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psychoanalytic reflections on Dante's Divine Comedy

Saturday 20th February 2021 // 10:00 - 13:00 

We will be celebrating the work of the great poet, Dante Alighieri, focusing on his masterwork, the Commedia, known in English as The Divine Comedy. This is a long poem of dramatic power and extraordinary vividness, written at a time of civil war and great cultural and political disturbance in Italy. Here we will explore the psychological processes underlying Dante's journey, the vicissitudes of his identity, and his surprising relevance to today’s world.

About the speakers

Giovanna Di Ceglie:

Giovanna Di Ceglie qualified in Medicine and specialized in Psychiatry at the University of Perugia (ITALY). She has worked in London in psychiatric NHS services for Children, Adolescent and Adults. She is a training analyst of the BPAS. She has published papers, thought and given lectures on the development of symbolic thinking and on the processes of orientation/disorientation in infant development and on their relevance to clinical work.


David Black:

David Black is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society. He has written widely on psychoanalysis in relation to ethics and religion, and is author of Why Things Matter: the place of values in science, psychoanalysis and religion (Routledge, 2011). His commentary and translation of Dante's Purgatorio is due to appear in 2021 in the New York Review of Books Classics series.


Juliet Newbigin, Senior Member PPA, BPF

There will be an opportunity to hear extracts from the Commedia, read both in Italian and in contemporary translation.

Please note: This event will be conducted online (Via Zoom), the details of which will be emailed upon registration. 

bpf member ticket £ 12.00
non-members £ 20.00
bpf trainees £ 0.00