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seminar - trans-itory identities: some psychoanalytic reflections on transgender identities

bpf Wessex Event - Presented by Alessandra Lemma

The capacity of transgender as a term incorporating all gender variance and sexual preferences has become a powerful tool of activism and personal identification. Rather than being an index of marginality, ‘trans’ has become a central cultural site. Professor Lemma will discuss how this identity label encompasses a complex range of internal psychic positions in relation to consciously stated sexual preferences and gender identifications. The aim of this event is to draw upon Lemma's work with under-18-year-olds who are seeking medical intervention for gender dysphoria in order to explore what can appear to be, in some cases, a premature embracement of the empowering potential of the transgender identification. In an external culture where to ask ‘why transgender’ (as opposed to ‘how transgender’) is felt to be pathologising, the challenge is to tread the fine line between a dialogue based on an equidistant curiosity about meaning and function that is core to an analytic approach, in order to foster a dialogue that is productive, rather than one that can be experienced as 'informed suspicion'.

21 November 2020 11am - 12:45 pm

Please note: This is a Zoom event and counts as 1.45 CPD hours. It is open to professionally registered therapists and other registered mental health practitioners.

To register for this event, please complete your online registration application at the top of this page.  As this event contains clinical confidential material, you will be contacted requesting details of the professional body of which you are a member.  Once this has been verified you will be sent a link for payment.

The event will start at 11 am and finish at 12.45 pm. Tickets are priced at £15.


Professor Alessandra Lemma is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is Visiting Professor at the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College, London, and at the Istituto Winnicott and Centro Winnicott, Rome.  For many years she worked at the Tavistock Clinic as Head of Psychology and Professor of Psychological Therapies. She is Editor of the Routledge New Library of Psychoanalysis series and was one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis until 2018. She has published extensively on psychoanalysis, the body and trauma.


Photo credit: Bob Leatherbarrow

Artist: Bob Leatherbarrow


Standard ticket £ 15.00