Binaries and Caesuras: Gender and Intersectionality

November 8, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

In this presentation, Adrienne Harris, PhD, considers contemporary psychoanalytic and psychological/developmental work on gender and sexuality in both its polarized binary forms and in its fluidity and uncertainty. This is a time when attention to the social and the intrapsychic requires a complex developmental theory to negotiate the complexity of our subjectivities, gendered, classed, raced and sexualized. Dr. Harris looks at what binaries need to give way to complexity and what binaries (i.e., the binary big and little) will always remain. Using clinical and theoretical material, she tracks both the complexity of these processes, the emergent rather than innate focus in much contemporary work. Intersectionality is a model from sociology that considers race, gender, sexuality and class as at a crossroads of subjectivity in formation. Chaos theory and nonlinear dynamic systems is another approach to appreciating the unpredictability and emergence of identifications. The work of Laplanche will be used to anchor what seems, to this writer, such an intersubjective model for the emergence of gender and sexuality. Sexuality and identity are, in these works, both natural and alien.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe and integrate models of nonlinear dynamic systems into the examination of clinical work with matters of sexuality and gender identity
  • Recognize the mixture of polarity and fluidity that characterizes many modern theories and models of identity and to think about the clinical implications of working in this complex theoretical setting

Target Audience: This conference will be informative for clinicians at every level of development 

Adrienne Harris, PhD, is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty and is a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. In 2009, she, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safron established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. She writes about gender
and development, about analytic subjectivity, about ghosts, and about the analysts developing and writing around the period of the First World War.

Thursday, November 8, 2018,  8:00-10:00 pm    2 CE Credits

$20 with CE Credit

Free attendance without CE Credit


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 2 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.