the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program

EVENT #3

Alessandra Lemma

The body as a canvas: depicting/defacing the body

 

We all have a story to tell but do not always choose to do so. However there is a story that we cannot avoid telling: it is the story inevitably told by our bodies. Drawing on her clinical and research work, but also on cinema, fiction and art, Alessandra Lemma explains that the decision to change one's body by various means—piercing, tattoos, plastic surgery or others—can be understood as self-assertive rather than self-destructive. Can the psychoanalytical perspective understand those people for whom the manipulation of the body is a physical need? In spite of the pain caused by modification procedures, the anxiety over one's appearance, the psychological role of plastic surgery, of tattooing, of scarification, the bodily dysmorphic disorder are increasingly recurrent in this society of appearance and of bodiliness. 

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Alessandra Lemma

is a psychoanalyst. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works as a consultant in clinical psychology. She is visiting professor at the Psychoanalysis Unit of the University College London and at Essex University. She is director of the Psychological Therapies Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and of the clinic of the Psychological Interventions Research Centre at University College London. She is also General editor of the series “The New Library of Psychoanalysis” and Regional editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Her clinical and research interests focus around disorders of the body image (with particular regard for dysmorphophobia), transsexuality, trauma and development in adolescents. Her books include: Sotto la pelle [“Under the skin”] (2011), and Terapia dinamica interpersonale breve [“Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy”](with M. Target, P. Fonagy, 2012), both published by Raffaello Cortina Editore.

All theevents2013


   

EVENT #1

Guido Rossi

Ideas and their responsibility in good and evil

EVENT #2

Paolo Giordano

Crossing the shadow line

EVENT #3

Alessandra Lemma

The body as a canvas: depicting/defacing the body

EVENT #4

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

What will change our future. Artificial man

EVENT #6

Ramin Bahrami

Italian Journey. Grand Tour with Bach and Scarlatti

EVENT #7

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: the Terror of the Year 1000

EVENT #8

Cristina Baldacci, Andrea Pinotti

Archives in art: a new contemporary genre?

EVENT #10

Massimo Cirri, Jonathan Coe

Sense of humour: a lifestyle

EVENT #11

Carlo Freccero

Has TV killed creativity and culture?

EVENT #12

Nicla Vassallo

Woman is an invention

EVENT #13

Massimo Montanari

Speaking of food in times of crisis

EVENT #14

Chandra Livia Candiani

Apprentices of the moon in the meditation room

EVENT #15

Emanuele Trevi

On the other side of things: The Initiation Journey

EVENT #17

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Between art, philosophy and science: the adventures of truth

EVENT #18

Stefano Bartezzaghi, Massimo Recalcati

To inherit or to be creative? Art in the time of disoriented generations

EVENT #19

Gabriella Caramore

Imperfect knowledge

EVENT #21

Ilvo Diamanti

The future? It is past

EVENT #23

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The ius primae noctis

EVENT #24

Luca Barcellona

Calligraphy: creativity in writing

EVENT #26

Silvio Garattini

Brain aging: a 3rd millennium epidemic

EVENT #28

Lella Costa

What we talk about when we talk about irony

EVENT #29

Tim Parks

In conversation with literary creativity

EVENT #31

Laura Boella

Empathy, sympathy and compassion: resources for a threatened world?

EVENT #32

Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Antonio Marras

Nulla dies sine linea-Not a day without a line

EVENT #35

Edoardo Boncinelli

What will change our future. The secret brain

EVENT #36

Virgilio Sieni

Before other people’s eyes

EVENT #37

Alessandro Bergonzoni

Stop the geniuscide!

EVENT #38

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The flat Earth

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