When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)

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14th April 2022


The WAP’s Great Conversation: Review

The street about me roared with a deafening sound. 
Tall, slender, in heavy mourning, majestic grief, 
A woman passed, with a glittering hand 
Raising, swinging the hem and flounces of her skirt;


A lightning flash… then night! Fleeting beauty 
By whose glance I was suddenly reborn, 
Will I see you no more before eternity?[1]

The Great International Online Conversation of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP) took place between 31 March and 3 April in a new format. “How to find another way” was the motto that gave the rhythm to its board of directors composed of Christiane Alberti (director and incoming president of the WAP), Anaëlle Lebovits-Quenehen (Vice-president of the ECF) and Laurent Dumoulin (co-directors of the Great Conversation). Indeed, the new hybrid format adopted for the plenary sessions gave the opportunity for the work to reach a much larger audience from all four corners of the world, where the Lacanian orientation is embraced and received. As for the parallel clinical sessions, a mere glance at the programme was a testimony of the “experience of languages” that the WAP constitutes, as Angelina Harari, past president of the WAP described it. Seven Schools, five official languages, one language in common: psychoanalysis. This is the collective of the School One which came together for its biennial gathering, the theme of which for this year was “Woman does not exist”….[Read Full Text Here]

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