We are pleased to announce that the 34th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at Pontificia Facoltà Teologica di Sicilia, Via Vittorio Emanuele, 463, Palermo, Sicily, Italy, June 28-July 3, 2017. The conference is sponsored by the PsyArt Foundation and the Arte 16 group of Sicily, with the kind assistance of the Pontificia Facoltà Teologica. It is organized by PsyArt and in Sicily by Dr. Marcello Mangano.

Papers should deal with any application of psychology—including psychoanalysis, object relations, feminist, Jungian, or Lacanian approaches, cognitive psychology, or neuroscience–to the study of literature, film and visual media, painting, sculpture, music, performance, or the other arts. Our conference is small (maximum 75 papers), convivial, and draws scholars from around the world. We also welcome conferees who do not present papers.

The registration fee of $345 includes sessions, coffee breaks, opening (evening of June 28), two tours (June 29 afternoon city tour and July 2 afternoon bus tour to Segesta), and Sunday evening July 2 closing banquet.

For an additional charge, there is an optional one-day post-conference tour on Monday July 3 to Cefalu.

The registration fee is reduced to $175 for graduate students; for accompanying children under 18; and for partners, friends, or family who attend July 2 only (the bus tour and banquet).

Preliminary Conference Outline

Wednesday, June 28
Welcome reception in the evening.
Thursday, June 29
Morning: Official opening. Start of parallel sessions. Lunch. Afternoon: City walk.
Friday, June 30
Morning and afternoon sessions. Directors' Meeting in the late afternoon (PsyArt Directors only).
Saturday, July 1
Morning and afternoon sessions.
Sunday, July 2
Final sessions in the morning, followed by Members' Meeting (all conferees invited) and group photos. Lunch. Bus trip in the afternoon to Segesta. Closing banquet in the evening.
Monday, July 3
Morning departure. Or optional post-conference tour to Cefalu.

Walking Tour

Thursday, June 29, 4 pm. The tour will start from the Faculty and go down the Cassaro (via Vittorio Emanuele), stop by the beautiful Piazza Pretoria with a sixteenth century fountain, and continue to the Palazzo Abatellis, which hosts the regional museum with a famous Renaissance painting of L’Annunciata by Antonello da Messina, of major interest in psychology and the arts. Wear good walking shoes.

For more information please visit the following links:


Bus Tour to Segesta

Sunday, July 2, after lunch. Two buses will take us to Segesta, an ancient Greek town, no longer inhabited, which has a very well-preserved temple and a Greco-roman theatre. After we visit the temple and the theatre, the buses will return us to the hotel in Palermo. Participants will have a chance to get ready for the evening banquet, held in a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.


The Hotel

Hotel Eurostars Centrale Palace
Via Vittorio Emanuele,
327 - 90134 Palermo
Phone: +39 091 8539
Fax: +39 091 335881

Double room BB: €110 per room per night
Single room BB: €95 per room per night

(40 Single Rooms + 20 Double Rooms)

Be sure to request the special rates for the PsyArt Conference. Include name, e-mail, address, dates of arrival and departure, number of nights, type and number of rooms, number of persons, room type, and credit card details.

Note: Acitour Palermo Travel Agency is pleased to offer participants its best support during the PsyArt conference. Acitour negotiated the discount rate at Eurostars Centrale Palace. You may also contact Aci Tour Palermo at +39 091 6257475 or write to info@acitourviaggi.it and ask for the current best flight/train/ferry fares to and from Sicily, as well as many other tourist services. Acitour will be glad to help.

Post-Conference Tour

Monday, July 3. Optional day trip, at an extra charge, to Cefalù, a small town 76 km from Palermo, with a huge, Arab/Norman style Cathedral featuring Byzantine mosaics.


Papers should be short, 20 minutes at most. Please observe the time limit. Normal speaking rate is 140 words per minute, and, for clarity, a scholarly presentation should be somewhat slower. Our standard 20-minute limit allows you to speak about 2400 words or eight to ten pages maximum. An additional ten minutes are allotted for discussion for each paper, usually at the end of the session. The moderator is responsible for keeping speakers to 20 minutes. The moderator speaks last, and it is therefore to his or her interest to maintain the schedule.

If you submit your paper for publication after the conference, at that time it can be as long or short as you like.

English is the primary conference language, although we sometimes have sessions in French, German, or other languages if there is sufficient interest. We recommend that speakers in English who are not native speakers of English accompany their talks with PowerPoint.

Please prepare an abstract, 150 words maximum, and add it to the registration form below.

Student Fellowships

The Psyart Foundation offers up to three Jane K. Holland Travel Fellowships of $500 each for outstanding graduate student papers. If you are a graduate student (prior to completing the Ph.D.), once your abstract has been accepted to the conference, if you wish, please send the complete text of your paper by March 1, 2017 to be considered for a fellowship. No recommendations are necessary. Send papers to Professor Andrew Gordon: agordon@ufl.edu.

Registration Form 2017

The deadline for sending us your title and abstract is May 1 or when we have 75 accepted abstracts, registration forms, and registration fees, whichever comes sooner. Once you receive notice that your abstract is accepted, you can pay your fees to be assured a slot on the program.

For each person attending the conference, please fill out a separate online form and pay the registration fee. Please indicate clearly "No Paper" if that is the case. Otherwise indicate the title and abstract below.

For a complete registration, we require three items:

  1. A completed registration form (see below) including paper title.
  2. Brief abstract of paper (150 words maximum), if you are giving a paper. These abstracts enable us to decide if your paper is acceptable for the conference and then to place your paper in an appropriate session. We also publish them online and distribute the abstracts at the conference.
  3. A registration fee of $345 U.S., to be paid after acceptance of your abstract, which includes admission to all sessions, two tours, reception, coffee breaks, and banquet. The $345 fee must also be paid by those not presenting a paper and by accompanying family or friends who wish to have a conference badge and to participate in conference events. Graduate students; children (under 18) of conferees; and partners, friends, or family wishing to attend only on July 2 pay $175. Any payments received after April 15 must include a late fee of $30, and no payments will be accepted after May 15. The registration fee includes a $25 tax-deductible donation to the PsyArt Foundation. The registration fee is refundable (except the $25 donation) for any reason until June 1, but not thereafter for any reason. The donation makes you a member of PsyArt, entitled—and encouraged—to attend and to vote at the annual meeting of PsyArt, which will take place at the conference on July 2. You will find instructions for payment after the registration form below.

Important: Include your e-mail address below. It will not come through to us automatically from this form, and, if we don't have it, our communications with you will be impossible. Make sure it is typed correctly.

If, by April, you are not getting e-mail from us, let us know. Do not assume that some currency arrangement you made the previous year is still effective. Do not leave your registration for some friend to do. Make sure that we have your complete registration (all three items) and your correct e-mail address. Fill out a separate form and pay for each person attending.

If you require a travel visa, please let us know right away, as you will need a special letter of invitation from Palermo, and the visa application process sometimes takes months.

Registration form
Paper details

Last-minute changes in titles, abstracts, and schedule cause great difficulty for the organizers. We will not accept changes in title or abstract after June 1 nor changes in the schedule after one week from the time the organizers e-mail the schedule.


Your conference registration fee pays for a reception Wednesday evening June 28, sessions from Thursday through Sunday morning, coffee breaks, a walking tour on Thursday afternoon June 29, and a bus tour and a final banquet on Sunday, July 2. The registration fee is $345 U.S., $25 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the PsyArt Foundation which supports the conference, the journal, and the listserv. It is $175 for graduate students; children (under 18) of conferees; and partners, friends, or family wishing to attend only on July 2. You must pay the registration fee for yourself and for all accompanying partners, friends, spouses, or family members, if they participate in conference events, whether or not they attend sessions. Deadline for receipt of registration fees is April 15, 2017. Any payments received after April 15 must include a late fee of $30, and no payments will be accepted after May 15.

The registration fee (except for the $25 donation) is refundable for any reason until June 1, but not for any reason thereafter. The donation makes you a member of PsyArt, entitled to attend and to vote at the annual meeting to be held on Sunday, July 2, in Palermo. Please do attend and vote.

U.S. registrants can send a check to our treasurer, made out to "PsyArt Foundation":

Dr. Elizabeth Fox
Treasurer, PsyArt Foundation
2 Sparks Place
Cambridge, MA 02138

Alternatively, both U.S. and non-U.S. registrants from many countries can pay through our PsyArt account at PayPal.com. That way you can charge your registration to your credit card over the Internet with no delay and save the bother of writing and mailing a check. If you do pay this way, however, we ask that you add 4% to your payment, because that is what PayPal charges us for a credit card payment into the account.

For Western European and other non-U.S. registrants, our local bank puts a heavy surcharge on foreign checks. We much prefer that you use PayPal. If necessary, you can arrange a check for us through your bank. Non-U.S. registrants who cannot arrange payment through their banks or through PayPal should contact Elizabeth Fox.

Registrants may choose to sign up for a PayPal account during the Web "Accept payment" process. An "account" simply means telling PayPal your name, address, and your credit card number.

Signing up for a PayPal account does not commit you to anything—it just enables you to use your credit card to make payments on the Internet to this conference (and anything else that catches your fancy). The Wall Street Journal assures us that this method of payment is more secure than check or money order.

To begin the PayPal payment process, click on the icon:


Registration closed!

Regular registration (390 USD)
Student, child, or July 2 only registration (213.2 USD)
July 3 tour to Cefalu (25 USD)