IPA Webinars Covid-19 Series: Love in Times of Covid-19


Panellists: Florence Guignard (Switzerland), Janice Lieberman (USA) Lucrecia Zavaschi (Brazil)
Moderator: Rogelio Sosnik

Continuing with the series of webinars on COVID-19, we present the next webinar in English, on the theme of “Love in times of COVID-19”. We all know that, in psychoanalysis, love is a plural and a central theme, to which it is not possible to attribute only one meaning: Freud formulated the concepts of Eros and Thanatos, of libido and destructiveness, always interconnected. However, the concept of love is constantly changing. Each time projects its type of love: romantic love, modern love and so on. 

Therefore, we would like to think about the novel forms of love, bonds, as well as the new family organisations, and how psychoanalysts have seen these differences. Furthermore, we are experiencing all over the world devastating illness, death, mourning, social isolation, economic breakdown, etc. due to the pandemic. Amidst all of this, resilient human beings have continued to love and to search for love. The many faces and meanings of love and its vicissitudes in this time will be addressed by three IPA members from three different regions: Florence Guignard from Switzerland, Janice Lieberman from the USA and Lucrecia Zavaschi from Brazil. The discussion will be moderated by Rogelio Sosnik from the USA.

Rogelio Sosnik, M.D
Training and Supervising Analyst, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association, and Training, Supervising, and Faculty, Contemporary Freudian Society, (USA). He is also a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the IPA. He is a Board Member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has published numerous papers in the USA, Argentina, Uruguay and Italy. He is a member of the IPA Committee on Emigration and Relocation, and is in private practice in New York City.

Florence Guignard 
Florence Guignard, born 1934, Swiss and French, Past Vice-President and Training Analyst of the SPP, Direct Training Member of IPA for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis. Past Chair and present Counsellor of the IPA COCAP. Founded the APE in 1984, and the SEPEA in 1994. Chaired the team of l’Année Psychanalytique Internationale/IJP. Issued more than 200 psychoanalytical papers in French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish Psychoanalytical Reviews and in collective books in French, English and German. Published 4 books: “Au Vif de l’Infantile” 1996, “Épître à l’objet” 1997, both translated in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. “Quelle Psychanalyse pour le XXIe siècle?” 2015, translated into English in 2019: “Psychoanalytic concepts and Technique in Development. Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and Physics.” “Au vif de l’Infantile aujourd’hui” 2020. 2 books to be issued in the Fall: “Le psychanalyste dans la cite” and “Autobiographie”. 

Janice S. Lieberman, Ph.D 
Training Analyst and Supervisor and Faculty Member of The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York. She serves as Fellow at Large on its Board of Directors. She served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association for many years. She is a Member of the IPA Committee on Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies. She has written three books: The Many Faces of Deceit: Omissions, Lies and Disguise in Psychotherapy (with Helen Gediman), Body Talk: Looking and Being Looked at in Psychotherapy, and Clinical Evolutions on the Superego, Body and Gender in Psychoanalysis. Her presentations and publications have concerned themselves with relationships, gender and gender roles, deception, body image as well as Psychoanalysis and Art.

Maria Lucrécia Scherer Zavaschi 

Psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, with Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Medical Sciences by Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, member and professor at Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society, of which she was Director of Children and Adolescents (2008-2009 and 2014-2015), President (2016-2017), and Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis (2018-2019).