We are pleased to announce that the 33rd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France, June 29-July 4, 2016. The conference is sponsored by the PsyArt Foundation and the Université de Reims. Our hosts are Professor Daniel Thomières of the Université de Reims and his research department, CIRLEP (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur les Langues Et la Pensée).

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 reception at Reims City Hall (evening of June 29), two tours (June 30 afternoon city tour and July 3 afternoon bus tour to Le Chemin des Dames and La Caverne du Dragon), and Sunday evening July 3 closing banquet at the Cave de Champagne Cazenove.

For an additional charge, there is an optional one-day post-conference tour on Monday July 4 to the wine-making region, the Château de Blérancourt, and the medieval town of Soissons (price $72.50).

The registration fee is reduced to $175 for graduate students; for accompanying children under 18; and for partners, friends, or family who attend July 3 only (the bus tour and banquet).


Reims is known for its cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, formerly the place of coronation of the kings of France. The cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, along with the former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and the Palace of Tau. In addition, Reims has many Roman antiquities.

Reims is also a center of champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes maisons, have their headquarters in Reims, and most open for tasting and tours. Champagne ages in the many caves and tunnels under Reims; some of these passages date back to Roman times.

Reims is an easy drive or train ride from Paris, 89 miles (143 km) east of Paris, and 28 miles (45 km) from Châlons-en-Champagne. Drivers take the A4 east from Paris. You can also go direct by train or highway to Reims from the Roissy–Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG); Reims is 135 km (82 miles) away from CDG, 115 km (70 miles) of it being highway. Train passengers from Paris head to Gare de l'Est for the 45-minute trip; there are several fast trains (TGV) a day, which require an advance seat reservation. Regular trains are cheaper and do not require a seat reservation, but they take 90 minutes. You can also take one of five trains a day from Strasbourg, a two-hour trip.

Preliminary Conference Outline

Wednesday, June 29
Welcome reception at Reims City Hall
Thursday, June 30
Morning: Official opening. Start of parallel sessions. Lunch. Afternoon: City walk: the cathedral, art deco Reims, and Bibliothèque Carnegie.
Friday, July 1
Sessions continued. Lunch. Directors' Meeting in the late afternoon (PsyArt Directors only).
Saturday, July 2
Sessions continued. Lunch.
Sunday, July 3
Final sessions, followed by Members' Meeting (all conferees invited) and group photos. Lunch. Bus trip in the afternoon to Le Chemin des Dames and La Caverne du Dragon. Closing banquet: Cave de Champagne Cazenove.
Monday, July 4
Morning departure. Or join the optional one-day tour to the picturesque landscapes and villages of provincial France: visit a small champagne producer to view the wine-making process; in the afternoon, the Château de Blérancourt and the medieval town of Soissons.
Our optional 4th of July full-day excursion will take us to the countryside north of Reims. In the morning, we will go to Hautvillers which was the home of the monk Dom Pérignon who (is supposed to have…) invented champagne in the 17th century. A guide will take us round the old streets and the abbey of that picturesque village. A local wine-grower will then show us the wine-making process which will of course be followed by a glass of champagne. Our bus will then drive us to Soissons for shopping, strolling and lunch in a typical French provincial restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit the Château de Blérancourt which houses a museum devoted to the relationships between France and the United States, the “Musée national de la coopération franco-américaine”. Everybody’s welcome even if you are not a citizen of those two great nations. Our visit will include a talk on Anne Morgan’s (John Pierpoint Morgan’s daughter) philanthropic action in France during the two World Wars.

The Hotel

Grand Hôtel du Nord
75 place Drouet d’Erlon,
51100 Reims
Hôtel Le Bristol
78, 80 place Drouet d’Erlon,
across the street from Hôtel du Nord

We have two hotels near each other because neither had enough room for all the conferees. Place d’Erlon is the main pedestrian precinct in the center of Reims, with hotels, restaurants, cafés, bookstores, and cinemas. The hotels are walking distance (330 yards) from the railway station. Streetcars will take us to the campus in 10 minutes.

Participants make their own reservations for either hotel through the Hôtel du Nord, requesting the special rates for the PsyArt Conference: €75 for a single (includes breakfast and WiFi); €80 for a double (includes breakfast and WiFi). Include name, e-mail, address, dates of arrival and departure, number of nights, number of rooms, number of persons, room type, and credit card details.

We can also provide recommendations for those seeking less expensive hotels. Just contact our administrative assistant, Abra Gibson: agibsonicpa@gmail.com.


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. For each session, the moderator is responsible for keeping speakers within 20 minutes. The moderator speaks last, and it is therefore to his or her interest to keep to the schedule.

If you choose to 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, 2016 to be considered for a fellowship. No recommendations are necessary. Send papers to Professor Andrew Gordon: agordon@ufl.edu.

Registration Form 2016

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 3 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 3. 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 the Université de Reims, 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 29, sessions from Thursday through Sunday morning, coffee breaks, a walking tour on Thursday afternoon June 30, and a bus tour and a final banquet on Sunday, July 3. 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 3. 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, 2016. 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 3, in Reims. 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.

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Registration closed!

Regular registration (390 USD)
Student, child, or July 3 only registration (213.2 USD)
July 4 tour registration (75.4 USD)