In New York (1977) Bion suggested the writing of a book to be called The Interpretation of Facts in which ‘facts’ would be translated into dream language, in order to get ‘a two-way traffic’ going with The Interpretation of Dreams (in which dreams are translated into facts).
The intention of the biennial Bion in Marrakech seminar is such a ‘two-way traffic’: between different international groups of French and English speaking analysts, and of course the individual analysts within them; between our scientific commitments and imaginative contributions; and literally between Marrakech where the first seminar took place (2013) and Marseilles where it takes place now (the title ‘Bion in Marrakech’ has been kept to convey the atmosphere of debate – on independent ground – first aimed for). Marrakech is a fictional place and a matrix of a dream made of desires and fears akin to Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
The seminar is a self-funding international meeting limited to 50-60 people. Unlike a larger meeting, it is intended that people who would like to join the seminar will commit to attending all the papers and the closing feedback so that the discussion has the best chance of building as we go. A detailed knowledge of Bion’s work is not necessary, what matters is enjoying the discussion of clinical work.
Added September 2016