march, 2021

09mar7:00 pm8:30 pmTheodor Reik Guest Lectureship (E803-G)


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Members-in-Training Organization, The Association,
and The Institute of NPAP


Theodor Reik Guest
Lectureship (E803-G)

Roots and Uprootedness: Jewish Women Émigré
Psychoanalysts and the Great Wave of
European Intellectual Immigration in the
1930s to the United States

Klara Naszkowska, PhD

Class Instructor:
Thomas Taylor, LCSW-R

March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13 — 2021
7 – 8:30 pm

Live Online via Zoom: Workshop
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receive the zoom link)
Registration will close
Tuesday, March 2, at 5pm


Registration is Closed!

The seminar will look at the cultural, social, political, racial, and gender contexts of one of the most significant phenomena in twentieth–century intellectual history: the migration of persons, ideas, and institutions from Europe to the United States in the 1930s with the focus on psychoanalysis. Of special interest to the discussion is the condition of Jewish women psychoanalysts. We will try to answer the following questions: What were the social, cultural, political, and racial aspects of the forced emigration of the 1930s? What were the US politics of emigration? How did émigré women and men analysts experience uprooting, loss of language, culture gap, acculturation? How does immigration reinvent a person? How did the complex multiple identities of émigré women-analysts relate to one another? What was their public and domestic interpretation of gender? Was Jewishness an important self-category for the émigré women and men analysts? What was the status of women immigrants in a Jewish community (diaspora), and in a medical environment in the 1930s and 1940s? Also, the transformation of psychoanalysis from a radical social, cultural, political project in Europe into a medical specialization in the US will be explored. Why are the stories of émigré psychoanalysts of interest to us now? The figure of an intellectual immigrant, and the problem of Jewish and women refugees, reveals facts that are relevant to us today. They force us to rethink our basic concepts of the (political) subject, community, nation–state, and more. What we learn today, we may have to use tomorrow.

Learning Objectives: After attending the presentation, participants will be able to
– Discuss a historical, social, cultural, political, and psychoanalytic perspective of the issues related to emigration of 1930-41.
– Describe the differences in the beginnings of psychoanalysis in Europe and the United States, the transformation of psychoanalysis in America, and the character of psychoanalytic theory and practice.
– Explain the contribution of female Freudians to the development of the psychoanalytic movement.
– Describe the contribution of émigré psychoanalysts to the history of American psychoanalysis, with the focus on women analysts.
– Explain the complex multiple identities of the first female Freudians who emigrated to the US.
– Identify how the different interpretations of women’s identities can be rooted in race, class, as well as different social or cultural conditions.

Open to:
NPAP Members and Candidates I $225
Non-member I $250
NPAP Guest Candidate I $120

9.0 CE contact hours will be granted to participants with documented attendance and complete evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to all participants.

Bio: Klara Naszkowska, PhD, is a cultural, social, and personal historian specializing in the early history of psychoanalysis. Visiting Scholar (2020/2021), and Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2019/2020) at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia Univ.). Guest Instructor at Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, NYC. Founding president of the International Association for Spielrein Studies Most recent publications: “Passions, Politics, and Drives: Sabina Spielrein in Soviet Russia” in: Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis: Image, Thought, and Language. Ed. P. Cooper-White, F. Kelcourse. Routledge (2019); Dr. Naszkowska is currently working on a book on Jewish women émigré analysts and the great wave of European intellectual immigration to the United States. As the head of the scientific committee, she is organizing the first international conference “Sabina Spielrein and the Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis” in April 15-17, 2022 in Warsaw.


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