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Vamik’s Room: Documentary Film Trailer Available for View

- By David Fromm

A new trailer for Vamik’s Room, the 2016 Gradiva Award-winning documentary from filmmaker Molly Castelloe, is now available for view here.  The IDI sends congratulations to all involved in this important film.

Drs. Vamik Volkan and Gerard Fromm present IDI work at the International Psychoanalytic University in Berlin

- By David Fromm

On Monday, Dec. 5, following the 14th Annual Meeting of the International Dialogue Initiative, Drs. Vamik Volkan and Gerard Fromm made presentations to staff and students at the International Psychoanalytic University in Berlin, Germany.  The only university of its kind to receive International Psychoanalytic Association approval, IPU’s program prepares students at Bachelor’s and Graduate levels … Read More

Vamik’s Room Wins Gradiva Award

- By David Fromm

Vamik’s Room, a cinematic masterwork by psychoanalyst and filmmaker Dr. Molly Castelloe which examines IDI Founder Vamik Volkan’s central psychoanalytic ideas and theories on conflict resolution, has won the 2016 Gradiva Award for film.  Congratulations to Dr. Castelloe and all involved in producing the film.

IDI President Emeritus Vamik Volkan in Suomen Kuvalehti

- By David Fromm

Journalist Katri Merikallio’s interview with IDI President Emeritus Vamik Volkan about his psychopolitical views of present world affairs appeared in the October 21, 2016 issue of the Finnish journal Suomen Kuvalehti. Interested readers may read the entire article (in Finnish) here: Suomen Kuvalehti.

IDI Fellow Coline Covington Releases New Book

- By David Fromm

IDI Fellow Coline Covington, a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in London, has released a new book entitled Everyday Evils: A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality.  From the publisher: Everyday Evils takes a psychoanalytic look at the evils committed by “ordinary” people in different contexts – from the Nazi concentration camps to Stockholm Syndrome … Read More

IDI Fellow Sasha Obolonsky Releases New Book

- By David Fromm

IDI Fellow Dr. Alexander Obolonsky releases his latest book, entitled “The Ethics of the Public Arena and Realities of Political Life.” Professor Obolonsky’s book is devoted to one of the most critical and painful problems of contemporary Russian society – dramatic distortions of political and public morality. He analyses basic theoretical and comparative points of political … Read More

IDI President Gerard Fromm Presents in Washington D.C. October 20-22, 2016

- By David Fromm

IDI President Dr. M. Gerard Fromm will be one of the plenary speakers at the upcoming conference “Listening to Trauma: Insights and Actions” at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on October 20-22, 2016. Dr. Fromm’s presentation reports on the themes and process of a conference organized through the Erikson Institute at the Austen Riggs … Read More

IDI President Emeritus Vamik Volkan To Speak At Helsinki Conference Sept 23-24, 2016

- By David Fromm

IDI President Emeritus Vamik Volkan will be the Keynote Speaker at an upcoming seminar on refugee and forced migration issues presented by the Therapeia Foundation in Helsinki, Finland.  Dr. Volkan will present on the concepts of Large-Group Identity, Prejudice and the perception of the Immigrant as “Other”.  Dr. Volkan will also present a Case Study.

A Powerful Post From IDI Vice President Lord John Alderdice

- By David Fromm

On his personal website, Lord John Alderdice offers his thoughts on our current global situation and the essential nature of dialogue. Unless otherwise noted, IDI Blog Posts represent the opinions and/or work of individual IDI members working independently and do not necessarily represent the opinions and/or work of the IDI as a whole.

IDI Fellow Coline Covington Participates In Panel Discussion On The Menace Of War

- By David Fromm

On July 4, 2016, Dr. Coline Covington participated in a panel discussion entitled “Fighting The Menace Of War: What Would Einstein Say?,” as part of the JW3 Einstein Festival in London.  The text of Dr. Covington’s presentation is available for discussion as part of the IDI Member Forum and can be accessed here. Interested readers … Read More

Vamik’s Room

- By David Fromm

    IDI Founder Dr. Vamik Volkan’s central psychoanalytic ideas and philosophy are movingly presented in Vamik’s Room, a cinematic masterwork of tone and concept from psychoanalyst and filmmaker Dr. Molly Castelloe.  The film won the Sidney Halpern Award “for furthering the discipline of Psychohistory through the medium of documentary film.” NYU Professor Robert Stam, author … Read More

Lord Alderdice on Large-Group Conflict and Psychopolitical Theory

- By David Fromm

IDI Vice President and British MP Lord John Alderdice recently sat for an interview on Israeli television to describe the theory and application of large group psychology and psychopolitical theory to entrenched conflicts such as the Northern Ireland peace process and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

IDI Board Meets in Stockbridge

- By David Fromm

On February 22 and 23, 2016, the IDI Board met at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to take up several issues relating to the group’s work and future. IDI President Vamik Volkan began the meeting by announcing his intention to step down as President, and nominating Gerard Fromm to take his place.  Dr. … Read More

“We Don’t Speak Of Fear”: IDI Members Publish in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

- By David Fromm

IDI Members Dr. Vamik Volkan and Dr. Jerry Fromm on why the underdeveloped “capacity to speak of feelings” is essential to conflict resolution efforts.  From the article: Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders seem to remain forever in limbo, effectively leaving the Israeli and Palestinian people, and the generations to come, in limbo as well. … Read More

IDI Fellow Dr. Jerry Fromm Participates in Conference on War Trauma

- By David Fromm

In late 2015, IDI Fellow Dr. Jerry Fromm participated in a conference on war trauma.  From his report: In December, the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law hosted a conference called “Preventing and Treating the Invisible Wounds of War: Combat Trauma and Psychological Injury.”  It was an unusual … Read More

IDI Fellow Dr. Frank Ochberg’s Essay On Stockholm Syndrome

- By David Fromm

In the mid-1970s, IDI Fellow Dr. Frank Ochberg defined the “Stockholm syndrome” to identify and account for the bonds that sometimes form between the perpetrators and victims of hostage captivity.  In this essay published in 2014, but with broad ongoing relevance, Dr. Ochberg expanded on that notion for an audience of abuse survivors. Unless otherwise noted, IDI Blog Posts … Read More

IDI Board Member and Former Austen Riggs Medical Director Ed Shapiro Offers Intro to Psychodynamic Systems Theory

- By David Fromm

Via The Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute for Education and Research, Dr. Ed Shapiro, IDI Board Member, former Riggs Medical Director/CEO and current Erikson Institute Senior Consultant, has made available a three-part lecture series on Psychodynamic Systems Theory.  From the series materials:   The first lecture focuses on basic principles, beginning with the recognition that the … Read More

Drs. Robi Friedman And Regine Scholz Organize Group Analytic Conference

- By David Fromm

  From November 26 to November 28, 2015, IDI Co-Chair Dr. Robi Friedman and IDI Fellow Dr. Regine Scholz, in coordination with the Israeli Institute for Group Analysis and others, organized a group analytic conference entitled “Voices After Auschwitz.”  Interested readers are invited to contact Drs. Friedman and/or Scholz via this website for more information.

IDI Chair Vamik Volkan Receives Sigourney Award for 2015

- By David Fromm

Each year, the private independent Sigourney Foundation grants outstanding achievement awards to individuals who, or organizations which, have made major contributions to the fields of clinical psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic research. On October 4, 2015, the winners of the 2015 Sigourney Awards were announced.  The IDI is pleased to announce that Dr. Vamik Volkan, Chair and founder … Read More