From the beginning, the aim of Geographies of Psychoanalysis has been to deepen the comparison between different cultures and to address the problems posed by the transformations of the contemporary world.

The attempt is to draw a map of the psyche based on the interconnections generated by the exchanges and contaminations that have always characterized the history of populations. In the global era, these contaminations have assumed more evident characteristics, sometimes generating dramatic identity conflicts but often also flattening the differences through conformism.

There are various problems and issues to be addressed but the main one, especially in this period marked by the experience of the pandemic and the war, is the theme of Death as a universal experience that crosses every culture, every religion, every social organization, finding its own particular form of expression in each reality and indirectly describing specific psychic structures. 

Its meaning changes from culture to culture, from country to country and has always defined, even in recent history, collective rituals, social practices and subjective experiences.

Through the description and analysis of these different realities and in the comparison with different disciplines, Geographies aims to 'put to work' the fundamental conceptualizations of psychoanalysis on the theme of death. 

The result should be an Atlas that outlines the different aspects of cultures, mythologies and religions and a map of an Inner Geography that addresses the theme of death as a fundamental problem of the human psyche and as its horizon.



Still life. On the border between living and dying.



                                              Saturday November 26


9.15 am -Wellcome President SPI Sarantis Thanopulos & Scientific Secretary Elena Molinari

9.40 - Introduction Lorena Preta


10 – Sudhir Kakar / Shifting from one breast to the other: Death and Dying in Indian Imaginationand Tagore Poetry

10.30 - Gohar Homayounpour / Death and Decadence: the collaps of the Metropole Building in Abadan

11 am Coffee break

12 - Andrea Baldassarro / “ life death”. Beyond the pleasure principle

12.30 Discussion

13.30 am Lunch break


                                              Saturday afternoon

15 pm - Chair Cosimo Schinaia

15.15 - Brian Greene /Until the End of Time

15.45 - Rosa Spagnolo /“Still life: enduring, persistence, existence. Neuro-psychoanalytic hyothesises

                                               16.15 pm Coffee breack

16.45 -Silvia Ronchey /“The Last Image”

17.15 - Discussion


Sunday November 27

 9.30 am  Chair  Alfredo Lombardozzi

 9.45  - Mariano Horenstein /The torn veil

10.15  - Daniela Scotto di Fasano e Marco Francesconi /Anguish of death or death of anguish?

10.45 Nadia Fusini / Ay, there’s the rub

11.30 Discussion and Conclusions

13.30 End of the Conference and  ECM questionnaire compilation