100 Years of the IPA

100 Years of the IPA
The Centenary History of the International
Psychoanalytical Association
Evolution and Change

Editors: Peter Loewenberg & Nellie L. Thompson
Foreword: Charles Hanly
Karnac Books
ISBN #978-1-905888-16-0

In his foreword, current IPA President Charles Hanly notes that the year 2010 marks the 100 year anniversary of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). The beginnings of the IPA were at the Founding Congress in Nuremberg in March of 1910. As small as this council was, it included such luminaries as Freud, Ferenczi, Abraham, and Eitingon. While the IPA was founded by men, yet women gained recognition, institutional equality, and governance roles in the psychoanalytical field before they were able achieve comparable status in other scientific fields. Hanly regards the IPA as a unique organization that advances its field of knowledge and practice by means of congresses. In addition, the IPA maintains minimal ethical, training, and professional standards, and creates new study groups, provisional societies, and component societies throughout the world. It also certifies psychoanalysts worldwide according to the highest standards of training and practice in the field.

This work is a four year collective effort on the history of the IPA, with 56 contributors, in 41 countries and societies. Included are essays by the six living past IPA presidents (and by the late past president Leo Rangell). Each contributor speaks of both the accomplishments and the shortcomings of their administrations.

The book is divided by geographical area: Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Oceana. Each geographical area is then sub-divided into countries. Each contributor has written a synopsis of how the IPA developed in their country, including the individuals involved, the names of the presidents, and the issues that were faced, which included religious and cultural bias, national bias, political bias, and individual “ego clashes”. In several instances the IPA was either shut down, and then later re-instituted, or groups splintered off from an existing group.

At the beginning of the book is a listing of each of the contributors, with a short biography. At the end of the book is a listing of IPA Congresses, by year, including who was president of the Congress. There is also a listing of IPA Societies, broken down by geographical location.

Reading this material takes one back in time, as if they were reliving the times of Freud and Jung, their contemporaries, and those that followed them. I found this to be a fascinating book, and a must have reference for anyone in the psychoanalytical field, or anyone interested in it.

© November 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

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