6th European Psychoanalytic Conference for University Students – EPCUS

BODY - Psychoanalytic Perspectives


As Freud started in 1923 the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego. The positition of the body in psychoanalytic thinking has remained from those times on, and later contributions have led to a further enhancement of the thinking of the body.

Contemporary psychoanalysis is based on the assumption that processes of change in psychoanalysis are not based solely or primarily on the exchange of words, but on an interpersonal encounter with the physical presence of two partners, and the analysis of unconscious, multimodal transference processes in this discrete encounter. Thus, the currently used mutative concepts of container, contained and containing also metaphorically emphasize the “corporeality” of the processes of exchange in the analysis, which are especially essential in regressive states that are often not accessible to linguistic expression.

This year the European Psychoanalytic Federation will organize the 6th conference for students and relatively recent graduated professionals around this theme of the “Body”. Like previous years we will address this topic from various perspectives, from basic theoretical considerations to the clinic in which vignettes of analysis with patients are presented. From old times to modern times, the impact on the clinic due to the Covid 19 pandemic which forced many of us to change to analysis via online. From the developmental perspective of the developing body from birth to childhood and puberty, to the developmental disturbances in expressing mental content leading to illness in the psychosomatic situation. From embodied memory to the body in the art of Giacometti.

Participants come from all over Europe and sometimes from more distant countries as well. Our presenters are all well known in their field and also stem from various countries. We, as members of the organizing team would like to welcome you at this year conference.

Jasminka Šuljagić, Mercedes Puchol, Martin Teising, Alex Janssen





Jan Abram Training Analyst, British Psychoanalytical Society; Visiting Professor of University College London; Vice President, European Psychoanalytic Federation. Author of several books notably The Language of Winnicott; Clinical Paradigms of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott.

Charlotta Björklind Training analyst of the Swedish Association, psychoanalyst for adults, children and adolescents, director of training. Works in private practice and is adjunct lecturer at the Department of Psychology in Stockholm University. Many publications.

Fotis Bobos Psychiatrist, training and supervising analyst and Director of Training of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society, member of IPA. Member of Institut de Psychosomatique de Paris (IPSO-P. Marty) and of Association Internationale de Psychosomatique.

Catalina Bronstein Professor, MD. Training Analyst and former president of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Works with adolescents and adults in private practice. Have written extensively and edited and co-edited a number of books. Member of the board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Visiting Professor at the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London.

Alexander Janssen Training analyst and past-president of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society. Works in private practice in Amsterdam and Amersfoort. Chair of the IPA task force on remote analysis in training.

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber Prof. Dr. phil, former director of the Sigmund-Freud-Institut, professor em. at the University of Kassel, senior professor at the IDeA Excellency Center in Frankfurt a.M. Training analyst of the German Psychoanalytical Association. Has published 16 monographs, edited 43 books and published over 500 articles. Many awards.

Teresa Olmos de Paz Training analyst and former president of the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association. She is a professor at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Book of the Year 1990 for her book on adolescence and borderline.

Matthias Oppermann M.D., specialist in psychotherapeutic medicine, psychoanalyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV, IPA), works in private practice in Hamburg, visual artist (BBK).

Marina Perris-Myttas Clinical Psychologist, training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Member of Institut de Psychosomatic de Paris. Consultant to Eating Disorders Service.

Mercedes Puchol Training psychoanalyst of Madrid Psychoanalytical Association and current president of this Society. Works in private practice in Madrid with adults, children and adolescents.

Jasminka Šuljagić Member, training analyst, former president of the Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia. Psychoanalyst in private practice in Belgrade. Member of the EPF Institutional Matters Forum. Member of the board of the EPF, General Editor.

Martin Teising Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, training analyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV), Past President of the DPV, Past President of the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, European Representative in the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association 2015-2019. Many publications.

Rudi Vermote M.D., Ph.D., training analyst and former president of the Belgium Psychoanalytical Society. Prof. emeritus University of Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. Works in private practice. Many publications. Member of the Clinical Research Committee IPA, Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.


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 in English.

Two possibilities to participate in the conference are offered:

  • participating in-person in the EPF House in Brussels
  • participation online

Due to the Covid pandemic and the measures still to be taken for meeting in person in our house in Brussels, the number of participants in Brussels will be limited. There is no limit to the number of online participations. When the number of in-person places in Brussels is reached, you can join the online conference.

The EPF House has been opened again.

The conference is held from Thursday September 30th – till Saturday October 2nd, 2021. Costs: 30 €




For further information, please contact Frank Goderniaux: frank.goderniaux@epf-fep.eu, Alex Janssen: a.m.janssen@xs4all.nl, Martin Teising: teising@t-online.de, Jasminka Šuljagić: jasminkasuljagic@gmail.com, or Mercedes Puchol: mpuchol@futurnet.es

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When: Thursday, 30th September - Saturday, 2nd of October 2021