XIth International Conference : Call for Papers
Attachment and Intersubjectivity in the Therapeutic Relationship
Thursday 4th April to Sunday 7th April 2013 in Boston


Jung famously remarked that ‘you can exert no influence unless you are subject to influence’, a typically prescient view of the intersubjective nature of the therapeutic relationship and the process of change in analysis. This conference will provide an opportunity to revisit Jung’s view in the light of contemporary infant research and relational psychoanalysis. What are the implications of findings which provide support for ideas of mutuality, co-construction of meaning, and intersubjective recognition and how do we incorporate them into our working theoretical perspectives and clinical practice? How might the traditional models of the developmental school of Jungian analysis need to be revised or, alternatively, how robust are these approaches considered in the light of new findings? How do we understand the factors that promote therapeutic change and how might we need to revise our practice to take account of new models that highlight the real interaction between mother and infant over and above the role of unconscious phantasy and/or archetypal factors conceived as internally driven imperatives? At a theoretical level, how might these developments alter the historically divided landscape between psychoanalysis and analytical psychology?

Proposals of not more than 400 words are invited for papers, panels and workshop presentations of 30-40 minutes on the conference theme. Examples of possible topics for which we would welcome proposals include:

  • Infant research and development
  • Attachment research and its implications
  • The therapeutic relationship, especially clinical presentations focusing on themes such as transference/countertransference, enactment and the implicit domain of non-verbal interaction
  • The aims of analysis and its therapeutic action: how do particular analytic practices promote or inhibit change?
  • Clinical and developmental aspects of emergence
  • Interdisciplinary approaches – e.g., psychoanalysis, neuroscience, trauma research

Proposals should be submitted by 30 September 2012 by email to The Editors, JAP, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY, UK, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pramila Bennett, editor
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