International Conference on Psychology and the Arts, University of Ghent

July 4-8, 2012

Sponsored by the University of Ghent and the PsyArt Foundation

The evening film showingsBenvenuta on Thursday evening, Melancholia on Friday, and In Bruges on Saturdayrelate to films to be discussed in conference presentations.

Wednesday, July 4

7:00-8:30 pm  Reception:  Het Pand (Culture and Convention Center of Ghent University), Onderbergen 1, Ghent.Drinks and snacks. Dinner on your own afterwards.



Thursday, July 5

9:15-9:30 am  Welcome and coffee Auditorium 4

9:30-9:45 Opening remarks: Prof. Dr. G. De Soete, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Ghent

9:45-11:15  Session 1: Freudian Thought Room 1B

David J. Gordon, The Comic Element in Freud’s Tragic Vision

Ioana Cosma. The Fine Line between Delusion and Art Reception

Susan Hathaway Boydston, The Madoff Phenomenon

Session 2: French Session (papers delivered in French) Room 1C

Sarah Willems, The Motif of “the Rope of the Hanged” in Le Diable Abandonné by Patrick Corillon in the Light of the Life and Death Drive

Peter L. F. Walleghem, Love and Desire in Brecht’s First Play Baal: A Lacanian Approach

Catherine Ebert, Bruges-la-Morte: Miroir des Déréalisations Fin-de-Siècle

11:15 -11:30   Coffee break. All coffee breaks are in Room 1A.

11:30-1:00  Session 3: Shakespeare I 1B

Gavriel Reisner, Ghosts of Fathers, Dreams of Wounds: Reading the Ghost in Hamlet

Hisao Oshima, The Influence of Psychological Change in the Audience on the Intertextual Reception of Shakespeare in Japan

Jim Swan, Shakespeare’s Impossible Movies

Session 4: Art and Therapy 1C

Marike Steeman, Psychotherapy, Art and Authenticity

Gatezade Abdolamir, Surveying the Effect of Psychodrama on the Reduction of Aggression in Fifth Grade Female Students of State Schools of District One in the City of Ahwaz

Anne-Marie Mazzega-Bachelet, Tarantism/Tarantulism

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00  Session 5: War Trauma 1B

Peter Barglow, The History of “Going Berserk” After Warfare

Elizabeth Fox, Izmet Prcic’s Shards: Broken Form, Shattered Selves, and Possible Repair

Session 6: Child and Adult 1C

Jungchun R. Ko, A Grab for Knowledge? Rethinking Lacanian Discourses in the Context of Contemporary Adult-Child Relationships

Anna Toom, Stanley Kramer’s Film Bless the Beasts and Children as an Encyclopedia of Childhood Psychopathology

3:00-3:15 Coffee break

3:15-4:15 Session 7: Jewish Writers: Kafka and Semel 1B

Benjamin H. Ogden, The Analyst’s Ear, the Critic’s Eye: A Discussion of Kafka’s A Hunger Artist

Alan L. Berger, Deformation of Holocaust Memory: Nava Semel’s And the Rat Laughed

Session 8: Painting and Psychology 1C

Jennifer Carol Cook, Stephen Crane, The Ashcan School, and the Psychology of the City

James A. Sey, Sublimation and Reversibility

8:30-10:30   Film showing : Benvenuta (1983 Belgian film by André Delvaux)

Location TBA (to be announced).



Friday, July 6

9:00-10:30 am  Session 9: Theater: Performance and Audience 1B

Leslie O’Dell, The Mask and the Mirror: Psychological Insights from the Realm of the Actor

Dagmara Krzyżaniak, Dramatic Ways of Influencing the Audience in Contemporary Drama as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Techniques

Samir Dayal, Performance, Activism and the Affective Turn: A Typology

Session 10: 20th and 21st Century British Novel 1C

Margrét Gunnarsdóttir Champion, The Feminine Exception: Freud, Lacan and Modernist Intuition

Kelly Rowley, Dissociation as a Response to Violence in J.M. Coetzee’s Dusklands

Claire Kahane, Guilt as Atonement in Atonement

10:30-10:45   Coffee break

10:45-12:15   Session 11: 20th and 21st Century American Novel 1B

Jane Statlander-Slote, Psychoanalytic Themes in Philip Roth’s Work

Reiko Nitta, Interpretive Codes and Layered Structures in J. D. Salinger’s Works

Aino-Maija Lahtinen, Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding Other Minds through Literature

Session 12: Art and Anthropology 1C

Rozmeri Basic, Visual Recording of the Doomed Civilization

José Bastos, From Bodies to Meanings through ‘Geometric’ Images: The Symbolic Inscription of Archaic Libidinal Tensions in the Artistic Space of ‘Abstract’ Modernity

Ingrid A. J. Van Camp, The Representation of Primal Fear in African Wooden Scupltures

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Session 13: Shakespeare II 1B

Yves Thoret, Sexual Violence in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

Robert Silhol, Perversion in King Lear

Session 14: Experiencing Music 1C

Daisy Varewyck, Music as First Symbolization in the Clinical Experience with Psychosis

Greg J. Bowers, The Effects of Video Images and Music on the Meaning of Contemporary Multimedia Art

2:15-2:30 Coffee break

2:30-3:30       Session 15: Belgian Art 1B

Jan M. Vander Laenen, The Dark Side of Antoine Wiertz: The Painter in the Form of a Person Buried Alive, Someone Committing Suicide, and a Visionary Aged Man

Filip M. Geerardyn. The Transference of the Unsaid in the Work of Mekhitar Garabedian

Session 16: The Psychology of Divination 1C

Jan Gordon, Dowsing: The Art of the Ask

Camelia Elias, Psychomagic: The Psychology of Divination in Tarot

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

3:45-4:45 Session 17: Reader Response 1B

Pablo Perez-Castillo, La Obediencia Nocturna by Vicente Melo: Reading Between the Lines?

Geert Vandermeersche, Reasons to Read: Borrowing from Psychology, Cognitive, and Evolutionary Theory

Session 18: Art: Minnette Vari and Hans Bellmer 1C

Minnette C. Vari, Revenant

David Hendrickx, Hans Bellmer’s Die Puppe as the Connection between Lacan’s Views on Fetishism and Sadism

8:30-10:00 Film showing: Melancholia. Location TBA (to be announced).



Saturday, July 7

9:00-10:30 am  Session 19: Film and Lacan 1B

Wim Matthys, Full Metal Jacket or Kubrick’s Anal-Obsessional Mode of Staging the Beating Fantasy

Nancy M. Blake, The Ecstasy of Renunciation: Female Masochism in Max Ophuls’ Letter from an Unknown Woman

Elisabeth R. L. Van Dam, Tasting the Dancer’s Blood: Looking to Aranofsky’s Movie Black Swan by Looking through the Real of a

Dancer’s Body

Session 20: 19th Century British Literature 1C

Temma Berg, An Im/Modest Proposal: Anne Lister, Emily Brontë, and Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley

Vera B. Profit, By their Fruits You Shall Know Them: Victimization as a Sign of Evil in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Antal  Bókay, Alice in Analysis: Language, Dream, and Meaning-Formation in Carroll’s Novels 

10:30-10:45   Coffee break

10:45-11:45   Session 21: The Family 1B

Solange Leibovici, Dexter’s Code: A Serial Killer’s Name-of-the-Father

Sherry Zivley, Sibling Rivalry in Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion

Session 22: Art and Medicine 1C

Dulce C. Anacion, Pain in Local Filipino Art, Performance Ritual, and Belief

Suzette A. Henke, Teaching Narrative Medicine: A Pedagogical Memoir

11:45-12:45       Session 23: Film and Psychopathology 1B

Misha Nedeljkovich, Dark Passion: Sevdah – Kara Sevda in Contemporary Balkan and Turkish Cinema

Andrew Gordon, The Bride of Melancholia

Session 24: Religion and Psychology 1C

Marcello Mangano, The Word of God within the Lines: A Coinemic Analysis of St. John’s Foot-Washing Episode

Rainer J. Kaus, Notes on Baruch Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

12:45-1:45  Lunch

1:45-2:45       Session 25: Literature, Art, and Jung 1B

Monir Saleh, Picasso’s Art Mirrors New Man’s Psychic Imbalance Caused by the Detrimental Impact of Modernity: A Jungian Interpretation, an Illustrated Study

Sohila Faghfori, The Igbo Philosophy of Life and the Parameters of Individual Wholeness

Session 26: French Film 1C

Sylvie Blum-Reid Filming the Fiction of Marguerite Duras: Rithy Panh’s (Re) Plotting of The Sea Wall

Marleen Stevens, How to Divorce your Mum: Mothers, Daughters, Separation and Sexuality in La Pianiste

2:45-3:00 Coffee break

3:00-4:15 Session 27: Classical Greek and Latin Literature 1B

Nelly Kupper, Out of Sight, Out of Memory

Julie Strong, The Myth of Psyche and Eros: A Case Study of Depression in a Young Woman

Maria S. Kardaun, Petronius’ Satyricon in its Psychohistorical Perspective

Session 28: American Film 1C

Mark A. Reid, In Treatment: Questioning the Post-Racial Family Film Genre in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married

Diniz Cayolla Ribeiro, Mullholland Drive as a Disguised Fulfillment of a Suppressed Wish

Fabio Troncarelli, Ford and Pabst: Psychoanalysis among the Comanches

8:30-10:00 pm Film showing: In Bruges. Location TBA .


Sunday, July 8

9:00-10:00 am    Session 29: Memoir Auditorium 4

Jeffrey Berman, Widows’ Stories of Love after Loss

Donald Vanouse, Defenses, Lies, and Evasions: George Bernard Shaw’s 16 Self-Sketches

10:00-10:15  Coffee break

10:15-11:15 Session 30: Belgian Film and Belgium in Film Auditorium 4

 Georgiana Colvile, Eros, Thanatos and Creativity in André Delvaux’s Benvenuta (1983)

 Bent Sørensen, In Bruges and The Dumb Waiter as Studies in Interdependence and Sacrifice/Liberation

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