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Freud/Tiffany and ‘The Best Possible School’

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When the first and second generation of analysts founded what Erik Erikson called “the best possible school,” they brought to their project all the modernist creativity of interwar Vienna. This inventiveness comes to life in a day of talks and discussion blending the historical with the personal, and psychoanalytic theory with memoir. The Symposium will feature original contributions and an international dialogue.


Opening Reception: Friday May 12, 2017, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

International Symposium: Saturday May 13, 2017, 9:30am to 4:30pm


Symposium Programme

Carol Seigel
Welcome


Panel 1

Elizabeth Ann Danto
Symposium goals and launch

Michael John Burlingham
Bob’s Diary, December 1931
In December 1931, while in analysis with Anna Freud and a student at the Hietzing School, 16-year old Bob Burlingham recorded his intimate observations of personal and family life under those experimental circumstances.

Thomas Aichhorn
August Aichhorn and the Hietzing School
A new view of Aichhorn's participation in the Hietzing school community through his relationships with Anna Freud, Eva Rosenfeld, Dorothy Burlingham, Peter Blos and Erik H. Erikson.


Panel 2

Alexandra Steiner
Introduction

Nellie Thompson and Helene Keable
Reading Anna Freud and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child
For over two decades from 1945 to 1965, Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham’s regular publications of new material in the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, enhanced the journal’s ongoing engagement with the theoretical and clinical evolution of postwar psychoanalysis.

Florian Houssier
The Hietzing School as the Birthplace of a Psychoanalytic Theory of Adolescence
Hietzing and beyond - a historical and theoretical tracing of adolescent psychoanalysis as a clinical movement that originated where Erikson, Blos, Aichhorn and Anna Freud met.


Panel 3

Alexandra Steiner
Introduction

Inge-Martine Pretorius
The Hampstead War Nurseries as an Outcome of the Hietzing School
Anna Freud's appreciation of the links between children's earliest relationships and their later development led to innovations in the Hampstead War Nurseries of the 1940s and are still widely practiced in child care today.

Michael Molnar
A School for Trick Cyclists?
An aesthetic and documentary exploration of archival photographs taken by and of pupils at the Hietzing School.

Nick Midgley
Laying the Foundation: The Hietzing School in the work of Anna Freud and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham
A broad exchange of ideas raised by the Symposium audience and speakers.

Elizabeth Ann Danto
Closing Remarks


Speakers’ Biographies

Elizabeth Danto TBA

Michael J. Burlingham (New York) is a writer, editor, and photographer based in New York City. He is the copy chief of Barron's financial newsweekly and the author of The Last Tiffany: A Biography of Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham (Atheneum, 1989).

Thomas Aichhorn (Vienna) is a psychoanalyst; author and lecturer specializing in the "general seduction theory" of Jean Laplanche, the history of psychoanalysis, the psychoanalysis of adolescence and the life and work of August Aichhorn; editor of The letters of Anna Freud - August Aichhorn, 1921-1949 (Brandes & Apsel 2012).

Nellie Thompson (New York), psychoanalyst, historian and curator of Archives and Special Collections at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. A member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Archives, she co-edited with Peter Loewenberg 100 Years of the IPA: The Centenary History of the International Psychoanalytical Association, 1910-2010 (Karnac Books 2011).

Helene Keable (New York) is a psychoanalyst, former director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center Mental Health Division, and co-author of Ethical Practice in Child and Adolescent Analysis and Psychotherapy: Protecting Safety in a Therapeutic Environment (Jason Aronson 2011).

Florian Houssier (Paris), psychoanalyst; professor of clinical psychology and psychopathology at the Sorbonne, Paris 13; author of Anna Freud et son école, créativité et controversies (Campagne Première 2010) and co-author of Éduquer l’adolescent? Pour une pédagogie psychanalytique (éditions Champ social, 2007).

Inge-Martine Pretorius (London), psychotherapist, clinical leader of the Parent-Toddler Service at the Anna Freud Centre and Curator of the Archives; lecturer at University College London; co-editor with Marie Zaphiriou Woods, of Parents and toddlers in groups: a psychoanalytic developmental approach. (Routledge 2011).

Michael Molnar (London) historian of photography, researcher and former director of the Freud Museum London. His books include The Diary of Sigmund Freud, 1929-1939: A Record of the Final Decade (Scribner 1992) and Looking Through Freud’s Photos (Karnac Books, 2015).​

Nick Midgley (London), psychotherapist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Lecturer at University College London, London (UK); author of Reading Anna Freud (New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2012) co-editor of Child Psychotherapy and Research (Routledge, 2009) and of Minding the Child: Mentalization-based interventions with children, young people and families (Routledge, 2012).

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