The Opening of S. N. Spielrein’s Museum in Rostov-on-Don

  • Philip R. Filatov SFU
  • Irina V. Abakumova SFU
  • Pavel N. Ermakov SFU
Keywords: museum, semiosphere, Spielrein, Jung, Freud, Bleuler, psychoanalysis, destruction, schizophrenia


The article is devoted to the opening of the first museum of psychologist in
Russia – the museum of outstanding woman-psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, pedologist
Sabina Nikolaevna Spielrein in Rostov-on-Don. According to Y. M. Lotman’s theory, the
museum is regarded as the material embodiment of the semiosphere idea – whole
semantic space of the culture. Entering the semiotic space of the city, the museum
becomes its sign and symbol.
The authors note the symbolic significance of S. N. Spielrein’s museum, allowing
to rethink underappreciated factors of psychological science formation, such as:
the role of woman-scientist in the development of scientific knowledge, represented
by the images of prominent men – patriarchs of psychoanalysis; the role of the
peripheral city of Russia, Rostov-on-Don, along with Moscow and St. Petersburg, in
the psychology’s history of the XX century. In the article the main stages of S. Spielrein’s
life are described. The authors discuss her contribution to the development of
psychoanalysis, in developmental psychology (the study of thought and speech in
children), clinical psychology (psychological studies of schizophrenia). The article
also contains the characteristic of the main works in S. Spielrein’s scientific heritage.
The authors describe the opening of S. N. Spielrein’s museum as a landmark event
in the modern history of psychology, explain the concept of the museum and clarify
the prospects for its development.


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Author Biographies

Philip R. Filatov, SFU

Associate Professor, Academy of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Southern Federal University (SFU); Board Member of the Russian Branch of the European Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ECPP-Russia), Member of the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP), Candidate of Psychological Sciences

Irina V. Abakumova, SFU

Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Acting Director of the Academy of Psychology and Educational Sciences SFU, Head of General and Pedagogical Psychology Department, Academy of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Southern Federal University, Professor, Doctor of Psychological Sciences

Pavel N. Ermakov, SFU

Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Vice-President of the Russian Psychological Society, Scienti[c Head of Psychology and Pedagogy Direction, Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Academy of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Southern Federal University, Professor, Doctor of Biological Sciences


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How to Cite
Filatov, P. R., Abakumova, I. V., & Ermakov, P. N. (2016). The Opening of S. N. Spielrein’s Museum in Rostov-on-Don. Russian Psychological Journal, 13(1), 200-209.
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