patients, and was involved in key aspects of the development of psychoanalysis and training in the United States. Linking the Ferenczi project to The New School connects American psychoanalysis to a seminal influence on the evolution of contemporary developments in clinical theory and practice and reconnects the New School to an important aspect of its legacy.

Co-Chairs

  • Adrienne Harris, PhD, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
  • Miriam Steele, PhD, Clinical Psychology Department, The New School for Social Research

The Sándor Ferenczi Center Advisory Board and Organizing Committee

Richelle Allen
Anthony Bass
Chiara Bottici
Darlene Ehrenberg
Jennifer Hunter
Ali Shames-Dawson
Eyal Rozmarin
Sue Shapiro
Aleksandra Wagner

 

 

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About the Sándor Ferenczi Center

The goals of the New School Ferenczi Center include 1) sponsoring lectures, conferences, and workshops relevant to Ferenczi’s legacy of clinical innovation, 2) promoting Ferenczi’s legacy of social and political progressivism, and 3) contributing to the ongoing vitality of psychoanalysis as a cultural, intellectual, therapeutic discipline.

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Jeremy Safran 4/23/1952 – 5/7/2018

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our founder and dear friend, Dr. Jeremy Safran. His dedicated commitment to psychoanalytic inquiry and his unflagging support for psychoanalytic scholarship is embodied by his co-founding of the Sándor Ferenczi Center. It was through his motivation and energy that we have offered, over the course of years, a steady stream of events, talks, book launches, screenings, and more. His passion for interdisciplinary community lives in this project and stands as a testimony to his hard work and unparalleled regard for the history, present, and future of relational psychoanalysis. For so many, Jeremy was a mentor and friend, a challenger, a supporter, and a provider of so many rich opportunities. May we as a community continue to provide for one another in his honor and memory an enduring dedication to the things he loved and taught.

Interview with Lewis Aron by Jeremy Safran

Please enjoy the following interview with Lewis Aron by Jeremy Safran, two of the founders of the Sándor Ferenczi Center: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2009-04869-010

LINK TO BOOK: THE LEGACY OF SÁNDOR FERENCZI (1993). EDITORS: LEWIS ARON & ADRIENNE HARRIS.

We are pleased to inform you that “The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi: From ghost to ancestor” edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris (1993) is available for download on this website here.

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