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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021


June 12, 2024 / 5 mins read


Given the theme of AM2024 ‘Civilizations and their discontents, it becomes appropriate to make sense of our Society by using an adaptation of OPUS, Listening Post (Khaleelee & Stapley, 2013).

The theme for Members’ Day is ‘ISPSO on the Couch.’

Members will be invited to share their preoccupations and experiences of ISPSO as we attempt to identify common themes that may unite us or, on the other hand, keep us divided. We will use those themes to develop working hypotheses that may explain in some small part what could be happening in ISPSO – beneath the surface - at an unconscious level.

All times in EEST (Sofia,Bulgaria)

Opening and Part 1: Members are invited to share their pre-occupations and lived experiences of ISPSO.
14:40-15:00 Part 2: Members are invited to generate themes & working hypotheses.
15:00-15:30 Part 3: Members are invited to share working hypotheses supported by the theme(s).
15:30-16:00 Part 4: Members engage in a facilitated dialogue.
16:00-16:20 Break
16:20-17:00 Part 5: Members produce a symbol, or metaphor, or drawing and initiative / suggestion to help the Board in its work going forward.
17:00 Adapted Listening Post closes

Convenor: Dr Adrian Parsadh
Co-convenors: Shanshan Zhang, Jeremy Vine, Irene O’ Byrne Maguire, and Sari Mattila