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    The Psychoanalytic Mode of Thought and its Application to the Non-Normative Analysis of Sexuality and Gender

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    8:00 PM

    "The Psychoanalytic Mode of Thought and its Application to the Non-Normative Analysis of Sexuality and Gender"
    with Brian Kloppenberg

    Discussants: Rosemary Balsam, M.D. and Robert Smith, M.D.

    In “The Psychoanalytic Mode of Thought and its Application to the Non-Normative Analysis of Sexuality and Gender,” Brian Kloppenberg will articulate how the application of a particularly psychoanalytic mode of thinking to the categories of sexuality and gender must involve a necessary challenge to the normative ideas and ideals that inevitably imbue these interrelated, yet by no means straightforwardly linked, categories. A particular take on Freudian theory will be offered that draws upon two interpretive readings: (1) William Grossman’s distillation of Freud’s conceptualization of the psychoanalytic mode of thought; (2) Grossman and Donald Kaplan’s delineation of three Freudian commentaries on sexuality and gender. Together, these two readings allow for a return to Freudian thinking at its most interrogative and open-ended — both in terms of the process of building theory itself as well as the specific challenges involved in building psychoanalytic theory about sexuality and gender.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Brian Kloppenberg is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is a Member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and an Associate Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Brian Kloppenberg is a Training Analyst and Supervisor at NPAP where he teaches a foundation course on human development as well as an elective on the work of Hans Loewald. He is formerly Director of the Theodor Reik Clinical Center from 2010-2012 and Dean of Training from 2012-14. At IPTAR, he will be teaching a course on the non-normative psychoanalysis of sexuality and gender in early 2015. Most recently, he presented a paper on Loewald, Heidegger, and Luce Irigaray at the New School for Social Research as part of their Hans Loewald Conference.

    Rosemary Balsam, M.D. is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine; Staff Psychiatrist at the Yale Student Mental Health and Counseling Service; and Training and Supervising Analyst at Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is the author of numerous writings, including Women's Bodies in Psychoanalysis published in 2012 by Routledge.

    Robert Smith, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Chair of Curriculum at NYPSI, where he teaches the course on Freud’s final model of the mind. He has also taught very well received courses in the psychology externship and psychotherapy programs and was the Associate Director of the NYPSI Treatment Center for fourteen years. Dr. Smith is Clinical Instructor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine where he teaches the popular introduction to psychotherapy technique course to the second year residents. Currently involved in an effort to implement a new curriculum at NYPSI, Dr. Smith is working with Dr. Mark Solms and others to integrate neuropsychoanalysis further into the NYPSI curriculum. Dr. Smith is interested in the relationship between theory and practice and was particularly excited about the prospect of discussing Dr. Kloppenberg’s paper since it utilizes the ideas of Bill Grossman who was one of the most inspiring teachers Dr. Smith encountered in his academic life.

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