The 18th International Conference
on Literature and Psychology
- 2001 -

University of Cyprus, Nicosia, May 15-20, 2001

Photos of the Conference | Program | Participants | Abstracts of papers

    Our long-time participant, Joanna Montgomery Byles, of the University of Cyprus, gave us one of our best programs ever. Kudos, Joanna! We enjoyed luxurious accommodations at the Cyprus Hilton, enchanting tours of Nicosia (Levkosia) and Kakopetria, with Byzantine churches and frescoes and a particularly fine archaeological museum. We dined and danced at Cypriot restaurants and celebrated our final banquet with delicious Cypriot mezze and the famous brandy sours, created for the gourmand King Farouk to disguise his un-Moslem drinking. And not just incidentally, there were nearly forty excellent papers from our participants who came from all over, France, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Taiwan, and, of course, many from the U.S.A.

While the conference is now over, we are leaving on this site the program, list of participants, abstracts of papers, and photos of the conference fr the information of future registrants.

Registration & Papers

    Please be ready to register and send us your registration fee and abstract quickly. Because of the May dates, our schedule is very tight. Registrations will have to be final by March 15 (note that we cannot refund if you cancel after March 15), and the conference will begin on May 15. You will also have to be CAREFUL about cancelling with the hotel (see below). They will charge you 30% OF THE TOTAL BILL that you reserved for if you cancel after April 15.

    For a complete registration, we require three items:

  1. registration form (see below) including paper title
  2. brief abstract of paper (150 words maximum; excess will be omitted). These abstracts enable us to place your paper in an appropriate session. We will also publish them online and on paper.
  3. check for $125 payable to GAP-INTERNATIONAL

    Papers should be short, 20 minutes maximum (and please observe the time limit, so as to allow for the maximum number of presenters. Papers may be in English, French, or German, and they may deal with any application of psychology to the study of literature, film, or the other arts. Prepare your abstract and email it to Ms. Sonja Moreno, our hardworking secretary.

    Because our local bank puts a heavy surcharge on foreigh checks, Western European and other non-U.S. registrants should send their registration with a Eurocheque for $125 U.S. or the equivalent in French francs or euros, to:

Professeur Robert Silhol
U.E.R. Institut d'Anglais Charles V
10, rue Charles V


    Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with Neolithic archaeological sites dating from 6000 BCE. The island has been divided since 1974 into a northern, Turkish part and a southern, Greek part, the latter a major tourist destination. We will be in the Republic of Cyprus, the Greek part, in Nicosia (Lefkosia), which boasts Venetian fortifications and an outstanding collection of archaeological materials in the Cyprus Museum. Our feminist conferees might appreciate that in ancient times the island was sacred to Aphrodite. Today, continuing that tradition, it is celebrated for "fun in the sun" at the coastal resorts. Also, outside of Nicosia/Lefkosia, there are unique Byzantine church frescoes in tiny monasteries in the Troodos Mountains.

    We have found a number of web sites with information about Cyprus, and we list them below with recommendations. These will be useful to you if you plan to spend a few days touring before or after the conference (as many of us plan to do). Very good. From the home page, "Search" for Cyprus.
        Well-organized commercial site, includes daily news from Cyprus, streaming radio and tv
     http://    Spin-off from above site, mildly useful    Well-organized site for information on car hire, hotels, etc.

        The home page of the University of Cyprus. The "AboutCyprus" link will take you to the government's official page, not very useful, except for daily news of Cyprus--what is on Cypriotes' minds.    Information on Northern Cyprus    A very commercial, confusing site.

    We will be going at one of the best times of year to visit. We anticipate temperatures of 60-85 degrees F or 15-30 C, and the hotel is air-conditioned.  


    The conference will take place at the University of Cyprus campus, and we will be housed in the Hilton Cyprus, five minutes walk from the University. (You can get a look at it at We have reserved 20 singles and 20 doubles. Cost is 55 CYP for a single and 65 CYP for a double room. At present exchange rates (Cyprus pound = about $1.60 US) that's $88 or $104. The price includes breakfast and access to the pool, tennis and squash courts.

    Contact :

Yiannakis Georgiou
Director of Sales
Hilton Cyprus
Archbishop Makarios III Avenue
PO Box 22023
1516 Nicosia, Cyprus

    FAX: 011 (from U.S.) 357-2-376101

    Note: You will need to fax a photocopy of a credit card to make your reservation.  

Travel / Transportation

    You can fly from Athens to Cyprus (Larnaca) via Olympic or Cyprus Air. There are also daily flights from Paris direct to Larnaca via Air France, and flights from other European capitals such as Rome. We are trying to arrange transport from the airport in Larnaca to the hotel in Nicosia (Lefkosia), and we will let you know about that as soon as we can.



    We will update this section as more information comes in, including paper titles. Tentative schedule:

    May 15: Arrival. Reception 7:30 pm.

    May 16: plenary address, morning meetings, afternoon tour

    May 17: morning and afternoon meetings

    May 18: morning and afternoon meetings

    May 19: morning meetings, wrapup, afternoon tour, evening banquet

    May 20: morning departure


Registration Form 2001

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