Sabina Spielrein Revisited

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Date(s) - 17/10/2015
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

SAP London


Film + Talk

Sabina Spielrein Revisited_2In the shadow of great men are often the women who inspired them. Sabina Spielrein was the woman who most inspired Carl Jung. She was his anima. From Jung’s patient, she became a psychoanalyst in her own right and colleague of both Jung and Freud. In her work, she fought to keep Jung and Freud together and to build a bridge between Aryan and Jewish culture. In her heart, she was embroiled in a tempestuous and cruel love affair with Jung that, for her, never ended.

This is the story of a woman’s struggle to understand how love can destroy and how we can destroy what we love. Spielrein’s work directly reflects the world events that were taking place around her.  In her lifetime, World War II erupted and devastation swept across Europe, ending with Spielrein’s tragic murder by the Germans whom she had so revered. Yet her work and life live on and are a testament that destructiveness can only be survived by the determination to be creative.

Coline Covington and Barbara Wharton will briefly speak about their 2nd, revised, edition of Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2015). Their introduction will be followed by a showing of the film, My Name Was Sabina Spielrein (Ich hiess Sabina Spielrein), produced by Elizabeth Marton. There will then be a discussion with Coline Covington and Barbara Wharton about the film and Sabina Spielrein ’s life and work.

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