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Lecturer Jo Kellond leads conversation between authors on queer psychoanalysis

Course leader of our Politics, Gender and Sexuality degree, Dr Jo Kellond, recently facilitated an event with psychoanalysts and authors Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini on their new book Gender without Identity, which calls for an overturning of what they describe as psychoanalysis’s history of homotransphobia.

The event, which took place at the Brighton Meeting House, was a conversation between Dr Joanna Kellond, Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini about what queer psychoanalysis might look like, what it can offer, and about the ethical urgency of refusing ‘over-simplified narratives of trans life.’

Says Jo: “Historically, psychoanalysis has not made space for queer and trans* people in its thinking and practice. Gender Without Identity makes a timely contribution to changing that. The book uses psychoanalytic thinking to develop a queer and trans* inclusive account of how people develop their gender and sexuality. It questions the idea that gender and sexuality are innate, whilst refusing the pathologisation of queer and trans* life. It’s a radical and much needed intervention, and I’m glad to have been involved in bringing their work to a wider audience through this event.”

The book Gender Without Identity is available now.

Watch the discussion on YouTube.

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