Sándor Ferenczi Society

Budapest, Hungary

Award Year: 2008

ferenczi-sandorThe Sándor Ferenczi Society was founded on 12th of September 1988 in Budapest, reestablishing the tradition of Ferenczi and the Budapest School of psychoanalysis of his time. The tragic fate of Hungary, first occupied and oppressed by the Nazis and subsequently dominated by a repressive communist regime, had a painful impact on the development of psychoanalysis in that country. A central pioneering force in the earlier part of the 20th century, Sandor Ferenczi was a close friend and collaborator of Freud and a psychoanalytic clinical and theoretical innovator. Hungarian psychoanalysis became marginalized during Hungary’s occupation, surviving in minimal forms until its revival after the downfall of communism. After the political changes in 1989, the Sandor Ferenczi Society had a pivotal role in the revival and reconstruction of Hungarian psychoanalysis and is now active both locally and on the international stage

Ferenczi collaborated with outstanding figures of literature, social sciences, and the arts, and contributed significantly to Hungarian cultural and artistic life in the 20th century. That interdisciplinary tradition is carried forward by the Society whose members may be from any discipline so long as they have a dialogue with psychoanalysis, including psychoanalysts, social psychologists, historians, philosophers, and literary people.SandorFerencziSociety_meszaros-judit

Click here to read more about the Society’s Founding Aims and Activities, and visit their website.

Introduced by Dr. Axel Hoffer at the Sigourney Award ceremony, Dr. Judit Meszaros accepted the award on behalf of the Ferenczi Society.

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