Fulbright Scholar Pamela Cooper-White

Pamela Cooper-White, the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research and teach a seminar at the Sigmund Freud Foundation and Museum in Vienna, Austria during the 2013-2014 academic year, as announced by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Dr. Cooper-White was given the title of Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis.  She is the first theologian ever to receive this award. Her research project was titled “Existential, Humanistic, and Religious Themes in the Writings of Freud’s Vienna Circle and the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society,” and she also taught a course at the Freud Museum, sponsored by the University of Vienna’s Institute for Practical Theology and psychology of Religion, titled “Freud, Psychoanalysis and Religion: Critiques and Counter-critiques.”  In addition, she taught a week-long seminar at the University of Bern based on her recent books Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling (2004); Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective (2007); and Braided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God, and Persons(2011).

Her Fulbright lecture at the Freud Museum in Vienna began as part of a special panel on Sabina Spielrein at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Sabina Spielrein has mostly been known, if at all, as the patient with whom Carl Jung became romantically involved, and who then turned to Freud for advice. While the boundary violation alarmed Freud and became the catalyst for his technical papers on transference, Spielrein’s own intellectual contributions have seldom been acknowledged.

For a free article by Dr. Cooper-White, see: Introduction to Special Symposium: Beyond ‘A Dangerous Method’: Reclaiming Sabina Spielrein’s Voice in the Field of Psychology and Religion

For a more lengthy paper by Dr. Cooper-White available for purchase, see: “The Power that Beautifies and Destroys”: Sabina Spielrein and “Destruction as a Cause of Coming into Being”

Dr. Cooper-White is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. senior faculty and professionals who travelled abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013-2014. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or email fulbright@state.gov.

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