Keynote Speakers

The organising  Commitee of  the 3rd  EADMT  Conference  "Crossing  borders  and  the In-Between.  DMT at  the Leading  Edge"  is   happy  to  announce  our  Keynote Speakers:

Dr Marina Rova is a dance movement psychotherapist, trainer and researcher based in London, UK. Specialist clinical populations include older adults and dementia services, adult mental health and perinatal and family services. She holds a practice-based PhD on kinaesthetic empathy combining the fields of dance movement psychotherapy, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience. She is passionate about developing embodied practice interventions within research and service development for the health sector and community interest projects. She is also involved in independent consultancy work delivering bespoke training offering specific guidance in embodied reflective practice. 

Moving toward 'new lands': Transforming embodied knowledge in the 21st century

As a Greek who emigrated to the UK, a dance movement psychotherapist working in diverse clinical settings and a researcher developing novel approaches towards embodied knowledge production, Dr Marina Rova has been crossing borders for 20 years. Building on autobiographical, clinical and research insights Dr Rova will discuss borders not only as places of definition of otherness but as potential spaces for transformation. Her paper will propose interdisciplinarity as an important approach to fostering dialogic process and thus a form of reconciliation and integration.

Elena Mignosi is  Professor in  General and Social Pedagogy at the University of Palermo where she teaches Theories, strategies and education system; Expressive-body languages methodologies and techniques; Body Pedagogy;  Pedagogy of music. She has a degree in Family therapy and she is dance-movement therapist APID.

She has a long experiences on training of trainers, educational and social workers in various contexts
About DMT, she has written numerous books and articles, among which: La danzamovimento terapia nella formazione dei formatori (2008); La Danza Movimento Terapia  nella prevenzione del disagio esistenziale dei giovani adulti (2010);  Per una valutazione qualitativa nella mediazione corporea (2012); Se raconter à travers la dansemouvement-thérapie: un parcours de formation pour des jeunes futurs formateurs  (2016); Dance Movement Therapy in Educational Training for Intercultural Experiences (2017)


Bridges Between People: the Nonverbal  Mediation  in an Intercultural Perspective

Beginning with the concept of “mediation” in general, Elena Mignosi will deal with the theme of “intercultural mediation”.  She will focus on the non-verbal and creative aspects  which characterise this mediation.  Reflecting on the  professional skills that are necessary in this process of mediation how does DMT makes a difference?  She will draw inspiration from her training experiences with professionals who have been faced  with emergency situations sometimes in very complex social contexts.

Elena is from Sicily the region that receives 85% of the unaccompanied foreign minors arriving in Italy,  a country  that does not have adequate laws in place to favour life projects and social inclusion. In her opinion certain  DMT competences can offer the possibility to build  bridges between people and  to create social networks, reaching  out, as well, towards political change.