English Speaking Weekend Conference 2021

From action to representation

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The English Speaking Weekend Conference is open to members and candidates of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) and its component societies, and also to members of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) and of the European Psychoanalytic Federation (EPF)

Psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, who are not IPA members may register if supported by an IPA member. ​A brief supporting letter from the IPA member should be sent to outreach@iopa.org.uk before registering for the conference.

Inspired by the centenary of the publication of Freud’s “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” which introduced the idea of the “compulsion to repeat”, this conference (postponed from Autumn 2020 due to Covid-19) revisits ‘Action’ and its connection -or disconnection- to the Mind. The speakers will explore a variety of clinical experiences, where Action -and not exclusively acting out- is paramount. Action and its relation to and the movement toward representation and thinking will be examined in psychoanalytic work with adults and children.

In each of three moderated panels, two speakers will present their clinical work and theoretical ideas followed by a dialogue with each other and with the audience. There will be an open final plenary exchange between the speakers and the audience.

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Friday 8 October | Optional clinical seminars, 5.30pm - 7pm or 6.00pm - 7:30pm (GMT) 
                                Please enter your seminar leader preferences when you register

Saturday 9 and 10 October | Main conference

Speakers at the main conference:
Sira Dermen (London), Alain Gibeault (Paris), Benedetta Guerrini Degl’innocenti (Florence),
Marianne Parsons (London), Kate Pugh (London) and John Steiner (London)




Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not represent the views or opinions of the Institute, event organisers or other speakers. We expect delegates to respect the confidentiality of clinical material discussed in our events. The content must not be recorded, conveyed or disseminated in any format and participants must not share access to the event with non-registered participants.


October 8th, 2021 5:30 PM through October 10th, 2021 1:00 PM
Remote Event, delivered via Zoom
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Conference Tickets
Weekend ticket £ 100.00
Candidate weekend ticket £ 75.00
Optional Clinical Seminars £ 50.00
If selected, only members with the status New, Current or Grace and those that have a website account will be able to register for this event.
Conference Tickets
Weekend ticket £ 100.00
Candidate weekend ticket £ 75.00
Optional Clinical Seminars £ 50.00