Kleinian thinking is alive and thriving in Serbia through the work of the Kleinian Group Belgrade. Established in early 2015, the group’s aim is to study the ideas and technique of Melanie Klein and other analysts who have further developed and enriched her theories and methods.
The group was initiated by five people with an interest in Kleinian thinking. They had read the works of Melanie Klein and her followers, but felt their individual studies were insufficient and wanted to set up a shared, structured continuation of their Kleinian education.
Gordana Batinica, a member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, accepted the group’s invitation to teach Kleinian theory and to offer group supervision, proposing monthly sessions and a two-year curriculum. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month, communicating with Gordana Batinica via Skype. The three-hour sessions are evenly split between theoretical discussion and group supervision.
Having successfully completed the two years of study (from September 2015 to July 2017), the group is committed to continuing its sessions with the same enthusiasm and is planning some new initiatives.
Members of the Kleinian Group Belgrade
- Brankica Aćimović – psychiatrist, psychoanalyst
- Damir Arsenijević – literary theorist and psychoanalytic candidate
- Biljana Pirgić – child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist for children and adolescents
- Branimir Stojanović – philosopher, advanced psychoanalytic candidate
- Sanja Životić – child and adolescent psychiatrist, psychodrama therapist
The group members are very grateful to Gordana Batinica for the effort and commitment she has put into creating the group and ensuring that the work continues.
Photo: The New Railway Bridge, which crosses the Sava River in Belgrade.
Added 12 August 2017