Geographies of Psychoanalysis, Lorena Preta, Edizioni Mimesis (2015)

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A cura di Lorena Preta (2015) 

Geographies of Psychoanalysis

Encounters between Cultures in Tehran

Edizioni Mimesis 

Can psychoanalytical hypotheses have a universal value? Can they describe the same – or a similar – psychic dynamic for any human, regardless of the historical, social and cultural context? Can psychoanalysis help with mental suffering in different realities?

In our times, the questions psychoanalysis has to face are very complex. The modern world is dominated by technology that subverts the perception of the body, by new families and group organization and by global violence that enforce a changed geometry of the mind.

The answers to these new situations differ from country to country regardless of the uniformity brought about by globalization. Consequently, the responses and role of psychoanalysis change across different nations.

Presenting their different experiences and problem areas, the autors of the essays have laid out a map which is different from those geographical and geopolitical ones that we all know.

It seems to be clear that the boundaries of both internal and external space  are subject to continual adjustments and re-definitions.

In this sense psychoanalysis is not only a science of   the subject but a search for the link between diversities. Diversity of psychic organization at its various levels, diversity among groups and cultures in the world.

For this reason psychoanalysis provides a continuously updated map of the psyche, which not only defines known boundaries but attempts to map even areas that are yet to come. 

Lorena Preta is the Director of the International research group Geographies of Psychoanalysis. Full member of  Italian Psychoanalytical Society ( SPI) and of International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Past Editor in chief of the journal Psyche (Journal of psychoanalysis and culture of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society) 2001-2009. Scientific consultant and director for many years of Spoletoscienza (Meetings of science and culture at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto).
She conceived and edited the series Italian Lessons from the Italian publishing house Laterza.
Author of many publications for the types Laterza, some published abroad, including: La narrazione delle origini (1991); Che cos’è la conoscenza (con Mauro Ceruti, 1991); Immagini e metafore della scienza (1993); La passione del conoscere (1993); Il caso e la libertà (con M. Ceruti, P. Fabbri, G. Giorello, 1994); In principio era la cura (con Pino Donghi, 1995); Nuove geometrie della mente (1999).

Recent books, Geographies of psychoanalysis, Mimesis 2015, La brutalità delle cose. Trasformazioni psichiche della realtà, Mimesis 2015.

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