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Oct 1

Dr. Kit Fortune, October 1, 2016: Sandor Ferenczi’s work with Elizabeth Severn: The Gateway to Relational Psychoanalysis

October 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sandor Ferenczi’s work with Elizabeth Severn: The Gateway to Relational Psychoanalysis



Between 1924 and 1933, Sandor Ferenczi analyzed Elizabeth Severn. In 1932, for approximately one year, Ferenczi embarked on a bold psychoanalytic experiment in which he and Severn mutually analyzed one another. Ferenczi chronicled the process in his “Clinical Diary”. In large measure this analysis, a watershed in psychoanalytic history, informed Ferenczi’s final papers, including his famous and controversial “Confusion of Tongues”. These papers explored, amongst other things, the nature of trauma and splitting of the self as revealed in clinical process. They also form a bridge extending into the foundational concepts of relational psychoanalysis.

Christopher Fortune is a preeminent Ferenczi historian whose work emphasizes the relationship between Ferenczi and Severn. Please join us for a rich, lively discussion (Fortune will be interviewed by Keith Haartman) and question period focusing on how the Ferenczi-Severn connection contributed to the emergence of relational psychoanalysis.


Christopher (Kit) Fortune is an internationally known historian of psychoanalysis who focuses on the work of early Hungarian psychoanalyst, Sandor Ferenczi. He has lectured widely and published papers, reviews and interviews in scholarly journals, including the British and American Journals of Psychoanalysis , Psyche, and Psychoanalysis and History, and popular journals Psychology Today, The Village Voice, Globe and Mail, and Macleans. He is editor of the Ferenczi-Groddeck Correspondence:1921-1933, and has published ground-breaking chapters on Ferenczi’s radical case of “RN” in The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi, Ferenczi’s Turn in Psychoanalysis, as well as 100 Years of Psychoanalysis. He is an Associate of the Institute for the Humanities (Simon Fraser University) and has a doctorate from the University of Toronto (0.I.S.E.).

ADVANCE READINGS (Provided to registrants)
Ferenczi, S. (1998) Confusion of Tongues between Adults and the Child – The Language of Tenderness and Passion. In Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 24:186-206.

Fortune, Christopher (1993) The Case of “RN”: Sandor Ferenczi’s Radical Experiment in Psychoanalysis. CH 6 in The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi, edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, The Analytic Press, Hillsdale NJ.


TICP Members/Guests: $25.00

Regular: $50.00


October 1, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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