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About the Congress
Analyst and patient alike face psychic pain in the clinical experience. How do such encounters in the consulting room inform the ways we develop psychoanalytic theory, and on a more fundamental level, the very groundwork of our knowledge?
In addition, cultural and societal factors—such as the global economic crisis, political repression and upheaval—influence our patients and ourselves and affect our clinical work.
This Congress will focus on how the psychoanalytic process is gradually transformed from the analyst’s initial and inchoate conceptualizations to more coherent and polished theories that can be communicated and possibly investigated by empirical methods. We have chosen to examine this process through the lens of three major topics that are prevalent in clinical practice today:
- Depression in its many facets with its diverse underlying dynamics.
- Disturbances of affect regulation which span a wide spectrum of disorders, such as those involving character formation, attentional deficits and what are broadly referred to as developmental disturbances.
- Disruptions in the process of symbolization that are often prevalent in patients with psychosomatic symptomatology, societal and personal trauma, sexual dysfunctions and in disturbances of thinking.
Each morning a Major Panel will revolve around a clinical paper that will consider one of these topics in depth. This presentation will be followed by two discussion papers. Post-panel discussion groups will be offered for further dialogue and reflection. Afternoon panels will include empirical research investigations on the highlighted topics; other panels will reflect the profound shifts on the socio-political landscape that have been shaped by historical events as well as by the current economic downturn. These discussions will seek to address the ways in which psychoanalytic practice impacts and is impacted by such changes.
We aim to have a Congress where we can meet one other and reflect and discuss in an open and friendly atmosphere new dimensions of our clinical theory and practice, expanding what we know in our ongoing endeavour to deepen and extend our psychoanalytic understanding.
Proposals are welcome from Members, IPA Candidates and non-Members of the IPA.
Congress activities will include Work Groups, Small Discussion Groups, Individual Papers, Panels, Posters, Meet the Analyst/Author sessions and Films. Proposals are invited for some of these categories, others will be arranged by the Programme Committee.
All proposals must be made online by visiting www.ipa.org.uk and clicking on ‘Prague Congress 2013’. The deadline for proposals is 7 September 2012. Proposals must be received by this date. An acknowledgment will be sent in reply. Please make your proposal only in this manner and do not send it to a member of the Programme Committee.
A decision will be made on the acceptance or non-acceptance of all proposals except Individual Papers by 30 November 2012.
A decision will be made on the acceptance or non-acceptance of all Individual Papers by 8 February 2013.
Registration for the Congress and accommodation booking at specially-negotiated rates will open in late 2012.
Sverre Varvin, Chair of the Programme Committee
Elizabeth da Rocha Barros, Co-Chair, Latin America
Franziska Henningsen, Co-Chair, Europe
Claudia Lament, Co-Chair, North America
Holger Himmighoffen, (IPSO Vice-President for Europe), IPSO Representative
Individual Papers will be considered by blind review – to the extent that this is possible – by at least two experienced IPA members, other professional psychoanalysts or colleagues from other professions where deemed appropriate. These evaluations, together with proposals for other activities, will be assessed by the Programme Committee who will make the final choices. Authors will be informed if their proposal is ‘accepted for the Prague Congress’ or ‘not accepted for the Congress’. No further feedback will be given.
The Congress takes place alongside the 22nd International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization (IPSO) conference with panels, lectures, and activities organized specifically for IPA Candidates at accredited institutes worldwide. Further details about the IPSO programme will be made available in the registration materials forthcoming in 2012.
Prizes and Awards: A number of prizes and awards are traditionally presented at the Congress, including the Hayman Prize, Elise M. Hayman Award, Sacerdoti Prize, Training Today Award, Research Awards and the Tyson Prize for Candidates.
Proposals are now invited for the following activities only: Individual Papers, Panels, Small Discussion Groups and Posters.
All proposals must be made online.
- Click here for Guidance Notes for your Proposal
- Click here for rights
- Click here for Prizes and Awards connected to congress proposals
In submitting a proposal you will be asked to agree to make yourself available to present it at any time that the Programme Committee chooses from the pre-Congress’ beginning (0800 on 31 July 2013) to the Congress’ conclusion (in the late afternoon of 3 August 2013).
IPA Congresses normally receive far more proposals than there is room for at the Congress so please be aware that many high-quality proposals may regretfully have to be declined.
Please be aware that the IPA will not pay for any paper you propose to be translated or copied in connexion with the Congress.