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21st Annual Day in Applied Psychoanalysis

21st Annual Day in Applied Psychoanalysis

Between Hours: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, Applied Psychoanalysis Programme of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, presents

Gender through the Looking Glass: Whose perspective? Gender Fluidity in Culture, Literature, and Psychoanalysis – Contemporary Viewpoints

Paul Lynch,MD – Psychoanalyst, Boston

Emma Donoghue, PhD – Acclaimed Irish-Canadian Writer/Literary Historian

Sheila Cavanagh, PhD – Associate Professor, Sociology, Toronto

Oren Gozlan, PsyD – Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyst

Marco Posadas, MSW – Clinical Social Worker/Psychoanalyst

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Regular Registration: $165 (Register online or at the door)

Full time Students: $85 (*Proof of 2017/2018 status in universities and colleges needs to be provided, see below.)

Mental-health trainees and retired seniors: eligible for a 25% fee reduction (*Proof of 2017/18 status required, see below)

The George Ignatief Theatre, University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario

By crossing the gender divide, the shared, lived experience of people of transgender identity has infiltrated
mainstream consciousness and radicalized questions surrounding gender. What does it mean to be a man or
a woman? How fluid an experience IS gender?

This symposium will look at the way in which the concept of gender fluidity informs developmental
considerations of gender identity and gendered identifications; how it both supports a progressive
understanding of gender, while presenting a challenge to the notions of binary gender ingrained in the
social order. How do we respond to shifting gender mores and previously unthought possibilities of gender
change? Is psychoanalysis ready for such a transition? We will explore these questions through case
material and characters in literary fiction.

Join us for an inspiring day of dialogue from the interweaving perspectives of literary, sociological, and psychoanalytic thinkers.

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Learning Objectives:

Following this symposium, attendees will:

  1. Have gained an understanding of the concept of gender fluidity.
  2. Be able to distinguish between gender fluidity and gender rigidity.
  3. Have knowledge of the developmental factors affecting gender identification, including the roles of mind, body and relationship.
  4. Be more familiarized with current debates in the field of transexuality/identity.
  5. Be more mindful of gender based alternatives to the traditional Canadian family unit.
  6. Identify alternative axes of sexual difference using the myth of Tiresias, the first transgendered individual in folklore.
  7. Describe trans development as appreciated from within the cultural and clinical milieu.


8:30 am – Registration

9:00 am – Welcome and Introductions

9:10 amPaul Lynch, MD

9:55 amSheila Cavanagh, PhD

10:25 am – Coffee Break

10:45 amSheila Cavanagh in conversation with Paul Lynch

11:05 pm – Open Discussion with the audience

12:00 pm – Lunch break (on your own)

1:30 pmOren Gozlan, PsyD

2:00 pmEmma Donoghue, PhD

2:40 pmMarco Posadas MSW in response

3:05 pm – Open Panel and Audience Discussion

4:00 pm – Closing Remarks

Organizing Committee

Vivienne Pasieka, PhD Chair
Keith Haartmann, PhD
Gavril Hercz, MD
Mandisa Nkungu, MD
Orit Zamir, MD

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

*Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount. Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the event. A handling fee of $30 will be retained.

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