Rosine Jozef Perelberg: International Activity

Rosine Jozef Perelberg is a training and supervising analyst and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, and Corresponding Member of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris.

The publication of her paper “A Core Phantasy in Violence” (pep) in 1995, and the book Psychoanalytic Understanding of Violence and Suicide in 1999, launched Rosine Jozef Perelberg’s international career. Since then she has been invited to present her work and provide supervision for psychoanalysts working with borderline and violent patients in the United States, Europe and South America.

Rosine Perelberg has lectured, taught and supervised in many countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay and the USA.

For the last twenty-one years she has regularly worked with members of the Deutsche Psychoanalytische Gesellschaft (DPG) providing supervisions and presenting papers on the treatment of the borderline patient, dreams, sexuality and technique in psychoanalysis. She was the keynote speaker at the Annual DPG Congress in Frankfurt (2003) and Dusseldorf (2014), in addition to giving papers and supervisions in several other psychoanalytic institutes and universities in Germany, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Tubingen. She also presented at the plenary of the Annual Deutsche Psychoanalytische Vereinigun (DPV) Congress in Wiesbaden and delivered the Karl Abraham Memorial Lecture in Berlin in 2009.

For over twenty years Rosine Perelberg  has been the convener, with Monique Cournut, Chantal Lechartier-Atlan and Danielle Kaswin, of the British French Colloquium on Sexuality that takes place bi-annually in London and Paris and involves members of the British Society and the Société Psychanalytique de Paris, the Association Psychanalytique de France and the Belgian Society. She has been a regular presenter at scientific meetings of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris, at the Congrès de Langue Française and also at the Colloque de Deauville.

She has visited and taught in several of the Psychoanalytical Societies across Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro.

In 2014 she was the International Psychoanalytic Association’s visitor for the Uruguay Psychoanalytic Association (APU) and was also the coordinator of the IPA website debate “Paternal Function in Psychoanalysis”.

She has been invited to present papers and provide supervisions in Switzerland, at the Société Belge de Psychanalyse and the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society. In 2014 she participated in a full day dialogue on psychoanalytic technique with Jean Claude Rolland at the Psychoanalytic Society in Lausanne and in Lyon in 2015.

In 2018 she was invited to present papers at the Sydney Psychoanalytic Society, the Société Psychanalytique de Paris, and at the Maison de Solenn in Paris, at a seminar organized by Julia Kristeva. She has also been invited to the Brazilian Society of Rio de Janeiro and to offer a series of clinical seminars for The Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. (BGPS).

During the IPA Presidency of Daniel Widlocher, Rosine Perelberg was the IPA Co-Chair for New Societies in Western Europe.


Rosine Perelberg has published numerous papers in international psychoanalytic journals. She has edited or written 11 books: Gender and Power in Families (with Ann Miller), Female Experience: Four generations of women psychoanalysts on work with women (with Joan Raphael-Leff), Psychoanalytic Understanding of Violence and Suicide, Dreaming and Thinking , Freud: A Modern Reader, Time and Memory, The Greening of Psychoanalysis (with Gregorio Kohon) and Psychic Bisexuality: A British French dialogue. She has also written Fronteiras do Silencio: um estudo de desvio e ritualizacao, Time, Space and Phantasy, and Murdered Father, Dead Father: revisiting the Oedipus Complex. She is working on her new book: Sexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective.

Specialist areas

Borderline psychopathology, hysteria, violence, sexuality. Dreaming, daydreaming, and symbolism. Maternal and paternal functions. Psychoanalysis and Latin American literature. Psychoanalysis and anthropology.

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