History and Psychoanalysis During the Postwar Period

Friday, April 4, 2014 - Saturday, April 5, 2014  9:00am The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


New York Area Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History

The Heyman Center for the Humanities

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Columbia University Seminar on British History

The Psychoanalytic Studies Program at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

The Remarque Institute, New York University

The NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program and the History Department, Tel-Aviv University

University Seminars at Columbia

Organized by Prof. Michal Shapira, Tel Aviv University, and cosponsored by the New York Area Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History.

Full schedule at document link.

Despite the continuous interest in psychoanalysis as a modern system of thought and interpretation, the history of the discipline and the study of analysts other than Sigmund Freud are still developing. This two-day conference will bring together historians, gender studies scholars, and psychoanalysts to explore the impact of the Second World War on psychoanalysis in the post-1945 era, and of psychoanalysis itself on different postwar societies and cultures. The conference will try to examine the question regarding the special relationship that psychoanalysis had with democracy and with democratization in the postwar period. More broadly, the conference will also reopen the question of how to do the history of psychoanalysis, with what archives, and which methodologies. The event will continue the discussion from a first conference in London (organized by Daniel Pick and Matt Ffytche in 2013) focusing on psychoanalysis in the age of totalitarianism and the Second World War. The London conference generated great interest from scholars across fields, and we will continue this discussion at the Heyman Center, Columbia University, 4-5 April 2014.

Presentations will be 20-minutes arranged in panels, followed by discussion, all in a plenary format

For questions please email [email protected].

The conference is open to the public. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis.


  • Lewis Aron

    Director of Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

    New York University

  • Elizabeth Danto

    Professor of Social Work

    Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Matt ffytche

    Deputy Director of the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

    University of Essex

  • John Forrester

    Professor of History and Philosophy of Science

    University of Cambridge

  • Rubén Gallo

    Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

    Princeton University

  • Katja Guenther

    Assistant Professor of History

    Princeton University

  • Dagmar Herzog

    Distinguished Professor of History

    The Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Ben Kafka

    Associate Professor of Media Theory and History

    New York University

  • Gerald Izenberg

    Professor Emeritus, Department of History

    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Helene Keable

    Training and Supervising Analyst

    New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

  • Robert Jay Lifton

    Lecturer in Psychiatry

    Columbia University

  • Erik Linstrum

    Assistant Professor of History

    University of Virginia

  • Elizabeth Lunbeck

    Nelson Tyrone, Jr Professor of History and Professor of Psychiatry

    Vanderbilt University

  • George Makari

    Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry

    Weill Medical College of Cornell University

  • Peter Mandler

    Professor of Modern Cultural History
    Bailey College Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College

    University of Cambridge

  • Samuel Moyn

    Professor of Law

    Harvard University

  • Guy Ortolano

    Associate Professor of History

    New York University

  • Susan Pedersen

    Gouverneur Morris Professor of British History

    Columbia University

  • Daniel Pick

    Professor of History

    Birkbeck College, University of London

  • Camille Robcis

    Assistant Professor of History

    Cornell University

  • David Russell

    Fellow and Tutor, Associate Professor of English

    Corpus Christi College Oxford

  • Carol Seigel


    Freud Museum, London

  • Michal Shapira

    Senior Lecturer of History and Gender Studies

    Tel Aviv University

  • Moshe Sluhovsky

    Vigevani Professor of European Studies

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Bonnie Smith

    Board of Governors Professor of History

    Rutgers University

  • Simon Taylor

    PhD Candidate in History

    Columbia University

  • Nellie Thompson

    Historian and Curator

    New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

  • Eli Zaretsky

    Professor of History

    The New School


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