Gender Without Identity

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Tue, 06/06/2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Please join us for Transpositive on KBOO Community Radio on Tuesday, June 6th as we talk with Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini, psychoanalysts and professors at NYU, about their new book, GENDER WITHOUT IDENTITY . 

In GENDER WITHOUT IDENTITY they challenge the argument that gender identity is innate and immutable. Dismissing the notion of core gender identity as simplistic, problematic, and potentially harmful to LGBTQ+ people, the authors propose instead that gender is something we all acquire—through our ongoing development, family history, and life experiences, which sometimes include trauma. As the rights of trans and queer people are increasingly being threatened by legislation in Florida, Tennessee, and other states, Gender Without Identity is a compelling contribution to opening minds about matters of gender and what counts as normalcy.       

Rooted in the work of Jean Laplanche, a French psychoanalyst quickly emerging as a fascinating thinker for queerness, and drawing on the authors’ extensive clinical experience with queer and trans people as well as their deep record of teaching gender and sexuality studies in university settings and clinical institutes, Gender Without Identity presents a radical theory of gender that has already attracted praise and incited controversy within the psychoanalytic community. 

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AVGI SAKETOPOULOU (she/her) trained as clinical psychologist in New York after emigrating from Greece and Cyprus, and subsequently completed training as a psychoanalyst at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she currently teaches. She also serves on the faculty of the William Alanson White Institute, the Stephen Mitchell Relational Center, and the National Institute for Psychotherapies, where she offers courses on psychosexuality and gender. Her interview on psychoanalysis is on the collection of the Freud Museum in Vienna and she is the 2022 recipient of the Scholarship Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Saketopoulou is also the author of Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia (NYU Press, 2023).


ANN PELLEGRINI (they/them; she/her) is Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, teaching classes on queer theory and psychoanalysis, among other topics, as well as a psychoanalyst in private practice. They are the author/co-author of three previous books, including “You Can Tell Just by Looking” and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, co-authored with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico (Beacon Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Non-Fiction. Dr. Pellegrini has also co-edited two anthologies and is founding co-editor of the “Sexual Cultures” series at NYU Press.

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