1st prague conference:
otto fenichel
and his legacy

fear of strangeness
Antisemitism, xenophobia and uncanny experience

23. – 25. 10. 2015

Lectures

25

Oct 2015

Discussion Abstract

Lecturer: Jefim Fištejn

Unlike xenophobia, anti-Semitism is not a fear of the foreign or unfamiliar, but rather a historically based or metaphysical organization of the Western civilization, in which the role of the

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25

Oct 2015

The Bad, The Mad and The Functional: One Anti-Semitism or Many?

Lecturer: Eran J. Rolnik

The cataclysm of the holocaust has made it difficult to perceive antisemitism differentially, and to distinguish between various forms of racism. This paper argues that by treating all forms of

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25

Oct 2015

Thrust reversal: how survivors are made to seem perpetrators. Thoughts on the concept of identification with the aggressor

Lecturer: Elisabeth Brainin, Samy Teicher

We wish here to re-examine the concept of identification with the aggressor. Beyond its original context this concept has been applied and continues to be applied to survivors of man-made

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24

Oct 2015

Discussion Abstract

Lecturer: Josef Fulka

The present text reacts to papers presented by J. Jakubů and J. Sokol. It comments on the topics the two lecturers have raised: the question of psychoanalysis and responsibility, status

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24

Oct 2015

Some notes on the concept of “strangeness” in psychoanalysis: the stranger inside me

Lecturer: Jiří Jakubů

Freud´s discovery of the unconscious – the unknown and strange in ourselves – radically influenced the identity of the modern man. The loss of sovereignty of the conscious mind did

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24

Oct 2015

Other, Alien, Dangerous?

Lecturer: Jan Sokol

The tension between the desire for individualisation and personal development of every  person, and on the other hand the ever increasing dependency on ever growing communities, has probably accompanied the

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24

Oct 2015

Discussion Abstract: Psychic Home and Homelessness

Lecturer: Václav Mikota

Discussant’s paper is based on Roger Kennedy’s description of „heimliche-unheimliche“ concept. Václav Mikota draws a comparison between horror and vertigo experience, „Unheimliche“ and „state of primal repression“ according to Kinston

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24

Oct 2015

Tolerating strangers, “whose home is it?”

Lecturer: Sverre Varvin

There are reports on increasing xenophobia (anti-Semitism anti-Muslim sentiments) in Europe accompanied by high-tuned propaganda that give voice to anxieties and fears, often rooted in primitive levels of the group-mind

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24

Oct 2015

Tolerating Strangers

Lecturer: Roger Kennedy

I will argue that a fear of a loss of home, or more fundamentally a fear of a loss of a psychic structure which provides a central core of our

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24

Oct 2015

Discussion Abstract: Psychic Alterity – Transitional States or Fortres

Lecturer: Eva Dubska Papiasvili

Drawing on the clinical vignettes in Dr. Sebek’s and Dr. Stein’s papers, in her discussion, Dr. Papiasvili compares developmentally and dynamically the transitional states of “uncertainty”, “uncanny” and “strangeness”, which

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24

Oct 2015

Basic Uncertainty and Totalitarian Objects

Lecturer: Michael Šebek

There is the basic uncertainty, clinically observable by uncanny feelings and emptiness in patient’s mind, mostly at the beginning of session, or also during session, which sometimes create a conscious

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24

Oct 2015

Estrangement

Lecturer: Yehoyakim Stein

The two patients whom I intend to represent , demonstrate estrangement as a way of life. They live, each in its own way, in  a limbo. They do not belong

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23

Oct 2015

Discussion Abstract

Lecturer: Adrienne Harris

In this discussion, I notice the links Faimberg makes with her work on narcissistic disorders and totalitarian regimes to the ideas of Fenichel. The problem of Fascism and totalitarian regimes

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23

Oct 2015

Helplessness and the psychoanalyst’s war against feeling it

Lecturer: Axel Hoffer

In my view helplessness is a primal, often intolerable feeling.  It underlies and intensifies other feelings that are also hard to bear. It is the anticipation of feeling helpless that

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23

Oct 2015

A Tribute to Fenichel’s Legacy

Lecturer: Haydée Faimberg

To my mind Fenichel’s  legacy (recognized or not) goes beyond the content of what he said. He transmitted a way of thinking about psychoanalytical problems that reconnected them with fundamental issues. The potential

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23

Oct 2015

Discussion Abstract

Lecturer: Ilany Kogan

This essay describes the historical background of Otto Fenichel and his connection to the analytic society in Prague. It examines Fenichel’s (1937) main ideas on anti-Semitism in the context of

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23

Oct 2015

Some Reflections on Otto Fenichel’s Theory of Anti-Semitism

Lecturer: Werner Bohleber

The paper discusses Otto Fenichel’s conception of anti-Semitism as a social phenomenon. Fenichel analysed the historical-materialist basis of anti-Semitic ideologies. Psychologically the ambivalent perception of the foreignness of the Jews

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Promoter

Česká psychoanalytická společnost

partners

Ministerstvo kultury ČR Židovské muzeum v Praze New York University Prague