“Between the coffee-house and the Institute…”

Grotjahn’s 1948 description of the Los Angeles psychoanalytic scene could well describe the atmosphere of our annual University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium (UC/NCP IPC) Meeting at Lake Arrowhead:

Life goes on in Los Angeles according to the unusual pattern which is usual in this city where Nature is so kind to grapefruit and oranges. One special feature was observed by the psychoanalysts of Los Angeles with delight. Like certain churches that have camp grounds and meeting places all over the country to meet and enjoy nature, so this year Los Angeles developed into an unofficial meeting ground for visiting analysts. [Dr. David Levy spoke on “Phases of the Hostile Act.” Dr. Franz Alexander gave a talk on “The Analysis of Therapeutic Factors” and Dr. Karl A. Menninger discussed the difficulties of being a training analyst today as contrasted to formerly].

Not quite everybody came, but those who did were in a vacation mood, a very rare condition for an analyst to be caught in. Some of the most productive analytic thinking was started in the Viennese coffee-house…

This new kind of vacation meeting seems to us here to be very promising. It is a kind of cross between the coffee-house and ‘The Institute.’ The vacation episode gave us a reassuring feeling, that being west of the West as we are, we were nevertheless able to have contact with the East.

—Dr. Martin Grotjahn, reporting on activities taking place in Los Angeles, 1948 (Bulletin of the American Psychoanalytic Association).

If you want to experience an “analytic vacation” in Los Angeles—truly an experience between coffee-house and psychoanalytic institute—consider attending the UC/NCP IPC meeting this year!

Details here:

Announcement: 2018 UC NCP IPC “Lake Arrowhead” Conference

Dear UC/NCP IPC Members,

We are gearing up for our Annual University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium meetings. They will be held on April 20 – 22, 2018 at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, CA.

This year’s theme is:

Lies, Secrets, and Self-Deception: Truth and Psychoanalysis in the Age of Trump

The full conference description and call for papers is available here. Please consider submitting a proposal to the Program Committee to facilitate one of the sessions.

Also, circulate this announcement widely, identifying anyone who you think might be interested in attending and participating in the Consortium.

In these dark times, it is especially important to gather among friends and colleagues! I think the theme will establish a framework for discussion over the week-end that will be refreshing and restorative for everyone!

We will be posting the registration form for the conference in the coming week or so, along with information on student stipends and paper prizes.  Please be sure to check It is very important for people to register as early as possible for the week-end! We rely on the registration money to help fund the conference, including the many early up-front costs. UC/NCP IPC, alas, has no reserve funds and depends on you.

Jeff Prager
Director, UC/NCP IPC


UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead

Final Program and Readings for the 2017 UCNCP-IPC Meeting

The Final Program and Readings for the 2017 UCNCP-IPC Lake Arrowhead Meeting is now online and available here.

If you plan to attend, please look over the schedule and select the sessions you’d like to attend.  PDF copies of the readings for each session are linked directly from the Program.  No hard copies will be provided, so please download and read prior to the meeting.

One more thing—if you haven’t done so yet, please be sure you’ve registered!

Time is Running Out! Register Now for 2017 UC-NCP ICP Meeting

If you are planning to attend the UC-NCP Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium but have not yet registered, not is the time to act!  Pre-registration is critical to the success of the weekend, so please send your registration materials now…

The Registration Form is available here.  Please be sure to include a short biographical statement to share with the other attendees.

For more information on the 2017 program, see the Program.

Jeff Prager

UC NCP IPC 2017 – Early Registration Request!

Dear Members and Prospective Attendees of UC-NCP IPC meeting:

As you know, our annual meeting of the University of California/New Center for Psychoanalysis Meeting will be held at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.  The meetings are going to be a bit earlier this year than in the past:  March 31-April 2, 2017.

The theme of the Conference this year is “Boundaries, Borders and Crossings.”  A Call for Papers has already gone out, and I hope many of you will consider submitting a proposal.

Over the years we have relied on many of you, planning on attending, to pre-register and to pay the required fees as EARLY as possible.  Many would write checks for next year on the last day of the Conference.  For various reasons, we collected very few checks at that time.  We have relied on those early contributions for our operating expenses during the year: most importantly, the deposit to the Conference Center to hold the week-end for us.  I’m writing you all now, hoping you might be willing to pre-register now, so we have some money to cover our pre-conference expenses.

The rate for a Double Room (upstairs or downstairs in a lovely alpine-style condolet) is $460, the rate for a Single room is $520.  I hope many of you are civic-minded enough to help UC-NCP IPC now by sending in your pre-registration check so we can secure the rooms and begin planning.  I might add that last year we were able to return the registration back to those who had pre-registered and, for one reason or another, were unable to attend.  We anticipate being able to do the same thing this year.

Pat Wright at NCP had administered all of the Arrowhead details.  Unfortunately, she has retired, and her position is yet to be filled.  Please send your checks, made out to UC Regents, to Lisa Rosenberg, NCP, 2014 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025.  I believe, if necessary, NCP will also accept credit card payments (see Registration Form for more details).

I look forward to seeing all of you at our March meeting!  Thanks for your cooperation.

With best wishes,

Jeff Prager
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2017 UC-NCP IPC Meeting – Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 25th Annual UC/NCP Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium Meetings, held at beautiful Lake Arrowhead, CA. (March 31-April 2, 2017).


This year’s UC/NCP IPC meetings will explore the concept of the boundary—interpersonal, intrapsychic, institutional, and cultural. What is the process by which a boundary is created and maintained? How do boundaries function to include and exclude? Under what conditions, and to what ends, are they sites of migration,transformation, and permeation? Boundaries are places of opposition and contestation (Bion’s institution/misfit); breaching (trauma); pathology (BPD), and containment (Anzieu’s skin ego). Work happens within them — the consultation room — and at their interface – the psychoanalytic frame, psychoanalysis and social movements; interdisciplinary studies.

We invite 250-500 word proposals for plenary and breakout sessions that explore issues related to boundaries, borders, and crossings, from any perspective anchored in psychoanalysis. Presenters will make their introductory remarks for the first fifteen minutes of each session and will then be expected to facilitate inclusive group discussion. The three plenaries and the workshops will be built around a short text or excerpt(no longer than ten pages), so please indicate your reading selection and,if possible, send a copy with your proposal.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Boundaries of the body
• The psychoanalytic frame
• Anzieu’s concept of the skin-ego and psychical wrapping
• Touch
• Taboo
• Tattoos and markings
• Institutional demarcations (psychoanalysis and beyond)
• Representations of the body and space
• Time (limits)
• Individuals and groups
• Public and private
• Surveillance

Send proposals to: derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu by December 1, 2016.

You can also direct questions to Susan Derwin (Program Co-chair) at this address.

As always, we’ll be convening at the lovely UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and Resort in the mountains of southern California. The retreat atmosphere, the beautiful surroundings, the comfortable cabins, and the delicious meals always make for a wonderful conference.

Registration details coming soon!


2016 Hayman Fellowship Award Winners

At the University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium Annual Meeting, held at the UCLA Conference Center, Lake Arrowhead, June 3-5, 2016, the recipients of this year’s Hayman Foundation Fellowship Awards, in the amount of $10,000 each, were announced.

This year, we awarded the Fellowship to two graduate students.  Tanzeen Doha  (UC Davis, Department of Anthropology) and Matthew McCoy, UCLA (Dept. of Anthropology).

Doha’s project focuses on the psycho-racial and libidinal structure of the War on Terror with a specific focus on the May 2013 massacre of Islamic practitioners in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The project investigates how foundational Islamic texts (Qur’an, Sunnah, Hadith, Sharia) have been mobilized to confront the problems of secularization, modernization, and economic crisis, it also traces the inner lives of both postcolonial secular and Islamic subjects through a critical psychoanalytic and ethnographic engagement.

McCoy’s project—”Experiencing the Peace Walls: Ethics, Security, and Segregation in Post-Conflict Belfast”—is an ethnographic examination of a segregated, working-class interface community in east Belfast that suffers from the legacy of “the Troubles,” an ethno-nationalist conflict which disproportionately affected this small area.  In the community under study, Protestants and Catholics are surveilled through CCTV and armored patrols and kept separate from one another by security infrastructure called “peace walls.” Through person-centered and psychoanalytically informed research, his dissertation describes the psychological and embodied experiences of residents who live in spaces circumscribed by an array of walls made of concrete, slatted steel, barbed wire, and weld mesh as they commemorate the past, heal in the present, and prepare for an uncertain future in their precarious State.

We would like to congratulate Tanzeen and Matthew on their Fellowships, and hope to see them at the 2017 UC/NCP ICP Arrowhead Meeting!

Jeffrey Prager
Professor of Sociology, UCLA

Final Program & Readings – 2016 UC/NCP ICP Meeting

The UC/NCP ICP Annual Meeting is drawing near (June 3-5, 2016), and the final program is now available!  Just follow the link provided below to see the lineup of Plenaries and Workshops.  Each session contains links to assigned readings, as well as descriptions of the sessions.

Final Program – 2016 Meeting of UC/NCP ICP 

As always, it is expected that participants have downloaded and read the session texts prior to the meeting weekend.  Please download the readings for the sessions you’re interested in, and get reading!

For first-time attendees: Everyone attends the Plenaries (so do the readings for all three of these).  For each of the two workshop blocks (Workshops I&II and Workshops III&IV), you will need to choose which workshop you’d like to attend in each block, and download the readings for that session.

A few sessions are still in flux, and we’re still awaiting readings from several presenters.  We will be updating this page as the schedule becomes finalized, adding any missing materials.  If something you need is missing, check back in  a few days…

If you have any issues with the linked PDF files (or any questions), please contact Kevin Groark (kgroark@gmail.com).

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!



UC/NCP IPC 2016 Annual Meeting!

Our annual conference at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center will be held on June 3-5, 2016. As always, we’ll be convening at the lovely UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and Resort in the mountains of southern California. The retreat atmosphere, the beautiful surroundings, the comfortable cabins, and the delicious meals always make for a wonderful conference.

Note that we’ve had a name change!  Formerly known as UCIPC (University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium), we are now officially UC/NCP IPC (University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium).

Time is drawing near, register soon and start thinking about possible presentations. It is the custom of UCIPC to organize our program around group discussions. Panel leaders are expected to make opening remarks and to propose (brief) readings to help organize the discussion. Panel leaders are not to make long formal presentations of their work, or of others.

This Year’s Theme: PSYCHOANALYSIS, ECONOMY, AND DESIRE—Our meeting this year is organized around the theme “Psychoanalysis, Economy, and Desire.” (Preliminary Program available here).  Conference sessions will focus on an exploration of the psychic, social, and interpersonal dynamics of economics and desire, broadly construed, in clinical, social, and ideological contexts. We invite presentations and workshops for thematically based discussions and clinical presentations.

A central concern of the meeting will be the complex relationship between analytic and non-analytic conceptions of economics, money, and desire. How does psychoanalytic theory complicate popular conceptions of money, exchange, and value? Can psychoanalytic methods serve as a critique of economic discourse? What more can we say about the exchange relation between analyst and analysand (both ethically and psychoanalytically)? Conversely, how have broader cultural understandings of economics shaped psychoanalytic theory and practice, and how do these processes play out in the clinical encounter? In what ways do poverty and politics enter in concrete form in the psychoanalytic practice of the contemporary? Is there such a thing as an “economic unconscious,” and if so, what is it, and how might it function? Furthermore, in what ways might alternate conceptions of economy and desire emerge from the interface of psychoanalysis, economics, philosophy and religious worldviews?

For more information on registration, panels, etc, click here.

For Preliminary Program and Readings, click here.

Some helpful links: Conference AnnouncementCall for Proposals | Registration Form | Hayman Fellowship Application | Graduate Conference Stipend Form | NCP Paper Prize


Name Change & Partnership with New Center for Psychoanalysis!

Dear Members and Prospective Members of UCIPC:

Exciting news! Our co-sponsor for the past several years, the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, has agreed to help fund the organization on a regular basis, and to support our operations out of their psychoanalytic training center (which has, for years, been at the forefront of providing full psychoanalytic training to academics and non-medical professionals).

As a result, we will now officially be called the University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium (UC/NCP IPC) — just a little more of a mouthful than before…!  Over time, our online identity will be changed to reflect this new name.


Having New Center for Psychoanalysis as a co-sponsor increases both our organizational stability and our operating capital.  Funds contributed by NCP will be used to enhance the organization in many different ways.  We plan to be able to offer the following enhancements to our Annual Meeting:

  • Conference subsidies for Graduate Students, Clinical Associates, Academics, and Analysts (in both UC system as well as NCP)
  • Travel grants (particularly from those who travel from Northern California to Arrowhead, and have an expressed need).
  • Increased conference attendance (from 40 – 50+)
  • Additional funds for more ample hospitality (food and drinks) at the conference.
  • Honorarium for non-affiliated individual to join us for the conference.

In addition, UC/NCP IPC will support several exciting new initiatives:

  1. An annual presentation at the New Center for Psychoanalysis—offered by one of our members, this presentation will report on the current year’s conference theme to the membership of NCP as well as academics and other interested parties. The presenter will be selected at the spring meeting, and will speak on behalf of our organization in early spring of the following year. The presentation at the New Center will serve as a recruiting device for potential attendees for the up-coming Arrowhead conference.
  2. $1000 Clinical Associate Essay Prize—UC/NCP IPC will offer a $1,000 award to a current Clinical Associate for the best essay written on the year’s theme.  The winner will be invited to attend the week-end with all expenses paid.  This award will be in tandem with the Hayman Foundation Awards we have offered to University of California graduate students seeking support and recognition for their pre-doctoral research program.
  3. Thematic Working Groups—At the up-coming meeting, we will discuss the establishment of working groups (organized around particular research topics) that would meet throughout the year between our annual spring meetings.  Should we decide to implement this, funding would be proposal-driven, and the amount needed relatively small.

As a member of both the Psychoanalysis and Academy Committees of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association, I can tell you that UC/NCP IPC is likely the best model in the world for promoting on-going collaboration between the University and the clinically-based psychoanalytic world.

I am very happy we are all part of this program.  We should be mindful, as we go forward, that we are implementing a model to promote synergy between the analytic world and the University.  NCP’s support insures the continuation of our mission.

Jeffrey Prager