Prof. Dr. Elfriede Löchel

Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytical Subject and Cultural Theory

IPU Berlin
Stromstr. 3b - Room 1.15
10555 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-728
E-Mail: elfriede.loechel(at)

Teaching Focus

My teaching focus is the study area of Reflexive psychology and Theoretical psychoanalysis, which includes two modules:
1. History and epistemology of psychoanalysis in the context of establishing psychology as a science.
2. Psychoanalysis in the field of humanities and cultural studies. This study area is concerned with presenting the specific object of psychoanalysis – the unconscious – and its particular methods and epistemological interests in the field of science, as well as in the historical process of its emergence and further development.

The content in this study area also includes the various theories and schools of clinical psychoanalysis, metapsychology and cultural theory, as well as the various non-clinical fields of application. Beyond clinical applications psychoanalysis is presented as a theory of the subject, interfacing with the 20th century’s great discourses in humanities and cultural studies, e.g. hermeneutics, critical theory, and deconstructionism. The content of this study area in particular is what anchors our Master in psychology as an MA degree.

Research Focus

The foci of my research are: Epistemology of psychoanalysis and corresponding methods of research; discourses on subjectivity; conceptual research; (re-)readings of Freud; psychoanalytic and interdisciplinary theory of symbolization; gender theory and research; psychoanalytic research on media.

My current research interests include: the subject in the digital age; shame and shaming in the era of social media; heterogeneity, alterity, and the  pluralism of psychoanalysis; concepts of the death drive.