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23/9/2023: 1st Hellenic-Italian Psychoanalytic Meeting
First psychoanalytic meeting between the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and the Greek Psychoanalytic Society
On the Sources of Psychoanalysis: The Ancient Greek Tragedy
Tragedy in the course of its evolution from the Dionysian to Euripides, with Aeschylus and Sophocles as intermediate links, carries in its body the traces of the history of the symbolic passage of the human from the primitive undifferentiated to the symbolized and from the pre-Oedipal, early conflict to the Oedipal.
The passage from the undifferentiated to the differentiated takes place in tragedy as in psychoanalysis through the dream process. Through the dream work, the subject moves from the non differentiating practiced incest into the dream incest – a potential space for a mourning processing of the relationship with the other.
Tragedy, like psychoanalysis, offers the opportunity each time for a kind of renegotiation of uncertain repression and uncertain symbolization, with a temporary release of the early, the primitive, the undifferentiated, the violent, the murderous, the cannibalistic, which do not recognize the prohibition of incest and merging with the object.
Psychoanalysis can be defined as the inheritor of ancient tragedy in that it activates its "tragic" transformative action, catharsis, extending its utility to the most common and important dimension of human experience, the dream.
Sarantis Thanopulos, president of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society
Christos Dervis, president of the Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society
Athanasios Alexandridis, Giacomo Calvi, Angelique Costis, Chryssoula Giannoulaki, Dimitris Malidelis, Massimo De Mari, Haris Morikis, Lorena Preta, Andrea Rapisarda, Lena Telioni, Sarantis Thanopulos, Dionysios Tsiogris. Christos Zervis, Konstantinos Zervos
23/6/2023: Sigmund-Freud-Kulturpreis: Prof. Dagmar Herzog
2/5/2023: Sigourney Award - Help dispel the myth
24/5/2023 The James Mackeith Memorial Lecture 2023
2-4/6/2023: Out of place
THINKING ON THE BORDER: Third joint conference of twelve psychoanalytic societies
"Out of place"
Istanbul 2-4 June
Organized by the İstanbul Psychoanalysis Association and the Psike İstanbul- İstanbul Psychoanalytical Training, Research and Development Association
The world is getting loose, everything considered as being in the proper place is being shattered. Now, it has been nearly 100 years after what Freud said about the war (1915, 1933) and we again witness how the war and destruction broken out very close to us lead to social, cultural and spiritual catastrophes. Millions of people have to look for a new house far away from their homelands, the lives are being suspended on the borders. In such times, a mode of out-of-placeness sets the tone of the life.
Edward Said expressed his relation to his homeland and his intense emotions about having a homeland as such: “the homeland is where my family and friends exist non-problematically, without questioning why or how they are present there”. So, based on an exile in our day when the repeated traumas are enacted and thus the inspiration coming from this narration of E. Said, we have decided to arrange our Thinking on Border: International Psychoanalysis Conference to be held in İstanbul in 2023 under the theme of ‘Out of Place’.
Being out of place is not only experienced in the context of a physical place. Like an epidemic, many people do not feel home when they live in their houses. The tangible world, the touchable bodies and phantasies lead the way to the virtual lands and this mode of being everywhere is turning into the mode of being nowhere. Living and working styles, positions in gender and sexuality, and forms of social and emotional association are changing rapidly. Within all these tensions, narcissism of little differences is being crystallized due to a search for a shelter and ground and the identities are becoming monuments. In this flow, the world is moving away. The livable world is about to come to an end. The civilization keeps moving in a somehow familiar discontent.
We invite you to our İstanbul meeting to make room for the horrors of the war that we have witnessed, exile and migration amidst looking for a home and a path and those on borders and those wandering beyond the borders; to discuss how the psychoanalysis positions itself in the face of the oppression of the reality flopped down on us; to psychoanalytically problematize various phenomena, visions and associations of being out-of-place and think on their reflections on clinical sphere together in this conference under the tension of internal and external realities.
On behalf of Committees of Scientific Programs and Arranging Local
Ferhan Özenen- İstanbul Psychoanalysis Association
Yeşim Korkut- Psike İstanbul- İstanbul Psychoanalytical Training, Research and Development Association
Scientific program, registration information and other details will also be shared.
9-11/6/2023: "Ferenczi 150 Budapest". Ferenczi 150th Anniversary International Conference
11/3/2023: The work of Rosine Perelberg
23/11/2022: EPF Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychoanalysis
It is with great pleasure that we announce the decision of the EPF Council on
4 November 2022 to give the
EPF Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychoanalysis
Haydée Faimberg, M.D.
The EPF honours Haydée Faimberg for her outstanding contributions to the further development of psychoanalytic theory and practice, as well as for her continuous commitment to deepening clinical exchange within the EPF, spanning several decades.
In the field of psychoanalytic theory, her work on intercultural understanding in psychoanalytic concept formation and her research on the telescoping of generations during the transmission of narcissistic links and intergenerational conflict resolution patterns is outstanding.
For the clinical field, Haydée Faimberg developed the concept of ‘listening to listening’. In the context of the clinical situation, this concept, always used in connection with free association and evenly-suspended attention as constituents of the psychoanalytical method, is complementary to other concepts, such as that of the Oedipus complex, but above all it enlarges psychoanalytical listening.
Haydée Faimberg applied her concepts to a method for a particular discussion in a group of psychoanalysts to understand why a presenter of clinical material is working as he/she is, discovering the basic assumptions with which the presenter and the other participants discuss. Here and only for this particular purpose she uses ‘listening to listening’, Faimberg’s method for group discussion of a clinical presentation.
Haydée Faimberg formulated her approach to intercultural recognition in these touching words:
“[It is]to discover why we work as we work. And to overcome as only criteria to say one analyst is good because he works as I do… Better recognise otherness than idealise sameness.”
In this spirit, Haydée Faimberg initiated the first Working Party to discuss clinical material in the EPF in 2002 and has continued to chair the 'listening to listening' groups at the EPF annual conferences in the subsequent years. The method she developed has been used by psychoanalytic societies in Europe, North America, Latin America and at IPA congresses.
Haydée Faimberg is a full member of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP), she lives in Paris. She is also a full member of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA) and a member of honour of the Czech Psychoanalytic Society (ČPS), and in June 2019, she became the first ‘International Distinguished Fellow’ of the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPS). She is full member of the IPA.
She has received the Haskell Norman Award (2005) and the prestigious Mary Sigourney Award (2013), both for ‘outstanding achievements as a clinician, teacher and theoretician in psychoanalysis'.
We are now very pleased to honour her with the EPF Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychoanalysis as well.
The EPF Award was presented for the first time in 2015 to Anne-Marie Sandler and to Professor Daniel Widlöcher. With the presentation of the EPF Award to Haydée Faimberg, we are taking up this tradition again.
The award ceremony will take place during the 36th EPF Annual Conference in Cannes from 24 - 26 March 2023.
On behalf of the EPF Executive
Dr Heribert Blass
18/11/2022: Marie Bonaparte – Sigmund Freud: Correspondance intégrale 1925-1939
The Paris Psychoanalytic Society, SPP and Sigmund Freud Library, BSF (Cécile Marcoux, curator, Bernard Chervet, BSF Committee) have the pleasure to announce the publication of the 900 unpublished letters between Freud and Marie-Bonaparte. This first publication in the world is produced in French by Rémy Amouroux and Olivier Mannoni, and published by Flammarion.
In 1925, Princess Marie Bonaparte went to Vienna to consult Professor Sigmund Freud. This meeting would prove to be « the greatest event of my life », said the great-grandniece of Napoleon I, Princess of Greece and Denmark.
Over fourteen years, they exchanged nearly nine hundred letters until the death of the founder of psychoanalysis in 1939. Preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington, this collection of letters is the last large corpus of Freudian correspondence still unpublished.
Fascinating from beginning to end, this correspondence gives us valuable information on the introduction of psychoanalysis in France, and portrays a declining world in which two remarkable protagonists live. For between the princess who came to cure her depression and one of the most influential intellectuals of the century, a friendship was born that soon went beyond the framework of therapy. Their discussions show how Freud is alternately seduced, amused and sometimes weary of this patient who always wanted to live her love life to the fullest and questioned Freud's conceptions of women, at a time when the quest for female pleasure remained deeply subversive.
The "last of the Bonapartes", as she liked to call herself, far from being the fervent disciple she has sometimes been portrayed as, demonstrates throughout the pages a daring freedom of thought. Regardless of their disagreements, Freud saw her as a loyal student. In fact, she never betrayed him and put her fortune at the service of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP), which she helped to create and, with the help of many supporters, came to his aid to help him leave Nazi Austria in 1938.
Rémy Amouroux has edited and written the critical apparatus of this complete correspondence. He holds a PhD in history of psychology and is an associate professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He teaches at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Lausanne. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the history of psychology and on Marie Bonaparte, including Marie Bonaparte, entre biologie et freudisme, Paris, PUR, 2012.
Olivier Mannoni is a German to French translator. Familiar with Freud's work, he has translated his correspondence with Max Eitington (Hachette, 2009), Anna Freud (Fayard, 2012) and Minna Bernays (Seuil, 2015) and worked on new translations of Freud's texts in Frebc, including Le rêve de l'injection faite à Irma (The Interpretation of Dreams), L'Homme aux loups (From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (the Wolfman case history)), Pour une introduction du narcissisme (On Narcissism), L'Inconscient (The Unconscious), La Féminité (Femininity), L'Amour de transfert (The love of transference), published by Payot.
14/6/2022: THE 24-volume Revised Standard Edition of the Complete psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
The British Psychoanalytical Society Partners with Rowman & LIttlefield to publish THE 24-volume Revised Standard Edition of the Complete psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
The British Psychoanalytical Society (Incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis) and Rowman & Littlefield, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., of Lanham, Maryland, announced today a co-publishing agreement to release the RevisedStandard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the executive editorship of Professor Mark Solms.
Commissioned by the British Psychoanalytical Society, the new 24-volume set preserves the original Standard Edition English translation and notes by James Strachey, published between 1953 and 1966, while adding a new layer of retranslations with explanatory annotations under the editorial leadership of Professor Solms. The Revised Standard Edition also presents Freud material that has not previously been translated into English. The 24-volume set will be released in the summer of 2023.
Rosine Jozef Perelberg, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, said, “With this publication, Freud’s complete works will again be available to a wide readership. Carefully corrected and updated with important scholarship by Professor Solms over the past 30 years, the much-awaited Revised Standard Edition will be an indispensable tool for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and philosophers, as well as those working in the humanities.”
Julie Kirsch, Vice President and Publisher for Rowman & Littlefield, said, “Sigmund Freud forever changed our understanding of human thought, behavior, and culture. We are proud to bring this important revision of the standard English translation of his psychological works to scholars across the humanities and social sciences, clinicians and practitioners in the helping professions, and the general public around the globe.”
About the British Psychoanalytical Society (Incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis) www.psychoanalysis.org.uk
Founded in 1913, The British Psychoanalytical Society is home to an international community of professionals dedicated to helping people enhance their lives through an intensive talking therapy, psychoanalysis. The Institute of Psychoanalysis is the outward face and training body of the British Psychoanalytical Society. As a Component Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association, the Institute of Psychoanalysis manages a rigorous training programme to qualify new psychoanalysts incorporating all traditions. The Institute engages with related disciplines and wider audiences through events and conferences and maintains an extensive archive of psychoanalytic resources.
About Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (R&L) www.rowman.com
Rowman & Littlefield, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., is based outside Washington, DC. An independent publisher for 73 years, our publishing program includes nonfiction, textbooks, academic scholarship and reference, and professional titles, as well as partnerships with associations, societies, and professional organizations across the humanities and social sciences. The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., (RLPG) is distributed by and owns National Book Network (NBN), which offers distribution services to other book publishers. RLPG also includes trade imprints including Globe Pequot, Stackpole Books, and Prometheus Books, and K-12 education publisher Sundance Newbridge Publishing.
11/05/2022: The Sigourney Award
The Sigourney Award honors outstanding psychoanalytic work worldwide. Recipients of The Sigourney Award join a notable community, garner international recognition for their work, and receive a substantial cash prize.
Work eligible for The Sigourney Award-2022 includes:
- Work completed between 2011-2021 that substantially contributed to psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic thought
- Innovative, insightful, or groundbreaking work that advances the understanding or positive influence of psychoanalytic thought and principles
- Work by individuals, groups, or organizations from all regions, across the globe in 150+ languages via Google Translate
Dates: Applications open from March 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022
13/6/2021: Spanish language psychoanalysts encounters (book)
First Edition, 2021
Place of Publication: Madrid
Publisher: APM–Psimática, 377 pages
This first book collects the production of five years of work and materialization of a psychoanalytic thought that has been nourished by the presentations, in Spanish, of prestigious psychoanalysts who live in different geographical locations. These rich and fruitful encounters, which began at the Casa de América (Madrid) in January 2012, have been an important space for exchange, open to plurality and the influence of changes in our socio-cultural environment, which has become a reference for contemporary theoretical-clinical thought in our own language.
Teresa Olmos de Paz (compiler), psychoanalyst, is the former director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and is a full member, with training functions, in the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association, of which she was president from January 2017 to December 2019. She is also a member of the Forum for Adolescent Psychoanalysis of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis. Among her publications are, notably: Structures and/or borderline states in children, adolescents and adults (with Carlos Paz and M.L. Pelento), Volumes I–II–III. She has been published in national and international psychoanalytical reviews, particularly The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She received the first Annual Psychoanalysis Book Prize in 1992.
24/2/2021: IPA-Price for the Covid-19 Crisis Commission of the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association
The Covid-19 Crisis Commission of the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association has been awarded the Second Prize for Community by the IPA and its Health Committee in 2020. This honor was given in recognition of the work that this project has carried out, both on behalf of the community and of the field of psychoanalysis during the world pandemic. The prize values, in particular, the speed with which the Commission was established and its support of private citizens and medical staff, bringing together both members of the IPA and analysts in training to offer rapid interventions at no cost to the patients.
23/2/2021: "The guests of the Ego. Identifications and disidentifications in the psychoanalytic clinic"
First Edition, 2018
Place of Publication: Madrid.
Publisher: APM–Biblioteca Nueva
158 pages. ISBN 978-84-17408-01-5
Identification is a concept that runs through psychoanalytic theory like a guiding thread, and is a basic notion for understanding the structuring of the subject. We confront the complexity of identification through the development of the psychoanalytic process; identifications manifest themselves in different ways in the patient-analyst link within the process known as transference. And it is in this part of the relationship where the interplay of identifications and disidentifications arises, leading to the creation of new identifications.
One goal of analysis is the possibility of deconstructing those identifications that alienate the subject. These questions are considered throughout the chapters of this book, which compiles a series of articles by prestigious contemporary psychoanalysts working in this area. Among them are: Maurizio Bálsamo, Thomas Ogden, Ruggero Levy, Luis Kancyer and Rachel Blass, with an introduction by Teresa Olmos de Paz.
Teresa Olmos de Paz, psychoanalyst, is the former director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and is a full member, with training functions, in the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association, of which she was president from January 2017 to December 2019. She is also a member of the Forum for Adolescent Psychoanalysis of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis. Among her publications are, notably: Structures and/or borderline states in children, adolescents and adults (with Carlos Paz and M.L. Pelento), Volumes I–II–III. She has been published in national and international psychoanalytical reviews, particularly The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She received the first Annual Psychoanalysis Book Prize in 1992.
7/2/2021: The South African Psychoanalytical Association (SAPA) wins the Sigourney Award 2020
The South African Psychoanalytical Association was one of the four recipients of the 2020 Sigourney Award for the advancement of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thought. This is an important acknowledgement of the SAPA's contribution towards enhancing diversity and inclusivity in the increased reach of psychoanalytic thought, education, training and treatment in Africa.
For those colleagues who are interested, here is a link to the press release of the Sigourney Trust: https://www.sigourneyaward.org/newsandevents/2021/1/11/press-release-for-the-sigourney-award-2020
6/2/2021: Book "Dear Candidate..."
Edited by Fred Busch
First edition, published 2020
eBook: Published 24 November 2020
Pub. Location London
eBook ISBN 9781003106487
In this first-of-kind book, senior psychoanalysts from around the world offer personal reflections on their own training, what it was like to become a psychoanalyst, and what they would like most to convey to the candidate of today.
With forty-two personal letters to candidates, this edited collection helps analysts in training and those recently entering the profession to reflect upon what it means to be a psychoanalytic candidate and enter the profession. Letters tackle the anxieties, ambiguities, complications, and pleasures faced in these tasks. From these reflections, the book serves as a guide through this highly personal, complex, and meaningful experience and helps readers consider the many different meanings of being a candidate in a psychanalytic institute.
Perfect for candidates and psychoanalytic educators, this book inspires analysts at all levels to think, once again, about this impossible but fascinating profession and to consider their own psychoanalytic development.
30/01/2021: "Contemporary Kleinian Psychoanalysis" in Bulgarian
The book Contemporary Kleinian Psychoanalysis is the first systematic presentation of Kleinian psychoanalysis to the Bulgarian reader, published in January 2021.
This is a valuable collection of papers that reflect the collaboration between Kleinian psychoanalysts in Britain and Europe, on the one hand, and their Bulgarian colleagues on the other, which has developed over many years. Its content will be of interest to all who are interested in contemporary views of the unconscious, internal objects, the Oedipus complex, projective identification, transference, and countertransference. The authors are divided into two groups - the first consists of world-renowned British experts such as Hanna Segal, Patricia Daniel, Edith Hargreaves, Robert Hinshelwood, Eileen McGinley, and Cyril Couve. The second are psychoanalysts from Europe such as Antonia Grimalt (Spain), Synnove Wallin (Sweden), Ilva Fligar (Sweden), Orlin Todorov (Bulgaria) who integrate Kleinian ideas into clinical practice and the culture of their countries.
3/9/2020: Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna is reopened
On August 29, the doors of Berggasse 19 opened to visitors again after 18-month of renovation and reconstruction.
The “birthplace of psychoanalysis”, where the famous physician, psychoanalyst, and thinker Sigmund Freud lived and worked for nearly half a century, offers a modernized and enlarged museum infrastructure, including a new foyer, shop, and café, all made wheelchair accessible. Europe’s largest library of psychoanalysis is newly renovated and serves as a platform for research and communication.
The architectural concept was developed by Atelier Czech, Walter Angonese, and ARTEC Architects.
Three new permanent exhibitions, a presentation of contemporary art at the Showroom Berggasse 19, and a new special exhibition all inform on Freud’s multi-faceted cultural heritage. They provide a wide range of information on Freud’s life and work, on the historical development of psychoanalysis and offer critical perspectives on its current issues, including its importance for society and the arts. The history of the house Berggasse 19 and the fates of its inhabitants from 1880 to date will be presented in the newly constructed stairwell.
Sigmund Freud Museum looking forward to your visit! Learn more about the safety measures for your visit, buy tickets online and get more information about permanent and special exhibitions on the museum website: https://www.freud-museum.at/de/
2/9/2020: FEPAL Manifest "Against Violence. Against Structural Racism and in Defense of Democracy and Human Rights"
26/07/2020: The Empty Couch: Love and Mourning in Times of Confinement
A film created by Rosine Jozef Perelberg
This film is an homage of the British Psychoanalytical Society to frontline workers of the National Health Service (NHS), and to the solidarity expressed by psychoanalysts during these difficult times.
16/07/2020: 400 Italian psychoanalysts faced with the reality of Covid
Anna Maria Nicolò Italian Psychanalytic Society - SPI
In March 2020 the Italian State decided to lock down the whole nation because of the Covid-19 epidemic. In Lombardy especially, the wealthiest region in the country, the daily update announced a terrifying increase in cases and deaths. The intensive care units of one of Europe’s most industrialised regions were unable to accommodate new patients and it was whispered that health workers were being forced to choose who had the right to be admitted, which meant privileging those who were likeliest to survive. Televisions and newspapers bombarded audiences with their announcements of the worsening defeat by an invisible enemy never imagined before. The population was terrified and confused. Some colleagues had already contracted the virus, and most of us had started to work remotely...