3rd European Psychoanalytic Conference for
University Students – EPCUS

Title: Borders, Multiple Psychoanalytical Perspectives

4 – 6 October‚ 2018

The EPF House

Brussels (Belgium), rue Gérard 35

For all students and recent graduates in psychology, medicine and other fields who want to know more about psychoanalytic perspectives on borders or/and boundaries.

A 3-day trip through many aspects of borders and boundaries in human development from infanthood to adult life, in individuals, in relations, and in society.

Full of presentations, clinical examples, film and discussion. In one of the most interesting cities of Europe: Brussels.


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The European Psychoanalytical Federation has organized two rewarding conferences for university students and young academics. This year’s conference will focus upon the issue of borders and approach it from a variety of psychoanalytic viewpoints: theoretical psychoanalytic concepts will be discussed, as well as the experiences from psychoanalytic practice.

Borders or/and boundaries, are essential in our individual lives, in our intimate relations, in our families and more broadly, in our social and occupational areas. Although birth marks physical separation from mother, mental borders are not given at birth, not already there for a new-born baby.

Some borders are clearly delineated and failure to respect them results in serious traumas and damage. The gravest ones occur in childhood in cases of sexual and non-sexual abuse by adults. Later in life these so-called boundary violations are also overabundant. Such is the case of the sexual abuse, mainly of women, for which the #MeToo movement is demanding more attention and sanctions.

Psychoanalysis, a discipline that borders upon many others, enables us to consider various concepts and their relational lines, for example the border between fantasy and reality, virtual and actual realities, dream and waking life, between coherent thinking and dormant psychotic nucleus, between symbolisation and non-symbolisation, as in psychosomatic phenomena. There are also borders which are less clear. The digital phenomena especially emphasize the porosity of personal borders.

On a broader political scale, in the EU and elsewhere, there is at present a growing concern for closing, or at least solidifying, national borders against refugees-immigrants, against the influences coming from the other side of the border, to safeguard individual and national identity in the globalized world.

During the conference, these and other related topics will be presented in lectures and film and extensively discussed. Our previous EPCUS experience proves that the exchange of ideas, feelings and thoughts between students and presenters can be very open, intense and stimulating.




Thursday, October 4th 2018

18:00 Arrival and Registration

18:30 Welcome address by Serge Frisch and Jasminka Šuljagić

19:00 Opening Lecture by Alexander Janssen: Introduction to the theme – the analysis of Mrs. A.

20:30 Get-together with food and drinks


Friday, October 5th 2018

10:00-11:30 Lecture by Marina Papageorgiou: Psychosomatics: a border concept. The unity of Soma and Psyche and the duality of drives

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:15 Lecture by Thomas Jung: With a brick in hand: When borders get lost

13:15-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Discussion in small groups

15:30-17:00 Lecture by Vesna Brzev-Ćurčić: #MeToo – Boundary violation and the misuse of power

17:15-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-20:00 Film, moderator Stanislav Matačić: Fellini's Oneiricon; the dream-work and reality in his films


Saturday, October 6th 2018

10:00-11:30 Lecture by Christine English: Establishing boundaries in psychic development: Becoming an individual and maintaining one's identity as such

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:15 Lecture by Martin Teising: The contact barrier – Conceptualisation of borders in psychoanalysis

13:15-14:00 Discussion in small groups

14:00-15:15 Lunch

15:15-16:45 Lecture by Sylvia Janson: A world without boundaries – Internet as transitional space

16:45-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-18:00 Closing remarks by Jasminka Šuljagić, Martin Teising and Alexander Janssen



Vesna Brzev-Ćurčić, training analyst of Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia, former Chair of Training Committee of this Society. Works in private practice in Belgrade. Multiple activities connected with prevention of children’s sexual abuse and neglect. Published many articles about adolescence and abuse.

Christine English, analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and works in private practice with adults and children. She is Programme Tutor for the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at the University College London. She worked with addicted patients and her PhD is titled 'Intrapsychic Dimensions of Addiction’.

Serge Frisch, training analyst of the Belgium Psychoanalytic Society. He is past president of the Belgium Psychoanalytic Society and of the European Psychoanalytical Federation (EPF). Member of the board of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Director of the EPF house.

Sylvia Janson, psychoanalyst of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society, also psychotherapist, working in private practice in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Member of the organizing committee of the Summer University Psychoanalysis in Amsterdam. Recent publication on Winnicott.

Alexander Janssen, training analyst of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society. Works in private practice in Amsterdam and Amersfoort. He has multiple teaching functions in Mental Health. Executive functions in Psychoanalytic organizations in Europe and worldwide, the IPA.

Thomas Jung, architect, psychotherapist and group analyst for adults and children. Candidate of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association. Works in private practice in Vienna.

Stanislav Matačić, 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 in Zagreb.

Marina Papageorgiou, analyst of the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris, also psychosomatician. Works in the Center on Pain Treatment, University Hospital Avicenne, University Paris XIII, Member of Institut Psychosomatique de Paris and Director of the Revue Française de Psychosomatique. Published many papers and chapters.

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

Martin Teising, Prof. Dr., training analyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV), 2010-2012 President of the DPV. Since 2012 President of the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin. Since 2015 European Representative at the International Psychoanalytic Association-Board. Many publications.


General Information

This conference is of interest for university students and recent graduates, especially in medicine, psychology and other cultural or language sciences.

All presentations will be held in English.

The conference is held from Thursday October 4th – till Saturday October 6th, 2018.

Costs Euro 35.

For further information, please contact Jasminka Šuljagić: jasminkasuljagic@gmail.com or Alex Janssen: a.m.janssen@xs4all.nl

The conference registration form is available HERE (link not yet available, will follow soon).

Please register before 15th of September.

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Register now (WORD document to download)

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When: Thursday, 4th till Saturday, 6th of October 2018


Where: The House of the European Psychoanalytical Federation (EPF) in Brussels, rue Gérard 35