Events and Conferences 2017

Feministische und queere Perspektiven für die Psychologie II
Tagung an der Universität zu Köln
09.-11. März 2017

Feministische und queere Psychologien verstehen Geschlecht und Sexualität als zentrale
Strukturkategorien unserer Gesellschaft. Sie streben die Beseitigung von Benachteiligungen an, die durch diese Differenzkategorien in Verbindung mit weiteren Ungleichheitsstrukturen entstehen. Als Wissenschaft analysieren sie heteronormative Zusammenhänge zwischen Geschlecht, Sexualität, Normativität und Macht auf psychologischer Ebene. Dabei unterscheiden sie sich vom Mainstream der psychologischen Geschlechterforschung bzw. Genderforschung vor allem durch drei Charakteristika:
• erstens distanzieren sie sich vom Ideal objektiven und damit standpunktlosen Wissens,
• zweitens betrachten sie Geschlecht (oder auch sexuelle Orientierung) nicht als voraussetzungslose unabhängige Variable sondern als Effekt gesellschaftlicher
Machtverhältnisse, dessen psychologische Voraussetzungen und Konsequenzen analysiert werden und
• drittens setzen sie sich selbstreflexiv mit der eigenen Forschung auseinander und
vermeiden so weit wie möglich eine Fortschreibung der von ihnen untersuchten
Mechanismen und Strukturen (beispielsweise Zweigeschlechtlichkeit).
International sind queere und feministische Psychologien mittlerweile gut etabliert: Vor allem in Großbritannien, den USA und Kanada konnten sie sich durch einschlägige institutionelle Verankerungen, Zeitschriften und Studienangebote einen kleinen aber festen Platz innerhalb der akademischen Landschaft erobern. In den deutschsprachigen Ländern gibt es eine solche institutionelle Verankerung bisher nicht. In den letzten Jahren haben sich queere und feministische Stimmen in der deutschsprachigen Psychologie jedoch immer mehr Gehör verschafft. Diese Stimmen wurden das erste Mal im Rahmen der Tagung „Feministische und queere Perspektiven für die Psychologie“ Anfang 2015 in Bochum versammelt.

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First CIRQUE (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer) Conference:
What’s New in Queer Studies?
L’Aquila, March 31–April 2, 2017

In the late 1980s, theorists such as Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Teresa De Lauretis questioned and redefined existing discourses on identity, gender and sexuality, and called for new critical engagements in order to challenge the supposedly ‘natural’ and stable correspondence between sex, gender and desire. This resulted in the creation of the hybrid epistemic field of queer studies, which has led in turn to multiple, evolving theoretical recodifications and deconstructions of supposedly fixed and coherent identity categories.
The intersections of sex/sexuality studies, gender studies, and queer theories have productively influenced and stimulated reflection within and across many disciplines. Explorations of the embodied sexed/gendered/queer self have enabled critics to interrogate and deconstruct the methodological and epistemic foundations (as well as the tacit assumptions and colonizing grasp) of such disciplines. The production of knowledge has thus been shown to inhere in operations of power, which both authorize and constitute legitimate subjects and objects, at all levels of practice and discourse. These critical explorations have called into question Western modernity’s disciplinary regime itself, both as biopolitics – in its need of calculable and identifiable bodies – and, increasingly, beyond it, as bodies are molecularized into digits and data bundles, materialized only when in a state of flux, refigured as transformable.
Moreover, queer has shown its usefulness as an analytic and political category well beyond the questioning of sex and gender. At the most abstract, and at the same time most concrete level, it allows us to interrogate in the most radical way the categories through which every society determines the destiny of its members, and to dismantle the machinery of domination and exclusion which is implicit in them and which is deployed through them. Accordingly, the first conference organised by CIRQUE– Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer (Inter-University Centre for Queer Research – wishes to engage with critical debates on queer issues in a variety of fields and encourages both analytical readings and practice-based workshops spanning all disciplines.
As well as an opportunity for global, multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary reflections on queer issues, defined in the broadest and most inclusive terms, the conference aims to queer the very modalities through which knowledge and cultural practices are articulated, shared, discussed and validated within and beyond the academic environment. One important aspect of this is that sessions will not be organized as presentations but as discussions: the full text of all contributions will be made available in advance, so that the contact time between presenters and audience will be devoted to a group discussion in order to maximize audience engagement and participation. All presenters will have the option to submit a revised version of their papers to Whatever, the peer-reviewed, open access, international online journal of CIRQUE; one of the aims of this format is to help strengthen their arguments with a view to subsequent publication. The relevant issue of Whatever will be published by the end of 2017.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier (Universitè Lille III, France), Laura Corradi (Università della Calabria, Italy) Carmen Dell’Aversano (Università di Pisa, Italy), Massimo Fusillo (Università dell’Aquila, Italy), Marco Pustianaz (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy), William Spurlin (Brunel University, United Kingdom).

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Events and Conferences 2016

8-11 March 2016, Rio de Janeiro
2nd International Conference on LGBT Psychology and Related Fields
It’s with great pleasure that we announce the 2nd International Conference of LGBT Psychology and Related Fields: Tackling the Impact of Discrimination against LGBT People Worldwide, that will take place in the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) from March 8th to March 11th of 2016. The Conference is an articulation of international efforts to make visible and consolidate the field of LGBT studies in Psychology and related fields. The event follows the echoes of the social and cultural changes of the contemporary politics of subjectivity that summons Psychology and other fields of knowledge to take part in academic mobilizations that are committed to the challenges imposed by discrimination and right’s violations of sexual and gender minorities.
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9-11 June 2016, Philadelphia
15th Anuual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
The mission of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change.
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25-26 June 2016, Berlin
Internationales Symposion: Exodus, Constitution, and queer politics of laughter
The aim of this symposium is to discuss: What is the current state, and what are future aims of queer politics? How does queer politics relate to and engage with wider societal questions, as for example the economic crisis in Europe, current refugee politics, and precarizations due to armed conflict and the so-called war on terror? And in how far do we need to think queer politics also as a question of cultural form and modes of political agency, rather than as a field only defined by topics? Does asking about the subversive potentials as well as deadly consequences of laughter allow to take up current debates about caricature and censorship, but also to draw critical connections between political modality and the demands for rationality and sovereignty?
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1-4 August 2016, St. Ludia
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

The William Alanson White Institute LGBTQ Study Group presents:
Queering Psychoanalysis:
Working with Modern-Day Sexuality and Gender
Sat., Oct. 22, 2016, 8:30am – 2:45pm

William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street, NYC

4-5 November 2016, New York
Trans*Sexuality Conference (Transgender Mental Health Symposium: Trans*Sexuality), New York
The Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality (a division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy) is proud to announce its 5th Bi-annual conference Trans* Sexuality. This clinical conference which will explore the intersections of trans, sex, sexuality, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
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9-12 November 2016, New York, New School for Social Research
9th Meeting of the SIPP-ISPP „Any Body: The Matter of the Unconscious“
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Events and Conferences 2015

27-28 November 2015
Annual Conference of the European Network for Psychosocial Studies in Intersex/Diverse Sex Development (EuroPSI)

October 2014 – July 2015
ici Berlin
Lecture Series: Desire’s Multiplicity and Serendipity
Shaka McGlotten: Political Aesthetics of Drag, Wednesday, 15 October 2014
David Halperin: What is Sex for?, Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Dagmar Herzog: tba, Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Jelisaveta Blagojevic: tba, Tuesday, 28. April 2015
Leo Bersani: tba, Thursday, 18 June 2015
Teresa de Lauretis: tba, Thursday, 2 July 2015
… Further talks to be announced soon.

20-21 February 2015
Lesbian Lives Conference, Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities

19. April 2015
Conference: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in the Orthodox Jewish Community (A Conference for Mental Health Professionals, Rabbinic Leaders and Educators)

We will explore the intersection of psychological, religious and communal issues that present with LGBT people from Orthodox & Hasidic communities. The program features experts in the field and professionals with experience working with this population. They will review the latest research and develop a conceptual framework in which therapists and Orthodox rabbis can work together to offer the best care.

Featured Speakers:
Conference Co-Chairs: Alison Feit PhD, Alan Slomowitz PhD, Mordechai Levovitz LMSW
William Alanson White Institute: Mark Blechner Phd , Jack Drescher MD,
Lincoln Square Synagogue: Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Senior Rabbi
Rabbinical Council of America (RCA): Rabbi Mark Dratch MSW, Executive Vice President
Congregation Ahavath Torah: Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Senior Rabbi & past President of the RCA

Time: 8:30am -5:30pm
Location: The Kraft Center for Jewish Life, Columbia University, NY

24. April 2015
Sophinette Becker: Geschlecht und sexuelle Orientierung in Auflösung – was bleibt? (Vortrag)
20:00 Uhr, Jugendstilhörsaal
A-1090 Wien, Spitalgasse 23
Rektoratsgebäude (Bauteil 88)
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8-11 June 2015
Queer Kinship and Relationships Conference Poland

22-25 July 2015
Konferenz der IPA (International Psychoanalytic Association) in Boston
2015 wird sich die IPA-Konferenz im Besonderen auch mit dem Thema „Diversität“ beschäftigten (new family configurations; sexual and gender identity; race and racism; homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.)

Events and Conferences 2014

9 September 2014
The Psychoanalytic Mode of Thought and its Application to the Non-Normative Analysis of Sexuality and Gender
New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

20 October – 2 November 2014
APA Institute on Psychiatric Services Meeting in San Francisco
Ankündigung eines Internationalen Meetings der Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists wobei mehrere spezifizische LGBT-Sessions programmiert sind.

October 2014 – July 2015
ici Berlin
Shaka McGlotten: Political Aesthetics of Drag, Wednesday, 15 October 2014
David Halperin: What is Sex for?, Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Dagmar Herzog: tba, Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Jelisaveta Blagojevic: tba, Tuesday, 28. April 2015
Leo Bersani: tba, Thursday, 18 June 2015
Teresa de Lauretis: tba, Thursday, 2 July 2015
… Further talks to be announced soon.