Psychoanalysis Unit


Contagion, Containment and Staying Connected

27 November 2020–29 November 2020, 3:00 pm–3:00 pm



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UCL Psychoanalysis Unit


Virtual conference
UCL Bloomsbury

This November, we will not be able to gather in our usual way in London. 

In previous years, our Annual Conferences have allowed us to come together in person to think in depth about central clinical issues.  We want to find ways of continuing to work together. In the light of the unprecedented challenges of recent events, it feels vital to develop a psychoanalytic understanding of our reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic, including its impact on our capacity to work and to love. It could be for eventual good, not only for ill.  

Therefore, we are planning an online meeting. Speakers and chairs will include Fakhry Davids, Peter Fonagy, Francesca Hume, Jane Milton, Rosine Perelberg, Caroline Polmear, David Taylor, Rudi Vermote, Howard B. Levine and Beverly J. Stoute. David Tuckett will be in conversation with Mervyn King. There will be parallel paper sessions on the Saturday and clinical seminars on the Friday afternoon.

Conference Registration

Please note that space is limited at the clinical seminars on Friday 27 November 2020, so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.  The clinical seminar groups are closed groups and attendees must have registered in advance. The afternoon clinical seminar with David Tuckett will take place 15.30 – 17.00 (GMT+0). The evening clinical seminars will take place 18.00 – 19.45.

For those that are registering to attend the Friday afternoon and evening clinical seminars, please note that there is a possibility that you will be invited to present at the seminar that you have chosen to attend.

Bookings will close 12pm, Thursday 26 November 2020.

Please note that normal confidentiality rules will apply to this online event and you are kindly reminded not to record the event or share any material from the presentations

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Ticket Prices

£90: Conference only standard ticket

£50: Conference only concession ticket (students/IPA candidates/ trainees/ UCL staff)

Keynote Speakers will include:

Francesca Hume | British Psychoanalytical Society, UK

Jane Milton | British Psychoanalytical Society, UK

Rosine Jozef Perelberg | British Psychoanalytical Society, UK

Caroline Polmear | British Psychoanalytical Society, UK

Fakhry Davids | British Psychoanalytical Society, UK

David Tuckett | British Psychoanalytical Society, University College London, UK, in conversation with Mervyn King | New York University and Former Governor of the Bank of England

Rudi Vermote | Belgian Psychoanalytical Society, Belgium

Howard B. Levine | Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA

Beverly J. Stoute, M.D. | Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, Training and Supervising Analyst of the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, a Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, Fellow (Training and Analyst) Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research  (IPTAR), and President of the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society

Call for Parallel Paper Presentations

There will be parallel papers on Saturday afternoon. If you want to submit a parallel paper abstract relevant to the conference's topic, please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk

For those interested in submitting a parallel paper abstract, guidelines for abstract submissions can be found here: Guidelines for Parallel Paper Submissions

Please note that the deadline for submitting parallel paper abstracts is: 12:00 (GMT+0), Friday 4 September 2020

Call for Friday Clinical Seminar Presenters

At the Friday evening clinical seminars, those attending can elect to present clinical cases. If you would like to present, please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk

Clinical seminar leaders will include:

Irma Brenman Pick, Donald Campbell, Peter Fonagy, Francesca Hume, Jane Milton, Rosine Jozef Perelberg, Caroline Polmear, Vic Sedlak, David Taylor, David Tuckett and Rudi Vermote. 

More Information

For any additional queries please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk