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LGBTQ STUDY GROUP - The Queerness of Childhood: Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory with Anna Fishzon, PhD, LP, FIPA and Emma Lieber, PhD, LP
The LGBTQ STUDY GROUP of the William Alanson White Institute presents:
The Queerness of Childhood: Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory
Anna Fishzon, PhD, LP, FIPA
Emma Lieber, PhD, LP
Wed. December 7, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 pm (EST)
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In this meeting, we will discuss our recent edited volume, The Queerness of Childhood: Essays from the Other Side of the Looking Glass (Palgrave 2022). Our intention in that book was not only to interrogate the discursive work performed on, and by, the child in both queer theory and psychoanalysis, but also to provide a stage for examining how psychoanalysis and queer theory themselves interact. Psychoanalysis was central to the origins of queer theory, and the child is central to psychoanalysis, if alternately privileged and obscured within its pages. At the same time, the child has become an important, if contested figure in queer studies, alternately understood as the ur-representative of heteronormative futurity and as the quintessential queer. Yet just as contemporary American psychoanalysis often forgets its origins in Freud’s interrogation of infantile sexuality, queer theory has, at times, forgotten psychoanalysis. We will discuss the ways in which our work attempts to return psychoanalysis and queer theory to their obscured or repressed origins, which are found in each other: to bring queer theory once again into proximity with the vocabulary and insights of psychoanalysis, and to urge psychoanalysis to remember the discourses of infantile sexuality and polymorphous temporality that queer theory has come to take seriously.
Anna Fishzon, PhD, LP, FIPA is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and a graduate of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). She has taught courses on a broad range of topics, including Russian history, psychoanalysis, literature, and gender and sexuality at Williams College, Columbia University, and Duke University. This spring she will be teaching the course, “`There is No Sexual Relation’: Freud and Lacan on Gender, Sexuality and Sexual Difference” at IPTAR (open to all). She most recently co-edited The Queerness of Childhood: Essays from the Other Side of the Looking Glass (Palgrave, 2022) with Emma Lieber. Anna is also the author of Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia (Palgrave, 2013) as well as numerous articles on sound recording, celebrity, and late-socialist temporality. Her most recent book manuscript, Mourning a Body, offers psychoanalytic reflections on breast cancer, loss, and the end of the Soviet Union.
Emma Lieber, PhD, LP, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and faculty in Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School. She is the author of The Writing Cure (Bloomsbury 2020) and co-editor of The Queerness of Childhood: Essays from the Other Side of the Looking Glass (Palgrave, 2022), with Anna Fishzon. Her popular, academic and psychoanalytic writing has appeared in The Point Magazine, LitHub, The New England Review, Massachusetts Review, European Journal of Psychoanalysis, and other venues. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Impossible Professions, on psychoanalysis and education.
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