International Seminar “On Perversions” – Rome, 23 June 2017

IPRS Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali 

IREP Istituto di Ricerche Europee in Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica 

ISAP Istituto di Studi Avanzati in Psicoanalisi / Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis

Museo Laboratorio della Mente

International Seminar

On Perversions

23 June 2017


Sala Teatro S. Spirito

Complesso di S. Spirito in Sassia

Via dei Penitenzieri 10, Roma



The rationale for the Seminar

Our era, in which social and sexual behaviours quite different from those in the recent past are taking hold, seems to take a particular interest in perverse behaviour and lifestyles, what psychiatry today calls “paraphiliac”. And yet in Italy, the theme of perversions has been very little debated, despite its being one of psychoanalysis’ strong points, insofar as it alone has attempted an etiological explanation. Even if theories on perversion vary according to the analytic school.  This seminar aims to engage a discussion around this theme between psychoanalysts and academics who, while inspired by psychoanalysis, come from different fields, which should result in a lively debate. We will discuss the perverse entity in terms of mental structure, the problems it poses to diagnostics, as well as the turmoil surrounding it. We will attempt to situate the place of perverse acts within the general field of psychoanalytic theory, but also to reconstruct the perverse form of life in its dramatic concreteness, and to reflect on the very sense of the concept of “perversions” in relation to the current changes in sexual customs and morals in industrialised countries.



09.00 – 9:30    Welcome

I SESSION    Chair: Massimo Biondi, Raffaele Bracalenti

09.30     Mirella Baldassarre 

10.15     Arturo Casoni        

11.00    Coffee Break

11.30     Cosimo Schinaia

12.15    Andrea Baldassarro      

13.00    Discussion with the Speakers

13.30   Lunch Break

II SESSION     Chair: Raffaele Bracalenti

15.00    Edmond Gilliéron

15.45    Dany Nobus

16.30    Coffee Break

17:00    Sergio Benvenuto

17.45    Tavola Rotonda con i relatori/Round Table with the Speakers

18.30    Closing session


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Con il patrocinio della ASL Roma 1


Mirella Baldassarre (Rome) is a psychotherapist, vice-director of IREP, and author of the book Narcisismo, perversione e disturbi della personalità (Alpes, Rome).


Andrea Baldassarro (Rome) is a SPI training analyst and editor of the book, Perché il male (Mimesis, Milan).


Sergio Benvenuto (Rome) is editor of the European Journal of Psychoanalysis, and author of the book What are Perversions? Sexuality, Ethics, Psychoanalysis (Karnac, London).


Massimo Biondi (Rome) is a professor of psychiatry, and directs the School of Specialisation in Psychiatry at the University of Rome “La Sapienza “.


Raffaele Bracalenti (Rome) is an analyst and president of IPRS.


Arturo Casoni (Rome) is an IPRS analyst with expertise on the problems of adolescence.

Edmond Gilliéron (Lausanne) is an analyst member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and director of IREP.


Dany Nobus (London) is professor of philosophy at Brunel University, curator of the Freud Museum of London, and author of Perversion: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Karnac, London).


Cosimo Schinaia (Genova) is an SPI training analyst, and author of Pedofilia, pedofilie (Bollati Boringhieri, Turin).



Published by I.S.A.P. - ISSN 2284-1059
Scientific Journal in the List 11 by the ANVUR (Italian Agency for Evaluation of the University System and Research)