Nordisk Psykoanalytisk Kongres -august i Oslo

TRANSMISSIONS XXVIII NORDIC PSYCHOANALYTIC CONGRESS OSLO, 8.-11. AUGUST 2024 – både for psykoanalytikere og psykoanalytiske psykoterapeuter.

Clinical pre-congress in Child and Adolescent psychoanalysis

Thursday 8. August 1300-1630:

1300-14.30: lecture by Hannah Holmqvist Mohammed:

To look or not to look, that is the question – thoughts on early mother infant psychoanalytic work

1430-1500 coffe break

1500-16.30 clinical supervision groups


Dear colleagues! We wish to welcome you to the XXVIII Nordic Psychoanalytic Congress in Oslo. The theme for the congress is “Transmissions”. The term may have a foreign sound to psychoanalysts, still it resonates with phenomena and concepts that are central in psychoanalytic thinking. With the theme “Transmissions,” we want to focus on various psychic phenomena and processes that involve the transportation of often unconscious states/emotions and ideas/values between people and between the culture and the individual. From birth, we are all exposed to conscious and unconscious transmissions of emotions and messages that require psychic processing. Freud was the first to articulate how the past, through transferences and countertransferences, becomes alive in the analytic relationship. Bion has in his later writings, described some forms of transmissions in the analytic relationship that he believes are not captured in interpretations of the transference and countertransference dynamics. He encourages us to listen “without memory and desire” (Bion, 1967) as a way of becoming aware of mental processes at the edge of our consciousness, not least by giving space to fantasies and sensory impressions that arise in us during sessions. In working with parents and infants, Fraiberg discovered how the parents’ own traumas manifested as ghosts from the past in the relationship with the infant. “The ghosts, we know, represents the repetition of the past in the present” (Fraiberg, 1975, p. 389). Specifically, there is clinical evidence that traumas that are silenced, and not reflected upon, can have a devasting effect on later generations. Psychoanalytic studies of the effects of the Holocaust provide a dramatic example of how often wordless “transgenerational transmissions” of unspeakable traumas can live on as silenced and destructive ghosts in subsequent generations. Laplanche’s theory (2015) on the enigmatic message also addresses the unconscious transmission from parent(s) to child(ren). Transmissions from one generation to another also occur in psychoanalytic associations, both through concrete learning during training, but also in unconscious and unformulated ways in the association’s internal life. How do our associations deal with such processes? Today, teleanalysis and teletraining are practiced. The relational situation is transmitted through a screen and by sound, but without the physical presence of the participants. How do such transmissions affect the process? How are transference and countertransference dynamics affected when the interaction takes place over the Internet? In art and literature, we can talk about the transmissions of inner states via a canvas, a sculpture, a film, or a novel. We can experience ourselves as both participants and spectators when encountering the work of art. The scientific committee: Kari Høydahl (chair), Fredrik Cappelen, Hanne-Sofie Johnsen Dahl, Cecilie Hillestad Hoff, Mette Hvalstad, Sølvi Kristiansen, Tonya Hall Madsen, Hanne Strømme, Kristin F. Wold Administrative and social committee: Anne Kullebund, Henrik Kamphus Nilsen, Janne Kvien

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