37th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts


June 30, 2021 - July 3, 2021    
June 30 to July 3, 2021

Time Zone: EST (-5 GMT)


Wednesday, June 30


9:00-9:15 Online welcome session

9:15-10:15 Tribute to Marleen Stevens

10:30-11:30 The Plenary Session

Marie-Ange Pongis-Khandjian (of Quebec City): The Little Prince to the Pilot: “Would you please draw me a shrink?”


11:35-13:05 Panel 1: Norman Holland and Freud

Jeffrey Berman: Norman N. Holland: The Dean of American Psychoanalytic Literary Critics

Bent Sørensen: Freud and Divination

Shanee Stepakoff: On His Blindness: The Specter of the Actual in Freud’s Essay on ‘The ‘Uncanny


16:00-18:00 Social gathering



Thursday, July 1


9:00-10:30 Panel 2: Classic Works of Literature

Gavriel Reisner: Scarred Victims: The Feminine Uncanny in David Copperfield

Mary Valentis: Making Un-happenings: Reparative Defense Mechanisms in Oedipus Rex, Macbeth, and HBO’s The Undoing

Paavo Manninen: Projective Identification in Beckett’s The Unnameable


10:35-12:05 Panel 3: Psychoanalysis, teaching and self-creation

Belá Rideg: Psychoanalytic analysis of Magda Szabó’s novel Pilate in the literature lesson

Antal Bókay: The Tale and the trauma – The deconstructive self-creation of Jennifer Fox

Manuel A. Manrique: Cinema as Supervisor: Film as a treatment consultant in long-term psychotherapy


12.05-13:05 LUNCH


13:05-14.35 Panel 4: Trauma and Sexual Violence

Emily Fox-Kales: Water, Trauma and Re-Birth in ROMA

Marcie A. Newton: Bound, Gagged, and Confused: A Socio-Legal Psychoanalysis of Rape, Interrogation, and Trauma in Netflix’s Miniseries Unbelievable



15:00-18:45 Film viewing and discussion: Roma (directed by Alfonso Cuarón, 2018) 


Friday, July 2


9:00-10:30 Panel 5: Shakespeare

Hisao Oshima: Lear in the Castle and Lear on the Beach: Tatsuya Nakadai and the Modern Issue of Aging

Laura B. Vogel: Rewriting Isabella


10:35-12:05 Panel 6: Visual Art

Ivett Rozgonyi: “Closed in a vase” – The Savant Syndrome and Art

Patricia M. Townsend: Rhythm, Repetition and Ritual in Art and Psychoanalysis

Aino-Maija Lahtinen: The mutual exchange between the painter and the model: the case of Lucian Freud


12:05-13:05 LUNCH

13:05-14:35 Panel 7: Performance, Film and TV-series

Egri Petra: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Marina Abramović’s Seven Easy Pieces Performance

Simon du Plock: Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain: A Psychological Case Study in the Uses of Enchantment

Virginia L. Blum & Anna Secor: A Frozen Loop of Time: Time Loops, Repetition, and Trauma


14:40-16:10 Panel 8: Trauma and Affects

Keren Shafir: Poetry as Anamorphosis: Pastoral-Elegy in the English Renaissance

Rebecca Gimeno: Pregnancy loss: the trauma of invisibility and the power of symbolization

Samir Dayal: Cowboys, Culture, and Shame: Transcultural Travels of An Affect


Saturday, July 3


9:00-10:30 Panel 9: Lacan

Alexander A. Venetis: Being by Default: Subjectivity, the Void and the Aesthetic Experience

Jerry Aline Flieger: Who’s Laughing Now? UFO’s and Psychoanalysis Today

Robert L. Silhol: How to make sense of Jacques Lacan’s rings and straight lines in his Séminaire XXIII (1976)


10:30-11:15 Members’ meeting

11:15-12:00 Closing virtual social gathering