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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

IDI Fellow Regine Scholz Presents at Sarajevo Conference

- By David Fromm

In May 2014, IDI Fellow Regine Scholz traveled to Sarajevo to work a seminar entitled “Trauma and Group Identity.”  Her remarks on that conference, along with a link to her paper, follow. Richard Beck, a colleague from New York and Chair of the task force for Trauma and Disaster Management of the International Association of … Read More

IDI Panel Speaks at IPA Conference

- By David Fromm

On July 24, 2015, a panel of four IDI members – Vamik D. Volkan, M.D., M. Gerard Fromm, Ph.D., Ford Rowan, J.D., and Edward Shapiro, M.D. – presented at the 49th Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association in Boston Massachusetts. The theme of the conference was “A Changing World: The Shape and Use of Psychoanalytic … Read More

IDI President Vamik Volkan Publishes In the Turkish Review

- By David Fromm

Writing in the May 2015 Turkish Review, IDI President Vamik Volkan offers a critique of Stefan Ihrig’s book “Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination.”  Dr. Volkan’s critique can be read here. Interested readers are invited to contact Dr. Volkan via this website to learn more. Unless otherwise noted, IDI Blog Posts represent the opinions and/or work of individual IDI … Read More

Lord Alderdice Establishes Centre for Democracy and Peacebuilding in Belfast, Northern Ireland

- By David Fromm

IDI Vice President Lord John Alderdice, working with the Rt. Honourable Jeffrey Donaldson, Liam Maskey and Eva Grosman, has established a Centre for Democracy and Peacebuilding in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The Centre aims “to support the Northern Ireland peace process and at the same time share [founders’] experience with the international community.”  The CDP will shortly be … Read More

IDI Fellow Senem Cevik Co-Edits First Volume on Turkish Public Diplomacy

- By David Fromm

IDI Fellow B. Senem Cevik has co-edited, with Philip Seib, Vice Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, the first-ever volume on Turkish Public Diplomacy, available from Palgrave MacMillan in September 2015.  From the publisher: With its complex political history, its strategic location, and its determination to play a larger role … Read More

Lord Alderdice Honoured with 2015 Prize for Freedom

- By David Fromm

Vice-President of IDI, Lord Alderdice, has been presented with the 2015 Liberal International, Prize for Freedom, by LI President, Dr Juli Minoves, at a ceremony in Zurich in June in the presence of many liberal politicians from around the world. The annual Prize for Freedom is Liberal International’s highest recognition and has been awarded each … Read More

IDI Panel To Present At Upcoming IPA Congress (Boston, July 2015)

- By David Fromm

The International Psychoanalytic Association’s 49th Congress, entitled Changing World: The Shape and Use of Psychoanalytic Tools Today, will take place at the World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts from July 22 to 25, 2015.  As part of the 49th Congress, four IDI members — Vamık Volkan, Gerard Fromm, Edward Shapiro and Ford Rowan — will make … Read More

IDI President Dr. Vamik Volkan Presents in Washington, D.C. on the Psychology of Terrorism

- By David Fromm

On January 13, 2015, Dr. Volkan gave a presentation at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC on the psychology of terrorism and terrorists. Dr. Volkan’s presentation used many concepts from large-group psychology, such as chosen trauma, chosen glory, entitlement ideology, and the fusion of an individual identity with a large-group identity, to describe the manner in which … Read More

IDI President Vamik Volkan Presents on Psychopolitical Issues in Sofia, Bulgaria

- By David Fromm

On November 20, 2014, IDI President Dr. Vamik Volkan was the guest of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Academy at the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in Sofia, Bulgaria. He spoke about the importance of psychoanalytic political psychology in expanding the horizons of diplomatic activities. While in Sofia, Dr. Volkan also gave a well attended public lecture discussing the psychopolitical … Read More

IDI Fellow Ed Shapiro Directs Learning for Leadership, an International Group Relations Conference, in June 2015.

- By David Fromm

IDI Fellow and Board Member Dr. Ed Shapiro will lead his final group relations conference this June 16-21 in Dover, MA.  The conference, Learning for Leadership — Working Across Differences: An International Experiential Leadership Opportunity — is an intensive 6-day Conference and Advanced Training Program sponsored by the A.K. Rice Institute, the Tavistock Institute and the Center … Read More

IDI Fellow Gerard Fromm Moderates APA Forum on Terrorism

- By David Fromm

IDI Fellow Gerard Fromm was the discussant at a University Forum on Terrorism at the American Psychoanalytic Association meeting in New York this past week (Jan. 16, 2015). The two presenters were Dr. Jessica Stern, Harvard lecturer and author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, and Dr. Stephen Xenakis, Brigadier … Read More

IDI Issues Report on its Twelfth Biannual Meeting, Schedules Thirteenth

- By David Fromm

The IDI held its 12th Biannual Meeting at the end of October 2014 at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (USA).  A report on that meeting is now available on the Meetings page, or via link here.  The IDI also announced that the group’s thirteenth general meeting (which will now be held on an annual … Read More

IDI Members Frank Ochberg and Coline Covington Report on Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Tbilisi Georgia

- By David Fromm

Dr. Coline Covington reports on work she and fellow IDI member Frank Ochberg undertook in Tbilisi, Georgia.  From her report: IDI members Dr. Frank Ochberg and Dr. Coline Covington were invited to participate in the Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) and Georgian Society of Psychotrauma (GSP) events held in Tbilisi 29th October – 5th November. … Read More

IDI President Vamik Volkan Speaks with Interns for Emotional Imprint on Conflict Psychology

- By David Fromm

In January 2014, IDI President Vamik Volkan presented to student interns for the US-based educational program Emotional Imprint (www.emotionalimprint.org), which endeavors to teach students emotional literacy.  Dr. Volkan presented as part of a discussion entitled “Why Do We Have War and What Can Our Generation Do About It?”  See more here. Unless otherwise noted, IDI … Read More

IDI Member Hiba Husseini Coauthors Paper on Rights-Based Framework for International Engagement in Israel/Palestine

- By David Fromm

At the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, IDI member Hiba Husseini coauthors, with Omar M. Dajani, an important new work on a rights-based framework for international engagement in Israel and Palestine.  From the description: Twenty-one years after the Oslo Accords were signed, Israel’s occupation is more deeply entrenched than ever and will not easily be undone. … Read More