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(2002). Gradiva Awards 2002. J. Anal. Psychol., 47(4):652.

(2002). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47(4):652

Gradiva Awards 2002

In May 2002 the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), New York, presented the Journal with two awards: a brass plaque etched with the image of Gradiva (an ancient Roman bas-relief) for its entire issue of January 2001 (Vol. 46, 1) on Sabina Spielrein and a Scroll for Michael Green's review of Antonino Ferro's book entitled The Bi-Personal Field. Experiences in Child Analysis (April 2001, Vol. 46, 3).

Beverley Zabriskie, a member of the Journal's Editorial Board, received them on our behalf. She read an acceptance speech from Coline Covington, who edited this issue of the Journal and who collected much of the material for it. Coline thanked many people whose help was invaluable in producing the special issue, not least of whom were the Spielrein family, and others who are cited in her editorial. The award is also timely as she is preparing a book of collected papers on Sabina Spielrein, much of them taken from the Journal's special issue, to be published by Routledge early next year. Beverley also thanked NAAP on behalf of Michael Green for his award.

Other JAP's contributors who have won the Gradiva awards on previous occasions are Richard Kradin for his article entitled ‘The psychosomatic symptom and the Self: a sirens’ song (July 1997, Vol. 42, 3) and Richard Carvalho for his review of R. Bomford's book The Symmetry of God (January 2000, Vol. 45, 1).

NAAP is an ecumenical organization, formed in 1972 to bring together Freudian, Jungian, Adlerian, Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Existential, and other psychoanalytic schools in order to establish standards of practice for accreditation of psychoanalytic training programmes and psychoanalysis as a separate profession. NAAP instituted the Gradiva Awards (the competition is open to the public) to honour ‘our valuable allies’, inspired by Freud's Delusions and Dreams in Jensen's Gradiva (1907) in which he stated, ‘Creative writers are valuable allies and their evidence is to be prized highly for they are apt to know a whole host of things between heaven and earth of which our philosophy has not yet let us dream’.

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