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Queer theory and psychoanalysis: it’s complicated.
On the one hand, queer theory shares with psychoanalysis an interest in the limits of identity: the way lived experience so often exceeds our capacity to name—let alone classify—desires, pleasures, relations, embodiments. On the other, queer theory, as influenced by French critical theorist and historian Michel Foucault, has shown us how psychoanalysis has historically functioned to control and “normalize” individuals. From its earliest moments, and especially in light of Freud’s “scientific” aspirations for it, psychoanalysis was a practice of knowledge whereby individuals (in order to be legible subjects in the world) were incited to identify sexuality as the deep truth of themselves. The issue here is not whether psychoanalysis has historically been homophobic or LGBTQ-affirming, though this surely matters to individual patients and to the wider culture, too. The point is rather that, however we identify sexually, we are called by culture to “be” a sex and “have” a sexuality.
This workshop asks what queer theory might have to contribute to: (1) psychoanalytic understandings of gender, sexuality, and embodiment in general (as if there is any such thing as embodiment “in general”) and (2) psychoanalytic ways of talking, listening, being, and becoming in the consulting room and out.
The workshop will be structured around an opening presentation by the workshop leader, close engagement with excerpts from key texts in queer theory (including but not limited to: Foucault, Judith Butler, José Muñoz, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick), and interactive discussion with and among the workshop participants. Readings will be made available in advance, and participants are encouraged to bring in clinical materials for group discussion.
About the Presenter:
Ann Pellegrini, Ph.D., is Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Her books include Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race; Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (coauthored with Janet R. Jakobsen); and Queer Theory and the Jewish Question (coedited with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz). She coedits the “Sexual Cultures” series at New York University Press and is a contributing editor to the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. In 2007, she was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Freud Museum in Vienna and the University of Vienna. She’s currently a candidate in the 4-year analytic training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City.
**All the above events will be held at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, 1841 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023 unless otherwise stated.
Select programs meet the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and are approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education credit for licensed social workers.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists.
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