Infant Life & Infant Death

Two short films are presented and discussed from the filmmaker’s and a psychoanalyst’s perspectives.

‘Laid Down’ (10 mins) about the turbulent relationship between the baby’s parents from the  perspective of the new-born infant.

‘Flown’ (15 mins) attempts to unearth the unconscious feelings of parents, whose relationship fails following the death of their infant.

The participants will be offered an emotionally charged and engaging journey as seen through the eyes of both the infant and parents

                          Kannan Navaratnem is a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is a Seminar Leader, The Tavistock Clinic, London. Hon. Associate Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London. Supervisor, Squiggle Foundation, UK

                                               Lecture Details: 
          • Online Via Zoom
          • Date: Thursday 25th July 2024
          • Time: 6.45 p.m. – 8.15 p.m. (Adelaide)
          • Cost: $80
  Further details: Flyer Infant Life & Death  Form: Registration Form Enquiries:        



AIP Public Lecture

The Teleanalytic Setting 

The Adelaide Institute of Psychoanalysis is running a workshop by Dr Jill Scharff titled the Teleanalytic Setting, encompassing:

– adjusting to the frame – the electronic third – projection of transference – closeness & distance – unrepresented states of mind


  • Online via Zoom
  • Saturday 4th February 2023
  • 8.30 a.m. (Ade) for 1.5 hour
  • Cost: $40
Dr JILL SCHARFF Dr. Jill Scharff  is a child and adult psychoanalyst and amongst many other achievements is the Founding Chair and supervising analyst of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training.    

Dr Kay Souter

AIP Public Lecture

“When everything seems double” Psychoanalysis, gender & text

Psychoanalysis, literary studies and gender have a long, entwined and often uneasy history. It has been argued that much psychoanalysis, at least as written, has had a literary base since Studies in Hysteria; and likewise that literature has always been fundamentally concerned with the unconscious, ’how mind reformulates the real” (Peter Brooks). In thinking about mind, identity, the interpersonal, the literary provides, as it did for Freud and many who came after him, a proving ground, a stable artefact to help think about the interpersonal storms of the here-and-now. Can literature help to unravel, or at least contemplate, some of the puzzles of gender, sexuality, identity and what might this look like in psychoanalytic theory?   This talk will reflect some of these questions, particularly as they are manifested in the work of Wilfred Bion, whose oeuvre spans the literary and the clinical in the most unexpected ways. The double in literature and psychoanalysis will be considered, and how that might help to think about gender complexities.   Dr Kay Souter is a literary and cultural critic who taught English and psychoanalytic studies at La Trobe University and RMIT for over thirty years. She has a special interest in representations of motherhood and post-Kleinian theory, and is widely published in these areas. For the last ten years of her career, she worked in the management of student learning in higher education at several universities. She is now retired and works as a viticulturist on her small family vineyard in north-east Victoria.
When Where Cost
Thursday 25 November 2021 7.15 p.m. – 8.45 p.m. CST Zoom Conference Link details: TBA $77 Inc. GST
Enquiries/Registration: Read the Flyer  
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