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7 March 2014 - 9 March 2014


International Conference at the Freud Museum

Organised by The IPI, Essex University and The Freud Museum

Ronald Fairbairn was the father of object relations theory, which now permeates modern psychoanalytic thought. He developed a distinctive psychology of dynamic structure that began with the infant's need for relationships, and in which mental structure is based upon the internal objects that result from introjection and psychic modification of these early relationships.

This conference will outline the basics of Fairbairn's contribution, and then explore the ramification and development of these ideas to clinical work, and broadly to applications in modern psychoanalytic thinking.

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Friday 7 March 7pm-9pm

Opening Panel: Internalization and the Status of Internal Objects

Norka Malberg: On Being Recognized
Viviane Green: Internal objects: Fantasy, Experience and History Intersecting?
David Scharff: Internal Objects and External Experience

Saturday 8 March 9.30am - 5pm

Presentations and Discussion
Marie Hoffman:
Fairbairn and Religion
James Poulton: Philosophical Foundations of Fairbairn
Gal Gerson: Hegelian Themes in Fairbairn's Work
Steven Levine: Fairbairn's Theory of the Visual Arts and its Influence
Jonathan Sklar: Discussion of Steven Levine's Presentation
Joseph Schwartz: Fairbairn and the good object: a bone of contention
Molly Ludlam: Fairbairn and the Couple - Still a Creative Threesome?
Jill Scharff: Fairbairn's Clinical Theory

Panel: Psychic Growth
Lesley Caldwell:
Being at Home with One's Self: the Condition of Psychic Aliveness?
Anne Alvarez: Paranoid-Schizoid Position or Paranoid and Schizoid Positions?
Graham Clarke: Psychic Growth and Creativity

5.30pm - 6.45pm Wine and Cheese Reception
Fairbairn and the Object Relations Tradition (Karnac Books)
on sale in museum shop

Sunday 9 March 9.30am - 5.00pm

Presentations and Discussion
Eleanore Armstrong-Perlman:
The Zealots and the Blind: Sexual Abuse Scandals from Freud to Fairbairn
Carlos Rodriguez-Sutil: Fairbairn's Contribution to Understanding Personality Disorders
Valerie Sinason: Abuse, Trauma and Multiplicity
Ruben Basili: Recent Work from Argentina's Espacio Fairbairn
Video Presentation: Reflections on Fairbairn from Otto Kernberg and John Sutherland
Hilary Beattie: Fairbairn and Homosexuality: Personal Struggles amid Psychoanalytic Controversy

Panel: Groups, Social Issues and the Social Unconscious
Earl Hopper:
Chair and Discussant
Julian Lousada: Psychoanalysis Goes to Market ?
Stephen Frosh: What Passes, Passes By: Why the Psychosocial is Not (Just) Relational
Ron Aviram: The Large Group in the Mind (With Special Reference to Prejudice, War, and Terrorism)

Closing Group Discussion
Drs. Clarke and Scharff, Co-Chairs

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