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Invitation for Submissions: The Jeremy D. Safran Memorial Conference


The Jeremy D. Safran Memorial Conference

Invitation for Submissions

In April 2023, the Jeremy D. Safran Memorial Conference, hosted by the Sándor Ferenczi Center, will celebrate the scholarship, teaching, and supervision of Jeremy Safran, whose wide-ranging intellectual curiosity led to significant contributions in many areas of scholarly inquiry. We seek to foster revitalized conversation around central themes in Jeremy’s work and teaching.

We invite topic proposals for both scholarly essays and a trainee fellowship. Topic proposals should include both a brief sketch (general outline) of the topic or theme to be engaged as well as a description of how the topic develops Jeremy’s work.

Topic proposals may engage any of the following themes stemming from Jeremy’s work:

Rupture and repair
Grace and Surrender
Agency and Will
Agency and the limits to change
Zen principles and human change
Buddhism and Psychoanalysis
Relational principles
Therapeutic Alliance
Supervision (including reflections on supervision with Jeremy and/or his writing on supervision)
Humility in the clinician
I and Thou (ethics and object relations)
Spirituality and clinical work
Phenomenology of change
Psychotherapy research methodology
Psychotherapy integration

Scholarly Essays: Topic proposals for scholarly essays may include personal reflection, theoretical development, clinical case studies and reflections on Jeremy’s writing. The day-long conference will feature the developed essays of a number of voices, put in conversation with each other on panels organized by theme.

Safran Memorial Fellowship: In addition to submitting a topic proposal, students/candidates may apply for support in developing ideas for presentation at the conference through a five month fellowship inclusive of funding (a generous stipend) and mentorship by experienced psychoanalytic writers.
To apply: Along with topic proposal, attach a <250 word submission detailing how you would utilize mentorship to support the development of your ideas.

Send submissions, applications, and questions to

Submissions will receive a response by December 15

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