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 IFPE’s 30th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference 


University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 17 – 19, 2019

Joshua Levy, Ph.D.
Hans W. Loewald Memorial Award 

Laura Jean Cameron, Ph.D.
Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator

Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div
Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator

Watershed by John Gross

Watershed by John Gross

The 21st century has already shown itself to be is a century of displacement, of mass exodus, and newborn nationalism. Human rights are again under attack and these occur under the auspices of the tightening of the border. These tensions are subject to their historical context and manifest in particular ways. They will be contingent because the physical and psychical border cannot be secured. The border cannot close off the human condition, but it constitutes it as well through experiences of me/not me, private/public, separation and bringing things together. The clinic can be thought of as another border where questions about borders of the body and psyche, phantasy and reality, self/other are played out.

In the psychoanalytic scene there is a phantasmic link between nations and bodies, between orifices and entry points and so between embodiment, nationalism, diaspora, retention and expulsion. How might we analyse the historical time in which we live but also the new maladies of the soul, as Kristeva names them, which accompany it?  In this conference we invite broad psychoanalytic lens about the concept of the border through multiple registers including the clinic, the body, education, medicine, media, politics and art.

 As IFPE crosses the border, and returns to beautiful Toronto, we hope you will join us as we explore the theme of BORDERS. IFPE fosters a unique, multidisciplinary, alternative space to think, dialogue, and reflect on psychoanalysis, in and out of the consulting room, across disciplines and extending to art and culture. IFPE strives to create a conference environment where all are welcome to join the conversation.

Please click on the links below to access the Conference Brochure, Registration form, and program information.


Mail-in Conference Registration Form

Daily program schedule

program descriptions


Please click on “down arrow” for Member, non-Profit, government, psychoanalytic candidate, and full-time student rates.


We hope you will join us in celebrating our awardees at our Saturday, October 19th Evening Awards Dinner, to be held at the Chestnut Centre. SEATING IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY FOR THE DINNER.

Saturday Awards Dinner - $63 USD. Please select entree.

The dinner is $63 USD per person and includes salad, entrée, dessert, (1) glass of wine, coffee or tea, taxes and gratuity. Entree choices includes: Oven roasted Canadian Angus Prime Rib of Beef , Seared Fillet of Atlantic Salmon, or Eggplant and Mushroom Steak (Vegan/Vegetarian). You may register for the Awards Dinner by downloading the registration form or click on the “down arrow” to select your entree choice and pay online.

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Click here for Advertising Specifications We hope you will consider the opportunity to place an ad in the IFPE Conference Program and Membership Directory. This booklet is distributed to all conference attendees, IFPE members, and Organizational members.

The option to place an ad and purchase promotional space in the Conference Program and Membership Directory could include submitting an ad for your practice or group practice, a service, your organization, your publication or upcoming publication, an upcoming conference or event, a congratulatory note, or an announcement. Our ad space is very reasonably priced, and ads are printed in full-color. They are printed on only one side of the paper, if you wish to include a form or coupon offer.


We have a room block at the:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown
108 Chestnut Street, 
Toronto, Ontario, M5G1R3, Canada
TEL: +1-416-977-5000


Please enter the group code: FFP 

These rates are good 10/15 – 10/20/2019: Rates are $199 CAD ($150 USD) Single and $209 CAD ($157 USD) Double, per night plus tax, for king bed rooms.

This rate is available if booked prior to September 24th, or until our room block is sold out, so please reserve your room soon. The hotel is a one minute walk to the Chestnut Centre.

Questions? Please email our Administrator, Lois Ehrlich @