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Spring Workshop 2000

JESSICA BENJAMIN, PH.D.

Beyond Either/Or: Gender, Intersubjectivity and the Post-Oedipal

Dallas Psychoanalytic Society
Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium

Saturday April 1, 2000
Southern Methodist University
Dallas Hall McCord Auditorium
9 AM to 3 PM

How can men and women be bonded and intimate, while simultaneously autonomous and independent?  Has psychoanalytic theory supported compliance in women and privileged the power of men?

Dr. Benjamin will discuss how autonomy and intimacy - opposites - have frequently become weighted according to gender, with dominant/submissive, or even sadomasochistic patterns of relating the result.  These patterns are familiar to all psychotherapists and are ubiquitous in the workplace and homes as well as our consulting rooms.

As a practicing psychoanalyst whose early studies were in social structure and feminism, Dr. Benjamin takes apart the power structure inherent in psychoanalytic theory since its inception, and does much more: by re-examining the Oedipal complex she offers a powerful alternative to gender hierarchies through a clinical application of intersubjectivity.  Discussion of this alternative to unequal power relations - intersubjectivity - will include the difficulties both men and women have in recognition of the other, women's contribution to their own submissiveness, and the link to power in the clinical setting.

This workshop will present Benjamin's integration of classical, object relations, and relation theory and practice, and is applicable to therapist of all persuasions.

About Dr. Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.  She is on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Studies Program of the New School for Social Research.  Known internationally for her effort to bring the classical aspects of psychoanalysis into dynamic conversation with object relations, ego psychology, relational psychoanalysis, and feminist thought, she is considered by Glen Gabbard to be one of the most articulate spokespersons for a feminist informed psychoanalysis.  She is the author of Bonds of Love, Like Subjects, Love Objects and Shadow of the Other.

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 1, 2000

8:30 am Registration
Continental Breakfast
9:-1030 am Presentation: Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.
10:30-1045 am Break
10:45-Noon Presentation Continued
Noon-1:00 pm Lunch**
1:00-3:00 pm Panel Discussion

Panelists:

Nina Schwartz, Ph.D. SMU
Melissa Black, PhD. DSPP
DPS member pending

  **Continental breakfast and lunch provided

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits on an hour per hour basis are in the process of being arranged.

Location Map

Southern Methodist University
Dallas Hall
McCord Auditorium

Hillcrest between Daniel and Mockingbird
Dallas, Texas

Parking is available in two lots adjacent to Dallas Hall.  Enter Lot E via Daniel Blvd. and Lot D via Airline Road.

For additional information, please contact:

Myrna Little, Ph.D. (DSPP President) m.little@airmail.net or

Melissa Black, Ph.D. (Program Chair) melblack@mindspring.com