Ferenc Erós (1946-2020)

In Copenhagen, Exclusion and the Politics of Representation, 2010.

We are very sorry to hear about the death of Ferenc Erós on February 9th 2020 at the age of 74. He was one of the central pillars of the Psychoanalysis and Politics conferences, ever since his participation in the first conference in Copenhagen in 2010. We remember him as a warm, engaged and eminent scholar of social psychology and the history and social engagement of psychoanalysis. He was Professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pécs, Hungary, where he directed a postgraduate programme in psychoanalytic theory. His main areas of research included history and theory of psychoanalysis, authoritarianism, prejudice, discrimination and antisemitism.

In the books based on Psychoanalysis and Politics conferences, he published:

“Psychoanalysis behind Iron Curtains” in L. Auestad ed. Psychoanalysis and Politics: Exclusion and the Politics of Representation, Karnac/Routledge, 2012.

“Budapest, the capital of Hungarians: rhetoric, images, and symbols of the Hungarian extreme right movements” in L. Auestad ed. Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia, Karnac/Routledge, 2014.

“Ferenc Mérei and the Politics of Psychoanalysis in Hungary” in L. Auestad/ A. Treacher Kabesh eds. Traces of Violence and Freedom of Thought, Palgrave, 2017.

In fond memory.

In London, Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning, 2010. 

 In Budapest with Agnes Heller, Rhetorics of Power and Freeom of Thought, 2014.  

Link to an obituary at the International Sandor Ferenczi Network’s website