. Historically there has always been movements that have drawn youth to its ranks – whether the Children’s Crusades of the 12th century or more recently the Spanish War and Hitler youth. ISIS is another attracting teenagers to its ranks. Why this is happening at this time will be a question for future historians.

This year Melbourne’s Annual Freud Conference, to be held on Saturday 16 May at Melbourne’s ‘Brain Centre’ in Royal Parade, Parkville,  welcomes two speakers who have made a particular study of fundamentalism and violence in the individual: Dr Dr Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber and Dr Werner Bohleber, both from the German Psychoanalytical Society.

Dr Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber will deliver two papers: ‘ Processes of Political Radicalization’ and ‘Psychoanalytic Projects on Prevention: Working with Migrant Families.

Dr Werner Bohleber’s paper is entitled: ‘Radicalized Religious Fundamentalism: Identification With an Idealized Object and Destructiveness’.

The full agenda is here.

The registration form is here.