Putting Society on the Couch: On the psychic structure of society

Second International Erich Fromm Research Conference from 21 to 23 June 2018

The conference (in English) is organized by the Erich Fromm Study Center at the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) Berlin, and conducted by Dr. Rainer Funk, Tübingen, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn, Berlin.

The Research Conference 2018 aims at bringing together international researchers engaged with the work of Erich Fromm, examining the actuality of Fromm’s social-analytical approach, as well as exploring the potential for further development of this approach with regard to contemporary social developments.

Erich Fromm’s concept of the social character provides an important approach for the analysis of social megatrends and their effects on psychic structures. Furthermore, Fromm constantly focused on social pathologies within seemingly normal, inasmuch as, hegemonic social constellations. This opened up for an innovative and critical perspective within social sciences. Building on this, in the conference, we will pursue the following question: What implications can be drawn from Fromm’s conceptions for research on contemporary processes of internalization of social structures and which methods are appropriate to examine these practices?

The conference is also open to people who are not presenting, but advance notice is requested. Please contact Rainer Funk at frommfunk(at)gmail.com if you are interested in participating. A conference fee will not be charged.

We are looking forward to your participation!

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn
IPU Berlin

Dr. Rainer Funk
Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen

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Conference Flyer (PDF)