39th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts


June 21, 2023 - June 24, 2023    

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The 39th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts

Montedomini, Florence, Italy, June 21—June 24, 2023

Sponsored by The PsyArt Foundation

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We are pleased to announce that the 39th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at Il Fuligno – CSF Montedomini, Via Faenza, 48, 50123, Florence, Italy, June 21—June 24, 2023. Montedomini is a Franciscan establishment with a rich history that dates back to 1464. Montedomini operates in the field of social-health, educational and rehabilitation assistance for the elderly and disabled, both in residential and home care, and in the provision of educational services in favor of active inclusion (www.montedomini.net). The conference is sponsored and hosted by The PsyArt Foundation (www.psyart.org).

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The organizers of PsyArt2023 invite 150-word abstracts for papers dealing with any application of psychology—including psychoanalysis, object relations, feminist, Jungian, or Lacanian approaches, cognitive psychology, or neuroscience—to the study of literature, film and visual media, painting, sculpture, music, performance, or the other arts. The conference is convivial and draws scholars from around the world. We also warmly welcome conferees who do not present papers. A maximum of 65 papers will be accepted for presentation. 

Abstract submissions: deadline for abstract submissions is May 5, 2023. 

Registration fees: regular registration fees are due by May 12, 2023. Late registration fees are due by May 19, 2023. Late registration fees will NOT be accepted after May 19, 2023.

Note: the calculated conference registration fees are based on US dollar (USD) to euro (EUR) exchange rates calculated at the time this program was built in December 2022. These exchange rates fluctuate, so the prices will have slight variations at the time of your registration. USD represents the fixed price for registration fees. EUR represents the fixed price for hotel accommodation.

Your registration fee includes the following benefits:

  • opening reception with wine and light refreshments
  • attendance at all panel sessions 
  • coffee breaks 
  • closing banquet  
Refund Policy

Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the start of the event, i.e., June 14, 2023. After this date, no refunds will be given.

For questions or assistance, reach out to the following organizers:

Antal Bokay

Secretary, The PsyArt Foundation: antal.bokay@gmail.com

Marcie Newton

Treasurer, The PsyArt Foundation: mnewton@albany.edu



Preliminary Conference Outline

Wednesday, June 21

Welcome evening reception, 18:00 – 20:00 hrs., at Baglioni Grand Hotel (tentative)

Thursday, June 22

Opening of the conference in the morning; plenary speaker presentation; morning and afternoon parallel panel sessions. 

Friday, June 23 

Morning and afternoon parallel sessions; Directors’ meeting (PsyArt Directors only) in the late afternoon. 

Saturday, June 24 

Morning parallel sessions; Members’ meeting in the afternoon and group photos. Closing banquet in the evening.

Sunday, June 25

Departure or optional full-day post-conference bus tour of the Tuscany landscapes: Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa (not included in registration fee).

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Papers should be short, 20 minutes at most. Please observe the time limit. Normal speaking rate is 140 words per minute, and, for clarity, a scholarly presentation should be somewhat slower for the purpose of speaking at the pace of audience comprehension. Please try to limit or avoid jargon. Our standard 20-minute limit allows you to speak about 2400 words or eight to ten pages maximum. An additional ten minutes are allotted for discussion of each paper, usually at the end of the session. The moderator is responsible for keeping speakers to 20 minutes. The moderator speaks last, and it is therefore in his/her/their interest to maintain the schedule.

Note: if there are co-presenters, each presenter must pay the registration fee.

English is the conference language. We recommend that any speakers who are not native speakers of English accompany their talks with a PowerPoint presentation. 

Following the conference, please consider submitting your paper to the PsyArt Journal for publication.

Please prepare an abstract, 150 words maximum. The deadline for sending the abstract is May 5, 2023. Send your abstract to PsyArt Vice-President, Paavo Manninen, at paavo.t.manninen@jyu.fi. If your abstract is accepted, an acceptance letter and registration details will follow. 



Student Fellowships

The PsyArt Foundation is offering two fellowships:

1. Norman and Jane Holland Travel Fellowship of $500 / 471 for outstanding graduate student papers (prior to completing the Ph.D.). These can be awarded only once per person, but you can apply every year until you win. To be considered for a fellowship, once your abstract has been accepted to the conference, please send the complete text of your paper by April 14, 2023, to the PsyArt Vice-President, Paavo Manninen, at paavo.t.manninen@jyu.fi. No recommendations are necessary.

Please note: We do not accept co-written papers for fellowship submissions. 

  1. In memory of our longtime Vice President, Andrew Gordon, the PsyArt Foundation also offers one Andrew Gordon Fellowship of $500 / 471 for Ph.D. students who are participating at the conference for the first time. Allocation of fellowship is on a first-come, first-served basis. A supporting letter from the supervisor is necessary. To be considered for a fellowship, send your conference abstract and supporting letter by April 14, 2023, to the PsyArt Vice-President, Paavo Manninen, at paavo.t.manninen@jyu.fi.

Please note: We do not accept co-written papers for fellowship submissions. 

Registration Form 2023

The deadline for sending us your title and abstract is May 5, 2023, or when we have 65 accepted abstracts, registration forms, and registration fees, whichever comes sooner. Once you receive notice that your abstract is accepted, you will be notified and can then pay your fees to be assured a place at the conference. 

For each person attending the conference, please fill out a separate online form and pay the registration fee. Please indicate clearly “No Paper” if that is the case. Otherwise indicate the title and abstract below. 

For a complete registration, we require three items:

  1. A completed registration form (see below) including paper title.
  2. Brief abstract of paper (150 words maximum), if you are giving a paper. These abstracts enable us to decide if your paper is acceptable for the conference and then to place your paper in an appropriate session. We also publish them online.
  3. A registration fee. See registration payment details below.


  • Ensure your email address is typed correctly to receive a response. If, by May 19, 2023, you are not receiving e-mails from us, let us know.
  • Do not assume that some currency arrangement you made the previous year is still effective.
  • Do not leave your registration for someone else to complete unless you are a guest, i.e., a child under 18, friend, or family member attending as a non-presenter.
  • Ensure that we have your complete registration (all three items) and your correct e-mail address. Fill out a separate form and pay for each person attending.



Registration Fees & Payment 

To register, click here. U.S. and non-U.S. registrants will be taken to our PsyArt account at Eventbrite.com. (Note: if you plan to present a paper, it must first be submitted for acceptance to the PsyArt Vice-President, Paavo Manninen, at paavo.t.manninen@jyu.fi.)

The conference registration fee is based on the current 0.94 exchange rate from USD to EUR in December 2022. These exchange rates fluctuate so the euro price will have slight variations at the time of registration. 

  • $325 (USD) / €306 (EUR), plus processing fee. Amount includes reception, conference bag, panel sessions, coffee breaks, and banquet. It excludes optional post-conference excursion.
  • $250 (USD) / 236 (EUR), plus processing fee. Amount excludes banquet and optional post-conference excursion.
  • $200 (USD) / €189 (EUR) for graduate students, plus processing fee. Amount includes reception, conference bag, panel sessions, coffee breaks, and banquet. . It excludes optional post-conference excursion.
  • $125 (USD) / €118 (EUR) for graduate students, plus processing fee. Amount excludes banquet and optional post-conference excursion.
  • $75 (USD) / €71 (EUR) for guests, plus processing fee, i.e., children under 18 of conferees; and partners, friends, or family wishing to attend only on June 24, 2023, plus processing fee. Amount includes reception and banquet only. It excludes optional post-conference excursion.
  • $150 (USD) / €139 (EUR) add-on: Optional post-conference excursion. Cost includes a 10-hour excursion around Tuscany, including guided tours of Siena and San Gimignano, lunch, and wine tasting in Chianti.

$25 of the conference registration fee is a non-refundable tax-deductible donation to the PsyArt Foundation, which supports the conference, the journal, and the listserv. If you require a refund, it will not include the processing fee or $25 donation.

Late Fees
$50 will be added to late registration fees after May 12, 2023. No payments will be accepted after May 19, 2023.

The registration fee (except for the $25 non-refundable donation) is refundable for any reason until June 14, 2023, but not for any reason thereafter. The $25 donation makes you a member of PsyArt, which also entitles you to attend and to vote at the annual meeting to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023, in Florence. Please do attend and vote.

If you are having problems registering or have any other questions related to registration, please contact our Treasurer, Marcie Newton, at mnewton@albany.edu.

To register, click here. U.S. and non-U.S. registrants will be taken to our PsyArt account at Eventbrite.com. (Note: if you plan to present a paper, it must first be submitted for acceptance to the PsyArt Vice-President, Paavo Manninen, at paavo.t.manninen@jyu.fi.)




Florence has a wide range of hotels to choose from, from hostels offering budget accommodation to cozy boutique hotels and a number of well-furnished quality hotels. 

Baglioni Grand Hotel

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Hotel Baglioni is six minutes’ walk from Montedomini.

Excerpt from the website:

The Grand Hotel Baglioni, located in the heart of Florence, has been synonymous with hospitality and quality for over 100 years. It is housed in a magnificent 19th-century building, in which past and present coexist in perfect harmony, bearer of the values inherent to Florentine tradition.

Our four-star hotel offers 192 guest rooms, equipped with all the comforts and facilities of a high-standard hotel, and is home to a renowned Conference Centre, consisting of nine conference rooms accommodating up to 400 people. On the fifth floor, you can discover the beauty of our splendid B-Roof panoramic restaurant from which you can admire the skyline of Florence, taking in the whole city with a single glance.

Email the Baglioni Grand Hotel direct to receive a 20% discount on the hotel’s best flexible rate. Put “PsyArt Foundation Conference” in the subject line. The hotel will check the best pricing at the time in which you book. 

Cost for a standard room is approx. $159.00/150.00 per night. Note these are approximate USD costs based on 0.94 exchange rate.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Free cancellation until 30 days prior to arrival 
  • Between 29 days & 2 days prior the arrival: 1 night of penalty
  • In case of no-show or late cancellation: the total amount of the reservation of penalty.

Payment terms and conditions for Individual Reservations:

  • We will charge the hereby authorized amount (1 night) on your credit card as not refundable deposit 30 days prior to arrival 
  • Direct payment at check out

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Booking: Website: https://www.hotelbaglioni.it/en, or email: infodesk@hotelbaglioni.it or phone +39 055 23580.

Hotel Macchievelli Palace

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Hotel Machievelli Palace is a one-minute walk from Montedomini.

Excerpt from the website:

Hotel Machiavelli Palace enjoys an ideal location perfect for spending a relaxing holiday or a profitable business stay.

Located in Via Nazionale, you can quickly reach the Duomo of Florence,the heart of the city, and other historical places rich in art and importance such as:  Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti with the beautiful Boboli’s Gardens, San Lorenzo church and that of Santa Croce. A few hundred meters away you will find the Santa Maria Novella station and the Fortezza da Basso (exhibition and congress center).

Services Available:

  • Free wi-fi connection in the common areas and in the rooms
  • Booking Florence Museums, guided tours and excursions
  • Currency Exchange
  • Taxi reservation
  • Internet point, free of charge
  • Garage prices/ Conventioned garage
  • Storage room

On the side of the Church of ” San Jacopo di Campo Corbolini ‘( founded in 1206 and from 1256 which belonged to the Knights Templars) in 1700 was added a small nunnery; exactly where the Hotel Machiavelli Palace is now located! In the following period, as you can see our logo which is the family coat of arms, two noble Florentine families, Bartolini and Salimbeni, bought and transformed the nunnery into a masion that became their residence.

The building, listed by ” Belle Arti’‘, was completely refurbished in 1999, unchanged the typical atmosphere of the ancient Florence characterized by the Florentine style lines, such as frescoes, coffered ceilings, stone ornaments in ”pietra serena”, antique furniture and accessories.

In short, a welcoming structure where every room is unique, different from the others and able to offer a glimpse of Florentine history – like a window open to the past.

Image by Hotel Machiavelli Palace

Booking: Website: https://www.hotelmachiavelli.it/en/the-hotel/, or email: info@hotelmachiavelli.it  or phone +39 055 216622.

Hotel Atlantic Palace

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Hotel Atlantic Palace is two minutes’ walk from Montedomini.

Excerpt from website:

The Atlantic Palace Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Florence in the heart of the city, the ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday or a profitable business stay in a refined environment, rich in history and tradition, which, at the same time, offers all the comforts of a state-of-the-art facility.

An ancient gate from the 1700s separates the lively Via Nazionale, one of the main Florentine streets, and the majestic entrance of the Atlantic Palace Florence.

There are not many hotels in medieval Florence that can boast a hall of this size.

If, on the one hand, you are here on a business trip, it will be of great prestige for you to receive a potential client or business partner here.

If, on the other hand, you want to read a book, perhaps on the history of the Renaissance in a historic setting, while sipping a glass of Chianti, then you just have to choose one of the soft sofas in the Atlantic Hall and order your glass from one of the guys from the Bar.

On the ground floor, you can admire a huge Wedgwood-style ceramic vase, 4 meters high by 1,5 meters in diameter, weighing about 150 kg.

The work was created in 1898 by the Premiata Salvini Artistic Ceramics Factory in Florence, in commemoration of the fifty years of the Albertine statute. An undertaking, almost a challenge to the state of the art of the time.

After the closure of the factory, the vase was purchased by the owners of the Hotel Nuovo Atlantico – today Machiavelli Palace – but, during transport, it was irreparably damaged.

It was thus abandoned in a courtyard, exposed to the inclemency of atmospheric agents and then forgotten.

In 1985, finally, it was entrusted to the Studio S. Spirito in Florence, for a complex restoration that lasted over two months.

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Booking: Website: https://atlanticpalace.it/en/hotel/, or email: reservations@atlanticpalace.it or phone +39 055 213031.

Hotel Duomo

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Hotel Duomo is 9 minutes’ walk from Montedomini. 

Excerpt from the website: 

If you lean out of the rooms’ windows you feel like you are touching the Cathedral with your hands. Having breakfast under the “Brunelleschi’s Dome” will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

The hotel is located in Piazza del Duomo n. 1, only 700 meters from the main train station of Santa Maria Novella (SMN), easily reachable on foot or by taxi. 

The Hotel is part of a 14th century building, which was residence to the Gondi family, from where the palace facing the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore takes its name.

The hotel extends on three floors total, with the reception being situated on the 4th floor and reachable by elevator from the ground floor.

Other than the 4th floor, rooms are situated on the 3rd and 5th floors, reached by just 19 internal stairs. Staff is available to help with your bags in case of need on request.

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Booking: Website: https://www.hotelduomofirenze.it/, or email: info@hotelduomofirenze.it or phone +39 055 219 922.





By plane

Florence’s airport is Florence Airport Peretola (Toscana Aeroporti Firenze). You can book flights directly through its website if you so choose. Most international airlines have flights that go to the airport in Florence (Airport code: FLR). Nearby aiports include Pisa (PSA), Bologna (BLQ), and Rome (FCO) that offer train services to and from Florence.

See Florencetips.com for further information on how best to travel to Florence Airport Peretola.

By train

If you are already in Italy and are taking a return trip to Florence, you can book a train with Italia Rail to Florence’s capital. By train– regional or high speed–you will arrive at Santa Maria Novella train station. The station is a short walk to the hotels.  



About Florence

A dynamic city in the heart of Italy

As per the website Florence – What you need to know before you go – Go Guides (hotels.com), “Florence offers an irresistible trip back in time to the glory days of the Renaissance. The stunningly preserved historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its skyline dominated by the terracotta dome and soaring Gothic bell tower of Florence Cathedral. Museums like the Uffizi Gallery are studded with priceless masterpieces by local legends like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Meanwhile, the city’s cobbled plazas are lined with cosy cafes and boutiques selling chic local fashion and artisan goods. Naturally, it’s also a gourmand’s paradise, with rustic restaurants serving succulent Florentine steaks, fresh pappardelle swimming in wild boar ragu and other mouth-watering local dishes.”

More information on Florence

Extend your stay to explore and experience Florence on your own. Here are just a few ideas: 

Destination Florence | The Official Florence Website to organize your trip – Destination Florence
Florence, Italy 2022 – Tourist Travel Guide for Holidays in Florence, Firenze (visitflorence.com)
Florence – What you need to know before you go – Go Guides (hotels.com)
Florence Travel Guide | U.S. News Travel (usnews.com)

Florence | Italy, History, Geography, & Culture | Britannica.

About Italy

Italy | Facts, Geography, History, Flag, Maps, & Population | Britannic
Italy | Facts & Information | Infoplease