Conference Venue: University of Helsinki, University Banquet Rooms, Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki

Thursday, September 19

9.00–9.15 OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE by Anu Korhonen, leader of the project “Northern Nightmares ca. 1400–2020”

9.15–10.15 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Professor Alessandro Arcangeli (University of Verona): Renaissance Dream Cultures: Oneiric Vocabulary and Paradigms

10.15–10.45 Coffee

10.45–12.45 SESSION 1 – Foundations and Future Prospects: Recent and Revised Methodologies and Their Practical Applications In the Study of Dreams

  • Svenska Arensburg Castelli (University of Chile) & Isis Castañeda Capriroli (Universidad Mayor): Dreams as a social research tool: Bringing the psychoanalytic dream interpretation method up to date

  • Mauricio Carreño Hernández (University of Santiago), Isis Castañeda Capriroli (Universidad Mayor) & Pablo Reyes Pérez (University of Chile): Dreams and experiences of violence in young Chileans

  • Stephanie Hobbis (Wageningen University) & Astrid Jamar (The Open University): Dreaming of Peace: Dreamlife as A Gate to Pluriverse and Affective Enquiry of Peace Interventions

  • Maja Gutman (UCLA – University of California, Los Angeles): Understanding Dreams as Data: Mapping, Measuring and Modeling dream reports

12.45–14.00 Lunch

14.00–15.30 SESSION 2 – Before and After Freud: Interpreting Dreams In the 19th and 20th Centuries

  • Paula Muhr (Humboldt University, Berlin): The Diagnostic Importance of Dreams: Charcot’s Salpêtrière and the Predictive Role of Nightmares in the Onset of Hysterical Attacks

  • Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa (National University of Ireland, Galway): Beauty from beyond the ego. Aesthetical aspects in Ludwig Klages’ dream theory

  • Naomi Wynter-Vincent (University of Sussex): Constructing the Necessary Dream: The Dream Theory of Wilfred Bion

15.30–16.00 Coffee

16.00–17.00 SESSION 3 – Slumbering Witches and Divine Communions In Early Modern Europe

  • Elizabeth Hunter (University of London): The Occult Powers of Dreamers – Dreams and the Early Modern Witchcraft Debate

  • Göran Malmstedt (University of Gothenburg): Between dreams and reality

19.00 Conference dinner


Friday, September 20

9.00–10.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Professor Catharina Raudvere (University of Copenhagen): Transformed, Rejected and Restored: Cultural Imaginaries and Religious Beliefs about the Scandinavian Nightmare Hag

10.00–10.30 Coffee

10.30–12.00 SESSION 4 – Dreaming Societies: Meanings and Functions Of Dreams In Past and Present Societies

1. Past societies:

  • Minna Seppänen (University of Turku) & Antti Lampinen (The Finnish Institute at Athens): Hermeneutics of dreams: the case of Artemidorus of Daldis
  • Jesse Keskiaho (University of Helsinki): Bad dreams in the early middle ages

2. Present societies:

  • Silja Heikkilä (University of Turku): Dreams and Living Heritage

12.00–13.00 Lunch

13.00–14.30 SESSION 5 – Wartime Dreamers: Loss, Trauma, and Recovery In the Context Of the World Wars

  • Alice Sage (University of London): What do little girls want? Dream Daddies and traces of desire around 1920

  • David van Oeveren (Utrecht University): Dreaming of home. Dreams, nightmares, and trauma of British Prisoners of War during the Second World War

  • Michaela Schrage-Frueh (National University of Ireland, Galway): Paula Ludwig’s Animal Dreams

14.30–15.00 Coffee

15.00–16.30 SESSION 6 – Uncanny and Unexpected: Nightmares and Encounters With the Otherworldly In Dreams

  • Michele Tita (University of Tartu): Encounters with Dead People in Dreams: an Overview of Personal Experience Narratives

  • Annikki Kaivola-Bregenhöj (University of Turku): Dreams as Supernatural Communication

  • Louise S. Milne (Edinburgh Napier University): Nightmares and Other Doubles: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on the Visual Culture of Self-shattering Dreams and Visions

16.30–17.00 Final remarks and future prospects


The program of the conference and information on the sessions can be downloaded here.