TICP Event – Genders Now, Gender Then, and a Thought on Sex (May 5, 2012)

Genders Now, Gender Then, and a Thought on Sex



Ken Corbett, Ph.D.

Muriel Dimen, Ph.D.

Virginia Goldner, Ph.D.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.



Dr. Hazel Ipp

Dr. Sam Izenberg

Dr. Judi Kobrick

Dr. Gary Rodin

Dr. Sarah Turnbull

Dr. Brent Willock



Drs. Corbett, Dimen, Goldner, and Harris will each give a talk on facets of modern psychoanalytic gender theory, with an eye toward clinical practice. Matters such as gender regulation, gendered embodiment, gender variation, and perversion will be addressed.


9:00 am:  Registration

9:30:   Introduction

9:40 a.m. Presentation


Adrienne Harris – “Genders Emergent in Context: Culture, biology, ideology”

We greatly need a dyadic, complex context in which to understand gendered experience and identity. This needs to be a developmental context, an embodied context and a situation in class, culture and all their interpretive devices, including psychoanalysis.


10:40 Coffee break


11:00 a.m.  Presentation

Ken Corbett – “A Killing Over a Girl”  

The Larry King murder is examined as it offers an opportunity to understand cross-gendered adolescence, bullying, and the violent constitution of masculinity. The struggle to locate masculinity in the depressive position is considered in light of the cultural construction of masculinity as founded in paranoid and schizoid defenses.


Noon until 1:30pm : Lunch


1:30  – 2:30 p.m. Presentation

Virgina Goldner – “Gendered Subjects as Agents and Objects of the Regulatory Gaze” 

Gender is a personal idiom held in the tension between objectification and agency. It is a symbolic resource that not onlyacts on us, but is also available to us, and, as such, the gendered subject is both an agent and object of gender’s regulatory gaze.  Gender is theorized from both perspectives, using trans(gender) as an illustration.


2:30 p.m. Coffee break


2:45p.m. Presentation

Muriel Dimen – “Part-Objects and Perfect Wholes: Clinical Slants on Perversion”

As a close look at “perversion” reveals, relational takes on sexuality are opportunity and pitfall. Particularly put into question is the idea of the whole object, which, like that of normality, needs to be read both on its face and  an addiction moving inf in many question of my not getting it.ollowing comments might have the benefit of suggesting a few moreau deuxième degré, a position that uses and echoes the ordinary uncertainty of the clinical project.


4:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks




Ken Corbett, PhD is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is the author of Boyhoods:  Rethinking Masculinities.  


Muriel Dimen PhD is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Lehman College (CUNY). Her most recent edited book is With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories and her most recent authored book, Sexuality, Intimacy, Power, received the Goethe Award from the Canadian Psychological Association for the Best Book of Psychoanalytic Scholarship published in 2003. The author or co-editor of four other books, she is Editor-in-Chief, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues.


Virginia Goldner, PhD, is the Founding Editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality, an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues,  and a founding member of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Goldner is on the faculty of the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis. She is the co-editor of two books, Gender in Psychoanalytic Space with Muriel Dimen and Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims with Mary Gail Frawley O-Dea. She is currently completing a book on gender and relationality. 


Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, as well as at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic DialoguesStudies In Gender and Sexuality, and the Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2009, She, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safran established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. Her book Gender as Soft Assembly, published in 2005, was issued in paperback in 2009. Her most recent book, co-edited with Steve Botticelli, is First Do No Harm: The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and  Resistance. (2010). She has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states and the analytic community in the shadow of the first world war.




Ken Corbett

  1. Audience will consider the ways in which masculinity has traditionally been defined in accord with paranoid and schizoid processes and defenses.  
  2. Audience will consider the dilemmas of gender variance as experienced within the social world(s) by adolescents.


Muriel Dimen

  1. Audience will consider perversion in clinical and cultural contexts.
  2. Audience will become acquainted with the concept of sexual subjectivity.  


Virginia Goldner

  1. Audience will consider how a morally rigorous feminist relational perspective can be clinically effective (when other approaches are not).
  2. Audience will consider how an understanding of transsexuality deconstructs and queers our understanding of gender. 

Adrienne Harris

  1. Audience will consider the emergence of psychoanalytic work on gender and sexuality in the context of the history and politics of the relational movement.
  2. Audience will consider questions of development in relation to gender and sexuality.




November 17, 2012: Dr. Nancy McWilliams

January 26, 2013:  Dr. Donnel Stern





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