We are pleased to announce that the 36th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna from June 26-June 30th, 2019. The conference will be hosted by the PsyArt Foundation. The local organizational team in Vienna includes Dr. Renée von Paschen, M.A.; Maximillian Pritz, M.Sc.; Lisa Winter, M.A.; and Prof. Dr. Rainer Koeppl.

The special theme of this year is "Trauma – 80 Years After Freud".

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 26th), two tours (June 27th afternoon walking tour of Vienna's historical city center; June 30th afternoon bus tour of main tourist attractions in Vienna), and Sunday evening June 30th closing banquet in Vienna.

For an additional charge, to be announced later, there will be an optional one-day cruise on the Danube River to the Wachau wine-growing region.

The registration fee is reduced to $190 for graduate students; for accompanying children under 18; and for partners, friends, or family who attend June 30th only (the bus tour and banquet).

Preliminary Conference Outline

Wednesday, June 26th
Welcome reception in the evening at the University of Vienna.
Thursday, June 27th
Morning welcome at the Sigmund Freud University. Parallel sessions at the Freud University. Afternoon: walking tour of Vienna's historical city center. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Friday, June 28th
Morning and afternoon sessions at the Freud University. Directors’ meeting in the late afternoon (Directors only).
Saturday, June 29th
Morning and afternoon sessions, Freud University.
Sunday, June 30th
Final sessions in the morning, followed by Members’ meeting (all conferees invited) and group photos. Lunch. Afternoon bus tour of main tourist attractions in Vienna followed by closing banquet.
Monday, July 1st
Departure or optional all-day post-conference tour.

The Hotel

Tel: +43 1 404 46 71
Fax: +43 1 512 15 31 20

Double room for 1 (incl. breakfast, taxes and WiFi) = €120
Double room for 2 (incl. breakfast, taxes and WiFi) = €150

See following form for the Hotel Reservation Form: Reservation Form
Deadline for reservations: May 15th, 2019.

Bus trip from Vienna to Wachau (about 8-9 hours)

Travel from the hotel at 08:00. Arrive to Dürnstein. The church of the town which is one of the symbols of Wachau is part of UNESCO. Short walk and shipping to Melk. During the way visitors can admire the beautiful landscape of Wachau and can get an insight into the history of the small villages and towns. 3-course lunch is on the boat. Arrival to Melk at 13:00. Melk Abbey is one of the greatest and most fascinating baroque building complex in Europe. Visit the following parts of the abbey: Imperial Steps and Corridor, Museum, Marble Hall, Library. Walk in the park. Travel back to the hotel in Vienna.

  • comfortable bus for the whole program
  • English speaking guide
  • shipping on the Danube between Dürnstein and Melk from 10:40 until 13:00.
  • 3-course lunch on the boat, drinks are excluded
  • guiding and entrance fee to Melk Abbey


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 1st, 2019 to be considered for a fellowship. No recommendations are necessary. Send papers to Samir Dayal (SDAYAL@bentley.edu).

Registration Form 2019

The deadline for sending us your title and abstract is May 1st, 2019 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 June 30th pay $190. Any payments received after April 15th must include a late fee of $35, and no payments will be accepted after May 15th. 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 1st, 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 June 30th. 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 Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria is the host country), not from the PsyArt Foundation, 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 1st 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 26th, sessions from Thursday through Sunday morning, coffee breaks, a walking tour on Thursday afternoon June 27th, and a bus tour and a final banquet on Sunday, June 30th. 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 June 30th. 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 15th, 2019. Any payments received after April 15th must include a late fee of $35, and no payments will be accepted after May 15th, 2019.

The registration fee (except for the $25 donation) is refundable for any reason until June 1st, 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, June 30th, in Vienna. 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.

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Registration closed!

Regular registration (426.4 USD)
Student, child, or June 30 only registration (234 USD)
Tour registration (140.4 USD)