A space for psychoanalytic research
To offer a space for psychoanalytic research and new perspectives on the problems raised in contemporary, Freudian, and clinical perspectives of psychoanalysis via TV programs, seminars, colloquia and conferences.
The development of theoretical, clinical and experimental research
To encourage the development of theoretical, clinical and experimental research between neuroscience and psychoanalysis, and to promote activities that bring together the arts, science and psychoanalysis in mutual dialogue with a team of researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral students.
Unique, cross-disciplinary research
To perform novel research at the intersection of neuroscience and psychoanalysis with an approach where psychoanalysis not strictly reduced to neurobiological facts, but rather to pose new questions in neuroscience from a psychoanalytic point of view.
The creative process
To explore the creative process and in particular, its relationship to the unconscious. Psychoanalysis is like musical or theatrical improvisation, where experience, repetition, and traces are continually utilized in a synchronic manner in the vertigo of the instant, in the delicate moment where everything could be played differently.
The Agalma Foundation was founded in 2010 by Professors François Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti, with the support of Dr Christian de Saussure.
Professors Ansermet and Magistretti have co-written several texts on psychoanalysis and neuroscience, including the books “A chacun son cerveau” (Biology of Freedom), Odile Jacob 2004, and “Les énigmes du plaisir” (The puzzles of pleasure), Odile Jacob 2010.
The Agalma Foundation was created in order to further pursue their ideas.
Its aim is to offer a space to support research on the problems stemming from the confrontation of psychoanalysis with contemporary perspectives. This approach offers a new way to understand Freud’s ideas and clinical psychoanalysis.
Its task is to develop theoretical, clinical and experimental research between neuroscience and psychoanalysis, and to promote activities that bring together the arts, science and psychoanalysis in mutual dialogue.
The Foundation is thus a laboratory for problem-setting and ideas, lending support to projects, and organizing meetings and exchanges between researchers across different disciplines who share a common interest in the questions generated by psychoanalysis.
François Ansermet is a psychoanalyst and Professor of Children’s Psychiatry at the University of Geneva, where he is the director of the University’s Department of Psychoanalysis, as well as the Chief of Services for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Geneva University’s Hospital (HUG).
Pierre Magistretti is a neurobiologist and Professor at Brain-Mind Institute at the EPFL and at the Center of Psychiatric Neurosciences, CHUV-UNIL.
Christian de Saussure is a psychiatrist based in Geneva who is accredited by the Swiss Federation of Doctors (FMH) and teaches at the University of Geneva and the University of Lyon. He is a council member of the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.
The Agalma Foundation is directed by a three-member council responsible for defining the research direction, engagement in arts and science projects, the budget, administration, and its governing.
Prof. François Ansermet
Dr. Christian de Saussure
The administration of the council is overseen by the Secretary General. The administration council directs the foundation’s activities in collaboration with the foundation council. It is also responsible for the foundation’s various partnerships.
The Agalma Foundation aims to address the multifaceted object called “the unconscious”, through interdisciplinary research projects.
Following the work of Professors François Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti, the Agalma Foundation developed several axes of research to bring together clinical psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
The research group is composed of international researchers and PhD students. They work on projects in neuroscience, psychoanalysis and art.
Dr. Nathan Evans
Dr. Delphine Preissmann
Musical projects manager
The Agalma Foundation organizes seminars, conferences and workshops in order to bridge the interdisciplinary domains of neuroscience, psychoanalysis and art. International investigators from various fields are regularly invited to participate in the conferences.
Workshops provide the occasion for investigators to meet, exchange and present their work in relation to Agalma’s main topics of research.