With the patronage ofEuropean Association for PsychotherapyWorld Council for Psychotherapy
Celebrating the centerary of the birth of psychoanalysis
One hundred years ago Freud rediscovered the myth of Oedipus and its universal significance as a developmental step from the incestuous bond to the adult dimaension. During the same period Freud untertook the difficult path of self analysis and began the interpretation of dreams, that "royal road" to the discovery of those forgotten areas on which the construction of personality is founded.
The faces of Oedipus
The theme of Oedipus was mentioned in Homer when Ulysses decended into the Underworld and was taken up again by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. For Aristotle it represented the paradigm of tragic action. Seneca, Helderlin, Hoffmanstall, Racine, Voltaire and Pasolini are among the many who have taken the theme through light on it from many angles. The Freudian perspective which focussed on the theme of parental seduction and infantile sexuality, was the Adlerian viewpoint which emphasised the conflict for power with the father as well as Hillman's underlining of the tragic aspect inherent in the literalism deriving from a linear and Apollinean interpretaion of the oracle. With the transpersonl dimension, we can find the expressiono of the hero's journey in which the struggle against an external enemy (the sphinx) is overcome, expresses the tragic aspect of liberating and self awareness. But there are many many more perspectives from which the myth has been examined and will be presented
Having arrived in Greece from the island of Delos Apollo went to many places before choosing Delphi as his home. The umbilicus of the world, taken by the clear and implacable light of the god after a bloody battle with the serpent Pythos, was destined to become a place of special religious inspiration for the Greeks throughout a millenium. It was a Delphic oracle that forbade the neighbouring cities of Corinth and Thebes to have children and like the parricide Oedipus's prediction took place there "where two roads become one", as Sophocles quotes. Apart from visits to Thebes, Mount Parnassus and Athens trips have been planned to the Koreikion Andron, that enormous cave on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, site of proto-dionysian rites and to Eleusi,sacred to Demeter where for over two thousand years the "mysteries" have been performed
This is a brief overview to mention the themes which will provide the means for a journey to the source of the myth,philosophy and spirituality of teh Western world and to underline, taking the tale of Oediopus as a starting point, the link between intrapsychic research, family constellation and participation in in social and political reality. The Symposium also aims to provide an occasion where the various orientations in psychotherapy, like the twelve tribes who founded the Delphic federation - having gone through the phase of irreconcilable oppositions, might confront themselves on a theme of emblematic interest.
The Symposium will also prepare the 2nd World Council of Psychotherapy wich will take place in Wien in June 1999 the theme Myth, dream and reality.
A Foundation for Delphic Studies, with the aim to promote initiatives will also be put forth at the Symposium.
Among those contributing in the seminar will be authoritative representatives of Freudian and postfreudian psychoanalysis as well as scholars in the fields of mythology, philosophy and ancient literature. Among the partecipants A. Pritz, President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, W. Szafran, President oh the European Association for Psychotherapy, G. Paduano (Philology), F. Amoroso (Greek Literature), Johanna Benos (Psychoanalysis), A. Carotenuto (Jungian approach), L. Grandi (Adlerian approach), P. Kantsas (Lacanian approach), A. Ferrara (Transactional analysis), R. Zerbetto (Gestalt therapy), M. Elkaim (Family therapy), P. Peņarrubia (Group psychotherapy), L. Cionini (Constructivism), W. Maas (Logoterapy), K. Evans (Integrative therapy), C. Naranjo (Transpersonal approach), M. Heller (Body psychotherapy), R. Landman (Folklore), D. Flattery (Antropology), J. C. Coraza (Drama therapy), F. Maiullari (Mythology) and others.
Workshops di S. Stroke, J.C. Coraza, A. Rams, S. Kakkach, J. J. Albert and others.
Those wishing to present papers must
send their abstract no later than 31st August 1998.
Wednesday 7th October: in the morning time, visit to the archological museum in Athens, journey to Delphi in bus leaving at 12 a.m., stop at Thebes to visit the archeological museum and sightings to the mount Parnassus.
From Thursday 8th to Saturday 11th plenary sessions workshops and thematic seminars held in the Centre for European Culture in Delphi. Also planned are a visit to the archological site and a torchlight visit to the cave on the slopes of Parnassus, an evening recital of Homeric and Orphic hymns and a performance of parts of Sophocles tragedy with a chance for particpants to take part in the chorus.
Sunday 11th, 10:00 am Departure for Athens with a stop at Eleusi and guided tour of the archological site.
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