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New video: Melanie Klein's granddaughters in conversation

We are delighted to present a new video in which Diana Brimblecombe and Hazel Bentall share memories of their grandmother, Melanie Klein, with psychoanalysts Michael Feldman and Richard Rusbridger.  Watch the video

John Steiner 80th Birthday Meeting - audio recording

In a special meeting to mark John Steiner's eightieth birthday in March 2014, John talked about his long and rich career in psychoanalysis, with questions, reflections and thoughts from fellow analysts, colleagues, friends and former students. You can listen below, and download a transcript of the recording (will open in new window).

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Hanna Segal Memorial Conference - video

A video showing extracts from the Memorial Conference on Psychoanalysis, Literature and Politics: Celebrating Hanna Segal's Contributions, is now available. View the video on Vimeo.

Featuring speakers including John Steiner, Ignês Sodré and Jean-Michel Quinodoz, it gives a flavour of the conference programme, with personal reflections and memories of Segal as well as discussion of her enormous intellectual contribution in the world of psychoanlaysis and beyond. A longer version is also available to purchase. The conference took place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2013 at Regent’s College, London) and was organised by The Institute of Psychoanlysis.

Find out more about Hanna Segal's life and work on our website or visit The Institute of Psychoanalysis website for more information.

Ron Britton honoured with two prestigious awards in 2013

Ron Britton's outstanding contribution to psychoanalysis has been recognised with two awards.

International Psychoanalytic Association award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement 

The award was presented at the 2013 IPA conference in Prague.

2013 Sigourney Award

The Sigourney Award recognises significant contributions that have generated new interest and activity in psychoanalysis and related disciplines. Judges look for major contributions to clinical psychoanalysis or psychoanalytical research, including its application to the fields of medicine, psychiatry, or other sciences, the humanities, or the public good. The Award also recognises work that increases the public awareness and the study of psychoanalysis. The 2013 Sigourney Award recognises contributions in the European Region. 

The other recipients for 2013 were Judith Dupont (France), Haydée Faimberg (France) and Neville Symington (Australia).

Visit the Sigourney Award website

Three papers on Reparation given at the 2013 IPA Congress

Three papers on Klein's concept of Reparation, by Claudia Frank, Edna O'Shaughnessy and Heinz Weiss, are now available on this website. They were originally presented at the International Psychoanalytical Association congress, 'Facing the Pain', in Prague, July 2013.

Taken together, they show Klein's discovery of this central concept in her work with children and its use and development in contemporary psychoanalysis.

Claudia Frank, using a series of vivid drawings, shows the attempt by Klein's child patients to repair the damage they feel they have done with their own destructive feelings.

Edna O'Shaughnessy elegantly illuminates how Klein's understanding of the struggle to make amends for crimes we feel we have committed follows directly on from Freud's elucidation of ordinary human misery in his famous 1929 paper, 'Civilization and it's Discontents'.

Ninety years on from Klein's original observations, Heinz Weiss's poignant and sensitive clinical work with an adult patient demonstrates both the continuing relevance and the contemporary clinical use of this central psychoanalytic concept.

Read Claudia Frank's paper, Melanie Klein's Discovery of Reparation

Read Edna O'Shaughnessy's paper, Waiting for a Concept

Read Heinz Weiss' paper, Primitive Reparation and the Repetition Compulsion in the Analysis of a Borderline Patient.

Visit the Library Downloads section for more reports, reviews and papers.

Conference report: The Many Faces of Mania

London, 23 June 2012

Chair: Dr Gigliola Fornari Spoto
Speakers: Dr Michael Feldman and Mrs Edna O’Shaughnessy
Discussants: Dr Catalina Bronstein and Mr Richard Rusbridger

‘The Many Faces of Mania’ explored the aetiology and manifestations of mania through the presentation and discussion of two clinical cases.

Read the full report