Self and Other.

Conflict, fragility and resilience

Dates: 15-16 November 2019

Venue: etc Venues Victoria, 6 Drummond Gate, London SW1V 2QQ

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Linda Brakel, Andrew Samuels, Stanley Gold

The theme of this year’s conference explores what happens when polarities increase, splits occur and crises surfaces – how do we negotiate ‘other’? OPUS 2019 provides opportunities to share reflections and insights and we will be encouraging all to get involved to consider:

  • How do we promote a sense of social solidarity when differences collide?
  • How can the root causes of turmoil, strife and shock be addressed so that societies can build capacity and resilience?
  • How can communities and nations adapt or transform their structures when change, uncertainty and long-term stresses put societal integration at risk?

Special Interactive Events

  • Social Dreaming hosted by: Nicola Wreford-Howard and Carlos Remotti Breton
  • An International Meeting“Taking international collaboration seriously” chaired by Ulrike Beland
  • An OPUS Community Exchange Café: – Connecting people, generating new ideas and tackling issues, bringing members/attendees together to make sense of issues, challenges and ultimately set the direction of OPUS. There will be opportunity to work together, engaging honestly and authentically with one another in that uniquely human activity of conversation as we build trust and understanding about the needs of our community.
  • Poster Sessions Market Place – We are inviting all participants of the conference to present a poster of an event or a piece of research, which they want to discuss and share with the participants of the conference. The poster should have a relevance for the conference topic “Self and Other: Conflict, Fragility and Resilience” or for OPUS as an organisation. Examples are posters about an international OPUS event or an ongoing research project on conflict and societal transformation or integration. Poster templates are available and any question answered – just contact Ulrike Beland. Please send your poster in either Powerpoint and or PDF doc and, if you wish, your handout until the 1. Nov. 2019 to We welcome and encourage you to be present by your poster both days of the conference to exchange knowledge, research and good practice.


Elisabeth Henderson, Chair of Conference & Olya Khaleelee Chairwoman of OPUS (UK)

Professor Andrew Samuels (UK) – British psychotherapist and writer on political and social themes from a psychological viewpoint. Internationally recognized as one of the foremost political commentators and theorists from the perspectives of psychotherapy and depth psychology, he will present on the Use and Abuse of the Idea of ‘The Other’: Tensions, between Reparation at Depth and Liberal Hypocrisy

Dr Linda Brakel (USA) – Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and a Research Associate in Philosophy. She will speak to “Preliminaries to a theory of SELF informed by the Trans Phenomenon”

Stanley Gold (AUS) MB.BS. (Melbourne). 1957. D.P.M.(London).1961. M.R.A.N.C.P. (1972). MRCP.U.K.(Psych)1975, past president of ISPSO 2012/13. “MORE THAN THE MIND CAN BEAR. Trauma, the divided self, and the nature of the other”

Vita Peacock (UK) Political Anthropologist who will be exploring Surveillance and the anonymous movement in Various Countries.

Parallel papers and workshops

There will also be a total of seventeen papers and workshops presented in parallel sessions over the two days.

More information

To see the conference flier click here

The conference timetable is now available

For people wishing to present posters, there is a template available and guidance notes.


Member Category One Day* Both Days Presenter
OPUS Full, Associate or Student Member  £200  £300 £260
Non-Member  £250  £360 £320

Only 10 one-day tickets are available for each day of the conference.