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Conci, M. (2008). Italian Themes in Psychoanalysis — International Dialogue and Psychoanalytic Identity. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 17(2):65-70.

(2008). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 17(2):65-70


Italian Themes in Psychoanalysis — International Dialogue and Psychoanalytic Identity

Marco Conci

“Have no doubt that there is a future for psychoanalysis in Italy too. You only have to wait for a suitable time,” wrote Freud to Edoardo Weiss (1889-1970), on November 1, 1923, responding to a letter in which the first Italian psychoanalyst had informed Freud of having successfully introduced the Italian psychologists, gathered together in Florence for their Fourth National Congress, to his new science (as we learn from Weiss' book Sigmund Freud as a consultant, 1970). It actually took many years for psychoanalysis to become established in Italy and for Italian psychoanalysts to gain international recognition as important intellectual players in their field. It was to celebrate this achievement, coinciding with Antonino Ferro's election to the post of Editor for Europe of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (from No. 4/2003), that we decided to produce this special issue, Italian themes in psychoanalysis-International dialogue and psychoanalytic identity. This topic was also dealt with comprehensively in my interview with Stefano Bolognini for this journal (see No. 1/2006), and this special issue can also be seen as a continuation and amplification of that same interview.

Last but not least, I am also very happy to say that the common denominator of the new, creative situation of Italian psychoanalysis, and of the papers contained in this issue, is embodied in the process of “internationalization,” whose first protagonists and contributions had already been a central theme of my paper “Psychoanalysis in Italy: a reappraisal” (No.

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