ON THE DARK SIDE: Joseph Sandler Research Conference 2020

ON THE DARK SIDE: Joseph Sandler Research Conference 2020



On the Dark Side
Understanding the subjective experience of patients with chronic depression: psychoanalytic, neurobiological and sociocultural perspectives

Du Côté Obscur
Comprendre l'expérience subjective des patients souffrantde dépression chronique : perspectives psychanalytiques, neurobiologiques etsocioculturelles


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The IPA Research Committee and its Swiss partners plan to hold the 2020 Sandler Conference on October 2nd- 4th in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the title « On the Dark Side ». Our aim is to better understand the subjective experience of patients with chronic depression through psychoanalytic, neurobiological and sociocultural perspectives. Now, in the trying times of mourning and bereavement we are currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to avoid the impression that this title was somehow premonitory. The organization of such a scientific exchange has become a first-hand confrontation between psychoanalytic thinking and the realities of loss and death. 


The organising committee wishes to make every possible effort to ensure that the conference will happen and take place in accordance with health regulations in Switzerland. For the time being, we are planning a physical conference together with a teleconference (if a good technical solution can be found) for those who cannot travel. All the main speakers have already shown interest in this solution. However, the success and richness of the conference depend on the presence not only of the speakers, but also of participants. Given all the unknowns of the current situation and in order to be able to make the best decision, the organizing committee is asking for your help. 


On behalf of the organising committee,

Gilles Ambresin, Silke Kratel, Bernard Reith, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, John Clarkin, Mark Solms


General Information about the Conference

Auditorium Amphimax University of Lausanne Dorigny
Metro M1 Stop UNIL-Sorge

Tél : +41 (0)21 314 05 86


Registration is open

10/2/2020 - 10/4/2020
University of Lausanne Lausanne SWITZERLAND