Invitation to the 5th International Erich Fromm Seminar for Doctoral Students and Postdocs


to the

5th International Erich Fromm Seminar
for Doctoral Students and Postdocs

at the Erich Fromm Institute Tübingen
September 16, thru 19, 2020

Doctoral students and postdocs working on Fromm-related research projects (e.g. in psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, history, anthropology, political theory, political science, social work, theology, religious studies, international relations, literary studies etc.) are kindly invited to apply.

The seminar is open to 10 participants from all over the world. Seminar language is English. All applicants have the chance to present their own research and are expected to attend all seminar sessions. Each project will receive feedback from a senior advisor and will be discussed in the seminar group. The seminar runs from Wednesday, September 16, 2:00 p.m. to Saturday, September 19, 1:00 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Erich Fromm Study Center (EFSC) of the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin (IPU), in cooperation with the Erich Fromm Institute Tübingen and is supported by the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG). The seminar is directed by Rainer Funk (Fromm’s last assistant and Director of the Erich Fromm Institute Tübingen) and Thomas Kühn (holder of the Erich Fromm endowment professorship at the IPU); Lynn Chancer (Professor at Hunters College, NY) and Neil McLaughlin (Professor of Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada) are faculty advisors.

Accommodation for 4 nights of up to 80 € per day and three common evening meals (without beverages) during the seminar will be organized and paid for by the program. Grants for travel expenses will be offered based on the individual circumstances of each participant. Travelers from overseas may receive a grant up to a maximum of 500 €. Up to 250 € will be paid for travel expenses within Europe and a maximum of 100 € for participants arriving from within Germany. All grants will be paid during the seminar and according to the respective receipts.


  • Doctoral students and post-docs interested in this seminar should apply for participation by February 9, 2020, at latest.
  • Please submit a two–page, double spaced proposal outlining the details of your project.
  • In addition, please also hand in the email addresses of two faculty-professional references
  • and your own postal address.
  • Please e-mail your application to Thomas Kuehn ( as well as to Rainer Funk (

Decisions can be expected by March 1, 2020. Applicants will be informed of the outcome and – if successful – asked to confirm participation by March 15, 2020, at the latest. Participants will be provided with advance reading material for the seminar.

Tübingen / Berlin, December 3, 2019

Rainer Funk and Thomas Kühn
(Erich Fromm Study Center Berlin)