14th ISPSO European Regional Meeting, Ireland 2016

14th ISPSO European
Regional Meeting

Working from the periphery,
leading from the edge

1 – 3 April 2016
Irish Writers Centre
19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 2, Ireland

Meeting Theme:
"Working from the periphery, leading from the edge"

Ireland is geographically located at the edge of Europe. It faces the Continent, the U.K., and across the Atlantic, North America. Together with other European nations, Ireland has been designated in recent years as occupying a liminal space, defined by economic wealth: Ireland is at the “periphery” in a Europe fragmented between centre and edge.
The ISPSO European Regional Meeting 2016 will focus on the tasks of observing from the periphery and leading from the edge. In organisations, it is necessary to focus not only on the central dimensions of authority, boundary, and vision, but also on the viewpoints of participant observers, whether organisational agents or consultants.
Reversing the negative valency of centre and periphery, Ireland’s physical location is articulated as metaphor for a critical consultative capability, offering organisational participants the experience of evenly hovering attention, a dimension of psychodynamic process which must be remembered in an age that fragments centre as positive and edge as negative. In it, we remember the analytic position, however inter-subjective, always observes from the periphery and leads from the edge.


Pádraig O'Céidigh is an Irish entrepreneur who is from Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. At ten, O’Ceidigh was picking periwinkles from a beach in Spiddal and travelling to Galway to sell them to fish exporters. He is the former chairman and director of Aer Arann (1994-2012), the Irish airline company which for over 45 years has offered a direct air link between the Aran Islands on the periphery of Ireland and Galway city.

Catherine Marshall is an art historian and Joint-editor of the recently published Twentieth Century, Vol V. of the Royal Irish Academy’s five-volume, Art and Architecture of Ireland. She was Senior Curator and first Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from 1995 to 2007 when she was seconded to the Arts Council of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy. Catherine worked with inner city children in Dublin before becoming a professional art historian. She devised a community based national programme using the IMMA collection of modern and contemporary art as its cornerstone. It was also a primary factor in her work on Outsider Art, which has manifested itself through working with the Musgrave-Kinley Outsider Art Collection, the IMMA exhibition of John the Painter, and her presentation of two exhibitions of Irish art in China as expressions of art from the periphery.

Our key speakers will be partnered with a respondent on respective days.

Meeting Design

The meeting has been conceived around a series of key events each of which is designed to invite participants to deepen their connection with the meeting theme. Registration will commence at 4.30pm on Friday 1 April. The meeting will conclude at 1.30pm on Sunday 3 April.

Each morning will commence with a social dreaming event at 8am which we hope will bring to the centre that which has been out of conscious awareness overnight.

Participants will be invited to bring case material to the afternoon work groups which will be structured to (a) bear in mind linkages previously generated in earlier activities; (b) to discern these and newly emergent themes in groups which allow both individual case presentation and fuller small-group commentary, while allowing the discrete presenters the ability to listen.

The Friday evening will conclude with an informal buffet (including wine) at the meeting venue. The cost is included in the meeting fee.

We will arrange an optional informal dinner at Irish/Italian restaurant Dunne and Crescenzi on Saturday evening. The cost (inclusive of two glasses of wine per person, tax and gratuity) will be €55 per person payable in advance.

Important Dates
Friday April 1
Registration: 4.30pm
Buffet: Evening (included in the meeting fee)

Saturday April 2
Informal Restaurant Dinner: Evening
(optional, not included in meeting fee)

Sunday April 3
Concluding 1.30pm on Sunday

A detailed timetable will be made available closer to the event.

Organising Committee

Annette Clancy
Gerry French
Frances Heery
Maeve Houlihan
Ian Miller
Simon Western

Enquiries: Please email ei.dcu|ycnalc.ettenna#ycnalC ettennA

Brochure: Click to download (PDF) for detailed information.

Meeting Fee Structure

The meeting will be open to ISPSO members and to non-members who have an interest in the field. The meeting fee structure is outlined below. The early ‘bird fee’ will be available up to 1 February 2016 after which time the full fee will be payable.

Early-bird Fee: (Registration before 1 February 2016)
ISPSO Members: € 170
Guests (Non-ISPSO members): € 195

Full Fee: (Registration from February 2016)
ISPSO Members: € 190
Guests (Non-ISPSO members): € 215

Register:Registration & Payment - CLICK HERE

Cancellation policy
A full refund will be available for those who cancel up to and including 1 March 2016 5pm GMT. No refunds will be offered after this date.

Please encourage colleagues to join us in Dublin in April 2016.

All prices in Euro