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2023 Programme

Event #26

Sunday 3 September, 05.00 pm

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Massimo Recalcati

Wonderful nostalgia

When is nostalgia useful for bereaved, and when is it harmful? Can a different version of nostalgia arise from the mourning we feel for what we lost? Nostalgia, like mourning, is an experience of absence. However, the experience of nostalgia cannot be reduced to that of regret. Nostalgia evokes not only the regret of what has already been; yet it flashes a beam of light on our future. In the foreground, then, it is no longer regret but gratitude. This happens when we experience a past that comes back from the future and pays us a surprising visit.



Massimo Recalcati, is a member of Società Milanese di Psicoanalisi (Psychoanalytical Society of Milan). He is the founder of Jonas - Centre of Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice for New Symptoms, and the scientific director of a postgraduate school in psychotherapy at IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis) in Milan. He teaches at the University of Verona and at IULM University of Milan. Since 2003, he has been director and lecturer of the postgraduate school in New Symptoms Clinic at the Jonas Onlus centre in Milan. He is currently a supervisor at the Gruber Centre in Bologna for serious cases of eating disorders. He contributes to the cultural sections of la Repubblica and La Stampa. Since 2014, he has directed the Eredi series for Feltrinelli. Since 2020, he has collaborated with Maurizio Balsamo and co-edited the journal Frontiere della psicoanalisi, published by Il Mulino. His numerous publications are translated into several languages.
ph. credits: Settimio Benedusi

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Chiara Civello

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Vittorio Lingiardi

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Francesca Mannocchi

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Event #12

Sabrina Speich

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Massimo Zamboni

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Massimo Recalcati

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Event #15

Martina Mazzotta

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Event #16

Matteo Nucci

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Event #17

Alessandro Barbero

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Event #17 BIS

Alessandro Barbero

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Event #18

Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

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Event #19

Alberto Rollo

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Event #22

Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

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Event #23

Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

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Event #24

Alessandro Zaccuri

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Event #25

Nazareth Castellanos

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Event #26

Massimo Recalcati

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Event #27

Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

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Event #28

Matteo Nucci

A novelist’s wonder: Gabriel García Márquez

Event #29

Francesco Costa

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Event #38Children / Kids

Marco Somà

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Event #39Children / Kids

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Event #40Children / Kids

Sergio Rossi

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