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19th Annual International Conference for The International Association for the Study of Dreams
June 15 - 19, 2002
at Tufts University, Medford, Boston, Massachusetts

"WHY DREAMS MATTER" - A Panel Discussion on Saturday, June 15th, 7:00-9:00pm at Tufts University's Cohen Auditorium, Medford, MA

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We have chosen the theme Dreams and Cultures for the 2002 Boston Conference in order to address ways in which dreaming is interwoven with culture, including cross-cultural studies of dreaming, effects of dreams on cultures, and effects of culture on dreams and dream content. In addition, we want to recognize the varied "cultures" which exist within the fields of dream study -- for example, dream and sleep research, dreams and the arts, dreams and clinical practice.

For those who have not been to an ASD conference, here is a brief description of what is now 19 years of conferences. A new location is chosen each year for the conference, 2000 was University of California, Santa Cruz, we try to alternate between east and west coasts, and have had two conferences in Europe, at the University of Leiden, and at London University. The conferences now have an attendance of several hundred people from many countries. These include researchers from many academic areas (including psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, film studies), professional psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, artists, dream group leaders and participants, counselors, long-term dream diary keepers, social and community workers, and many other people who also appreciate and are intrigued by their own dreams.

The conferences have 3-4 tracks running at the same time, except for when there is an invited speaker. These include a research paper track, workshop and experiential track, and a discussion panel track. For an idea of the wide variety of approaches and topics addressed in the conference, please see the list of proposals and titles received at the end of this page, a list of accepted proposals will be made known in January. All proposals go through a refereeing process so as to ensure high quality presentations.

The conference will begin on Saturday evening, June 15 with an engaging and lively invited panel reflecting the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary richness of ASD. Speakers representing the Arts, Research, Clinical/psychotherapy, Cross-Cultural Studies and Spiritual/Religious Studies will address the issue of "Why Dreams Matter".

This opening event will be followed by the traditional opening reception that will offer conference attendees an opportunity to greet old friends and meet new attendees, and to continue discussion generated by the panel.

The five themes discussed in the opening panel will be reflected throughout the conference. Each day will feature a theme or special focus in addition to a variety of other presentations.

And, of course, our celebratory DREAM BALL will conclude the event packed conference.

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CE credits from ASD will be offered. Accreditation by the American Psychological Association (Section 32) for CE credits is being applied for. Check back here in March for details on the presentations allowing CE credits, and the number of credit units offered.


Program Co-Chairs: Mark Blagrove: 
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Program Co-Chairs: Mark Blagrove, Ph.D., Jane White-Lewis, Ph.D.
Program Committee: Mark Blagrove, Ph.D., Robert Bosnak, J.D., Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., Ernest Hartmann, M.D., Johanna King, Ph.D., Richard Russo, M.A., Alan Siegel, Ph.D.,
Jane White-Lewis, Ph.D.
Conference Co-Hosts: Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., Nancy Grace, M.A.