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Rome 3 October 2015

Psychoanalysis in the world- Crosses between cultures
The conference will address the issue of interconnections between psychoanalysis and the various cultures of the world. Right now psychoanalysis, despite being questioned by many or shelved in favor of pharmacological interventions and new therapies, paradoxically  at the same time, is seeing  huge growth Asia, the Arab countries, and countries in the east where once it did not  have easy access. The  analytical demand has a different value in the different contexts and is intertwined with the culture of the place, raising the unavoidable yet interesting question:  are there universal principles that support the vision of the mind that psychoanalysis offers? One wonders how distant cultures from the West, where psychoanalysis developed, can bring new contributions, through their specific mythologies and their peculiar characteristics, to the vision of man proposed by psychoanalysis. The question also arises whether the necessary and inevitable hybridization of languages, typical of a global society, may help explain the uncunny phenomena of our times.

READ THE REPORT BY Alfredo Lombardozzi available in ENGLISH and ITALIAN

University Luiss Guido Carli (Viale Romania, 32 Roma) Aula Chiesa 
Saturday, October 3, 2015

9,00 am

-Welcome Luiss University Rector - Massimo Egidi

-Introductory greeting
-IPA President – Stefano Bolognini

-SPI President-   Antonino Ferro
-SPI Scientific Secretary – Tiziana Bastianini

Introduction Lorena Preta
Sebastiano Maffettone 

11.30 am

-Chair  Andrea Baldassarro
-Sudhir Kakar
-Jalil Bennani

Break from 13.30 to 15 pm

-Chair  Paolo Fonda
-Maria Teresa Hooke

-Fakhry Davids

-Lin Tao

17.30 pm discussion with the room - Interventions


Tehran 16-17 October 2014


English | Persian

The idea of organizing an international conference on the Geographies of Psychoanalysis in Tehran arose during various meetings with Gohar Homayounpour, the Iranian analyst and founder of the Freudian Group in Tehran, moreover, this group of psychoanalysts has been working on clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis for many years in the city. In the Geographies project, which is aimed at favouring the coming together of psychoanalysis and cultures from various countries around the world, there is a special space that is occupied by the relationship of psychoanalysis and the Muslim culture and, in more general terms, with the Eastern world as a whole. The meeting in Tehran will not be directly centred on Islamic culture but will use the city and contradictory experience that will arise from the practice of psychoanalysis in Iran as a sort of container of a profoundly problematic character, and which, thus, reverberates with the complexity of the psychoanalytic experience.
We thought about offering both our Iranian colleagues and public topics for discussion that will touch upon problematic areas that face Western analysts as well, or at least topics that lend themselves to equipping the analyst who is able to question himself and who is willing to absorb other language and other models of life.

In moments like the current times, within the heart of violent and brutal conflict, where amongst various geo-political reasons we can see uncontrolled inflammation and illogical aggression, the trip to Iran can’t not include the spirit of research that is aimed at preserving the capacity of thinking even through the tools of psychoanalysis.   

(Lorena Preta)     

List of papers presented at the conference :

-    Lorena Preta, Psychoanalysis: An Updated Map Of The Psyche
-    Gohar Homayounpour, Geography of Proximity (Borrowing from Derrida)
-    Sudhir Kakar, Culture In Psychoanalysis
-    Anna Ferruta, Constructing Or Deconstructing Histories And Cultures
-    Alfredo Lombardozzi, Which Geographies? Psychoanalytic Anthropology Of Human Diversity
-    Felix De Mendelssohn, I. Freud And The Djinns. Doing Psychoanalysis in Algeria
-    Felix De Mendelssohn, II. Globalization And Development Of Psychoanalysis
-    Tiziana Bastianini, The Subject Of The Affect: How The “Actual” Can Be Expressed In Different Cultures
-    Mariano Horenstein, Psychoanalysis In Minor Language
-    Sophie de Mijolla-Mellor, The Invariants Of The Couple
-    Silvia Ronchey, Chalk Lines

Rome 5 April 2014


“I am convinced of the universality of the Oedipus complex, and the struggle for power and control it represents while embodying within it the universal fear of castration; however the culturally specific element seems to be the reaction to this fear. My premise is that the Iranian collective fantasy is anchored in an anxiety of disobedience that wishes for an absolute obedience. The sons desiring to rebel know unconsciously that if they do so they might get killed, and so in a way they settle for the fear of castration. I find that this is characteristic of the traditional cultures"... Read further

List of papers presented at the conference :

- Andrea Baldassarro, A few short remarks about Gohar Homayounpour's work
- Tiziana Bastianini, Conserviamo forme d'esperienza psichica
- Lorena Preta, The reason for Geographies of Psychoanalysis
- Gohar Homayounpour, Una psicoanalista a Teheran
- Silvia Ronchey, Le frontiere sono linee di gesso
- Giancarlo Bosetti, The sense of the distances
- Lorena Preta, Conclusions

Pavia 6 October 2012


“In our globalised world it is certainly no longer a question of exporting science or technology, but rather of asking ourselves once again and in ever greater depth about the universality of the assumptions that we use to think and organise our view of reality, or their translatability. This also means that we must continually place ourselves in a position to pick up the changes and cross-fertilisation that are generated by contacts between different cultures and mentalities”. Read more


-    Marco Francesconi, Opening
-    Lorena Preta, Cartographies Of Psychoanlysis
-    Fausto Petrella, Geographies Of Psychoanalysis: Introduction
-    Livio Boni, De la psychanalyse à l'Inde, et retour. Formes et raisons de la réévaluation du féminin dans la modernité indienne
-    Daniela Scotto di Fasano, Dialogue With Livio Boni
-    Fethi Benslama, L’islam au regard de la psychanalyse
-    Maurizio Balsamo, Conversations with Fethi Benslama
-    Gohar Homayounpour, The Paradox Called Iran
-    Vanna Berlincioni, Dialogue With Gohar Homayounpour