29th Annual Conference 

23rd - 24th April 2021

Gendercide - Gender Divide

Virtual Event

Many of you will have been looking forward to this event taking place in Bilbao. Unfortunately, following government guidelines, we have decided that this event will be a virtual one. Our presenters have put in a lot of work preparing for this, in particular, some of our colleagues in Spain and our organising committee. We want to ensure you that none of this work will have been in vain as the programme has been fully transposed to 2021. We look forward to delivering this event in a different, but equally stimulating, format via Zoom.

The dates for the conference are Friday 23rd April 2021 - Saturday 24th April 2021

29th IAFP Annual Conference  23rd - 24th April 2021



The inspiration for this conference title and theme came from a forensic patient who had

been violent towards his mother and who in his final session with his female therapist used

the parapraxis ‘gendercide’ when he meant genocide. The therapist interpreted this to

mean that, if the patient annihilated gender, and all women in his mind, then perhaps he

would no longer feel split between loving and hating his mother, his unavailable, distant

father, or the division within himself and his confused feelings around sexuality and an

abandoning therapist as the therapy ended.

The word gender has been reinterpreted and reinvented many times in the last few decades

and there has been an increasing interest in gender based violence and gender

directed violence across the world. There have recently been landmark changes in the law

in various parts of Europe, including Spain and in this conference we would like to explore

this and other themes related to violence which can be understood as being directed towards


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS • Massimo de Mari (IT)  Anne Aiyegbusi (UK)  Antonia Carrasco (Spain)  Ronald Doctor (UK) • Leyla Hussein (UK)  Christie Coho (UK) • Elida Grande (Spain)  Anna Motz (UK)  David Phillips (US)  Estela Welldon (UK)

ORGANISING COMMITTEE • Jessica Collier • Ronald Doctor • Elida Grande • Barbara Jacobs • Carine Minne • Katya Orrell • Estela Welldon • Emma Went