Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Sigmund Freud, Teleanalyst: The Coincidental Emergence of Psychoanalysis and Teletherapy
Presented by Hannah Zeavin, PhD, Historian
Thursday, November 4, 2021
7:30PM – 9:00PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
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CE/CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees
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Instructional Level: Beginner

It is well known that Sigmund Freud routinely used media metaphorically in his theories of the psychic apparatus; this chapter recovers the early history of Freud’s real use of media in therapies over distance. This talk reads epistolary and postal conventions in Freud’s moment, intertwined with Freud’s own epistolary self-analysis (in correspondence with Wilhelm Fliess) and the unconventional treatment by correspondence of his only child patient, the agoraphobic “Little Hans,” in order to rethink the coincidental origins of psychoanalysis and teletherapy.

  1. Describe the coincidental origins of teleanalysis and psychoanalysis.
  2. Explain the media conventions of early teletherapy.
  3. Describe the history and import of Freud's own analysis and his "Little Hans" case for teletherapy.
Hannah Zeavin, PhD, Historian, is a lecturer in the Departments of English and History at UC Berkeley, and a faculty affiliate of the University of California at Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society. Her research focuses on the coordinated histories of technology and medicine. Zeavin is the author of The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (MIT Press, August 2021) and at work on her second book, Mother's Little Helpers: Technology in the American Family (MIT Press, 2023). Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Imago, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Logic Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Life Magazine, Somatosphere, Slate, and elsewhere. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU in 2018.

Ben Kafka, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork (New York: Zone Books, 2012). 

Peter Galison, “Self-Censorship in the Digital Age: We Won’t Be Able to Recognize Ourselves,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton, July 7, 2014. 

Lisa Farely, “Analysis on Air: A Sound History of Winnicott on Air in Wartime,” American Imago 68, no. 4 (Winter 2012).
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Freud photo by Max Halberstadt, 1921