2020 Florence Symposium


Diane O’Donoghue is an art historian who currently directs the Program for Public Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College at Tufts University, after chairing the Department of Visual and Critical Studies; she also teaches, as Visiting Professor of Public Humanities, at Brown University. Professor O’Donoghue a scholar member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and is on its faculty. She has most recently published On Dangerous Ground: Freud’s Visual Cultures of the Unconscious (Bloomsbury, 2018) and is the 2019 recipient of the Liebert Award from the Psychoanalytic Center at Columbia University.


Michael Parsons is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the French Psychoanalytic Association. His first degree was in classics and philosophy, after which he studied medicine, became a psychiatrist and then a psychoanalyst. He is the author of two books: The Dove that Returns, The Dove that Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2000), and Living Psychoanalysis: From Theory to Experience (Routledge, 2014).


David Rosenmeyer is the Music Director of the Fairfield County Chorale, which he led earlier this season in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth with the New Haven Symphony orchestra. He also the Oratorio Society’s Associate Conductor and has conducted the Society’s Carnegie Hall performances of Stravinsky’s Mass (2007), the Cantique de Jean Racine (2008), Britten’s Te Deum in C (2010), and the chamber orchestra in Britten’s War Requiem (2013) and Bernstein’s Chihester Psalms earlier this year. In addition, he serves on the Mannes conducting staff, as a conductor and vocal coach with the International Vocal Arts Institute where he trains opera singers in workshops in New York, Tel-Aviv and Montreal.


Professor Mark Solms is Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. He is Director of Training of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. He is Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Director of the Science Department of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Co-Chair of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society. He was awarded the Sigourney Prize in 2012. He has published more than 350 papers in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and eight books, including The Brain and the Inner World (2002) which was a bestseller translated into 12 languages. His selected writings were recently published as The Feeling Brain (2015). He is the editor of the forthcoming (2018) Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).


2020 Florence Symposium


Anna Bentinck van Schoonheten, Phd, psychoanalyst in private practice in Amsterdam. Member of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and the IPA, and President of the Board of the Dutch Journal of Psychoanalysis. Specializes in the early history of psychoanalysis, with a special focus on Freud and the secret committee. Recent publications include: Karl Abraham, Life and Work. A Biography (2016). London: Karnac; Bentinck & de Wit. Letter from the Netherlands (2017) Int J Psychoanal, 98, I. and Karl Abrahams Platz in der Geschichte der Psychoanalyse 2018). Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse, 76.


Stefano Bolognini is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, former President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and current President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He lives and works in Bologna (Italy). Among his books, “Psychoanalytic Empathy” (2002, Free Association, London), “Secret Passages. Theory and Technique of the Interpsychic Dimension” (2008, Routledge, London), “Like Wind, Like Wave” (2006, Other Press, New York).


Deborah Browning is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and for 20 years was an Adjunct Associate Professor in New York University’s Department of Psychology. She has edited an anthology on adolescence (Adolescent Identities, Routledge) and the collected papers of Jean-Georges Schimek (Memory, Myth and Seduction, Routledge). Presently, she is preparing the Catalogue Raisonne of the painter Hans Reichel and writing both a biography and a shorter monograph devoted solely to Reichel’s water-colors and letters created during his internments in WWII France. Her publications on Reichel have appeared in the exhibition catalogue, Color of Silence (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Andros Greece) and in American Imago (2018, n.4), Life and Death in Sublimation, which explores Laplanche’s ideas on sublimation as they pertain to Reichel’s wartime productivity.


Dr. Phillip Freeman is a psychiatrist and Training and Supervising psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. His recent publications focus on themes of reality and illusion in the analytic setting, virtual reality technologies, and the arts. He serves as a consultant and playwright for theater companies in Boston and New York.


Jane McAdam Freud is the daughter of Lucian Freud and Katherine McAdam. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes, drawing, print and digital media with her main focus on sculpture. She received her first degree from Central School of Art, London, was awarded the British Art Medal Scholarship in Rome and is also a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Jane shows her work in Europe, America, Canada and Asia. Her works are represented in national and international public collections, including the British Museum, the V&A, Ashmolean and Fitzwillam museums, the Berlin State Museum, the Brooklyn Museum (USA) and the National Museum of Copenhagen.


Dr. Laurie Wilsons a psychoanalyst, art historian, and art therapist. She received psychoanalytic training at The NYU Psychoanalytic Institute and is on the faculty at PANY affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson is the U.S. Chair of 8th Triennial Symposium on Psychoanalysis and the Arts, Florence 2020; and chairs the Committee on Arts and Psychoanalysis at the  American Psychoanalytic Association. She was awarded Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association and is Professor Emerita at New York University. She has published over 40 papers in three fields and the books Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man (Yale, 2003) and Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow (Thames & Hudson, 2016.).