Exploring Ancestral Meaning Systems

Exploring Ancestral Meaning Systems

Online Group Relations conference, relating these to Leadership and Authority

Online Group Relations conference, relating these to Leadership and Authority

We are delighted to partner with IGSPO – the Interest Group in Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations of the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa to co-sponsor a conference titled:



It takes place from 16 – 18 February 2023, Live-Online.

Group Relations Conferences represent the meeting point of a breadth of academic and phenomenal viewpoints. In many ways, they are a synthetic-syncretic roadmap illuminating the path of human behaviour and thought processes. Group Relations’ unique proposition is: that the individual human being cannot be understood without consideration and appreciation of the context, both temporal and spatial, in which they are embedded and from which they emerge.

The work of psychoanalysis, one of the foundational concepts in Group Relations Conference thinking and action, has a clearly historical approach. Psychoanalysis states that our adult mental state and its associated behaviour, has at its roots in our early childhood experiences. Further illustration of this historical approach is the nature of the psychoanalytic profession itself.

The importance placed on the lineage of the analyst is significant – many analysts spend time researching and drawing a line from Freud, Klein, Bion and Jung for example, down to their present analytic circle. A bit like the Old Testament lineage of Adam and Eve, where “x begat y”, analysts take pride in and take seriously the pedigree of their analytic lineage.

Likewise, many older systems of learning and sensemaking, sometimes called Shamanic or Traditional systems, also consider the importance of lineage and their impact on our daily lives. In these traditional contexts, the terms used are ancestors. It is believed that Ancestors are living beings, who no longer have human bodies, but are vitally engaged in the shaping of human affairs, if one knows how to engage, listen and respond to them.

This unique Group Relations Conference opens a portal for us to explore what is possible in making sense of the notion of ancestor, and to study what it could mean for our “here and now”, and what ancestral voices might mean in a cross-trans-post-colonial epistemology of what it means to be human, and how they relate to leadership and authority.

This conference is “Live-Online” from the Cradle of Civilisation, South Africa, and invites all interested in exploring the shamanic and the systems psychoanalytic in contemporary contexts and across generations. For more information contact conference administration email.

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