Group Analytic Society International: Contexts

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About Contexts

Contexts is the newsletter of the Group Analytic Society International, edited by Peter Zelaskowski. Previous issues, in full, can be downloaded using the links below. Contexts publishes short articles, correspondence, and news about society events. Please view our past issues and contact the editor (via the Society Office or his email address provided on this site) if you would like to send articles or other pieces for publication. Contexts welcomes contributions from GASi members and non-members on a variety of topics: Have you run or attended a group-analytic or group psychotherapy workshop? Are you involved in a group-analytic or group psychotherapy project that others might want to learn about? Would you like to share your ideas or professional concerns with a wide range of colleagues? If so, send us an article for publication by e-mail. Articles submitted for publication should be between 500 and 5,000 words long, or between one and eight A4 pages. Writing for Contexts is an ideal opportunity to begin your professional writing career with something that is informal, even witty or funny, a short piece that is a report of an event, a report about practice, a review of a book or film, or stray thoughts that you have managed to capture on paper. Give it a go! Please don’t worry about language, grammar and the organisation of your piece. Many pieces are received from non-English speaking countries and it is the job of the editor to work with you to create a piece of writing that is grammatical and reads well in English. This help also extends to English speakers who may need help and advice about the coherence and organisation of a piece of work. The elements checked by us as editors may include:


  • Typographical errors
  • End-of-line word divisions and bad breaks (incorrect line or page breaks)
  • Spelling errors
  • Errors in word usage
  • Errors in grammar and syntax
  • Errors and inconsistencies in punctuation
  • Establish and maintain consistent patterns of mechanics (e.g., capitalisation)
  • Format of document, text, citations and references
  • Apparent errors in arithmetic and in other facts within the realm of general knowledge
  • The styling of tables, graphs, and other art, including their labels, captions, and text mentions
  • Conventions such as the use of italics, boldface, and underlines, of metric or imperial measurements, and of abbreviations and symbols, the treatment of technical terms, and the choice of spelling and punctuation styles.
  • Ambiguous vocabulary and syntax
  • Redundancies and verbosity
  • Jargon that is inappropriate for the intended audience
  • Connections and transitions, parallels, and paragraphing
  • Consistent style in headings and in captions for tables, figures, and illustrations
  • Statements that should be checked for accuracy, and follow up as required. (The flaws the editor watches for under this standard are not those involving the content of a thesis but, rather, incidental references: e.g.,  “Manchester is east of York”; “Skiddaw is the largest of the Lakes Mountains.”)
  • Inconsistencies in logic, facts, and details

The editor will strive to make your text as readable, coherent and comprehensible as possible. “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be”. Mark Twain A definition of editing: “The editing process often begins with the author’s idea for the work itself, continuing as a collaboration between the author and the editor as the work is created. As such, editing is a practice that includes creative skills, human relations, and a precise set of methods”. An editor polishes and refines, (S)he directs the focus of the story or article along a particular course. (S)He cuts out what doesn’t fit, what is unessential to the purpose of the story. (S)He enhances the major points, drawing attention to places where the audience should focus. “Everyone needs an editor”. Tim Foote A task common to all editors is to ensure that the product they produce is the best it can be in the time available and with the resources available. We are responsible for the type of content in the newsletter, the look of the newsletter and the number of articles in a particular issue. Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive”. Raymond Chandler.

The deadlines for publication in Contexts are give below:

  • For publication in March: December 25th
  • For publication in June: March 25th
  • For publication in September: June 25th
  • For publication in December: September 25th

The principle is to submit at least 3 months before publication.


Contexts March 2015. Issue 67   #   Contexts June 2015. Issue 68

Contexts September 2015. Issue 69   #   


Contexts March 2014. Issue 63   #   Contexts June 2014. Issue 64

Contexts September 2014. Issue 65   #   Contexts December 2014. Issue 66


Contexts March 2013. Issue 59   #   Contexts June 2013. Issue 60

Contexts September 2013. Issue 61   #   Contexts December 2013. Issue 62


Contexts March 2012. Issue 55   #   Contexts June 2012. Issue 56

Contexts September 2012. Issue 57   #   Contexts December 2012. Issue 58


Contexts March 2011. Issue 51   #   Contexts June 2011. Issue 52

Contexts September 2011. Issue 53   #   Contexts December 2011. Issue 54


Contexts March 2010. Issue 47  #   Contexts June 2010. Issue 48

Contexts September 2010. Issue 49   #   Contexts December 2010. Issue 50


Contexts March 2009. Issue 43   #   PPT File Associated with Angela Sordano’s Article in Issue 43

Contexts June 2009. Issue 44   #   Evaluation of a Woman’s Analytic Therapy Group. Jennie Davis

Contexts September 2009. Issue 45   #   Contexts December 2009. Issue 46


Contexts March 2008. Issue 39   #   Contexts June 2008. Issue 40

Contexts September 2008. Issue 41   #   Contexts December 2008. Issue 42


Contexts March 2007. Issue 35   #   Contexts June 2007. Issue 36

Contexts September 2007. Issue 37   #   Contexts December 2007. Issue 38


Contexts March 2006. Issue 31   #   Contexts June 2006. Issue 32

Contexts September 2006. Issue 33   #   Contexts December 2006. Issue 34


Contexts March 2005. Issue 27   #   Contexts June 2005. Issue 28 

Contexts September 2005. Issue 29   #   Contexts December 2005. Issue 30


Contexts April 1997. Issue 10   #   Contexts July 1997. Issue 11

The following pages of Issue 11 could not be scanned as text due to their poor quality and are able to be downloaded seperately as image files:

Page 8   #   Page 9   #   Page 10


Contexts January 1996. Issue 7   #   Contexts November 1996. Issue 9