Ferenc Erős

Affiliated Fellow
Period of Stay: 
January 2019 – June 2019
University of Pécs, Hungary
Project Title: 
Sándor Ferenczi and Beyond: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Central and Eastern Europe
Project Abstract: 

In the past twenty years I have been been working intensively on the history of psychoanalysis, focusing on the life and work of Sándor Ferenczi, the founder of the Hungarian psychoanalytic movement. The purpose of my present project is to collect, revise, and extend my earlier contributions to this topic. My final aim is to write and publish a book in English under the title Sándor Ferenczi and beyond: A social and cultural history of psychoanalysis in Central and Eastern Europe. Although my main focus will be on Ferenczi’s life work, his impact, and his place occupied in the history of Hungarian psychoanalysis, my approach is fundamentally contextual and comparative, stressing its deep roots in Hungarian culture, as well as its international parallels, similar developments in the Central and Eastern European region. Although the international Ferenczi research has already several valuable partial contributions, a monographic work based on systematic research and on an integrative theoretical framework is still missing.