We are living in a fast-changing world, which challenges the
psychoanalytic ideals of reflection and time for thought. How do these
changes affect the mind, our technique, and our consulting rooms?
The tools and theories we use to attend those who seek psychoanalytic
treatment are one of the main focuses of this Congress. How have we
developed? Have we more to offer today than 50 or 100 years ago? How
have new technologies and other changes influenced our practice, and how
are we answering these various challenges? What are the further
developments in technique and how do we deal with the impact of
technology and high mobility in our practice? The clinical and
theoretical presentations at this Congress will show how each analyst
works through and thinks about these changes.
Taking into account your responses to the ‘Call for Ideas’, we have
identified a number of sub-themes that may interest you when you send in
a proposal to the Boston Congress Scientific Programme Committee.
1. Theory and technique: what is the unconcious today?; the nature of
the human psyche; psychoanalytic methods; the nature of anxieties in
the 21st century; psychoanalytic work in different settings; creativity
in a changing world; time and space in analytic work today.
2. Diversity: new family configurations; sexual and gender identity; race and racism; homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
3. Culture: times, ethics and culture; interaction with the human
mind; immigration, emigration and mobility; oppression and
anti-oppressive practice; aging and death; addiction.
4. Technology: the use of new electronic tools and their impact on
psychoanalysis and the analytic setting; virtual reality and the
internet; the use of Skype for training, study groups, treatment and
supervision; the ever-present connectedness and how we think about