Invitation to a doctoral seminar at the Erich Fromm Institute in Tübingen, Germany

International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) Berlin
Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen
Prof. Dr. Neil McLaughlin – Dr. Rainer Funk

The seminar will be offered by the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) of Berlin (and financially supported by a budget from the Karl Schlecht Foundation at the IPU) in cooperation with the Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen. It will be conducted by Rainer Funk (Fromm’s last assistant and director of the Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen) and by Neil McLaughlin (Professor of Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada).

Invited to apply are doctoral students as well as postdocs who are working on a research project on Fromm or which uses Fromm’s ideas in for research in psychoanalysis, psychology ,sociology, philosophy, education, history, anthropology, political theory, political science, social work, theology, religious studies, international relations, literary studies or related fields. The seminar will be for 4 days, starting

Wednesday Sept 28 through Saturday October 1st, 2016
starting at 2 p.m. at the first day and ending at 1 p.m. at the fourth day.

The program will include:
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  • An introduction to the scientific sources and research facilities of the Fromm Institute and overview of what Fromm resources can be found on the Internet
  • A discussion of Fromm’s biography and career and core ideas
  • The reception of Fromm globally and across disciplines
  • Four lectures on
    1. (1) Fromm’s social-psychoanalytic approach and his concept of social character,
    2. (2) the concept of productivity and the question of value-judgment,
    3. (3) Fromm’s concept of the social unconscious,
    4. (4) Fromm’s combination of psychological and sociological theory and method
  • All students participating in this conference will present their research resp. doctoral projects and will be have their work discussed in detail by the seminar group


The seminar is open to 10 participants from all over the world, and will be conducted in English. Lodging (for 4 nights) and three common dinners during the seminar will be organized and paid by the IPU. Half of the flight costs will be paid (up to a maximum of 500 Euros) only for students from flying distance from the seminar location (airport Stuttgart-Echterdingen). This travel costs subsidy is not available for students coming from Germany and from countries that are conterminous with Germany.

Doctoral students and post-docs interested in this seminar will have to apply for participation by May 1st. Please submit a 2 page double spaced proposal outlining the details of your project, and the email addresses of two faculty-professional references. The decisions for who to accept will be made by May 15, 2016. Send the email-application to Neil McLaughlin ( as well as to Rainer Funk (