Sándor Ferenczi Center en la New School for Social Research (New York)
Carta de Lewis Aron a los miembros de IARPP (17-Junio-2008):
Dear All, I received many of your names from Franco Borgogno and I am writing to update you on a new development regarding Ferenczi studies in the USA and to ask for your support with this new venture.
I was asked a few months ago by Franco Borgogno and Carlo Bonomi (Ferenczi scholars in Italy who are active in the Ferenczi Society) to develop a society for Sandor Ferenczi in the USA/North America for the purpose of promoting Ferenczi scholarship and especially to help raise money to support the Ferenczi House Project and the International Sandor Ferenczi Foundation. (Similar societies exist throughout Europe but until now not in the USA.)
Jeremy Safran (the director of clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research, NYC) and I have established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research and we will co-chair this project. Adrienne Harris and Eli Zaretsky will serve with us constituting the center's steering committee.
This is of historical interest and significance because it was at the New School that Ferenczi taught during his stay in New York in 1926. It is also of some significance that we established the Ferenczi Center precisely 100 years after Ferenczi's first meeting with Freud in 1908. I do not know for sure, but I believe it may be the first Ferenczi Center established at a major university anywhere in the world.
Among our goals are to do fund-rasing to help support the Ferenczi House Project and the International Sandor Ferenczi Foundation, to promote new translations and publications of Ferenczi's writings, as well as to sponsor conferences and promote research, scholarship, and publications regarding Ferenczi here in the USA. Our plan is to now develop the various levels of membership including: associates, affiliates, advisors, and sponsoring organizations.
We will keep you informed of our progress and we hope to make public announcements by the Fall and to attract strong support and membership in the USA. I would appreciate your helping me make any significant contacts with organzations or individuals to help support the new center.
Lewis Aron [email@example.com]
Respuesta de Ferenc Erős (18-Junio-2008)
Dear Dr. Aron,
I would be happy to cooperate with the Ferenczi Center at the New School the foundation of which I regard as a major event, Together with Professor Antal Bókay we direct a doctoral program in psychoanalytic theory at the University of Pécs since 1997. I propose to establish institutional contacts, too, between our university and the Center at the New School.
I am the editor of the journal Thalassa, a Hungarian review on psychoanalysis, culture and society since 1990. The journal would be a good forum for the scientific events and discussions at the Center, too. I edited the Hungarian translation of the Freud-Ferenczi correspondence which was published between 2000 and 2005. At the present I am working on the Jones-Ferenczi correspondence together with Judit Székács. After transcribing the original letters written mostly in German, we are preparing its publication. There are many activities going on in the framework of the doctoral program (seminars, conferences, publications). Recently we had Professor Murray Schwartz as guest lecturer, an we are open to future exchanges with the Center.
In February 2007 I gave a seminar on Ferenczi and the Hungarian psychoanalysis. I met then Ely Zaretsky and Dr. Safran with whom I had most fruitful discussion.