Keynote Papers

The following keynote presentations, all of which will be simultaneously translated, will take place in Boston.




    Altamirando Andrade, "Recovering the Psychic Apparatus"

Discussants: Maxine Anderson, Giovanni Battista Foresti

Summary: Starting from the analysis of a psychotic patient it is the author’s intention to discuss the construction of a mental apparatus capable to symbolize, think, feel and have object relations. Technical questions that support ideas developed by the author will be considered.  Clinical material will be presented.


Christopher Bollas, "Psychoanalysis In The Age of Bewilderment: On the return of the oppressed"

Discussants: Silvia Flechner, Martin Teising 

Summary: The talk follows the online publication "Psychoanalysis in the Age of Bewilderment: On the Return of the Oppressed" by examining how the 'fundamental rule' of psychoanalysis has interesting changes of function in the early 21st century.


Fred Busch, "Our Vital Profession"

Discussants: Claudio Eizirik, Gabriel Sapisochin

Summary: In our continual search to help patients find, or re-find the core of what it means to be human, this paper explores multiple paradigm changes in the psychoanalytic method that form a new common ground amongst seemingly diverse perspectives. This leads to fresh views of: how we listen and interpret; the goals of treatment; and how change takes place.


Alessandra Lemma, "Psychoanalysis in times of technoculture: some reflections on the fate of the body in virtual space"

Discussants: Michael Diamond, Leticia Fiorini

Summary: In this paper the author will give an overview of some of the challenges facing clinicians working in times of techno-culture. More specifically she will focus on understanding those clinical presentations where the misuse of cyberspace is in the service of managing a disturbing experience of “otherness” that is felt to be concretely located in the body. Where this is the central unconscious preoccupation, the author suggests that cyberspace is ideally suited to being defensively used to bypass the psychic implications of an embodied self.



Virginia Ungar, "El oficio de analista y su caja de herramientas: la interpretación revisitada"

Discussants: Agneta Sandell, Dominique Scarfone

Summary: There have been important modifications in culture in the last 50 years regarding family configurations, modalities of upbringing, and the advance of technology. These transformations have had a significant impact on psychoanalytic practice. It seems necessary to revise the use of tools forged more than a hundred years ago. The paper will focus on the interpretation as the most relevant tool for a psychoanalyst.


René Roussillon, "Pour introduire le travail sur la symbolisation primaire."

Discussants: Lee Jaffe, Fernando Orduz

Summary: In the 21st century, the fundamental problem of psychoanalysis is the extension of the clinical skill level of the psychoanalytical listening and the implications on the complexity of our models. 
To advance this issue, I will rely on the cure of a patient who had multiple analyses. 
If the psychoanalysis always has the same foundations based on the transference and the listening of the associativity, the models of these processes must be more complex and expanded. 
The enlargement of the skill of the psychoanalytical listening to the narcissistic sufferings that have an important impact on identity require to refine new tools that go through a deeper understanding of early childhood in particular primary forms of symbolization and broadening the context reference of listening not based only on instinctual life but also on the responses of significant objects to instinctual movements. Finally these questions leads to a possible enlargement of the analytical setting in connection with the specific type of associativity of the analysands.