European Psychoanalytical Federation Annual Conference 2019: Body
At our conference, we will devote ourselves to very different aspects of the relation between body and mind from a psychoanalytic point of view. Of course, one central issue will be the suffering in the body and expressed through the body, be it in form of a meaningful conversion or as psychosomatic pain, as skin affection or as psychotic disintegration of a coherent body image. We will also deal with the subjectively false body in transsexualism. Another aspect relates to the implications of organ transplantations. Of further importance are contemporary phenomena like the increase of body modification such as tattoos and piercings, signalling the wish for visible mind-body individuality, but also the disappearance of the body and of inter-corporeality in the virtual space of the internet.
In contrast, psychoanalytic efficacy research has made a focus of attention the analyst’s body experience during sessions: awareness of one’s own body sensations can open a path to the analysand’s corporeally anchored remembrances, his embodied memories. Finally, we want to examine if analysts can profit from empirical research on artificial bodies, the mobile systems of robots, where we can study directly the changes in their neuronal networks generated by acting and interacting.