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Iceland is intersected by the North American and Eurasian Plates, creating a gap that the Vikings called “No Man’s Land,” where they convened the world’s first parliament in 930. “No Man’s Land,” a metaphor for the unconscious, that “no place” the power of which, we as psychoanalysts, all recognize as active and powerful, like the volcanoes that surround the glacier-filled country. Iceland, the island in the middle, between Europe and the Americas, between glaciers and volcanoes, is the perfect venue to discuss convergence and division: subjective, institutional, theoretical, ideological and real.

Histories of psychoanalysis emphasize divisions, separations, excommunications and seemingly unbridgeable rifts, often as productive and generative as they have been devastating and stultifying. National, social and economic factors have sustained and hardened ideological and theoretical tensions. That historical divisions are continually transmitted has often made for a markedly chilly present.

The first “Psychoanalysis on Ice” (2014) began a conversation across these divisions, to consider the situation of psychoanalysis in the 21st century, in the hope that dialogue and exchange would bring our field to life in new and yet unimagined ways. The enormous success of the conference and the new relationships, modes of engagement, and cross-fertilization have inspired Psychoanalysis on Ice II, where we will return to Reykjavik, Iceland, whose geographical location inspired our first meeting, and where the climate in July 2018 will be even more hospitable.

While “on ice” speaks to the icy rigidity and of the subsequent stagnancy of the conversation between the groups, schools and theoretical orientations, at the same time, the metaphor also speaks to the very special nature of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a treatment of and by speech, and consequently, one that strives to keep the drives in suspension, “on ice,” or to allow speech to give them new form, “breaking the ice.”

We invite psychoanalysts of all theoretical orientations to meet in Reykjavík and discuss foundational psychoanalytic concepts as well as the challenges of psychoanalysis today. We hope to potentiate deeper engagement among psychoanalysts revisiting and revivifying these concepts and to consider together the challenges that face us all.

As the days grow longer in Iceland’s capital and we can enjoy the Icelandic sublime midnight sun, extending conversations and lingering over Brennivín, we are invited to meet in the middle once again as hundreds of psychoanalysts will convene over several days in the world famous Harpa Concert Hall and Convention Center, a glimmering iceberg-shaped building in the city’s harbor. The innovative conference format promotes dialogue and discussion, a “melting of the ice.” Each day, participants will hear significant representatives of major psychoanalytic schools of thought discuss foundational psychoanalytic concepts from their perspectives, and an another day consider how psychoanalytic understandings of contemporary issues can promote positive change. The overarching goal of this conference is to bring psychoanalysts of all stripes into closer contact, across theories, orientations, and national differences, or, to borrow a phrase of the local tourist bureau, to attempt to “meet in the middle.”

In addition, attendees will be able to enjoy lectures from local experts on Icelandic folklore, history, and geology. Excursions will be offered to explore the countryside, hike glaciers, and see geysers, and interact with Icelanders.

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Conference Coordinators

Michael Garfinkle is a practicing clinical psychologist-psychoanalyst in New York. He is an associate member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Derner Institute at Adelphi University and the New School, as well as Visiting Scholar in Clinical Psychology at Teachers’ College, Columbia University. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA). He is a co-founder of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis.

Manya Steinkoler is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York. She has co-edited with Patricia Gherovici, Madness Yes You Can't: Lacan on Insanity, Routledge U Press 2015, and Lacan, Comedy and Psychoanalysis, Cambridge University Press, 2016. She is a sometime member of Après Coup in New York and Espace Analytique in Paris. She has published articles on film, literature and psychoanalysis and has organized conferences in New York and abroad.

Advisory Board

António Alvim is a psychodramatist and a psychoanalyst at the Portuguese Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (AP), where he teaches seminars on Psychoanalytic Psychodrama and on Psychoanalytic Field Theory (namely the post-Bionian views of Antonino Ferro). He has been working as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in public institutions for drug addicts treatment, and at the Hospital de Santa Maria's paedo-psychiatric department, where he worked mostly with autistic and psychotic children. He is a supervisor of a Child Care Home for Endangered Children (SOS-Village) in Lisbon region, and a private practitioner as a psychoanalyst and psychodramatist. He has an article published at the International Forum of Psychoanalysis' journal, and has been presenting papers at the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Societies' forums.

Nestor Braunstein

Todd Dean is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is a training and supervising analyst at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He is also a senior editor at Division/Review and an editorial advisor for The Candidate Journal.

Russell Grigg

Adrienne Harris is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty and is a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is a Member and Training Analyst in the IPA. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, She, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safran established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. She, Lew Aron, Eyal Rozmaren and Steven Kuchuck co-edit the Book Series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 70 published volumes. She is an editor of the IPA e-journal Psychoanalysistoday.com, which is developing cross-cultural communications on the topics of violence and migration. She has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states and the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War. She is a member of the NGO which the IPA developed to work with the UN where she has been doing education and development on the problem of human trafficking. Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, on intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and on ghosts.

Carl Jacobs is Senior Training, Supervisor, and Control Analyst, Faculty, and Trustee at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), where he is also the former chair of the Program Committee. He is an Associate Editor of the Psychoanalytic Review, Member of The Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center, and The International Neuropsychoanalysis Association. He is the author of articles on Psychoanalytic Education, Narcissism, Resistance, The Uncanny, Ends of Analysis, and Mammalian Communication. He was a Guest Editor of the Psychoanalytic Review for their special issue, Foreshadowing the Present: The Legacies of Theodor Reik. He is a founding member of Fluxus and Experiments in Art and Technology and a former experimental filmmaker and singer/songwriter. He is private practice in New York City with adolescents of all ages.

David Lichtenstein

Donald Moss

Joseph Newirth is a professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, in Garden City, New York where he has taught and supervised graduate students for over 30 years. He is the former director of the Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Adelphi University. He has taught and supervised psychoanalytic candidates at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He has published and presented numerous papers integrating relational psychoanalysis, object relations theory and clinical practice. His book Between Emotion and Cogniiton: The Generative Unconscious (2003) published by the Other Press received the Gradiva Prize. He is currently working on a new book: From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Processes in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychology which will be published by Rowman and Littlefield. His practice is in New York City. Recent publications include From Frankenstein to Zombies: Cultural and Evolving Conceptions of the Unconscious (Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2016), Pleasure, Desire and Symbolization in the Psychoanalytic Intersubjective Relationship (Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2016), and Psychoanalysis’ Past, Present and Future: Sherlock Holmes, Sir Lancelot and the Wizard of Oz (Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2015).

Wendy Olesker is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and on the Faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is on the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child and The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Presently she is Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. In 1975 until 1986 she established and ran, at Montefiore Medical Center, an observational nursery for research on gender differences in early development. From 1991 until 1997 she collaborated with John McDevitt and Anni Bergman in following up with the original Mahler/McDevitt babies of the Separation-Individuation Study. It is from her longitudinal research and her analytic experience that she has developed a focus on the developmental process as it impacts understanding and handling aggression in young children.

Gerard Pommier is a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and a teacher at the university Paris Seven. He’s supervising the revue La Clinique lacanienne and he’s one of the creator of the European Fondation For Psycoanalisis. He has published many books such as Feminine revolution without end (Pauvert) this year, or before What does it mean to “make” love (Flammarion) or even The surname (Puf).

Renata Salecl is a philosopher and sociologist. She is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also recurring Visiting Professor at Cardozo School of Law, New York. Her latest book, Tyranny of Choice (London, Profile Books, 2010), has been translated into 15 languages. Her previous books include On Anxiety (Routledge, 2004) and (Per)versions of Love and Hate (Verso, 1998).

Alain Vanier is a psychoanalyst practicing in Paris, a member and former president of Espace Analytique. He is the author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture, most recently in English: « Chiasm in Suspense in Psychoanalysis », in Chiasmus and Culture, Edited by Boris Wiseman and Anthony Paul, "Studies in Rhetoric and Culture" series vol. 6, Berghahn Books (Oxford and New York), Février 2014, « Winnicott and Lacan : A Missed Encounter ? », in The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, vol LXXXI, N° 2, New York, Juillet 2012 ; “The object between mother and child: From Winnicott to Lacan,” in Between Winnicott and Lacan: A Clinical Engagement (Lewis A. Kirshner ed., New York – London, Routledge, 2011) ; « Fear, Paranoia and Politics », inThe Psychoanalytic Review, vol 97, No 2, New York, Guilford, April 2010 and Lacan (trans. S. Fairfield, 2000) published by Other Press (New York), etc.. He is a Full Professor of Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis and the Director of graduate studies at the University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7.

Lynne Zeavin is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in full time practice in New York City. On the faculties of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and IPTAR, Dr. Zeavin teaches courses on the transference/countertransference, sexuality, and the work of Melanie Klein and the Contemporary Kleinians. She serves on the editorial boards of JAPA, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and Division/Review and has written many clinical papers that have explored idealization, the status of the object, neutrality, and the various aspects of Kleinian theory. Dr. Zeavin is co-founder of the Rita Frankiel Memorial Fellowship funded by the Melanie Klein Trust and a founder of Second Story, a non-institutional psychoanalytic space in New York City.

Assistant to the Coordinators

Sara Richardson

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