Ethnic and Religious Conflicts in the World
The Contribution of Psychoanalysis

17 October 2014, 10:00-16:30

Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome

Sala del Refettorio

Via del Seminario 76 – Roma

 Free entrance

(inscription at: Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali, Passeggiata di Ripetta, 11, 00186 Roma

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Languages of the Conference: Italian, English (simultaneous translation provided)


10:00             Greetings from the Italian Parliament, Hon. Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of State for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with Parliament

Session I

10:30 – 13.00

Chair: Giovanna Martelli, MP



An Introduction:

Paolo COTTA RAMUSINO, Milan (Italy), Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Nobel Peace Prize 1995)

Shmuel KRON, Tel Aviv (Israel), Psychoanalyst, Shalvata Medical Hospital

Raffaele BRACALENTI, Rome (Italy), Psychoanalyst, President of IPRS

Wasim BIRUMI, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, psychologist, Senior Member at the School for Peace


         Session II

14:15 -16:30

         Chair:  Marisa Nicchi, MP




Anatolij TOLSTOUKOV, Kiev (Ukraine), Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts – “The Manifesto of Personality. Between the Authority and Maidan and between Maidan and the Opposition”.

Alexandr CHERNOGLAZOV, Saint Petersburg (Russia), PhD in Philosophy, Anglicist, State University of Saint Petersburg – “From other to Other: Psychoanalysis as a Model of a New Culture”

Svetlana UVAROVA, Kiev (Ukraine), Psychoanalyst and Psychologist, founder and rector of the International Institute of Depth Psychology, Kiev -”Optimistic tragedy of Ukraine”

Giacomo MARRAMAO, Rome (Italy), University of Rome 3, Philosopher

Sergio BENVENUTO, Rome (Italy), Psychoanalyst and Philosopher, CNR-ISTC, “European Journal of Psychoanalysis” – “Dying for a Signifier”


16:30– End of Seminar


Following on from our successful seminar on “Populist Reason”  (Rome, 25 October 20139, we return once more to scrutinize the relationship between the political problématique on the one hand, and psychoanalytic theory and practice on the other.

We pose the question:  can “irrational” conflicts (as religious wars and even extremely bloody ethnic conflicts often are) be explained only in terms of economic and political reasons? Or do they take their impulse and content from drives which are deeply immersed in the psychological and biological structure of Homo Sapiens? What forces bring entire populations—often extremely advanced from an economic and technological point of view—to elect “scapegoats” (ethnic, religious or racial minorities, and others) to persecute, in the hope of thus resolving their problems?  Can psychoanalytic theory, above all in its Freudian expression, furnish useful instruments for understanding the roots of conflicts which seemingly challenge every economic and “utilitarian” logic (as, for example, the Arab-Israeli conflict)?

To discuss all of the above, we have invited psychoanalysts—in particular, Ukrainians, Russians, one Islamist psychoanalyst and one Israeli psychoanalyst, who however also have other scientific interests (anthropological, artistic, sociological and philosophical), and who share a curiosity and interest for a broadly speaking “Freudian” approach to social and political problems.

Sponsors:    European Journal of Psychoanalysis (EJP)

Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali (IPRS)

Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione (ISTC-CNR)

Organizational Secretariat

Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali (IPRS), Passeggiata di Ripetta 11, 00186 Roma, Tel: +39 06 32652401,Fax: +39 06 32652433, E-mail:


Sergio Benvenuto is a researcher in psychology and philosophy at the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, Italy, and a psychoanalyst, president of ISAP (Institute for Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis). He teaches psychoanalysis at the Institute of the Psychology of Depth in Kiev. He is a contributor to cultural journals such as Telos, Lettre Internationale, Texte, RISS, Journal for Lacanian Studies, L’évolution psychiatrique. He has translated into Italian Jacques Lacan’s Séminaire XX: Encore. []


Wasim Birumi, Palestinian with Israeli Citizenship, is a senior staff member of the School for Peace.  He holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology and  in Clinical Psychology.  He has over 10 years of experience facilitating programs and training courses in Conflict Resolution, with the School for Peace.  He has taught SFP courses in Haifa University, Israel, and has also been a coordinator and facilitator in numerous Palestinian-Israeli initiatives; including ‘Causeway’ and ‘Reut Sedaka’.  Address: Dr. Freud 10. Ramleh. Tel. +972(0)52-4400-004. []

Aleksandr Chernoglazov is born in Leningrad in 1952. Graduated from the Leningrad, now Saint-Petersburg State University. Specialized in the analytical philosophy of J. Austin and J. Searle. He has translated texts for the Orthodox Academy of S-Petersburg, including works by Karl Rahner and Robert Bultmann, as well as a number of books on Russian and European art for Russian and foreign publishing houses. He has translated texts by J-L Nancy, Freud, Derrida, J-A Miller, and others. Since 1995 has been engaged in the project of translating Lacan’s Ecrits and his Seminars into Russian. Teacher of English at the S-Petersburg Classical School and he has taught at the departement of philology of the S-Petersburg State University.


Paolo Cotta-Ramusino has been Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Nobel Peace Prize 1995; since August 2002.  He is also Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Milan, Italy. He co-founded in 1983 the Italian Union of Scientists for Disarmement.  He was formerly Director of the Program on Science, Technology and International Security at the Landau Network – Centro Volta (Como).

He has carried out research on tactical nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defense, and the Pakistani and Indian nuclear programs.  Also, as Secretary General of Pugwash, he has worked on the contentious issues surrounding Kashmir and Indo-Pakistani relations, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the situation in Afghanistan. The issues related to a WMD (Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction)-free zone in the Middlel East, and the situation in Syria.  He has in particular followed the Iranian nuclear problem and negotiations and he is an expert on issues concerning the NPT (Non Proliferation Treaty).


Shmuel Kron, MD and CEO, specialized in Psychiatry at the Hadassah Hospital Medical School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He also graduated in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  He is former head of the Mental Health services of the Israeli Defence Forces, and co–founder and chairmen of the Israeli Association for Suicide Prevention.

Since 1998 Dr Kron is the Medical Director and CEO of Shalvata Hospital. He also serves in elected roles as secretary of the Association of Hospital Directors in Israel and as a member of the National Council for Recovery of Mental Health Disabilities.

Dr Kron’s main academic interests are: Mental health policy, suicide prevention, crisis and disaster response, medical ethics (esp. patients’ rights and accessibility to care), and psychiatric rehabilitation.


Giacomo Marramao teaches Theoretical Philosophy and Political Philosophy at the University of Rome 3. He is also director of the Fondazione Basso (Rome), member of the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris), and professor honoris causa in Philosophy at the University of Bucarest. In 2005 he received the “Palmes Académiques” from the French Republic. Among his works, which have been translated in different languages: Dopo il Leviatano, new ed. (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri 2000); Potere e secolarizzazione, new ed. (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri 2005); Minima temporalia. Tempo, spazio, esperienza, new ed. (Bologna: Luca Sossella 2005); La passione del presente (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri 2008), which won the Prize in Philosophy “Viaggio a Siracusa”; Passaggio a Occidente, new ed. (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri 2009) which won the Pozzale-Luigi Russo Prize.


Anatolii Tolstoukhov is a public official, Doctor of Philosophic Sciences, professor, President of the Charitable organization “Centre for Practical Philosophy”, full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.


Svetlana Uvarova is a psychoanalyst, founder and rector of the International Institute of Depth Psychology (Kiev, Ukraine), President of the Ukrainian Association of Psychoanalysis, Board member, certified training analyst and supervisor of the European Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies, member of the World Council for Psychotherapy; editor-in-chief of the journal Psychoanalysis. Chronicles (Kiev, Ukraine), correspondent of the European Journal of Psychoanalysis and editor-in-chief of its Russian language version, author of several papers on psychoanalysis.



The Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research (IPRS) is a private research institute in the areas of psychology, social sciences and bio-ethics. Founded in Rome in 1987 by Professor Sandro Gindro, IPRS applies the theories, tools and methods of clinical psychology, psychoanalysis and sociology in social research. In aiming to deepen its understanding of the problems posed by contemporary society, IPRS dedicates its research to studying the social phenomena related to adolescent marginality, forms of exclusion and discrimination, racism and xenophobia, mechanisms of association in civil society—both voluntary and self-help—analysis of educational processes, intercultural pedagogy, bioethics and biomedicine. IPRS has participated as both coordinator and partner in research projects on the integration of foreign minors, especially unaccompanied ones.


European Journal of Psychoanalysis – edited by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis (ISAP) – is the new edition, both on paper and on line, of the former Journal of European Psychoanalysis ( It was founded in New York on 1995 by Sergio Benvenuto, who edited it for many years. EJP, which is today edited in Rome, Italy, gathers both theoretical and clinical contributions by psychoanalysts and scholars on psychoanalysis, giving room to contributions beyond the established differences among psychoanalytic trends and schools. Edition on line:


The Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) is the result of a fusion of various institutions (the former Institute of Psychology, the former Institute of Phonetics and Dialectology and some groups from Biomedical Technologies, LADSEB and from the Solid State Electronics group). The Institute is involved in research, enhancement, technological transfer and training activities in: cognitive, communicative and linguistic processes; theory, analysis and technology of spoken language and of linguistic variability; cognitive development, learning and socialization in children and non-human primates; artificial intelligence and life; cognitive technologies, neural networks, autonomous robotics; social cognition; decision-making and cooperation technologies; environmental quality, health and society.


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