Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trinity College, University of Toronto
6 Hoskin Ave., Toronto
Elizabeth Danto, Ph.D.
Sigmund Freud and Social Justice in the Psychoanalytic Tradition
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In contrast to the caricature of Sigmund Freud as consoler to the bourgeoisie, we now have archival and oral history evidence documenting the social justice mission in psychoanalysis. Between 1920 and 1938 and in ten different cities, the first and second generations of psychoanalysts created a transnational network of outpatient centers that provided free mental health care for people who were otherwise unable to afford treatment. Psychoanalysis would share in the transformation of civil society, the analysts believed, and the new community-based outpatient centers would help restore citizens to their inherently good and productive selves. This illustrated lecture discusses why, where and how the founders of the psychoanalytic movement (Freud included) created their free clinics.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D. is professor of social work Emeritus at Hunter College and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her book “Freud’s Free Clinics – Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918-1938,” (Columbia University Press, 2005) was awarded the Gradiva Book Award and the Goethe prize. Her textbook on historical research in the social sciences was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Dr. Danto writes and lectures extensively on the history of psychoanalysis as a system of thought and a marker of urban culture. From The New Yorker magazine to Wikipedia, her work has become a standard reference in psychoanalysis and progressive social history.
Dr. Danto now lives in Vienna (Austria) where she continues to write and lecture, and also develop cultural projects throughout Europe. As senior curatorial consultant to the Freud Museum London, her international conference and exhibit “Freud/Tiffany – The Best Possible School” will open in May 2017.
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Student: $60.00 (must provide proof of student status)