2017 Sydney Conference Committee Update

Call for Papers and Stipend Applications Open

By Cathy Hicks (Australia) and Sarah Calvert (New Zealand),
Conference Co-chairs


We are pleased to open the call for papers for the 14th annual IARPP conference, entitled “From the Margins to the Centre: Contemporary Relational Perspectives.” The conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, from Thursday, May 25, to Sunday, May 28, 2017, and is co-hosted by the Australian and New Zealand chapters of IARPP.

When the term “relational psychoanalysis” was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell in 1983, it represented an alternate proposition to the prevailing drive-based view of psychic structure. As such, we might say that the development of relational psychoanalysis itself was situated within the notion of a message from the margins to the center.

As Jessica Benjamin wrote in the first edition of the eNews in 2002, one of the reasons for founding IARPP was to “provide opportunities for people in many different settings in North America and around the world to interact….There are centers of relational thought that would tend toward becoming insular or self-satisfied without the challenge of people who come from different environments where these ideas are not taken for granted.”

In this conference, in acknowledgement of the fact that Australia and New Zealand are geographically very far away from the center, on the margins of the world map, we expect to explore challenges to the centers of relational thought, while also seeking the interplay of ideas flowing from the center, from the mainstream, in many directions. The conference seeks to examine dialectical tensions between the edge and the center, between mainstream and innovative ideas, and from within many different contexts.

We would like to encourage presentations that offer new and creative ways of looking at, thinking about, and practicing psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. This represents a very broad umbrella of possibility in terms of engaging with the conference theme, for there are many different kinds of margins. Some examples might include geographic, racial, cultural, socio-political, or economic margins, as well as populations and cultures at the margins of our society. Then there are the ways of thinking about psychoanalysis and psychotherapy that are situated at the boundaries of current theory, and new settings in which psychoanalysis is applied. These are just some examples of how thoughts from the margins might emerge: in this conference, we invite submissions from all interpretations of the term.

To submit a paper proposal for the Sydney conference, please click on this link and follow the instructions: http://iarppsydney2017.com/call-for-papers/abstract-submission-process. The deadline for receipt of conference submissions is October 2, 2016.

In addition, as was the case for the Rome conference, IARPP is awarding a total of $25,000 in travel stipends to help defray the cost of attending the conference. To apply for a stipend, please click on this link for instructions: http://iarppsydney2017.com/call-for-papers/stipends.

Finally, the conference website is up and running: www.iarppsydney2017.com. And if you have any queries, you’re welcome to contact us at iarppsydney2017@gmail.com.

Note: For introduction of the conference theme in Spanish and Italian please click here: http://www.iarppsydney2017.com/call-for-papers.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney!
Co-chairs: Cathy Hicks, PhD, and Sarah Calvert, PhD

International Steering Committee: Alejandro Ávila Espada, PhD; Sharon Beiman, PhD; Susi Federici-Nebbiosi, PhD; Juan Francisco Jordan, MD; Hazel Ipp, PhD; Rina Lazar, PhD; Gianni Nebbiosi, PhD; and Chana Ullman, PhD.

Local Organizing Committee: Mary Bayles, MSW; Lesley Brokenshire, PsyD; Margie Chodos, MCFT; Annette Conradi, MCFT; Roberto D’Angelo, PsyD, MBBS; Margaret Pearl; Daud Saeed, MBBS, FRANZCP; Claire Virtue, MSW; and Dale Wiren, NZRP.


hicksphoto0616wCatherine Hicks PhD
P O Box 1719, Neutral Bay Junction,
NSW 2089,   Australia
Email: chic5167@bigpond.net.au also iarppsydney2017@gmail.com
website: www.wycombeclinic.com



calvertphoto0616wSarah Calvert, PhD
1602 18 Beach Rd, Auckland
New Zealand 1010
Email: calverts@iconz.co.nz
Website: http://millenniumconsulting.co.nz