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Inter/Trans/Bi: Liminality and Sex in Psychoanalysis

Date: Mar 1, 2017 8:30 pm

Kirsten Lentz, Ph.D., LCSW

Wed. March 1, 2017


William Alanson White Institute

‪20 W. 74 St. - Room 3A


$50 for year-long attendance

$10 for one-time attendance

(Cash or check made out to Alan Schwartz)

**Pizza and prosecco will be served.**


RSVP to Eugenio Duarte (Chair):

Dr. Kirsten Lentz is an advanced candidate at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has a Ph.D. from Brown University in the Department of American Civilization where she studied social theory, feminist and queer theory and film. She studied Clinical Social Work at New York University and treated patients in the Trauma Program at the Karen Horney Clinic before establishing her private practice in New York City in 2007. She is interested in how questions of social and cultural power bear on the clinical situation. For more information, see

Her presentation offers a wide-ranging examination of “intersexuality,” “transgender,” and “bisexuality,” not as identities, but as liminal experiences. She draws on her work with patients who live uneasily in a gap between culturally intelligible positions, experiencing a sense of in-between-ness or incompleteness of being. This is the place where difference dwells and confusion reigns--a painful place to be sure. Yet it is also the place where change occurs; the potentiality of change lives in the ache of its blockage. Arguably, and perhaps paradoxically, this is the space where most of us reside most of the time, particularly in analysis. In this sense, the condition of liminality does not only characterize certain “marginal” particularities; it names the radical heterogeneity of gendered and sexual life as such. The liminal can also be understood as the position that the analyst ought to occupy. Her presentation will look at some analytic moments defined by the space of in-between-ness or the temporality of becoming, of being “in medias res,” moving among what was, is, and might be.