Contributors (Number 18)

Bice Benvenuto is a Lacanian psychoanalyst who has practiced in London for 15 years and has co-directed the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London for many years. She is a member of the Ecole Européenne de Psychanalyse and has taught psychoanalysis at the New School for Social Research in New York and at The Florida Atlantic University. She published, with Roger Kennedy, The Works of Jacques Lacan: An Introduction (London: Free Association, 1986); Concerning the Rites of Psychoanalysis, or the Villa of the Mysteries (London: Polity Press, 1994), many articles on European and American journals (Oxford Literary Review, British Journal of Psychotherapy, Thalassa and others) and co-authored The Klein-Lacan Dialogues (London: Rebus Press, 1997, edited by B. Burgoyne & M. Sullivan).
She is the director of the Associazione Françoise Dolto in Rome, where she directs a Maison Verte. []

Sergio Benvenuto is a researcher in psychology and philosophy at the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy, and a psychoanalyst member of the SGAI (Società Gruppo-Analitica Italiana). He is a contributor to cultural journals such as Differentia (New York), Lettre Internationale (French, German, Spanish, Hungarian and Italian editions), Transeuropéennes (Paris) and RISS (Basel). He has translated into Italian Jacques Lacan’s Séminaire XX. Encore, as well as works by Françoise Dolto, Paul Feyerabend, Richard Rorty, and others. His books include La strategia freudiana (Naples: Liguori, 1984); with Oscar Nicolaus, La bottega dell’anima (Milan: Franco Angeli, 1990); Capire l’America (Genova: Costa & Nolan, 1995), Dicerie e pettegolezzi (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1999); Un cannibale alla nostra mensa (Bari: Dedalo, 2000). []

Tullio Carere-Comes, M.D., has experienced the teaching of different psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic schools since the years of his psychiatric residency. He was interested in the unique perspectives offered by the different schools, but rejected the dogmatism and sectarianism of most of them. He therefore negotiated every step of his training outside the institutional programs with trainers of different persuasions. Since the beginning of his career as a professional and as a researcher, his main interest has been the study of the field as a whole, of which the individual psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic schools have each explored only a limited sector. His attempts to draw a map of the field range from Principi di terapia psichiatrica (Milan: Cortina, 1974), to “Beyond psychotherapy: Dialectical therapy” (Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 1999). He is the Coordinator of the SEPI network in Italy (Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration) and a founding member of ARPE (Association for Research on Psychoanalysis in Europe). []

Sergio Contardi, a psychoanalyst of Lacanian formation, lives and works in Milan. He is one of the founders, and a member, of the Associazione Psicanalitica Lacaniana Italiana (APLI), and a member of the Fondation Européenne pour la Psychanalyse. He is co-editor of the psychoanalytic Italian journal Scibbolet. He has published papers and articles in various Italian and French journals, such as: “La guarigione e la cura analitica”, Thelema-La psicanalisi e i suoi intorni, 1990, 2; “La guérison comme construction”, in La direction de la cure depuis Lacan, Pickmann, ed. (Paris: Point Hors Ligne, 1994); “La passione dell’analista”, Scibbolet-Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 1995, 2; “Psychanalyse-Thérapie” in Le Curieux. Courier de la Bibliothèque de Recherche Freudienne et Lacanienne, 1992, 13/14. [Address: Via Guido d’Arezzo 7, 20145 Milano – Italy]

Giacomo B. Contri, MD, psychoanalyst, president and lecturer of the “Studium Cartello”, member of the Psychoanalytical Association “Il Lavoro Psicanalitico”. Analyzed by Jacques Lacan, a member of the École Freudienne de Paris until its closure in 1981, he is currently a member of the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne and the Association Internationale d’Histoire de la Psychanalyse. He has also lectured in Child Neuropsychiatry at Milan University. He is the author of several articles published in journals and collective books, and author of several books, including: La tolleranza del dolore. Stato, diritto, psicoanalisi (Milan: La Salamandra, 1977), Lacan in Italia (Milan: Sic, 1979), Lavoro dell’inconscio e lavoro psicoanalitico (Milan: Sic, 1985), Lexikon psicoanalitico e Enciclopedia (Milan: Sic, 1987), Leggi (Milan: Sic, 1989), SanVoltaire (Rimini: Guaraldi, 1994), Il pensiero di natura. Dalla psicoanalisi al pensiero giuridico (Milan: Sic, 1994 and 1998), L’esperienza giuridica, with various authors (Milan: Sic, 1999), Libertà di psicologia. Costituzione e incostituzionalità (Milan: Sic, 1999), L’aldilà: il corpo, with various authors (Milan: Franco Angeli, 2000), Tracce di Enciclopedia, on line until 2004. L’ordine giuridico del linguaggio (Milan: Sic, 2003), La doppiezza di Lacan, soon to be published on paper and on line. Due for publication are also the second volume of L’ordine giuridico del linguaggio and the essay L’Uomo Diritto. He is print and on line director of Sic Edizioni. He was editor of the Italian edition of the works of J. Lacan with Einaudi publisher between 1972 and 1994 and of writings by Freud with Bollati Boringhieri publisher. On line editor of the Studium Cartello ( and Sic Edizioni ( websites. []

Márta Csabai is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and a lecturer on medical and health psychology at the University Medical School, Debrecen. She also lectures on theoretical psychoanalysis and social psychology. Her research and publications are related to the themes of gender and psychoanalysis, hysteria, and representations of the body and health. Her books include: Freud titokzatos tárgya. Pszichoanalízis és nŒi szexualitás, co-edited with Ferenc ErŒs (Budapest: Új Mandátumcx, 1997); Health, Illness and Care. A textbook of medical psychology, co-authored with Péter Molnár (Budapest: Springer, 1999); and Testhatárok és énhatárok. Az identitás változó keretei, co-authored with Ferenc ErŒs (Budapest: Jószöveg, 2000). [Address: MTA Pszichológiai Kutató Intézete, Budapest, Victor Hugo u. 18-22, Hungary. POB: 1132.]

Elvio Fachinelli (1928-1989) was an M.D. and psychoanalyst in Milan where, in the 1970’s, he established the journal L’erba voglio. He published his witty “psycho-political” articles there and in the popular weekly L’Espresso, establishing a strong connection between psychoanalysis and the emancipatory movements at that time. Although he remained a member of the official Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI), in 1969 he led a public protest against the Italian psychoanalytic establishment, which he criticized for its conservative sclerosis. He authored the books: L’erba voglio, with Luisa Muraro and Giuseppe Sartori (Turin: Einaudi, 1971); Il bambino dalle uova d’oro (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1974); La freccia ferma (Milan: L’Erba Voglio, 1979); Claustrofilia (Milan: Adelphi, 1983); and La mente estatica (Milan: Adelphi, 1989).

Marco Focchi, practicing psychoanalyst in Milan. He is a member of the World Psychoanalytic Association with the title of AME. He lectures at the Freudian Institute for Clinical Practice, Therapy and Science, as well as being Scientific Director of “Gruppozero”, Center of Contemporary Distress. He coordinates the psychology services for a complex of schools in Milan. His published works include: La lingua indiscreta (Milan: Franco Angeli, 1985), L’oggetto immemore (Milan: Franco Angeli,1988), Dovunque altrove (Milan: Guerini, 1990), L’identità vuota (Milan: Guerini, 1991), Evento e ripetizione (Castrovillari: Teda, 1995), Il buon uso dell’inconscio (Rome: Editori Riuniti, 2000), Il cambiamento in psicoanalisi (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 2001).

Mauro Fornaro, psychologist and psychotherapist, is professor of History of Psychological Sciences at the University of Chieti (Italy). His main researches concern the history and epistemology of psychology and psychoanalysis and their relations with ethics. Among his recent works: Psicoanalisi tra scienza e mistica. L’opera di Wilfred Bion (Rome: Studium, 1991); Il soggetto mancato. La psicologia del Sé di Heinz Kohut (Rome: Studium, 1996); (with D. Cavagna) Il corpo negli sviluppi della psicoanalisi (Turin: Centro Scientifico Editore, 2001); Aggressività. I classici nella tradizione della psicologia sperimentale, della psicologia clinica e dell’etologia (Turin: Centro Scientifico Editore, 2004)[].

Furio Lambruschi, psychologist and cognitive psychotherapist, works at the Service of Neuropsychiatry (USL of Cesena). He is professor of Childhood and Adolescence Psychotherapy in the Postgraduate School of Clinical Psychology (University of Siena); co-director of the Postgraduate School of Cognitive Psychotherapy (Sinesis, Bologna); and he has a teaching position in several Italian schools of cognitive psychotherapy. He has published several papers on developmental psychopathology, attachment theory and cognitive psychotherapy. He is co-author (with G. Fara) of Lo spirito del riso: saggio sull’umorismo (Milan: Cortina, 1987); co-editor (with G. Rezzonico) of Psicoterapia cognitiva nei servizi pubblici (Rome: Franco Angeli, 1996) and editor of Psicoterapia cognitiva dell’età evolutiva: procedure d’assessment e strategie psicoterapeutiche (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 2003). []

Giorgio Landoni, M.D., is a psychiatrist trained in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been working in Milan as a psychoanalyst since 1975. Initially a member of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society, he today is member of the I.P.A. He participated in the foundation of the Italian Group-Analytical Society (SGAI). Some of his essays have appeared in L’Evolution Psychiatrique, Social Psychiatry, Rivista Italiana di Psicoanalisi and Rivista Italiana di Gruppoanalisi. [Via G. Boccaccio 35 – 20123 Milano – Italy –].

Valeria La Via, psychologist and psychotherapist, clinical criminology expert. She was responsible for the qualitative research department of a psychosocial research institute. She works in Milan as a psychoanalyst and legal psychologist. One of her main concerns is the contribution of psychoanalysis to criminology, using an approach illustrated in her essay “Psicoanalisi, criminologia e narrativa: per una nuova clinica criminologica”—in Francia, Verde, Birkhoff (eds.), Raccontare delitti (Milan: Franco Angeli, 1999)—and which she has developed in several other contributions on various aspects of criminology [].

Sophie Mendelsohn, a clinical psychologist, she teaches psychology at the University of Rennes II (France) [].

Paolo Migone, psychiatrist, lives in Parma, Italy, and teaches at the Department of Psychology of the University “Vita-Salute San Raffaele” of Milan. In the early 1980s he worked four years in the United States at the New York Medical College, where he completed his psychoanalytic training and became Board Eligible in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is co-editor of the quarterly journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (, fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, member of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group and of other professional organizations; he is in the editorial board of a dozen journals in the field. He authored the book Terapia psicoanalitica (Milan: Franco Angeli, 1995), edited 3 books and wrote over 70 book chapters and 300 articles in various languages (International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Review, Psicoterapia e scienze umane, Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, Intersubjetivo, etc.). He is the editor of the Internet area “Problems of Psychotherapy” ( []

Paolo Moderato, professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Parma. Twice president of AIAMC (Associazione Italiana di Analisi e Modificazione del Comportamento e Terapia Comportamentale e Cognitiva) (1994-1996 and 1998- 2002) and president of the EABCT (European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies) (1996-1997). He is the Italian editor of Acta Comportamentalia and associate editor of Rivista Mexicana de Analisis de la Conduca; he is on the Advisory Board of Behavior Analyst and Psicoterapia Comportamentale e Cognitiva. Together with F. Rovetto he is co-editor of the Mc Graw-Hill Italia Psychology Series, for which he recently published—with G. Presti and P.N. Chase—Pensieri, parole, comportamento. Un’analisi funzionale delle relazioni verbali (Milan: McGraw-Hill, 2002). []

Diego Napolitani, M.D., was a member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (IPA) from 1963 until he left it in 1999. He founded and directed the first “therapeutic communities” for psychotic patients in Italy, inspired by therapeutic communities directed by Maxwell Jones at Melrose Hospital in Scotland, and Thomas Main at Cassel Hospital in London. This experience led him to an ever greater interest in group analysis, and in historicist-relational psychoanalysis. He was a member of the Group Analytic Society founded by S.H. Foulkes in London, and in 1980 he founded the Italian Society of Group Analysis, based on this theoretical principle. By “group analysis” he means the substitution of the “monadic” representation of the mind (psyche) with its structurally relational representation (relation between inner groupings, the idem, and reorganizational or creative disposition, the autos). He has published two books in Italian: Di palo in frasca (Milan: Corpo 10, 1986) and Individualità e gruppalità (Turin: Boringhieri, 1987). Most of his work has been published in the Italian Journal of Group Analysis (Rivista Italiana di GruppoAnalisi), edited by SGAI and two other group-analytic associations. []

Piero Porcelli is a psychologist, trained in psychoanalysis, who works at the Service of Psycho-diagnostics and Psychotherapy (IRCCS De Bellis Hospital, Castellana Grotte, Italy) and has a teaching position at the Postgraduate School of Clinical Psychology (University of Bari). He is mainly interested in psychosomatics and psychological assessment. He has published several papers on psychosomatic peer-reviewed journals and is co-author (with Orlando Todarello) of two books in Italian: Psicosomatica come paradosso. Il problema della psicosomatica in psicoanalisi (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 1992) and Medicina psicosomatica. Valutazione scientifica, integrazione organizzativa e costo sociale (Milan: Franco Angeli, 2002). []

Elisabeth Roudinesco, historian, psychoanalyst and writer, was born in 1944. She was a member of the Ecole Freudienne de Paris (1969-1981). She teaches History at the University of Paris VII, and at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is Vice-president of the International Society of History of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. Her published works include: L’ Inconscient et ses Lettres (Paris: Mame, 1975); Jacques Lacan & Co. A History of Psychoanalysis in France (London: Free Association, 1990; Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press, 1990); Théroigne de Méricourt. Une femme mélancolique sous la Révolution (Paris: Ed. du Seuil, 1989; Engl.transl., London: Verso 1991); Jacques Lacan. Esquisse d’ une vie, histoire d’ un système de pensée (Paris: Fayard, 1993; Engl.transl., New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1996); Généalogies (Paris: Fayard, 1994); with Michel Plon, Dictionnaire de la Psychanalyse (Paris: Fayard, 1999).[89, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau – 75014 Paris]

Francesco Rovetto, M.D. specialist in Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. Associate professor of Clinical Psychology at Parma State University. Teacher and Supervisor in several schools of specialization in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Director of the school of specialization on Investigative Psychology and Psychopathology of Criminal Behavior. Co-editor of the McGraw-Hill Italia Psychology series. Author of various books on cognitive-behavior therapy and on the integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. His books include: Elementi di Psicofarmacologia per Psicologi (Milan: F. Angeli, 2003). Non solo pillole: Psicoterapia e psicofarmaci un’integrazione (Milano: McGraw-Hill, 1996). Moderato P., Rovetto F. (eds.). Psicologo verso la professione (Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2001). [ ]

Annie Shane is a practicing psychoanalyst in Berkeley, California. She recently edited Four Lessons of Psychoanalysis by Moustafa Safouan (New York: Other Press).[]

Paolo Tucci, psychoanalyst, he graduated in Engineering in Naples. In 1975 he moved to Milan, where he furthered his studies in psychology and psychoanalysis. Since 1996 ha has also been involved in the training of psychologists and psychotherapists. He joined the Italian Group Analytic Association (SGAI) in 1996 and was elected its President in 2003. He is currently a lecturer and supervisor at the Milanese Group-Analytic Institute. []

Slavoj Zizek is a philosopher and psychoanalyst, senior researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research, New York. Among his recent publications (all with Verso Books, London): Metastases of Enjoyment. Six Essays on Woman and Causality (1995), The Indivisible Remainder. An Essay on Schelling and Related Matters (1996), The Plague of Fantasies (1997). [Address: Vosnjakova 8 – 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia]

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