We are pleased to announce that the 35th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at the Dubrovnik Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Don Frana Bulica 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Hrvatska/Croatia, June 27-July 1, 2018. The conference is sponsored by the PsyArt Foundation and the Dubrovnik Centre. It is dedicated to the memory of the founder of PsyArt, Professor Norman N. Holland.

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 $375 includes sessions, coffee breaks, opening reception (evening of June 27), two tours (June 28 afternoon city tour; July 1 afternoon tour to Cavtat), and Sunday evening July 1 closing banquet.

For an additional charge of $23.50 there is an optional one-day post-conference boat tour to three nearby islands on Monday July 2.
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The registration fee is reduced to $190 for graduate students; for conferees from Russia, Central or Eastern Europe; for accompanying children under 18; and for partners, friends, or family who attend July 1 only (the bus tour and banquet).

Preliminary Conference Outline

Wednesday, June 27
Welcome reception in the evening.
Thursday, June 28
Morning welcome. Parallel sessions. Lunch. Afternoon: city walk.
Friday, June 29
Morning and afternoon sessions. Directors' meeting in the late afternoon (Directors only).
Saturday, June 30
Morning and afternoon sessions.
Sunday, July 1
Final sessions in the morning, followed by Members' meeting (all conferees invited) and group photos. Lunch. Afternoon bus excursion to Cavtat and evening banquet: Dubrovnik tour Cavtat Cilipi Sokol Grad Dinner.doc
Monday, July 2
Departure. Or optional, all-day post-conference tour to three Elaphiti islands. Limited to 30 people; 20 euros ($23.50) per person. The boat leaves 10am from the Old harbor (City port), 10-15 minutes walk from CAAS. Bring a bathing suit and towel. For a separate charge, lunch on Lopud at Obala restaurant. Choose from the menu; credit card payment accepted at the restaurant. Dubrovnik Boat trip to Elaphiti Islands.doc

Please arrive by 9:45; we do not want you to miss the trip! Cost for any attender: 20 euros or $23.50. Please use PayPal link here: PayPal

About Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, called “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a Croatian city on the Dalmatian coast, founded in the 7th century and protected from the beginning from many enemies by high defensive walls. Over the centuries, the city became a geographic and cultural crossroads. In the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Dubrovnik was a maritime empire, a rival across the Adriatic to Venice. But it fell into a long decline and by the 19th century came under the sway of Austria and the Habsburg Empire. After WW II, the city became a tourist mecca because of its perfectly preserved medieval splendor; in 1979 it was placed on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Dubrovnik was severely damaged by bombardment during the war between Serbia and Croatia in the early 1990s, but it has since been restored to its former glory.

Dubrovnik airport, 20 km from the city, is served by many airlines and is accessible from many European cities. You can also get to Dubrovnik by car, although the scenic coastal road can be jammed in the summertime, by cruise lines, or by ferry from Rijeka, Split, and other cities along the coast or from Bari In Italy. You can also take a bus from many cities in Croatia, Bosnia, or Montenegro. But you cannot get there by train.

Here is the information package for conferees, including arrival and tourist information, from the Dubrovnik Centre for Advanced Academic Studies:
Dubrovnik Info Package 2018.doc

For further information, try the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website: http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/lang/en/index.html.

The Hotel

We have discount pricing at two hotels, with 15 rooms at Hotel Splendid and 20 at Hotel Tirena.

You may also stay at the Conference Centre; there is a limited number of rooms available: CAAS ACCOMMODATION PSYART 2018

HOTEL SPLENDID 3* (3.5km from the Centre)

15 rooms
Single room with breakfast = €130
Double room with breakfast = €145
City tax included. All rooms with balcony and sea view.
Deadline: MAY 10, 2018.

Use the link below to book at Hotel Splendid at the special rates, using the word PSYART in the field "access code": Click to book hotel


20 rooms
Single room with breakfast = €130
Double room with breakfast = €145
City tax included. All rooms with balcony and park view.
Deadline: MARCH 27, 2018.

Use the reservation form below: HOTEL TIRENA CONFERENCE ON PSYCHOLOGY AND THE ARTS_res form.doc

We can provide a list of other recommended 3, 4, or 5 star hotels upon request: write Andrew Gordon at agordon@ufl.edu.

For other accommodation, such as hostels, please visit Dubrovnik Tourist Board web site http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/.

Dubrovnik also has many private rooms and apartments: Click for more info

When looking for a private accommodation we suggest you indicate the location (near conference site) which is Pile, Old City, or Ploce.


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 Norman and Jane Holland Travel Fellowships of $500 each for outstanding graduate student papers. These can be awarded only once per person, but you can apply every year until you win. 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, 2018 to be considered for a fellowship. No recommendations are necessary. Send papers to Professor Andrew Gordon: agordon@ufl.edu

Registration Form 2018

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 $375 U.S., to be paid after acceptance of your abstract, which includes admission to all sessions, two tours, reception, coffee breaks, and banquet. The $375 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; conferees from Russia, Central or Eastern Europe; children (under 18) of conferees; and partners, friends, or family wishing to attend only on July 1 pay $190. Any payments received after April 15 must include a late fee of $35, 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 1. 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 Dubrovnik, 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 27, sessions from Thursday through Sunday morning, coffee breaks, a walking tour on Thursday afternoon June 28, and a bus tour and a final banquet on Sunday, July 1. The registration fee is $375 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 $190 for graduate students; children (under 18) of conferees; and partners, friends, or family wishing to attend only on July 1. 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, 2018. Any payments received after April 15 must include a late fee of $35, and no payments will be accepted after May 15, 2018.

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 1, in Dubrovnik. 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, it adds 4% to your payment, which is the PayPal fee, so that the payment below will be 390 or 197.60 U.S. dollars.

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 our treasurer Elizabeth Fox: emfox@mit.edu. Sometimes a friend in another country can pay on your behalf.

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 (426.4 USD)
Student, child, or July 2 only registration (234 USD)
Regular tour registration (24.44 USD)