JOSEPH SANDLER RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2020
On the Dark Side
Understanding the subjective experience of patients with chronic depression: psychoanalytic, neurobiological and sociocultural perspectives
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Comprendre l'expérience subjective des patients souffrantde dépression chronique : perspectives psychanalytiques, neurobiologiques etsocioculturelles
Dear fellow psychoanalysts and dear colleagues,
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. Would you please let us know whether you plan to attend the Sandler 2020 conference and, if so, in person or by attending it online?
For many years, the Research Training Program (September 26th-October 2nd in Lausanne) of the IPA is organised the week before the Sandler conference. The success of this program is also based on the quality of the exchanges between participants and faculty members. We therefore ask you the same question: Would you please let us know whether you plan to participate in the RTP 2020 in person?
We would be grateful if you could reply before May 29th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your answers are not binding, of course; we would just like some indication of the numbers of people who are interested in attending, in one way or the other.
We hope that this email finds you in good health and that you will contribute to the success of the 2020 Joseph Sandler conference and RTP,
On behalf of the organising committee.
Gilles Ambresin, Silke Kratel, Bernard Reith
Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, John Clarkin, Mark Solms
Friday, October 2 – Sunday October 4,2020
Les échanges auront lieu en français et en anglais (avec une traduction simultanée) The conference languages will be English and French (with simultaneous translation)