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Conferences & Publications

Conferences:

"Housing the Unconscious - Early Trauma and its Manifestation in the Physical House", Ferenczi 150th Anniversary Conference.

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   Drawings by Tove Jansson (drawing for Alice in wonderland, 1966)  and Noa Levin Harif

Budapest, June 2023

"Changes in Narratives of Home in Times of a World Pandemic – The Case Study of the English 'Museum of the Home' Database", Representations of Home in Literatures and Cultures in English: (Dis)locations:The Shifting Thematics of Home, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon.

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Lisbon, June 2023

"House and Body in Eating Disorders", IAED – Israeli association of eating disorders  - Annual conference.

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Israel, February 2023

Memories of motherhood and home - literary wanderings in empty houses as means of connecting to an absent mother in "To the lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf and "Moominvalley in November" by Tove Jansson

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Oxford, June 2022

Ruptures in time and amendment by space – Narratives of home in times of Corona

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Cambridge/ online, July 2021

Life on an island - The inner and outer landscapes of Tove Jansson

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Durham, March 2020

(Postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Home and memory in Etty Hillesum’s diaries – The domestic environment as a psychic envelope

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Oxford, June 2019

“Street haunting” – Virginia Woolf’s walks through the urban and domestic landscapes of London

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London, November 2018

Home, space and self – The experience of home as reflected in “A room of one’s own” and “Robinson Crusoe”

London, July 2018

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London, June 2018

Publications:

Homecoming - The domestic environment as a psychic envelope

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Abstract

This article focuses on the domestic space and on its possibility to provide its inhabitants a psychic envelope. Although the house is an important theme in psychoanalytic literature, many psychoanalytic theories have focused mainly on the symbolic characteristic of the domestic space. Thus, although many of them attach important symbolic meaning to the concept of home, they rarely observe the actual physical space it consists of and its possible impact on the psychic experience. This article seeks to answer the question of how home as an environment, as well as an architectural entity with unique features, may affect the psychic experience. I argue that a house is a meaningful space supporting mental transformation and that this transformation comes about by actively engaging with the various objects occupying the house and with the environment itself. It is my contention that the influence of the space on its inhabitants can also promote the understanding of psychopathology and its relation to the environment. In the same way one's surrounding can enable growth and development, it can also enhance pathology and lead to distress and difficulty. I will substantiate this claim using an interdisciplinary exploration containing ideas from psychoanalysis and architecture. Based on these understandings, a set of therapeutic tools are offered that could be taken into the consulting room. The article will contain case studies from both literature and clinical practice.

https://www.betweenus.co.il/%D7%9B%D7%A8%D7%9A-%D7%90-1

BetweenUs Israeli Journal of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, May 2022

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