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The 22nd International Literature and Psychology Conference

- 2005 -

Córdoba, Spain

June 29 - July 4, 2005
Travel | Registration & Papers | Tourism | Accommodations

Registration form | Program | Participants | Abstracts of papers

Selected papers | Photos of the conference

    After our wonderful 2004 conference in Arles (thanks to Robert and Martine Silhol), Cordóbaour 2005 conference took place in the beautiful, historic city of Córdoba in Andalusia in southern Spain, once the capital of the medieval Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. We are immensel grateful to our hosts, Esther Sánchez–Pardo and Bernd Dietz. Esther and Juan Imperial hosted our memorable Conference in 1997 in a castle near Avila. Those of us who remember that conference knew that this new conference in Spain would be splendid in every respect.

    We expect a large enrollment this year because of our attrctive venue. We urge you to register early. Last year’s participants came from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the U.K., and, of course, many from all over the U.S.A. Such a group always makes for challenging and intriguing discussions of ideas.

Travel / Transportation

     You can easily reach Córdoba from Madrid, and it is a base for exploring sites in Andalusia. Distances from Córdoba: Jaen: 104 km, Seville: 138 km, Granada: 166 km, Ciudad Real: 201 km, Madrid: 400 km. The AVE high speed train links Córdoba with Sevilla (45min) and Madrid (2hrs). The new station opened in 1994 and is located in the northwest of the city.

    For tourist information:


    We envision the following provisional schedule. (Note: meals are eaten later in Spain, so we start later in the morning.)     

Wed., June 29:
Morning and afternoon       
7:30 p.m.

Opening reception

Thurs, June 30:
10:00-11:30 a.m.
11:45-1:15 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.

Plenary address
Morning sessions
Walking tour of Córdoba
Dinner on your own

Fri., July 1:
10:00-11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
3:00-4:00 p.m.
4:15-6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Morning sessions
Morning sessions
Afternoon sessions
Afternoon sessions
Dinner on your own

Sat., July 2:
10:00-11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
3:00-4:00 p.m.
4:15-6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Morning sessions
Morning sessions
Afternoon sessions
Afternoon sessions
Dinner on your own

Sun., July 3:
10:30-12:00 a.m.
12:15-1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
9:00-11:00 p.m.

Morning sessions
Conference wrap-up and group photos
Guided tour by bus
Conference banquet

Mon., July 4:


Registration & Papers

    Papers should be short, 20 minutes maximum (and please begin now to think about observing this time limit, so as to allow for the maximum number of presenters. Our standard 20-minute limit allows you to speak about 2400 words. Each year, the one complaint we get over and over is that people do not stick to the time limit! For each session, there will be a moderator responsible for keeping speakers within twenty minutes by means of a timer with an audible alarm (a suggestion from 2004).

     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. And, when submitted for the online or the printed proceedings, they can be as long as you like. Please prepare your abstract and add it to the registration form below. Abstracts must be less than 150 words. Any excess will simply be dropped. Also, please, email your abstract to Ms. Sonja Moreno, our program assistant.

    The deadline for sending us your title and abstract and registration fee is March 1 or the time at which we receive 65 abstracts, titles and registration fees. Papers with completed registration are assured a place on the program. Abstracts submitted after then will be put on a waiting list and will be put on the program as cancellations permit.

    For a complete registration, we require three items:

  1. registration form (see below) including paper title
  2. title and 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 $175 U.S. You will find instructions for payment after the registration form below. This fee is refundable for any reason until May 15, but not thereafter for any reason.


    Córdoba was founded on the Guadalquivir River by the Romans and became a large port city in the Roman empire, used for shipping Spanish olive oil and wine back to ancient Rome. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, "El Puente Romano." In the middle ages came Córdoba's hour of greatest glory, when it was one of the most important cities in the Islamic empire. The Great Mosque, or "Mezquita," once one of the largest in The Great Mosqueall of Islam, dates back to the 10th century, when Córdoba reached its zenith as one of the most prosperous cities of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts. When the city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns, and creating the extraordinary church-mosque we see today. Our conference hotels face this famous mosque. The Alcazar

    As well as the unique mosque-cathedral, Córdoba's treasures include the Alcazar, or Fortress, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, on the far side of the river from the Mezquita, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum. Córdoba's medieval quarter, once the home of the Jewish community, is called "La Judería" (The Jewry), a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards, and picturesque squares such as La Plaza del Potro.

     The Steering Committee will, as usual, arrange for tours for our group. A typical restaurantWe will also try to provide a list of recommended restaurants for the dinners you are arranging on your own. Special dishes are: gazpacho and salmorejo, delicious and refreshing cold soups made mainly of mashed vegetables and olive oil (the indispensable first dish during summer); jamon, cured ham; salchichon de pozo blanco, a typical sausage; caña de lomo and morcilla, blood sausage; the ragouts of oxtail, estofado de rabo de buey, and of lamb, cordero en caldereta. The typical desserts mostly show Arabian influences: alfajores, made of almonds and honey, pestiños, a sweet fried in oil and covered with honey, and pastel Cordobes.


The conference hotels are:

Hotel Maimónides ***          

Hotel Conquistador ****         
Single 59 euros         

Single 69 euros
Double 66 euros

Double 76 euros

    To all prices add VAT (7% for hotels). We have 30 rooms for the Maimonides and 50 for the Conquistador. They are under the same ownership, and both are very nice. Both are close to the conference center. Maimonides is rated 3 stars and Conquistador is rated 4 stars. These rates include room, breakfast, and two coffee breaks. Information and pictures are available at their web pages.

    Conferees must book their rooms directly with the hotel. Be sure to mention you are attending the International Conference on Literature and Psychology to get these rates. Contact information:

Hotel Maimonides
C/ Torrijos,
414003 Córdoba SPAIN
Telf: +34- 957 47 15 00
Fax: +34- 957 48 38 03

Hotel Conquistador
C/ Magistral González Francés
15-1714003 Córdoba SPAIN
Tel: +34-957 48 11 02
Fax: +34- 957 47 46 77


Registration Form 2005

    Important: Include your email address below. It will not come through to us automatically from this form, and, if we don't have it, our communications with you will be very much delayed.

Last Name:
First Name and Initial:
Email address (important):
Affiliation (e.g., Department and University):
Preferred Mailing Address:
City: State: Zip:
Telephone during business hours (include all codes):
Telephone during non-business hours (include all codes):
Fax Phone (include all codes):

For how many people do you need housing? One Two Three
Names of persons coming with you to the conference:
Conference dates are June 29 to July 4; we assume most conferees will arrive June 29 and leave the morning of July  5.
When are you arriving at the conference? Date: Time:
When are you leaving the conference? Date: Time:
Do you have any special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian)?

For each person attending the conference in your party, please fill out the sections above in a new form. Please indicate clearly in the adjoining space "No Paper" if that is the case for this person. Otherwise indicate the title and abstract below. And please provide a registration fee for each person in your party attending the conference (see below).

What is your exact paper title?

Please enter your abstract here. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words. Excess will be omitted. Please note that your registration is not complete until we have received the abstract.

In what language will you deliver your paper?

What special equipment do you need (VCR, tape recorder, slide projector, etc.)? Remember that European video formats are different from the US's.


    The registration fee is $175 U.S. The registration fee is refundable for any reason until May 15, but not for any reason thereafter.

    U.S. registrants can 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, we prefer that Western European and other non-U.S. registrants send their registration with a Eurocheque for $175 U.S. or the equivalent in euros, to:

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

The check should be made out to Robert Silhol.

    Alternatively, either U.S. or non-U.S. registrants from many countries can pay through the PsyArt 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 may choose to 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. may need to take a few extra steps to pay or to establish a PayPal account. You may 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, not the Moorish gate below--that you'll see when we meet..

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