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Gender in the Blender: How Transgender is Reorienting Clinical Practice

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
Stockbridge 01262
December 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

Patricia Gherovici. Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor.  Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003), winner of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize, and Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010).  Most recently, she has contributed to Lacan and Addiction: An Anthology (Karnac: 2011) and The Literary Lacan: From Literature to 'Lituraterre' and Beyond (Seagull Books, University of Chicago Press: 2013). Her collection Lacan On Madness: Madness, Yes You Can’t (co-edited with Manya Steinkoler) is forthcoming (Routledge, 2014).

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  Neither sex nor gender: for psychoanalysis, sex is never a natural event, nor can it be reduced to a discursive construction.  Sex or gender is a false alternative.  Sexual difference is neither sex nor gender because gender needs to be embodied while sex needs to be symbolized.  Nevertheless, historically, psychoanalysts have taken a normative position by reading transsexuality as an irrevocable sign of pathology.  Nothing could be further away from what one learns in the clinic.  The transgender experience both reorients psychoanalytic practice and reframes debates about gender and sexuality.  Lacan's theory of the sinthome is an innovative tool to rethink sexual difference. With the help of this theory one can challenge the pathological approach too often adopted by psychoanalysis. This calls for a more fruitful dialogue between psychoanalysis and the transgender discourse.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - At the conclusion of the event the participants will be able to:

1. Analyze the controversial yet central role played by psychoanalysis in the history of transsexualism.
2. Apply a challenging approach to the idea that transgender is always a pathology.
3. Appraise the use of Lacan's notion of sinthome in several examples.

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AUTHORIZED:  2.0  (M.D., Ph.D., Social Work)

For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

Duration: 
2 hours
Intended Audience: 
Clinician

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