For all students in Europe who want to know more about the psychoanalytic perspectives on sexuality:

A 3-day trip throughout the History of sexuality, starting with Freud and ending in 2017, with new technologies.

Full of presentations, clinical examples, film and discussion.

In one of the most interesting cities of Europe: Brussels.


After the great interest in the first long weekend conference for University students from all over Europe last year, the European Psychoanalytical Federation continues in 2017 with a second conference.



The theme this year will be Psychosexuality.

When Freud advanced his notions on sexual seduction at the end of the 19th century, it was a shock and a scandal, opening further a field of investigation of infantile sexuality and unconscious phantasy.

The role of drives became more recognized in psychic life, with a necessity of transformation and psychic work. It begins in childhood and lasts during and after adolescence, through two periods separated by the period of latency; along with the today well-known oral, anal, phallic and oedipal phases, and the role of object.

This path which is intrinsically conflictual, encompasses many different lines; and following a multitude of variations in human sexual life, the terms ‘sexual’ and ‘sexuality’ have various meanings.

At this conference, we will explore some of them, the notions of drives, infantile sexuality and erotical desire.

Through lectures and discussions we will raise anew many disputed issues like the castration complex, oedipal longings, female sexuality, the role of the father; and examine together whether psychoanalysis was and still is a revolutionary discipline.

The participants will have an opportunity to address the topics of development of sexuality in boys and girls, the position of homosexuality and perversions, and the so important theme of fear and hate towards women.

In a discussion on a recent movie, the relation between sexuality and love will be central.

We will end in the present time, with the influence of new technologies on sexuality.



Thursday, October 5th 2017

18:00               Arrival and Registration

18:30               Welcome address by Alex Janssen, Jasminka Šuljagić and Heribert Blass

19:00               Opening Lecture by Udo Hock: The relationship between psychoanalysis and sexuality, introduction to the main theme

20:30               Get-together with food and drinks


Friday, October 6th 2017

10:00-11:30    Lecture by Heribert Blass: Fatherhood in the changing Western world                        

11:30-11:45    Coffee break

11:45-13:15    Lecture by Ursula Burkert: On Female development                             

13.15-14.30    Lunch

14.30- 15.30   Discussion in small groups

15.30-17.00    Lecture by Josh Cohen: The sluggishness of the libido, the relationship between perversion and psychic inertia

17.15-17.30    Coffee break

17.30-20.00    Film Shame, (2011) Director: Steve McQueen, introduced and moderated by Stanislav Matačić


Saturday, October 7th 2017

10:00-11:30    Lecture by Jan Abram: The fear of woman: some psychoanalytic reflections on the roots of misogyny

11:30-11:45    Coffee break

11:45-13:15    Lecture by Évelyne Sechaud: Homosexuality, classical and recent psychoanalytic perspectives

13:15-14:00    Discussion in small groups

14:00-15:15    Lunch

15:15-16:45    Lecture by Charlotta Björklind: Sexuality in a digital era

16:45-17:00    Coffee break

17:00-18:00    Closing remarks by Alex Janssen / Jasminka Šuljagić



Heribert Blass, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and training psychoanalyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association. Works in private practice in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 2016 Vice-President of the EPF. Publications on Male Identity, Fatherhood and questions of psychoanalytic training.

Ursula Burkert, psychologist, psychoanalyst and training psychoanalyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association. Works in private practice in Cologne, Germany. Editor of a German Psychoanalytic Journal and of the international e-journal "".

Charlotta Björklind, psychologist, psychoanalyst for adults and children and training analyst of the Swedish Association, currently vice president of this Association. Works in private practice and is also associate professor at the University of Stockholm. General editor of the EPF.

Josh Cohen, Psychoanalyst of the British Society of Psychoanalysis. Works in private practice and as Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. Author of various books and articles on psychoanalysis, modern literature and cultural theory, including ‘How to Read Freud’ and ‘The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark’.

Udo Hock, psychoanalyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association. Works in private practice in Berlin, Germany. Co-responsible for the edition and translation of the works of Jean Laplanche (French) in German. Many publications on psychoanalysis in German, French and English.

Alexander Janssen, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and training analyst of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society. Works in private practice in Amsterdam and Amersfoort, the Netherlands multiple training functions in Mental Health.

Évelyne Sechaud, training and supervising analyst at the French Psychoanalytic Association (APF). Former Assistant Professor at the Paris University René Descartes, President of the APF and - President of the EPF.

Stanislav Matačić, psychiatrist, training and supervising analyst of the Croatian Psychoanalytical Society. Lecturer at the Academy for Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb and Consultant at the European Psychoanalytical Film Festival, London. Works in private practice, Zagreb, Croatia.

Jasminka Šuljagić, training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia, currently president of this Society. Works in private practice in Belgrade. Member and chair of the EPF Ad Hoc Institutional Matters Group, teacher on PIEE Summer Schools. Publications about infantile sexuality, aesthetic concepts, psychoanalytical organisations.


General Information

This conference is of interest for students at Universities especially in medicine, psychology and other cultural or language sciences.

All presentations will be held in English.

The conference is held from Thursday October 5th – till Saturday October 7th, 2017.
Costs Euro 35.

Address: EPF House, Rue Gérard 35, Brussels, Belgium.

For further information, please contact Jasminka Šuljagić: or Alex Janssen:


Please register before 15th of September.

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