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D.W. Winnicott Revises Psychoanalysis, 1945-1971

D.W. Winnicott Revises Psychoanalysis, 1945-1971
170 St. George St., JHB 100
Time: Nov 28th, 5:00 pm End: Nov 28th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Psychiatry, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Jewish Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Ethics, English (UTSC), English (FAS), Education, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Lecture by Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, JHI Scholar in Residence

The Jackman Humanities Institute and the Health, Arts and Humanities Program are pleased to present:

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, JHI Scholar-in-Residence

D.W. Winnicott Revises Psychoanalysis, 1945-1971

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl did a PhD in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, just at the moment that Hannah Arendt became a member of the Graduate Faculty there.  For five years she was Arendt’s student, finishing her degree and joining the faculty at Wesleyan University shortly before Hannah Arendt died in 1975. Arendt’s émigré friends asked her to write the biography that appeared in 1982 to much acclaim: Hannah Arendt-For Love of the World.
    For the next twenty years, Elisabeth had an academic career, writing a number of books, including the one that drew her into the world of psychoanalysis: Anna Freud-A Biography (1988). She did psychoanalytic training, first in New Haven, working with Hans Loewald, and then in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 1999 and was certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association two years later, after opening a practice in New York. In recent years, starting with The Anatomy of Prejudices in 1996, her writing has been predominantly in the field of psychoanalysis, its practice and history.
     She is currently starting a new biographical-historical project, having been appointed General Editor of the Collected Writings of D.W. Winnicott by the Winnicott Trust in London.  Her talk will be an introduction to Winnicott’s work and particularly to his general concept of child development.  You will also learn how to play a game called Squiggle.

Moderator:  Dr. Rex Kay

Rex Kay is a graduate, member, faculty and supervisor at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and a faculty member and supervisor  at the Institute for the Advancement of Self-Psychology. He is a founding editor of Ars Medica: A journal of medicine, the arts and humanities. Dr. Kay received the Mary Seeman Award for contribution to psychiatry and the humanities, the Allan B. Tennen award for psychotherapy supervision, and the Wightman-Berris Academy award for undergraduate teaching. He is especially interested in creativity, narrative, and the interface between psychotherapy and the arts and allied sciences.

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute at (416) 978-7415.

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The Jackman Humanities Institute is saddened to announce the death of Scholar in Residence Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, who passed away on 1 December 2011 of a sudden pulmonary embolism.

Professor Young-Bruehl was a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and author of biographies of Hannah Arendt and Anna Freud.  She was currently working on a first edition of the collected writings of British child psychologist D.W. Winnicott.  A memorial celebration of her life will be held in Toronto in January; further information will be posted as soon as possible.

A memorial page is located on her blog, Who’s Afraid of Social Democracy?

A CBC interview with her close friend, Rosi Braidotti (Director, Centre for the Humanities, University of Utrecht) is available here (item 2).

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s last public appearance was on 28 November 2011, when she gave a public lecture sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute and The Health Arts and Humanities Program, titled
“D.W. Winnicott Revises Psychoanalysis, 1945-1971.”

This talk was recorded, and can be viewed here.

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