8th Triennial Symposium on Psychoanalysis and the Arts

Co-Sponsored by ApsaA and the IPA

May 21 - 23, 2020 (Save the Date)

The theme of the symposium, Partners in Creation, explores how both in analysis and the arts, “partners in creation” negotiate the perils of rivalry and fusion as well as the pleasures of intimacy and mutual discovery.

“In the arts and psychoanalysis, partners in creation experience the perils of rivalry and fusion as well as  the pleasures of intimacy and mutual discovery.”

The planning committee looks forward to the return of well-received presenters from the 2017 Symposium, musician, David Rosenmeyer, artist Jane McAdam Freud, and art historians David Freedberg and Diane O’Donoghue. We are also looking forward to welcoming Mark Solms, psychoanalyst and neuroscientist, who will be delivering a plenary paper.
The symposium site will be the Convitto Della Calza, a 16th century architectural masterpiece adorned with magnificent frescos; it has been reborn as a 21st century conference venue, with state-of-the art audio-visual systems.  Numerous microphones will allow attendees to join post-lecture discussions with ease. Two coffee breaks per day will facilitate further sharing of ideas.
Once again, we will offer tours of Florence, a city that is, itself, a living museum, the grandest realization of the high Renaissance, updated but intact, within a setting of inspiring beauty.
Periodically, we will be sending progress reports on plans for the 2020 symposium. As the date draws near, this will include detailed information about hotel accommodations and registration. We expect the website for the 2020 Symposium to be posted later this fall.