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Canestri, J. Tomlinson, C. (2011). Introduction. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 92(3):501-504.

(2011). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 92(3):501-504

IPA Centenary Special Issue

Introduction

Jorge Canestri and Craig Tomlinson

With this special issue, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis joins the celebrations for the centenary of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). It is appropriate that it do so: it is simply not possible to separate the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, first proposed and founded by Ernest Jones at a difficult time in the history of psychoanalysis, from the history of the IPA itself. Since its first appearance in 1920, ten years after the IPA was founded, the Journal has always been the only truly international psychoanalytic journal. An open letter (by Sandor Ferenczi) and an anonymous editorial introducing volume one record that the Journal was expressly founded for this purpose, at a time when growing interest in psychoanalysis “by readers not familiar with the German language” mandated “a new journal [that] would rank equally with the Zeitschrift and Imago as an official organ of the International Psychoanalytical Association, with special reference to the English-speaking public” (Ferenczi, 1920). The Journal has closely accompanied, and continues to accompany, the IPA in its growth, and in the diffusion of psychoanalysis throughout-today we can say this quite literally-the entire world.

For the majority of analysts, the Journal has represented a fundamental source of knowledge about psychoanalysis as a whole, conveyed through a language-English-that became not only a lingua franca in the psychoanalytic world, but as such also enabled us to meet those who held new and different concepts from our own.

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