International Ferenczi Conference


Faces of Trauma
Budapest, May 31st - June 3rd, 2012

Note: the Conference is one day longer than it was in the First Announcement!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Program and Organizing Committee we would like to extend our warmest invitation to the next International Sándor Ferenczi Conference, Faces of Trauma, to be held in Budapest, from May 31st to June 3rd, 2012.

The Hungarian psychoanalyst, Sándor Ferenczi, caused a paradigm shift in trauma theory in 1932, when he presented his seminal confusion of tongues concept. Since then a great body of clinical experience has accumulated and a number of new approaches and theoretical concepts have emerged both in clinical studies and research of psychic trauma. Our scientific meeting focuses on clinical studies, theoretical approaches, historical and academic research, eighty years after Ferenczi’s Confusion of Tongues.

The conference focuses on:

  • Trauma at individual, family/group, societal level
  • Trauma related processes and concepts such as: trauma, traumatization, and their after-effects, trauma related psychic processes, posttraumatic progression/growth, cumulative trauma, war trauma, resilience and depletion, threatened identities, transgenerational processes
  • Controversies regarding the use of trauma concept
  • Healing possibilities in the therapeutic situation
  • Traumatization during the treatment–avoidable or unavoidable. Enactment, re-traumatization and managing transference/countertransference issues in the therapeutic situation
  • Links between neuroscientific research and psychoanalysis

The conference is organized by the Sándor Ferenczi Society and the International Ferenczi Foundation in collaboration with the Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society and the Ferenczi Network: Associazione Culturale Sándor Ferenczi (Italy), Association Cultural S. Ferenczi (Argentina), Maison Ferenczi (France), Imago International (London), Ferenczi Center, New School for Social Research (New York), in cooperation with Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid, International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies.

The first international Sándor Ferenczi Conference was held in Budapest in 1993, and then, every three years it has been organized in a different city – Baden-Baden, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Florence, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Turin, just to name the main meetings.

Theses conferences, extending over two decades, have nourished the development of the Ferenczi Network, the source of serious scientific work and results. We are confident that the 2012 Budapest meeting will also enrich our scientific work and friendly collaborations. In fact, our First Announcement generated an unexpectedly large response and interest in this event. We happily obliged and switched to a conveniently located larger event site and extended the conference by one day.

One of the most tangible results of the ongoing international cooperation was the purchase of Ferenczi’s original office in his beloved villa, which became the site of the International Ferenczi Center and Archives in 2011. It is our great pleasure that one of the conference events will take place in the garden of the Ferenczi House.

The opening ceremony of the conference will be held in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the historic site of the Fifth Congress of the International Psychoanalytical Association in 1918, and the 1987 Hungarian international psychoanalytic conference, the first after WWII.

An exciting social program, including a festive opening, a gala reception and a closing event will accompany our rich scientific program.

Please join us in Budapest for what promises to be a very stimulating meeting.

Judit Mészáros, PhD
Chair of the Program and Organizing Committee
President of the Sándor Ferenczi Society

Carlo Bonomi, PhD
Co-Chair of the Program and Organizing Committee

Prof. Franco Borgogno, PhD
Co-Chair of the Program and Organizing Committee

János Harmatta, MD, PhD
Co-Chairs of the Program and Organizing Committee