Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford: The Concept of Gender in Psychoanalytic Theory

Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford 2013 - 2014

Title: The Concept of Gender in Psychoanalytic Theory
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Time: 12:15pm - 01:30pm
Presenter: Michael Loughran, PhD
Co-Chairs: Maureen Ruffell, M.D.
Location: Stanford's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1211
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94304
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 1.25 CME/CE Credits available for $ 15.00 or $ 12.50

This talk presents an overview of the history of the most controversial area of Freud’s legacy to psychoanalysis:  the concept of gender. This talk will try to disentangle two different voices in this legacy: one offering radical possibility, and the other oppressive and burdening.  It will trace gender theorizing in response to and since Freud, contrasting the essentialist with the postmodern or constructivist perspective of gender.  Contemporary thinking challenges binary conceptions of gender, questions the symbolic meaning of the sexed body in development, and suggests that gender identity may be better thought of as a problematic search than a definitive position of the subject.   The talk will touch on questions as to whether psychopathology and even anxiety are gendered, and will conclude with a consideration of how a non-pathological appreciation of the transgendered experience destabilizes the idea of biology as an anchor in gender identity.


Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to summarize some of the controversial ideas of Freud's on gender and the effacing of difference between male and female development.
  2. Participants will be able to understand the contrast in contemporary psychoanalytic gender theory between the essentialist and the postmodern models
  3. Participants will be able to understand the challenge to gender theory of transgendered experience where the biological component no longer anchors gender identity


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Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Maureen Smith Ruffell, MD and Michael Loughran, PhD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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