2nd Prague conference
otto fenichel
AND HIS LEGACY

Psychic change
Individual - Institutions - Society

20. - 22. 10. 2017

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 universal culprit is assigned to the Jewish nation. The general scapegoating is contingent upon the sufficient longevity of the national community and its adaptability to

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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 racism as potentially murderous, psychoanalytic studies of anti-semitism run the risk of adopting a defensive and negating attitude towards the manifold unconscious determinants of this

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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 disasters but in addition it has acquired a central position in explanations offered in early and also in more recent studies of survivors of Nazi

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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 of the unconscious and the question of communication between cultures. All of those topics are related to the problem of violence and cruelty (drawing especially

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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 not represent a mere change in understanding of mental illness but also a shift in human subjectivity. We can consider the fear of the strangeness

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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 man probably within living memory, in modern societies of giant scale and means can explode in ghastly conflicts. Globalisation is progressing fast and somewhat over

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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 and Cohen (1988), experience of „psychic hole in mind“, or „circumscribed lack of psychic representation for the ongoing experience“. Author deals with the fact how

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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 easily mobilised in crisis. More positive changes at the personal and relational level in relation to strangers characterising more profound and long-reaching changes in society

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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 identity – a ‘psychic home’ – accounts for many prejudiced and intolerant attitudes to strangers; that basic fears about being displaced by strangers from 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 comprise an organic part of human experience, with the “estrangement” as a counterphobic  psychic structure of internal discontinuity and alienation.

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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 wish for a powerful, saving object projected on the analyst. The basic uncertainty is the part of trans-subjective psychic world, the archaic area of the

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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 to this world, not to other persons, and in many ways not even to themselves. They symbolize the ultimate estrangement for non psychotic personalities. In

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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 generally is not actually the problem of evil and perversion as primary explanatory tools but much more ominously, the complex collapse of conditions in which

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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 underlies fear of strangeness, anti-semitism and uncanny experience. In psychoanalysis, both analyst and patients face helplessness, and both resort to defenses, often intensely, in order

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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 of an author’s works is to engender new ideas in today’s reader (and hopefully in future readers as well). It might happen that we have

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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 his time, and Bohleber’s (2015) ideas on anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany in the modern world. In the end it states my own ideas on the

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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 constitutes for him the center of his analysis of anti-Semitism.  Fenichel used the anti-Semitism in the Czarist Russia as example for his explanation. But this

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Promoter

Česká psychoanalytická společnost

partner

Ministerstvo kultury ČR

The conference is held under the auspices of Mr. Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture