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)

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 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.

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