International Erich Fromm Society

International Erich Fromm Society

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) is known not only as author and significant humanist of the 20th century, but also as psychoanalyst and social psychologist. Erich Fromm affected the world like almost no other German-born social scientist. His writings and realizations are read and recognized worldwide. The International Erich Fromm Society works to maintain, to research, to develop further and to pass on Erich Fromm’s scholarly findings and ideas as the fitting continuation of his international work and in recognition of his worldwide significance.





Erich Fromm Study Center

Opening Celebration of the Erich Fromm Study Center Berlin


Thanks to the generosity of Karl Schlecht and the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG), an Erich Fromm Study Center was opened at the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) in Berlin. The official Opening Ceremony was held on December 13, 2016.

Papers of the Research Conference released

The Relevance of Erich Fromm for Today

Last year the first International Erich Fromm Research Conference took place in Berlin.

Erich Fromm Research Fellowship

The Non-Profit Erich Fromm Foundation (Tübingen) is financing a two-year fellowship for scientific research on the thought and work of Erich Fromm

Jorge Silva died

On January 8, 2014 our honorary member Jorge Silva died in Tlalpan, Mexico, at the age of 94, after he suffered a heart attack. The Mexican Psychoanalytic Institute owes him a lot.

E-book Library

The First Erich Fromm E-book Library

Though in Europe the e-book market is still in its infancy, this technology creates new opportunities to make Erich Fromm's writings available all over the world and independently from print products.....


Seminar at Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen

Second International Erich Fromm Seminar for Doctoral Students and Postdocs

at the Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen September 6 thru 9, 2017

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

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 invited to apply.

Applicants will be expected to present their research project at the seminar and to attend all seminar sessions. Each project will receive feedback from the hosts and will be discussed in the seminar group. The programme starts on Wednesday, September 6th, at 2:00 p.m. and ends on Saturday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m.

The program will include, on the first day

  • an introduction to the academic sources and research facilities at the Fromm Institute
  • an overview of online Fromm resources
  • a presentation and discussion of Fromm's biography and core ideas

The seminar is open to 10 participants from all over the world, and will be conducted in English. Accommodation (for 4 nights 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 circumstances of individual participants. Travelers from overseas may receive a grant up to a maximum of 400 €. Up to 250 € will be paid for travel expenses within Europe and 100 € maximum 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 April 1st, 2017. Please submit a two–page, double spaced proposal outlining the details of your project. In addition, please also the email addresses of two faculty-professional references and your own postal address. The application should be mailed to Thomas Kuehn (thomas.kuehn{at} as well as to Rainer Funk (frommfunk{at}

Decisions can be expected by April 10th. Applicants will be informed immediately of the outcome and – if successful – asked to confirm participation by April 20th, 2017, at the latest. Participants will be provided with advance reading material for the seminar and will also be sent information on accommodation in Tuebingen.

The first international doc-seminar took place from September 28th to October 1st, 2016 at the Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen, and was led by Neil McLaughlin (Masters University, Canada) and Rainer Funk (Erich Fromm Institute) together with Lynn Chancer (New York) and Thomas Kuehn (Berlin). A total of 12 researchers were selected for participation from a global list of applicants.

Ges Website 02 Doc Semina 2017 Foto

Photo of the participants at the First Erich Fromm Doctoral Seminar, 2016
taken Thurday, September 29, 2016, on the occasion of Karl Schlecht’s visit.

kneeling in front, from the right: Ricardo Visser (Rio de Janeiro), Nadav Yakobovich (Berlin); standing, from the right: Jarno Hietalahti (Jyväskylä), Katrin Voigt (Berlin), Plamen Minchev (Sofia), Lynn Chancer (New York), Ian Pacquing (Manila), Rainer Funk (Tuebingen), Karl Schlecht (Stuttgart), Mariya Radchenko (Moscow), Annette Bohner (Tuebingen), Kieran Durkin (Glasgow), Neil McLaughlin (Hamilton – in between Kieran Durkin and Scott Graybow), Scott Graybow (New York), Aliya Amasrshi (Toronto), Thomas Kühn (Berlin), Omar Montana (NY)

International Erich Fromm Research Conference

International Erich Fromm Research Conference

Berlin International Psychoanalytic University
Thursday, June 26, thru Saturday, June 28, 2014

2013 Annual Conference

Enemy Stereotypes and Projections

Between Christians, Muslims and Jews
Friday, September 13, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
at Haus Venusberg in Bonn

Prejudices, clichés, and stereotypes are not unusual in our personal life or in our society. Psychologically speaking, we use projections to increase our self-esteem and to look at the oth-ers as the bearer of what we don't like to bear and to associate with ourselves. The Other is thwarting, aggressive, uneducated – the problem. We scapegoat others in order to have a good feeling, self esteem or conscience.

International Conference 2013

International Conference in Riga (Latvia)

(May 10-11, 2013) and Round trip through Baltic countries (May 14-20, 2013) including a Conference in Kaunas (Lithuania) (May 17, 2013)

The international conference in Riga is organized by the University of Latvia, The Goethe Institute of Latvia, the International Erich Fromm Society, and patronized by the former president of Latvia: Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. The conference languages in Riga will be Latvian and German.

English-Italian Conference in Ravenna

Death and the Love for Life in Psychoanalysis

Ravenna (Italy) - June 5-6, 2010
In memoriam Romano Biancoli

Fromm Prize

Fromm-Prize 2017

The Erich Fromm Prize 2017 will be awarded to John Neumeier

on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Hospitalhof in Stuttgart / Germany

Fromm-Prize 2016

Verleihung des Erich-Fromm-Preises 2016 an Christel und Rupert Neudeck

am Mittwoch, 6. April 2016, 18 Uhr im „Weißen Saal" des Neuen Schlosses in Stuttgart

Fromm Prize 2015

Verleihung des Erich Fromm-Preises 2015 an Götz W. Werner

am Montag, 23. März 2015, 18 Uhr im „Weißen Saal" des Neuen Schlosses in Stuttgart

Fromm Prize 2014

Verleihung des Erich Fromm-Preises 2014 an Dirk Schümer

am Donnerstag, 27. März 2014, 18 Uhr, im „Weißen Saal" des Neuen Schlosses in Stuttgart

Im kritisch beäugten Medienzeitalter einem Journalisten den Fromm-Preis zu geben – da muss schon ein ganz besonderer Kopf unter den Schreibern die Feder führen.

Fromm Prize 2013

The 2013 Erich Fromm Prize was awarded to Gesine Schwan

On the 21st of March, 2013 in Stuttgart the political scientist Gesine Schwan was awarded this year's Erich Fromm Prize, en-dowed with 10,000 euro. Schwan in 2004 and 2009 ran for president in Germany.

„Tell me what wakes you up and I’ will tell you who you are.“

1989a , p. 36



The Fromm Forum is published annually in English and German. It contains many contributions from the conferences of the Int. Erich Fromm Society, reports from the working groups, book reviews and informations about the activities of the Society.

English editionGerman edition



Books and anthologies of the Int. Erich Fromm Society.




Between 1990 and 1995 the contributions by and about Fromm released in the Yearbook of the International Erich Fromm Society, which are available here.



Articles to discuss

Here we want to collect articles of our authors, that we find worth discussing.



Erich Fromm online

The Website of the Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen (EFIT) with Information about life and work of Erich Fromm, the litarary estate and the Erich Fromm Foundation (EFS).

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