This Special Scientific Meeting is being planned in anticipation of the 13th International Evolving British Relations Conference (EBOR), tentatively scheduled for October, 2022 in Seattle with Nicola Abel-Hirsch, of London and Avner Bergstein, of Tel Aviv.
In this pre-EBOR event, Abel-Hirsch will present a paper titled "Bion's Questions" followed by Bergstein's paper titled "Truth shall spring out of the earth: The analyst as gatherer of sense impressions”. Collectively their presentations are designed to allow participants to engage in a discussion of the following questions:
- How do we as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists 'meet' our patients?
- Does curiosity kindle something new in psychoanalyst and patient alike?
- Does what is stimulated between the two arise from the sensory realm of experience?
- What do our observations and hunches about what is happening between patient and analyst stimulate, in both?
- How do we apprehend the truth of what we’re perceiving?
About the Presenters
Nicola Abel-Hirsch is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice in London. She has given clinical and theoretical papers and seminars on Bion in the UK; Taiwan (annually 2005–2012); the USA, and Europe. From 2013–2015 she was the visiting professor at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. Her publications include Eros (2001); ‘The Life Instinct’, in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2010); ‘A Note and a Short Story’, in The Bion Tradition (ed. Levine and Civitarese, 2015); ‘The Devil is in the Detail’, in The Melanie Klein Tradition (ed. Garvey and Long, 2017); and ‘How Bion’s work on thinking throws light on the development of sexuality’, in Psychoanalytic Inquiry (2018). She is the editor of Hanna Segal’s last book, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2007).
Avner Bergstein is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and faculty member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He works in private practice with adults, adolescents and children and has worked for several years at a kindergarten for children with autism.