Washington Square Institute
43rd Annual Conference
4 1 E. 11th street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 477-2600  

Sunday, January 27, 2019 ■ 10:00 am- 3:45 pm
Registration at 9:30am - Breakfast Buffet 
  4.5 CE hours for psychoanalysts, social workers, and psychologists 
Psychoanalysis Beyond Patriarchy: 
Contributions of Post-Freudians,
 Queer Theory, & Laplanche

Presenters: Jessica Benjamin, PhD and Gila Ashtor, PhD


Morning Session 10am - Noon 

Welcoming Remarks: 
Dir. of Training, Marilyn Tauber MA, LP, NCPsyA

Reconsidering the Riddle of Sex-
How to think about Oedipus in the post-Oedipal world 
Jessica Benjamin , Ph.D.

Freud considered femininity a conundrum, was it or was it not allied with passivity? I have shown, following Horney, how the mind of the Oedipal boy constructs femininity and how this construction informs the patriarchal view of sexuality as an urgent response to the overwhelming or repudiated object. In this talk we will deconstruct this logic, taking note of  the role  of early affect regulation in relation to sexual excitement; and of the use of gender binaries in dealing with excess, shame and loss. Clinical examples will illustrate how this theoretical view works with relational approaches.
 At the end of this presentation participants should be able to: 
  1. Recognize how the Oedipal projection of passivity into the feminine is used to construct the invulnerability of traditional masculinity.
  2. They will understand the roots of these anxieties about passivity in early issues of attachment and affect regulation. 
  3. They will be able to identify anxieties and shame regarding self-regulation that are aroused by the compulsion to perform conventionally organized masculinity and femininity.


Lunch Break: Noon -1:15pm

Afternoon Session 1:15 pm- 3:45 pm

Queering Psychoanalysis?
A Critical Exploration of Queer Theory and Psychoanalysis
Gila Ashtor

The growing popularity of Queer Theory in contemporary psychoanalytic discourse was evident in the most recent IARPP Colloquium where, in spite of its provenance in literary studies by a professor of comparative literature, the term "ego shattering" was used repeatedly by clinicians to describe a psychological phenomenon. As contemporary psychoanalysis diversifies its theoretical canon and aims, often explicitly, to revolutionize some of its most traditional concepts so as to keep pace with developments in other fields, it isn't difficult to recognize the singular appeal of queer theory. Not only is queer theory a powerful and disruptive force in the academy, but, for various reasons that aren't the subject of this talk, queer theory has also become a veritable code word for "radical" "rigorous" and "anti-normative" theory.  This talk will explore the relationship between Queer Theory and psychoanalysis through a close engagement with the writing of queer theorist Leo Bersani and psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche.
  At the end of this presentation participants should be able to: 
  1. What is Queer Theory? How did it develop an intellectual discourse and what are its major subjects and interests?
  2. How does contemporary psychoanalysis relate to Queer Theory? 
  3. How does the work of Jean Laplanche introduce new concepts into contemporary psychoanalysis, and specifically, theorizations of sexuality?
Discussion with Q&A

Presenters Bios

Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D., is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City, where she is a supervising faculty member at the Relational Track of the New York University Postdoctoral Psychology program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis as well as a founding board member and faculty of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Studies Center. She was a co-founder of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality and on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She is known as a contributor to the development of relational psychoanalysis and its interrelation with feminism as well as the theory of intersubjectivity. Her earlier works include: The Bonds of Love; Like Subjects, Love Objects; Shadow of the Other. Her most frequently cited article is Beyond Doer and Done to: an Intersubjective view of Thirdness (Psa. Quarterly 2004). She directed The Acknowledgment Project (2004-2010), a series of dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian mental health professionals and participated in a video project on Combatants for Peace, movingbeyondviolence.org available online. Her most recent book is Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third ( 2018).

Gila Ashtor, Ph.D. has a PhD in Literature and Philosophy from Tufts University. Her research specializations include Queer Theory, psychoanalysis, trauma and affect studies, memoir and the metapsychology of Jean Laplanche. Her academic writing focuses on the relationship of queer theory to psychoanalysis, and is the subject of her forthcoming book Homo Psyche: Queer Theory and Metapsychology. Her clinical writing deals with sexuality, trauma and attachment and she is an Editor at Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Gila is currently an advanced candidate in the Adult Training Program in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City, where she treats adults and children.


Registration and Payment:
Early Bird Fee by 1/10/19 $125, Students $50 (WSI Faculty/Staff $125)
Register by 1/24/19 $140, Students $60; (WSI Faculty/Staff $130)
At the Door: $165, Students $65, (WSI Faculty/Staff $140)
  • To pay by credit card: You can make your credit card payment over the phone with WSI receptionist (212-477-2600) or online
  •  To pay by check, mail your check made out to WSI along with your contact information: name, email, and telephone to: WSI / 41 E. 11th St., 4th Floor / NY, NY 10003 / Attn: conference
  • Refunds will be given up to one week prior to conference date only.
  • For more information call (212) 477-2600 or e-mail janebirzin@gmail.com
Continuing Education Certificates are available with attendance for social workers,  psychoanalysts, and psychologists.
  • Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy & Mental Health, is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0269.
  • Washington Square Institute 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 #P-0008.
  • Washington Square Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. Washington Square Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Thanks to the Program Committee for their help with the conference:  Marc Angers, MA, Oxon, LCSW, LP, NCPsyA, Jane Birzin, MA; Jane Genende, LCSW-R; Gene Guberman, MA, LP, NCPsyA; Natalie Riccio, PhD; Marilyn Tauber, MA, LP, NCPsyA., Thomas Wagner, MA, LP, NCPsyA
Jane Birzin, MA    
Continuing Education Coordinator


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