Field Theory in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

April 4, 2017
Lecturer: S. Montana Katz, PhD, co-sponsored with the Columbia Parent Infant Program

In this presentation Montana Katz will describe the motivation for the development of psychoanalytic field theory. She will also discuss the range of different psychoanalytic field theory models as they have developed in different contexts and different parts of the world. One focus of the talk is to explore whether and how psychoanalytic field theory models offer something new and of use to the theory and to the practice of psychoanalysis as well as to other clinical modalities. Another focus of the presentation will be to explore and compare different modes of analytic listening. Clinical examples will be used throughout to vividly distinguish different approaches to clinical situations.

The lecture will be followed by a brief discussion of field theory from a perspective of psychoanalytic parent-infant work by Christine Anzieu Premmereur and Talia Hatzor, directors of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center Parent Infant Psychotherapy Training.

Montana Katz, Ph.D is a psychoanalyst with a practice in New York City. She is the author of the recently published book by Routledge, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory: Stories, Dreams and Metaphor and is a co-Editor of the recent book also by Routledge Advances in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory. Montana Katz is a founding co-Director of the International Field Theory Association and is a co-Editor of the Routledge Psychoanalytic Field Theory book series. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and Psychoanalytic Review.