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The 19th International Conference
on Literature and Psychology
- 2002 -

University of Siena, Arezzo, Italy
June 26 - July 1, 2002
Travel | Schedule| Registration & Papers | Tourism | Accommodations

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

The Conference program is full. You can register to attend, but not to give a paper.

    Our 2002 conference, with many thanks to Elena Bonelli, will take place at the University of Siena in Arezzo, Italy. Arezzo is on the eastern edge of Tuscany, a medieval city with celebrated art. Central Piazza Located halfway between Florence and Rome, Arezzo was the town chosen for photographing the piazza scenes in Life is Beautiful. It is the perfect place to begin or end a visit to Italy. To say nothing of the intellectual stimulation of the 19th (!) Annual Conference in Literature and Psychology. Last year’s participants came from France, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Taiwan, and, of course, many from the U.S.A. Such a group always presents an astonishing range of ideas.

Registration & Papers

    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.

    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. A registration fee of $125 U.S. You will find instructions for payment after the registration form below. This fee is refundable for any reason until May 1, but not thereafter.


    Arezzo is situated on a hill at the edge of the plain formed around the Arno. It was originally an Etruscan city and it became a strategically important Roman city. Dream of ConstantineIts potteries produced red ("coralline") vases known throughout the ancient world. In medieval times, the Ghibellines held out here for a time against Florence. Today the city offers an amphitheater, a cathedral, the Medici Fortress, the house (now a museum) of Giorgio Vasari, and magnificent art. Outstanding are a series of recently restored frescos by Piero della Francesca telling the legend of the True Cross, among them, the "Dream of Constantine" at the right. (We hope it does not represent any of our conferees' listening to a paper.)

    We plan guided tours of the city and possibly excursions to other nearby sites of interest. We will have further information as time goes on. A web site that has a good deal of tourist information in English is: The "Comune di Arezzo" also has a home page, which you may wish to consult  


    The conference will take place at the University of Siena campus in Arezzo and we will be housed at the three-star Hotel Continentale, a few minutes' walk from the conference rooms. We have reserved 5 singles, 25 double rooms to be occupied as singles, and 20 doubles. Every room is provided with bathroom, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, TV, Italian and foreign satellite channels, hair dryer, and mini-bar. The cost is 130,000 lire for a single, 150,000 lire for a double used as a single, and 190,000 for a double room. These rates include breakfast, service, tax. At present exchange rates (1000 Italian lire equals $0.45 U.S. and 1 euro equals $0.87 U.S.), these hotel charges come to about $59 U.S., $68, and $86 at current rates. Apparently, by the time we get to Italy this summer, the Italian lire will have been replaced by the euro.

    Conferees should make their own reservations, and they will need to hold their rooms with individual credit cards. Contact:

Hotel Continentale
Piazza Guido Monaco n.7
52100 Arezzo ITALY
Tel. 011 (from U.S.) 0575/20251
Fax. 011 (from U.S.) 0575/350485 - Director of Sales

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

    The hotel maintains its own web site at, and a google search on "Hotel Continentale Arezzo" will yield several other sites.  

Travel / Transportation

Central Piazza


    Arezzo is halfway between Florence and Rome. Elena Bonelli, our host in Arezzo, recommends that conferees coming in from overseas fly to Rome. You can obtain maps at

    Then, as for train connections, the web site of the Italian national railway (Ferrovie dello Stato) is: It gives information about schedules, types of trains, and so on.

    From Rome to Arezzo (200 km) there are about 20 trains every day. The trip takes from 1 hour 45 mins. to 3 hours depending on the type of train. Eurostar is the quickest. Intercity is more or less the same. Diretto is fine. But never catch a Regionale!! The trip takes 2-3 hours by bus.

    From Milan to Arezzo there are about 20 trains every day, but many trains arrive at Florence and then you would have to catch another train from Florence to Arezzo. It takes about 4 hours if you find a direct train, but if you have to change trains it may take 6-7 hours.

     From Florence to Arezzo (70 km),there are more than 50 trains every day. The trip takes fom 40 minutes to an hour and a half. There are also numerous buses. By car, the trip takes 35-50 minutes.

    From Siena to Arezzo (65 km), the trip is 90 minutes by bus (there are not many trains and all require changing). It takes about an hour to drive from Perugia to Arezzo (80 km).



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Registration Form 2002


    The registration fee is $125 U.S.. The registration fee is refundable for any reason until May 1, but not thereafter.

    U.S. registrants should send a check to our office, made out to "GAP-International." Our address is:

Mrs. Sonja Moreno
Department of English
University of Florida
P. O. Box 117310
Gainesville FL 32611-7310

    Because our local bank puts a heavy surcharge on foreign checks, Western European and other non-U.S. registrants can 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

    Alternatively, either U.S. or non-U.S. registrants can pay through Norm Holland's account at That way you can simply charge your registration to your credit card over the Internet and save the bother of mailing a check. Registrants within the U.S. may sign up for a PayPal account during the Web Accept payment process. An "account" simply means telling PayPal your name, address, and your credit card number.

    Registrants outside the U.S. will need to take a few extra steps. You will need to sign up for PayPal separately before making payment to the conference. Here are the directions for doing so.

    Signing up for a PayPal account does not commit you to anything--it just enables you to use your credit card to make payments on the Internet to this conference (and anything else that catches your fancy). The Wall Street Journal assures us that this method of payment is more secure than check or money order.

    To begin the payment process, click on the icon to the right.

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