“Where It Was, There I Must Come to Be:” A Psychoanalytic Take on Gender Today


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Hannah Wallerstein, PhD, is a Fellow in psychology at the Austen Riggs Center.Bio: Hannah Wallerstein is an adjunct faculty member at the Austen Riggs Center. She has published on gender and sexuality, psychoanalytic conceptions of truth, and race and psychosis in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and Transgender Quarterly. Her paper, “Real Gender: Identity, Loss, and the Capacity to Feel Real” won the 2016 Symonds Prize for best essay on the topic on gender and/or sexuality. She is currently working on a dialogue project regarding clinical work with transgender children. Dr. Wallerstein is in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, supervises for the CCNY Doctoral Program, and is on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

Lecture description: In the last two decades gender has exploded as a concept—new gender identifications have proliferated, as have new forms of embodiment and possible technological interventions. This rapid change demands new ways of thinking both in and out of the consulting room. How do we understand something that can be at once fluid and yet powerfully fixed, socially inscribed and yet profoundly personal? This two-part lecture will attempt to grapple with these questions, first charting the history of the term gender in order to situate our investigation, and then outlining a theoretical framework for engaging the term’s complexity.  Using the work of Freud, Winnicott, and Loewald, the second lecture will propose to think of gender as a representational form linked to subjective authorization.  It will elaborate implications for thinking about gender variance and transgender phenomena.

Continuing Education Credits Authorized: 1

Learning Objectives

To think critically about the concept of gender and its multitude of potential psychic functions.
To develop a greater understanding for gender’s relationship to sexuality and to object relations.
To apply psychoanalytic ideas about gender to clinical experience and technique.

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