International Sándor Ferenczi Conference
Heritage of a Psychoanalytic Mind
May 7-10, 2015 Toronto, Canada
The following themes will be discussed at the 2015 International Sándor Ferenczi Conference:
• Mind and Body
• Trauma and Psychoanalytic Process
• Trauma and Society
Sándor Ferenczi was one of the most innovative thinkers on the early psychoanalytic scene. Much of his work revolved around the question of trauma and its treatment. He also pioneered the investigation of the early mother-infant relationship, the rôle of the environment in personality development, and the reciprocal influences at play in the mind-body relationship. In his clinical studies, he was entirely original in his focus on the transference/countertransference dynamic in the psychoanalytic process. Ferenczi’s ideas also shed a new light on the child’s early sensitivity to the messages embedded in the broader cultural and socio-political context.
Through the legacy of Ferenczi’s extraordinary psychoanalytic mind, we have inherited a unique way of thinking about the psychoanalytic process that continues to be an inspiration for clinicians, mental health researchers, and the wider community of the humanities and social sciences.
This Conference will provide time and space for all to present and discuss difficult clinical experiences and challenging thoughts in their related fields of endeavour. Working together, we may be able to open new windows to psychoanalytic theory and practice as we seek clearer and deeper understandings of the psyche in its complex relationship with our contemporary world.