Saturday 10 July, 2-4pm

This talk will be geared towards giving the audience a taste of the flavour psychoanalysis acquires when it travels to the Indian terroir. As a psychoanalytic researcher in a temple famous for exorcism rituals the author struggled to converse with her participants. As a result, a language had to be conjured infused with the spirit of psychoanalysis but driven to meet the possessed person where s/he was.

Shalini Masih PhD is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Delhi. She also offers supervision to other psychoanalytic psychotherapists. She has taught psychoanalysis to trainees at Ambedkar University in Delhi. She has worked with traumatised children and adolescents and with psychotic young adults. Her doctoral thesis was a psychoanalytic study on ‘Beauty in Ugliness in Spirit Possession and Exorcism’. Her interest lies in dissociation, psychosis, dreams and nightmares, the impact of motherhood on the clinician, cultural processes and the kind of psychoanalysis feasible to a given cultural soil.

She has presented papers at a number of national and international psychoanalytic conferences. Recently one of her papers was nominated for best article in the 2020 Gradiva Awards. She is constantly in awe of the psyche and learning to become a mother to her toddler daughter.


This event forms part of our summer series, In Relation. Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite