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The 23rd International Literature and Psychology Conference

- 2006 -

Helsinki, Finland

June 28 - July 3, 2006
Travel | Registration & Papers | Tourism | Accommodations

Registration form | Program | Participants | Abstracts of papers

Photos of the conference

    Our Helsinki conference is now only a memory, but a delightful one, thanks to Aino-Maija Lahtinen and her helpers, Cecilia Therman and Heidi Johansson. We enjoyed our walks, eating reindeer, and looking at Finnish architecture and design. And, of course, ca va sans dire, the papers were superb. The remainder of this site, the pre-conference web site, serves as a record of a wonderful experience for us all.

    The annual International Conference on Literature and Psychology (ICLP) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on the psychological study of literature and other arts. We welcome proposals for papers considering psychological or psychoanalytic aspects of literature, film, or other arts. Last year’s participants came from France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Japan, Canada, and, of course, many from all over the U.S.A. Such a group always makes for challenging and intriguing discussions of ideas.

     After our memorable 2005 meeting in sunny Córdoba, Spain, graciously hosted by Esther Sanchez-Pardo, Juan Imperial, and Bernd Dietz, the annual International moves to the cool north for its next meeting on 28 June-3 July 2006 in Helsinki, Finland. It will be organized by the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts (IPSA), University of Florida and the Department of Education, University of Helsinki. The sessions will be held in the new Siltavuori campus in the city center. Our host for this 23rd annual conference will be ICLP veteran Aino-Maija Lahtinen of the Department of Education at the University of Helsinki.

    We expect a large enrollment this year because of our attractive venue. We urge you to register early.  


    Helsinki, bordered on three sides by the sea, is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and most popular cruise harbors, with easy access to Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; and St. Petersburg, Russia--Helsinki is sometimes said to be a smaller St. Petersburg. Harbor viewThe mean temperature in July is only 19.4 degrees centigrade (about 67 Fahrenheit). The city boasts three symphony orchestras, the National Opera. Otherwise, many museums, very boozy bars (there's even a tram that doubles as a pub), excellent jazz and dance restaurants. And reindeer is delicious! (Now, we know why Santa is so fat.)

    One can also shop for world-famous Finnish design products (Marimekko!) and enjoy warm but spectacular architecture. The early modern period offers the National Museum or Eliel Saarinen's railway station. The best-known modern Finnish architect is Alvar Aalto, whose works in Helsinki include the Social Insurance Institution building, the Academic Bookstore, the House of Culture, and Finlandia Hall. The new Opera House by the architects Hyvämäki, Karhunen and Parkkinen, was opened in 1993, and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by architect Stephen Holl, in 1998. There is the Sibelius monument that makes sounds when the wind blows. A tourist favorite is the Temppeliaukio Church hewn from solid rock. Click on the links in these paragraphs for pictures . . .

    For something more traditional, there is the Katajanokka neighborhood, a three or four square block hillside crowded with apartment houses in Jugendstil or Art Nouveau. These buldings are four or more stories high, with probably six to eight apartments in each of them, often around a courtyard. The remarkable ornamentation consists of eaves and overhanging bays and balconies with boldly contrasting animal carvings on heavy wooden doors and pitch black roofs with witches' hat conical towers.

    The Steering Committee will, as usual, arrange for tours for our group. We will also try to provide a list of recommended restaurants for the dinners you are arranging on your own.  

Travel / Transportation

     Unlike our recent sites, Helsinki is a major hub for airlines, trains, cruise ships--all kinds of transportation. It would be superfluous of us to suggest travel arrangements.

    Here are some sites for travel and tourist information:

Basic information here: http://www.hel.fi/tourism/en/matko.asp

Striking photos at this site: http://virtual.finland.fi/picture_book/hbts/

Maps and information here:

Tentative Program

    At this point our program is provisional.

Papers and Registration

    Papers should be short, 20 minutes at most, so as to allow for the maximum number of presenters. Ours is a very convivial conference, but the one complaint we get again and again is that speakers do not stick to the time limit! Please begin now to think about observing this time limit, so as to allow for the maximum number of presenters. Normal speaking rate is 140 words per minutes, and, for clarity, a scholarly presentation should be somewhat slower. Our standard 20-minute limit allows you to speak about 2400 words. An additional 10 minutes are allotted for discussion of each paper, and discussion should take place after each paper, not at the end of the session. For each session, there will be a moderator responsible for keeping speakers within twenty minutes. The moderator speaks last in the session, and it is therefore to his or her self-interest to keep to the schedule.

     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 cut. Also, please, e-mail your abstract to , 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, i.e., all three items submitted, by the deadline are assured a slot 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 $200 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. $25 of this fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the PsyArt Foundation.


    We will be staying at the Hotel Arthur, which has block booked us 40 single rooms and 20 twin rooms, non-smoking. The room allotment will be checked on 28th February, 2006 when a maximum of 50% of the unreserved rooms will be left in the block. The second review will be made on 28th April, 2006 when a maximum of 50% of the unreserved rooms will be left in the allotment. The final dead-line for reservations is May 28th, 2006 when unreserved rooms in the block will be released to hotel free sale. The room rate is 85,- EUR/per night/single room and 104,- EUR/night/twin room including buffet breakfast and VAT (value added tax).

    Participant are kindly asked to book and pay for the accommodation reservation themselves. When making the reservation please indicate that the booking is from block code PSYART2006. Reservations can be sent either to the Sales Department or to the Reception or telephone +358 9 173 441.

    If the arrival time is later than 06.00 p.m., please provide the following details in order to guarantee your reservation: Credit card holder name, credit card number, the card expiration date, and the security code/CVC number (3 last digits) on the signature panel on the back of the card. An individual reservation from the block can be cancelled the day before arrival without any cancellation fee. Please inform reception about the cancellation. In case of a no-show, there will be a charge for one night.

Vuorikatu 19
FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland

Tel. +358-9-173 441
fax. +358-9-626 880
Web site: http://www.hotelarthur.fi/english/index.html
Sales department: sales.department@hotelarthur.fi
Sales dept. open on weekdays (Mon-Fri)
from 08.30 am until 04.30 pm local time
Front desk: reception@hotelarthur.fi


Registration Form 2006

    Important: Include your e-mail 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. Make sure it is typed in correctly.

    There were a number of disappointments and confusions in 2005, because people did not follow up their registrations. If you are not getting e-mail from us, let us know. Do not assume that some currency arrangement you made the previous year is still effective. Do not leave your registration for some friend to do. Make sure that Mrs. Moreno has your complete registration (all three items!) and your correct e-mail address.. Communicate!

Last Name:
First Name and Initial:
e-mail 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 28 to July 3; we assume most conferees will arrive June 28 and leave the morning of July 3.
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). The expense for the conference managers is the same for each attendee, whether or not that person is giving a paper.

What is your exact paper title?

Please enter your abstract here. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words. Words after the 150th 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 $225 U.S. The registration fee is refundable for any reason until May 1, but not for any reason thereafter.

    U.S. registrants can send a check to our office, made out to "PsyArt Foundation." Our address is:

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

Ms. Moreno's e-mail address is:

     Western European and other non-U.S. registrants need no longer send their registrations to Robert Silhol. We have found a local bank that does not put a heavy surcharge on foreign checks. Non U.S. registrants can pay with a Eurocheque for $200 U.S. or the equivalent in euros, made out to "PsyArt Foundation" and sent to Mrs. Moreno at the address above.

    Alternatively, either U.S. or non-U.S. registrants from many countries can pay through our PsyArt account at PayPal.com. That way you can simply charge your registration to your credit card over the Internet with no delay and save the bother of mailing a check. If you do pay this way, however, we ask that you add 3% to your payment, because that is what PayPal charges us for a payment into the account.

    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 PayPal payment process, click on the icon to the right.

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