ROME 22-23 OCTOBER 2022





Patricia Alkolombre, Ph.D. COWAP Overall Chair and former COWAP Co-Chair for Latin America. She is Training and Supervising Analyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She has published on infertility, the female body, femininity, masculinity and gender.  Author of The desire for a child. Passion for a child (Letra Viva). Co-author in Changing sexualities and parental function in the twenty first century (Routledge 2017) and in Psychoanalytic Explorations of what women want today: femininity, desire, and agency (Routledge 2022).

Emanuela Quagliata COWAP Co-Chair for Europe, Consultant IPA Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, (COCAP). Psychoanalyst and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst SPI-IPA, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic (ACP). Coordinator of the IPA-COWAP Study Group on Women, mothers, refugees and migrants. Her Doctorate dissertation on Psychoanalytic perspective on recurrent miscarriage was published in Becoming parents and overcoming obstacles: a psychoanalytic perspective on miscarriage, premature birth, infertility and post-natal depression (Karnac 2013). Editor and co-author of a series of books on psychoanalysis addressed to parents 101bambinowww.101bambino.com (Astrolabio-Routledge). Author of An introduction on child analysis (Astrolabio 2022).

Cristina Saottini COWAP Europe Consultant and former COWAP Co-Chair for Europe. Psychoanalyst, full member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) at Centro Milanese di Psicoanalisi Cesare Musatti (CMP), where she held the position of Scientific Secretary. Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis SPI-IPA, Group psychoanalyst. Active in Cowap for many years in national and international events, she has written on women and creativity, on psychoanalytic theory and technique and contributed to the volume Medea : Feminity, Motherhood, Love and Hate. 

Melis Tanik Sivri COWAP Europe member and COWAP representative of Psike Istanbul. Training and supervising analyst of Psike Istanbul. She has various publications on femininity, pregnancy, motherhood, infertility and ART, as well as female artists. She was part of the Organising Committee of the 2019 International Cowap Conference in Istanbul and is the co-editor with Elda Abrevaya of the book Women Analyzing Women based on the same conference.

Ana Teresa Vale, COWAP Europe member and member of the Portuguese Psychoanalytic Society, COWAP link for her Society from 2012 to 2015. She works and lives in Lisbon and has presented her work in several national and international Conferences. She has published several papers on the pregnant analyst, pregnancy loss and its emotional impact on the psychoanalytic field, erotic transference and countertransference, amongst others.

Lisa Baraitser, is Professor of Psychosocial Theory in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck University of London, and a Psychoanalyst and member of the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPS). She is the author of the award-winning monograph Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009) and Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017). She has written widely on feminist theory, psychoanalysis, motherhood, ethics, care and temporality. Recent articles and lectures include Researching the Unconscious (University of Essex) The maternal death drive, Greta Thunberg and the question of the a future (Psychoanalysis, Culture, Society), Containment, delay, mitigation: waiting and care in the time of pandemic with Laura Salisbury (Wellcome Open) and with Judith Butler, Enduring and Broken Time.  She currently co-leads a Wellcome Trust Research Project, Waiting Times that investigates waiting in the modern period, and its relation to care, especially healthcare.

Marina Calloni Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She has taught and participated in numerous cross-border researches also in collaboration with supranational institutions. She is deputy President of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy, director of the departmental research center ADV - Against Domestic Violence, consultant for the ‘Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on femicide’ at the Senate of the Republic, delegate of the Minister of University and Research on issues related to combating gender-based violence and all forms of discrimination. She has widely published in several languages on human rights, citizenship and fundamental freedoms; gender studies; critical theory of society; critique of violence; research networks and international cooperation. In 2020 she was honored with the title of ‘Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic’ by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. https://www.unimib.it/marina-calloni

Sarantis Thanopulos President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, SPI/IPA training and supervising analyst, born in Greece, lives and works in Naples. He is a contributor to the daily newspaper ‘Il manifesto’, as editor of the weekly column Hidden Truths. His research in the psychoanalytic field mainly deals with: psychoses, desire relations, interpretation work, intergenerational transmission of psychic work, and the relationship between tragedy and psychoanalysis. He has published widely on the theory and technique of psychoanalysis as well as La Solitudine della Donna (Quodlibet 2018), Il desiderio che ama il lutto (Quodlibet 2016) and with O. Pozzi, Ipotesi gay, materiali per un confronto (Borla 2006).

Marie-Thérèse Khair Badawi, is a Full Professor and Research Director at St Joseph University, Beirut, where she teaches since 1978. Psychoanalyst, member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the Paris Psychoanalytic Society (SPP), she is also a founder member and the President of the Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis (ALDeP), the First IPA Study Group (since January 2010) in an Arab speaking country. She is a founder member and active member of many associations in Lebanon. She lectured in meetings and Universities, in Lebanon and abroad and has written widely on: psychoanalysis, trauma, sexuality, masculinity and femininity, femininity and the maternal. Her PHD thesis published at l’Harmattan in  Paris (1986) “Le désir amputé, vécu sexuel de femmes libanaises”  is considered as the first reliable  research on women sexuality in the Middle East by the UNESCO.

Ester Palerm Marí, psychoanalyst, MD and clinical psychologist. President of the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society (SEP) since 2020. She was the editor of the COWAP newsletter from 2013 to 2020 and a member of COWAP from 2014 to 2021. She is co-editor of the book Masculinity and Femininity Today and also responsible of the project on Pioneering Women Analysts. Her professional activities include lectures and workshops at IPA International Congresses, and COWAP European Conferences. She has written articles on various topics such as pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, sexuality, creativity, psychological abuse and countertransference. She works as a psychoanalyst in private practice.

Elina Reenkola, COWAP former Co-Chair for Europe. Training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Finnish Psychoanalytic Society in Helsinki and a. She has organized COWAP conferences in Finland on Medea and Feminine. She has published seven books on female psychology in Finnish and has published in English The Veiled Female Core 2002. He also published articles on pregnancy, breastfeeding, maternal ambivalence, sister fantasy, female revenge, and Medea, some of them in English, German and Spanish. 

Virginia De Micco, full member of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI), a member of the IPA Research Group Geographies of Psychoanalysis and a member of the EPF Group on ‘Psychoanalysis Migration and Cultural Identities’. Chair of the group PER (European Psychoanalysts for Refugees) of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. She worked particularly with migrants and refugees women, with special attention to cultural differences, racism and prejudice, anthropological transformations and on the transgenerational aspects of traumas in migratory experience. She has published her work in several journals.

Khatuna Ivanishvili, member of International Psychoanalytic Association, of European Psychoanalytic Institute, of the Georgian Psychoanalytic Group, supervisor of the Georgian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapeutic Society. She was invited as Professor at Robakidze University, Ilia State University and Caucasian University in the Clinical Psychology Bachelor Program. She organized psychoanalytic seminars, summer schools, conferences in Georgia and also Caucasian Seminars of EPI. She maintains a private practice in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Gertraud Schlesinger-Kipp, training and supervising analyst of the German Psychoanalytical Association (DPV). She was president of the Alexander-Mitscherlich-Institute in Kassel and President of the DPV. She has been a member of COWAP since 2001 and was also overall chair of COWAP. She has written widely on female development in life cycle, childhood during World War II and the psychotherapeutic approach with refugees. She is the author of Trauma, Flight and Migration: Psychoanalytic Perspective (Routledge 2022) and co-author in Studies on Femininity (Routledge 2003). She is now Chair of the IPA Subcommittee “Migration and Refugees” of the IPA.

Ludovica Grassi, child neuro-psychiatrist, full member of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis, child and adolescent psychoanalyst and a psychoanalyst of couples and families. She is currently Treasurer of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. She has extensive experience with multi-problem families, transcultural psychotherapy settings through the Italian NHS, and infant-parent psychotherapy clinics and research. She has written extensively also on the role of music in psychic development and published the book The Sound of the Unconscious: Psychoanalysis as Music (Routledge 2021).

Giovanna Ambrosio, former European COWAP Co-chair and Overall COWAP Chair and COWAP Consultant. Training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Association (AIPsi) and Past President of AIPsi. Former European representatives in the IPA Board. Director the Journal of the AIPsi: Psicoanalisi. She is the author of various publications and has edited several books published by Karnac :On incest. psychoanalytic perspectives, London 2005; Tranvestism, transsexualism in the psychoanalytic dimension, London, 2009, and co-edited with Simona Argentieri and Jorge Canestri  Language, Symbolization and Psychosis, London 2007.

Mali Mann, MD, F.I.P.A is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Stanford University Medical Center. Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Adult and children in the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, she is the chair of the Child Abuse project, a liaison member of Cowap / IPA, and a former COWAP Consultant. She teaches and supervises candidates at San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Program. She has written widely on identity formation, Shame, veiled & unveiled immigrant parents and their emigrant adolescents and, is the author of Psychoanalytic Aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology (Karnak 2014), and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

Renata Viola Vives, member of the Porto Alegre Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society. She is also member of the a Federação Psicanalítica da América Latina (FEPAL) and COWAP Europe member. She is the author of several publications on parenthood and assisted reproduction technology and its emotional impact and has coordinated the publication of two books on the subject titled Ensaios sobre reprodução assistida, parentalidade e adoção.

Luciana Delfini, Employment lawyer, member of the Rome Bar Association. She carries out her professional activity in judicial, extrajudicial and arbitration in the field of labour law. She is delegate ILO - FIFCJ, Member of the Equal Opportunities Committee Bar Association Rome. Advisor for International Relations of ADGI (Association of Italian Women Lawyers). She is also a Member of the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Rome Bar Association, as well as a Member of the Women's Project of the Rome Bar Council and Member of the Scientific Committee of THEMIS - Socio-Psychological and Forensic Criminology Research Centre.

Alessio Scarcella, Judge of the Italian Supreme Court, he has written numerous decisions on violence, harassment and abuse against women in criminal matters, some also published in law journals. He constantly follows the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, including the aforementioned issues. He is the author of numerous volumes. Editor of the 'European Court of Human Rights Observatory’. The European Convention on Human Rights.

Lucia Tria, Italian Supreme Court's President. Professionally, she deals with immigration law and labor law litigation (involving possible harassment and/or discrimination against women), among others. L.T. member of the UFTDU Steering Committee (Forensic Union for Protection of Human Rights) and vice-editor of the UFTDU journal, member of the CIR Scientific and Strategic Committee (Italian Committee for Refugees). Author of numerous volumes, including on immigration law and anti-discrimination law including: The Prohibition of Discrimination between Central European Courts, Constitutional Court and Court of Cassation ( 2015), "Health and Work in the Time of the Gig-Economy (2018). A Short Journey in Immigration Law (2020).

Pia Cantini, Child Protection Manager for Save the Children Italy and projects to counter trafficking of child victims in Europe and around the world.  Humanitarian Aid and Capacity Development Expert with 14 years of humanitarian and capacity development experience. She has worked as technical advisor in emergency situations in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Angola, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Georgia. She has been training national and international staff of organizations and institutions around the world since 2013.

Emanuela C. Del Re, European Union Special Representative for the Sahel. Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Member of the Italian Parliament. Former Chair of the Commission for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Tenured researcher and Professor of Political Sociology. She is the founder of My Future project for Syrian Refugees funded by the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry and by the European Commission. Expert in international relations, geopolitics, migration and refugee issues, development cooperation, gender issues. Co-editor of the volume 'Women and Borders, refugees, migrants and communities' and author of books, essays and scientific documentaries.

Marco Niada, Chairman of Arghosha Fairway Schools, a NGO which funds educational projects in Afghanistan. Since 2005, Arghosha has funded the construction of 15 schools - for more than 7000 pupils, including 5500 females, teacher training for 300 teachers, 20 women's University scholarships and adult literacy programmes for 500 women in Bamiyan and Daikundi provinces. Former London Bureau Chief for Il Sole 24 Ore. Author of several documentaries and books. The latest book: “Il Tempo Breve: nell'era della frenesia la fine della memoria e la morte dell'attenzione” (The Short Time: in the age of frenzy the end of memory and the death of attention) (Garzanti 2010).