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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

ISPSO AM 2024 Conference

1 July - 7 July, 2024
Sofia, Bulgaria

Parallel/Academic papers

About Parallel Papers

All parallel papers will be accessible online. They will be streamed live, with chat options for interaction during discussion time and will also be recorded and accessible to registered participants up to August 7.

Click here to view the 2024 PARALLEL PAPERS & SESSION TIMES

What are Parallel Papers and what is their purpose?
Parallel Papers, together with Keynotes, form the basis of the three days of the Annual Meeting (which we call conference) program. The purpose of the Parallel Papers is to offer a platform to present, explore and share ideas, conceptual work and practice experience.  Papers presented may be fully developed or still in progress, connected to the theme of the Annual Meeting. That is Civilizations and their discontents What does that mean for the psychoanalytic study of and work with organizations?”

The Parallel Paper Selection process is highly competitive and aims to offer different perspectives of psychoanalytical, psycho-social, systems-psychodynamic and socio-analytic approaches to groups and organizations.

What we address with the Parallel Papers Symposium
Some of the issues that we expect to be addressed by the presenters of parallel papers include those below, although this is not an exclusive list:

  • What are the conscious and unconscious dynamics, connections and tensions between discontents and civilizations in which we are involved and are part of as members of groups and organizations?
  • How can we live with multiple civilizations within groups and organizations without polarization?
  • How are boundaries managed, when people from conflicting civilizations have to work together in national and international organizations?
  • What types of anxieties underlie the defenses that individuals, groups and systems develop, such as sticking solely to one’s own national identification?
  • How are leadership and organizations affected in their structures and processes?
  • Are our approaches to leadership still valid and appropriate today in a world characterized by multiple civilizations and many discontents?
  • How can discontent and clashes among civilizations be contained and worked through?
  • How can our psychoanalytical conceptual frameworks, methods and tools support leaders and other clients to engage assuredly in groups and organizations in the future?

Who will present papers?
Papers will be presented by a range of contributors, including the following:
ISPSO members and non-members with an interest in the psychoanalytic study of organizations, practitioners (consultants and leaders), academics (teachers and researchers), clinicians, others interested in professional development from a psychoanalytic and systems thinking perspective representing a large range of countries worldwide.

When are Parallel Papers held and how long do they run?
The Parallel papers part of the Annual Meeting (which we call the Conference) runs all day on Friday and Saturday July 5 and 6 from 9.15 to 5.45 and on Sunday July 7 from 9.15 to 1pm.

Registration for the Conference includes the full program on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This includes Social Dreaming in the morning from 8am to 9am, keynotes and panels (Plenary sessions) six Parallel Paper sessions during the days and Reflections on Intellectual Themes in the evening from 6pm to 7pm. See for more information. The Gala Dinner is an optional extra and incurs an extra cost of 85 Euro.

What is the detailed schedule of papers and presenters?
The detailed schedule will be developed by the Parallel Papers Committee and will be sent to everyone who as registered for the Conference. This is expected to be ready in March 2024.

Are meals provided?
Lunch is provided for all Conference attendees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tea and coffee are provided in the mornings and afternoons for all attendees.

What do I need to bring?
You will probably not need anything in addition to the provided conference pack (which includes a writing pad and pen).

Can I attend the Conference if I am not a member of ISPSO?
Anyone who is interested can attend. We welcome non-members and are also offering a session for non-members on Wednesday July 3rd. This is free of charge to anyone who has registered for the Conference.

What happens in the evenings?
There will be a social program for Conference attendees, including a Gala Dinner on Friday July 5. The program for other evenings will include mostly informal social events. You are welcome to bring musical instruments as there will be an opportunity for informal musical jam sessions.

Can I submit a proposal myself?
Proposals closed midnight 28 January 2024 CET

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

The Parallel Papers team:
Louisa Diana Brunner – Chair Parallel Paper Selection Committee
Antoaneta Mateeva – Co-Chair Annual Symposium
Irena Izotova – ISPSO President
Alexandra Gerny - ISPSO President – Elect
Gerald Fromm – Past - President
Matias Sanfuentes - ISPSO Member
James Walker - ISPSO Member