THE ARCHAIC – Argument

In 1923, in “The Ego and the Id”, Freud states that “In essence a word is after all the mnemic residue of a word that has been heard” (Essential Works vol. 3, The Psychology of the Unconscious, p. 226). This assertion opens a perspective on the understanding of the meaning of words, which contains more than just the logical connexions built through semantic sedimentations and kept within the pages of dictionaries, including the history of their usage experience in the dynamic of word meanings as well.

While psychoanalysis is a therapy through words, building the psychanalytic process begins with the first interactions, the first forms tied to the use of space, time, the relation and the analyst that the patient has at their disposal. All these experiences, composed of minuscule signs that translate through movements of the body, facial expressions, silence and non-silence, allow us, should we focus on them, to open a doorway to an area where the word, and even figurability, are still unclear, without outline – they are diluted and find themselves mixed-up in a mass of affects without form. It is the universe of the archaic…, where we find both the time and space of experiences that unfolded before the acquirement of language.

How can we access these experiences within the psychoanalytic framework? How can we trace the path of patients’ transformation and experience integration processes from corporal sensations to the word heard in the clinic?


The International Conference of Psychoanalysis was first organized in 2008 at Cotroceni National Museum, under the auspices of the President of Romania. The Conference has now reached its 7th edition and over the years, personalities from various countries with tradition in the field of psychoanalysis, both from Europe and the US, attended the event. The International Conference of Psychoanalysis represents part of the efforts of the members of the Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis – Provisional Society of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) – to align Romanian psychoanalysis to worldwide modern directions of study.
Organizers aim to achieve an event of high scientific level, guaranteed through the presence of notorious personalities in the field of psychoanalysis, as speakers and participants. The purpose of the event is to bring to attention, reflection and scientific communication current topics of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. It seeks to bring together national and international experts in the field of contemporary psychoanalysis, thus availing unique and extremely fruitful exchange of clinical experience, opinions and theoretic perspectives on various topics of psychoanalysis.
The potential impact of the research results occasioned by the participation at the conference takes into account both training activities and improvement of specialists in the field, especially at national level – through publications, training courses and integration into the higher education system, and research activities, which can thus substantiate, on the one hand the professionalism of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts and on the other hand real opportunities for future collaboration between specialists from universities and research institutes at an international level.
For Romania, the concern for research and information in the field has an outlined validity given that in terms of the historical evolution of the Romanian society, there is no culture of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, like in Western European countries or the US, which significantly limits the use of these methods of prevention and treatment aimed at improving health, individual and social well-being.
This year the event is scheduled to take place between the 23rd – 25th of October at Grand Hotel Continental, Bucharest and it marks the 25th year of existence of Romanian Psychoanalysis as professional institution. The topic for this year’s conference is The Psychoanalysis of Limits, The Limits of Psychoanalysis.
The papers presented at the event are published in the Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis which is indexed in international databases (EBSCO, Urlich’s Periodics Directory, CSA, Scipio, Pebweb).