The Fear & Hatred of Sex: The Faithful Infidelity of Jean Laplanche (Part 1)

November 19, 2022, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Pacific Time

NOTE: You must register separately for Part 2. If you wish to participate in the study groups, you must also register for those separately (see links below).

This meeting will take place online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link and more information.

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New Center for Psychoanalysis

presents Part 1 of

The Fear & Hatred of Sex: The Faithful Infidelity of Jean Laplanche


Part 1: Presented by Tim Dean, PhD, on November 19, 2022, from 1 pm to 5 pm Pacific Time. Register on this page. 

Where should the line between sexual and nonsexual be drawn? What if we were to concede that one of the most prominent characteristics of the sexual lies in its propensity for muddying lines, trespassing boundaries, and ruining formal integrity? The problem with Freud is not that he sees sex everywhere but that his theory of the unconscious makes sex infinitely harder to delimit. (Tim Dean, 2022)
Is Queer Theory Erotophobic? What did the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol have to do with the hatred of sex? Are we trauma over-informed, and if so, what are the unintended consequences?  
New Center for Psychoanalysis is proud to host two exemplary scholars who will address some of these questions and more as they share their recent applications of the work of Jean Laplanche in their respective new books, Homo Psyche (Ashtor, 2021), Exigent Psychoanalysis (Ashtor, 2022), and The Hatred of Sex (Dean, 2022). Both speakers will explore how erotophobia has constrained the thinking within queer theory, traumatology, governance, politics, and psychoanalysis. Drs. Ashtor and Dean show how Laplanche’s radical and decisive break from the polarities of psychoanalytic thought may indeed be uniquely suited to meet the demands of many social problems today. 

Throughout this program on the fear and hatred of sex, we will encounter Laplanche’s ideas in psychoanalytic metapsychology and explore unique expositions of how we all may benefit from the “unfinished Copernican revolution.”

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify how a Laplanchian metapsychology differs from Freudian and Lacanian models of the mind   
  • Elaborate contemporary psychoanalytic metapsychology, affect theory and relationality
  • Identify erotophobic themes in various disciplines including politics, governance, and psychoanalysis
  • Analyze various critiques of popular clinical and psychoanalytic theories including attachment theory, trauma theory, and queer theory
  • Analyze the ethical limitations in queer studies, attachment theory, and traumatology
  • Explain how Laplanchian metapsychology mitigates the erotophobic features in efforts towards social and sexual equality
  • Apply Laplanche’s concepts of implantation and intromission to diagnosis and clinical understanding of trauma
  • Analyze how Laplanche’s metapsychology may help expand existing Freudian and Lacanian models of the mind
  • Describe what Laplanche means by the competing “Ptolemaic” and “Copernican” tendencies of psychoanalysis
  • Describe the importance of the “seduction theory” to psychoanalysis, and in particular, how Laplanche’s ideas on this topic differ from existing formulations
  • Define Laplanche’s concept of ‘enlarged’ sexuality and describe the meaning of this idea
  • Describe how Laplanche’s theory of translation differs from prevailing theories of motivation
  • Explain how Laplanche’s ideas of seduction, sexuality, and translation conduce to new conceptual foundations for psychoanalysis


Program Sessions:

Part 1 presented by Tim Dean, PhD, on November 19, 2022, from 1 pm to 5 pm Pacific Time. Register at the bottom of this page.

Part 2 presented by Gila Ashtor, PhD, on November 20, 2022, from 9 am to 1 pm Pacific. Click here to register for Part 2 or click on November 20 on our Events Calendar.

Two Study Groups are being offered, facilitated by Christopher Walling, PsyD.

Program Coordinators: Christopher Walling, PsyD, and Brian Stachowiak, LMFT



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images/dean_tim.jpgTim Dean, PhD, is the James M. Benson Professor in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having researched and taught psychoanalytic theory for over 30 years, he recently received a Distinguished Educator award from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education. Among his books are: Beyond Sexuality (2000); Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis (2001); Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (2009); Porn Archives (2014); and Hatred of Sex (coauthored with Oliver Davis).



Target audience: Mental health professionals, intermediate level and above

4 CE/CME Credits

General registration (with credit) $80 | General registration (without credit) $40 | Clinical Associates and Students (with credit) $20 


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