International Forum of Psychoanalysis
The psychoanalytic quarerly powered by the IFPS
listed in PEP Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishings


Published By: Routledge - Francis & Taylor, London on behalf of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies

Frequency: 4 issues per year

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Aims & Scopes  

International Forum of Psychoanalysis (IFP)  is a peer-reviewed journal published under the auspices of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS). In accordance with the objectives of this organisation, International Forum of Psychoanalysis is open to all new and creative contributions to the development of psychoanalysis. Papers presented at conferences and workshops arranged by IFPS will be considered for publication with high priority. 

The journal especially promotes articles demonstrating clinical experience and interest in revising or expanding psychoanalytic theory. Special efforts are made to give equal space to experience in the female and male voice.


International Forum of Psychoanalysis  publishes articles on a variety of topics including:

•  The history of psychoanalysis

•  Psychoanalysis in different regions of the world

•  Homosexuality

•  Psychoanalysis under political oppression

•  Creativity

•  Psychoanalytic teaching and technique

•  Lived experience versus fantasy

•  Psychotic disturbances

•  Female psychology

•  Quality assessment and quality assurance


Special Issues

•  Why Ferenczi today?

•  Bowlby and attachment theory

•  Identity in the postmodern world

•  Community psychoanalysis

•  Thoughts and human interaction

•  Intersubjectivity


Editorial Board


Christer Sjödin - Stockholm, Sweden
 Marco Conci - Trento, Italy / Munich, Germany

Founding Editor:

Jan Stensson -  Älghult, Sweden

Associate Editors:

Maarit Arppo - Vantaa,   Finland

Carlo Bonomi - Florence,   Italy

Per Einar Binder – Bergen,   Norway
 Franco Borgogno - Turin , Italy

Michael Buchholz - Göttingen, Germany

Eystein Victor Våpenstad - Oslo/Bergen, Norway

Corresponding Editors:

Christopher Bollas - London, UK
 Andre Haynal - Geneva, Switzerland

Per Magnus Johansson - Gothenburg , Sweden

Zvi Lothane,  New York,   USA

Luiz Eduardo Prado de Oliveira - Paris, France

Book Review Editor:

Maarit Arppo - Vantaa, Finland

Managing Editor:

Sofie Wennström, Stockholm

Regional Editors:

Michael Ermann - Munich, Germany

Romulo Aguillaume - Madrid, Spain

Valerie Tate Angel - New York, USA

Eliana R.P. Mendes - Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Editorial Office:

International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Taylor & Francis, PO Box 3255, S-103 65 , Stockholm, Sweden

Tel: + 46 8 440 80 40
Fax: + 46 8 440 80 50

E-mail: IFP@se.tandff.no

International Forum of Psychoanalysis
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Firenze, Convitto della Calza       October 17-20

The International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies is not new in Florence. In fact, its IXth FORUM was held here in 1994. After 24 years, Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is ready to host a IFPS Forum again. 

The Istituto di Psicoterapia Analitica di Firenze is pleased to invite you to the XX IFPS FORUM which promises to be a memorable scientific and cultural experience in this wonderful destination! 
The Forum venue is the historic "Convitto della Calza", a 14th century hospital dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, fully restored and located downtown, a few steps away from many hotels and all the city attractions (museums, theatres, monuments...). 

As in all the previous editions, the XX IFPS FORUM will try to investigate some important aspects of human life nowadays. In particular, it will try to explore the new faces of fear in the ongoing transformations in our society and in psychoanalytic practice. 
The conference is organized with panels, plenary sessions, parallel panels, the Benedetti-Conci Award and a social program (including a welcome cocktail, a social gala dinner in an exclusive venue, optional tours and a program for accompanying persons. All of them will be defined shortly). 

The XX IFPS FORUM 2018 will be a useful occasion to enjoy scientific discussions, network and meet old friends or new colleagues, to get new ideas for our job, to establish new collaborations and start new projects... in the unique charm, amazing history and culture of Florence! 

The city does not need a lot of presentation: it is an open sky museum with a unique historical heritage. A green, small, clean and safe city with a Mediterranean climate. 
Florence can be easily reached from all over Europe, through the city airport or those in Pisa and Bologna. 
Florence has a University, founded in 1321, and many industries, among them the most important Italian fashion and leather goods brands.
You will find very friendly and open people and, last but nor least, many occasions to taste delicious and healthy food accompanied by the very famous Tuscan and Supertuscan wines!
You will have the opportunity to discuss the latest developments, wide applications and future goals in our field while enjoying one of the world's most beautiful cities. 

We thank all those who are responsible for the planning and execution of the conference and all the participants who will share their point of view, their latest achievements and creative ideas with our community. 

Please come and give your important contribution to make the XX IFPS FORUM a successful, amazing and unforgettable conference!! 
See you in Firenze! 

Anna Maria Loiacono (Chair of the XX IFPS FORUM 2018) and the Scientific Committee 



 February 2017 : A successful meeting took place in Havana Cuba.

We have worked on the theme "The new faces of fear", in line with the next Forum of Florence. It was hard work, but it was very nurturing in terms of strengthening ties with colleagues and liaison with our Federation. Attended by US colleagues (1 by Alanson White and several by NPAP), from Mexico,. Brazil and Chile, as well as Cuban colleagues. In a climate of fraternity and joint reflection, very interesting and profound psychoanalytic developments were generated.The fears and threats facing our society, as symptoms of social conflict, were deeply analyzed. Topics such as social violence, racism, insanity and economic inequality were discussed at our meeting.