CONF 16 – Call for Papers


International Perspectives from Group Relations, Psychoanalysis and Systems Theory

Dates: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November 2016

Venue: The Ambassadors Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX

Keynote speakers: Kathy White & Iain McGilchrist

Papers are invited on the two main themes: Organisational dynamics and Social dynamics.

Topics of the Conference:

  • Reflective citizenship
  • Power, Authority and Politics
  • Public institutions
  • Culture and diversity
  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Individual and social identity
  • Learning and change
  • Conflict
  • Group Relations
  • Leadership and followership
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Psychodynamics of work
  • Systemic thinking
  • New discourses and paradigms

Criteria for selection

Abstracts and papers of sufficient academic standard will be considered by the Conference Organising Committee according to their relevance to the themes and topics of the Conference.

The Conference is seen as an opportunity for innovative thinking. Work in progress – that is, papers intended as a means of opening up discussion on new approaches to the understanding of the subject – are welcome.

Please note that, by submitting, you are agreeing to be present on both days of the Conference and to present your paper on either day and in any session.


An abstract of 500–600 words (max. two pages to include planned sources and reference material) together with a fact sheet providing:

  • title of paper
  • name(s) of author(s)
  • affiliation to professional organizations
  • address
  • phone/fax
  • email address

These to be submitted by no later than 15th July 2016 by email to or by post to The Administrator, OPUS Conference 2016, 26 Fernhurst Road, London SW6 7JW, U.K.


  • Deadline for submitting abstracts/draft papers: 15 July 2016
  • Deadline for being notified of acceptance: 25 July 2016
  • Deadline for submitting abstracts for delegate pack and paying registration fees: 3 October 2016