The Sandor Ferenczi Society was founded in Budapest on September 12, 1988. Our non-profit organization’s mission is to follow the psychoanalytic traditions developed by Sandor Ferenczi, a colleague and close friend of Sigmund Freud. Ferenczi was not only the founder of Hungarian psychoanalysis, but he also established the principals of future psychodynamic psychotherapy approaches to come.
Ferenczi and the psychoanalysts at the Budapest School have not only contributed to the field of psychoanalytic theory and practice, they also played an instrumental role in creating an interdisciplinary dialogue between psychoanalysis and the humanities, the arts and literature.
The members of the Society represent national and international experts in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and in the fields of literary history, sociology, ethnography, philosophy and historical sciences.
Our activities range from research in the theoretical and clinical aspects of psychoanalytic thinking, to the interdisciplinary position of psychoanalysis within other schools of thought. Our main focus is on uncovering and preserving the works and heritage of Ferenczi and the Budapest School. We have also established “The International Ferenczi Center and Archives” in the Ferenczi House building, with the support of international collaborators.
Our goal is to provide opportunities for scientific and interdisciplinary meetings and discussions, conferences, journals, exhibits and lecture series, while collaborating with national and international institutes.
Sándor Ferenczi was born on 7 July 1873 in Miskolc, Hungary. His father, Baruch Fraenkel (1830-1889), migrated with his family from Cracow to Hungary and fought in that country’s War of Independence against Austria in 1848-‘49. He trained for a career in the book trade, running his own shop as of 1856. His second wife, Rosa Eibenschütz, was brought up in Vienna. Owing to the parents’ own history, the family was multilingual, speaking Hungarian, German, Yiddish and Polish. Ferenczi himself was bilingual (Hungarian and German) and would later learn English and French. Sándor was born the eighth child among 10 brothers and sisters in this liberal, middle-class, Jewish family. As an expression of his assimilation into Hungarian society, his father Hungarianized the family name from Fraenkel to Ferenczi.
You can join us if you are interested in psychoanalysis, and are a psychoanalyst, a medical doctor, a psychologist, or a professional in the humanities and the arts.
Join us by clicking on the “Join” button, and by filling out the application form and submitting it to: [email protected] email address.
The executive board reviews all applications and will inform the applicants about their decision in writing.