Psychoanalysis, (Trans)gender, and Sexuality

Psychoanalysis, (Trans)gender, and Sexuality

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens London
Event time
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Patron of the Museum
Friend of the Museum
27 Jun 2020

How can psychoanalysis — as both a theory and clinical practice — help us illuminate popular controversies surrounding gender, feminism, and queer and transgender experience?

What is the relationship between forms of clinical psychoanalytic practice that pathologise or condemn particular gender/sexual practices, and feminist or queer approaches to the field? Is psychoanalysis inherently ‘queer’, or do we have do something to it to make it so?

In this daylong course, we explore contemporary and canonical psychoanalytic and scholarly texts in order to come to grips with these pressing issues. I will combine lectures with group discussions and other collaborative formats. No prior knowledge will be assumed, however a willingness to engage with difficult ideas, and respect for views that differ from your own are prerequisites for participation.

Jordan Osserman is a research fellow in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck (University of London) and member of Waiting Times, a Wellcome-funded project on the temporalities of healthcare. His research concerns psychoanalytic approaches to time and their relationship to issues of gender identity. Jordan received his PhD in Gender Studies and Psychoanalysis from University College London for his dissertation on male circumcision, and he undertaking a clinical training with the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.


Unheard Voices

Our ‘Unheard Voices‘ events season aims to illuminate the life and work of women whose stories have been stifled by history.

The season spans two major exhibitions at the Freud Museum: ‘Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital’ (29 February – 7 July 2020) and ‘Muriel Gardiner’ (June – October 2020), both celebrated for challenging the structures of society and pushing boundaries in the name of activism.


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