The Institute for Transcultural and Historical Research deals with:

  • inter- and transcultural as well as postcolonial issues
    Focal points: ethnopsychoanalysis, migration, globalisation
  • the history of mentalities, cultural studies and philosophical foundations of psychotherapy science
    Focal points: Annales School, radical enlightenment, prejudice studies
  • the history of psychotherapy
    Focal points: expulsion of Jewish psychoanalysts from Vienna and Berlin 1933 – 1938; post-war history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Austria (working title of the planned research project: “Psychoanalysis as Memory Work”).

Furthermore, the Institute is working on the scientific evaluation of the estate of the co-founder of ethnopsychoanalysis Paul Parin (died in 2009), in close cooperation with the “Studio and Archive Paul Parin and Goldy Parin-Matthèy”, which is also located at Sigmund Freud University.

Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Steiner, e-mail


Jour fixe of the Institute for Transcultural and Historical Research

Surrealist Automatism, World War I, and Psychoanalysis
Guest lecture by Abigail Susik (USA)
Date: Wednesday, 25th January 2023, 18:30 
Location: SFU Vienna, Freudplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, room 1002
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Past Jour fixe 

WS 2019/20 and SS 2020:
08 Oct. 2019 ⇒ Event details
29 Nov. 2019 ⇒ Event details
Dec. 2019 ⇒ Event details
March 2020 ⇒ Event details

WS 2018/19 and SS 2019:
19 Okt. 2018 ⇒ Event details
13 Nov. 2018 ⇒ Event details
22 Jan. 2019 ⇒ Event details
19 March 2019 ⇒ Event details
2 April 2019 ⇒ Event details
21 May 2019 ⇒ Event details

SS 2018:
13 March 2018  ⇒ Event details
10 April 2018  ⇒ Event details
08 May 2018   ⇒ Event details

Further past events:

Field Trips

Field trips for Psychotherapy Science students
Since 2013, excursions have been organised for SFU students. The enrichment that getting in touch with people of another culture can represent was formulated as follows by the pioneers of German-speaking ethnopsychoanalysis, Paul Parin, Goldy Parin-Matthèy and Fritz Morgenthaler:

 “As psychoanalysts we have become freer and bolder because of living experience with Africans, better able to respond to the social relations of our analysands in Europe, and less inclined to regard behaviour that deviates from our own as pathological. This has also had an effect on our theoretical views.” Parin/Morgenthaler/Parin-Matthèy 1993c, p.18, cf.