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180162 SE Sexuation (2021S)

Psychoanalytic Perspectives

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 19.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 26.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 16.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 23.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 30.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 07.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 14.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 21.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 28.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 04.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 11.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 18.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Friday 25.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Psychoanalytic theories continue to form the basis of a number of relevant concepts about gender and sexuality in both Anglo-American and French-speaking countries. The course offers insights into the many-voiced gender theoretical contributions of psychoanalysis, with particular emphasis on concepts of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan. Textual exegesis also brings into focus fault lines in psychoanalytic discourse.
In recent decades, a steady pluralization of gendered positions can be observed: two genders have become many. In psychoanalysis, the implications of such multiplication have long been controversial (e.g., Irigaray 1979, Millot 1983, Reiche 1997, Dean 2000, Chiland 2005, Rauchfleisch 2006, Laplanche 2008, Gherovici 2010, Allouch 2015, Bourlez 2018, De la Torre 2018, Kadi 2019, Hansbury 2019, Becker 2019). At the heart of psychoanalytic discoveries is drive-determined arousal. But much remains open in such a finding: What is sex (Zupančič 2017) in the psychoanalytic sense? When we speak of "sex," do we mean sexuality in the sense extended by Freud, or the "sexual" (Laplanche 2008)? How is gender related to sex? How can a manifested multiplicity of gendered positionings be thought at present with old and new psychoanalytic concepts?

Assessment and permitted materials

During the weekly present mode of the course, selected texts will be presented and discussed by participants* alongside introductions by the course instructor. Not only the large group, but also small groups and the Moodle platform, which is available between the attendance hours, serve as forums for the discussion of the respective positions presented.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance (at least ten units in attendance mode) and active participation are required. To receive a grade for the seminar, at least seven reading protocols (between 3500 and 5000 characters incl. spaces) have to be written for the jointly discussed text sections, which have to be submitted electronically to the course instructor two days before the respective seminar unit. These protocols must contain two independent questions, one of which must be answered at least sketchily. To receive a grade, one of the texts in the seminar must also be presented, which is also included in the overall assessment, as is continuous participation, whereby both oral contributions in the classroom mode of the seminar and written contributions on the learning platform are taken into account.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work

Reading list

Allouch, Jean (2015): L’Autresex. Paris: Epel.
Becker, Sophinette (2019): You can always get what you want – Psychoanalyse in neoliberalen Zeiten (Kommentar zu Hansburys »Das männliche Vaginale«), in: Psyche – Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse 73, 585–596.
Bourlez, Fabrice (2018): Queer Psychanalyse. Clinique mineure et deconstruction du genre. Paris: Hermann Éditeurs.
Butler, Judith (2000): Antigone’s Claim. Kinship between Life and Death. Columbia: University Press.
Chiland, Colette (2005): Exploring Transsexualism. London: Karnac.
Copjec, Joan (1994): Sex and the Euthanasia of Reason, in: Dies., Read my Desire. Lacan against the Historicists, Cambridge: MIT Press, 201-236.
Dean, Tim (2000): Beyond Sexuality. Chicago: University Press.
De la Torre, Shanna (2018): Sex for Structuralists. The Non-Oedipal Logics of Femininity and Psychosis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Freud, Sigmund (1905): Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie. GW V 29-145.
Gherovici, Patricia (2010): Please Select Your Gender. From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism. New York, London: Roudledge.
Hansbury, Griffin (2019): Das männliche Vaginale. Die Arbeit mit der Körperlichkeit queerer Männer an der Transgender Schwelle, in: Psyche – Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse 73, 557-584.
Irigaray, Luce (1979): Das Geschlecht, das nicht eins ist. Berlin: Merve.
Kadi, Ulrike (2019): Transsexualität nach Jacques Lacan. Singularität als Möglichkeit im Ausgang von einer Unmöglichkeit, in: Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 2019/7 (1), 141-169.
Lacan, Jacques (1986): Das Seminar. Buch XX (1972-1973). Encore. Weinheim, Berlin: Quadriga.
Laplanche, Jean (2008): Gender. Geschlecht. Sexuales, in: Forum der Psychoanalyse 2008/24, 111-124.
Millot, Catherine (1983): Horsexe: essai sur le transsexualisme. Paris: Point hors ligne.
Quindeau, Ilka (2008): Verführung und Begehren. Die psychoanalytische Sexualtheorie nach Freud. Stuttgart: Klett Cotta.
Rauchfleisch, Udo (2006): Transsexualität – Transidentität. Begutachtung, Begleitung, Therapie. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Reiche, Reimut (1997): Gender ohne Sex. Geschichte, Funktion und Funktionswandel des Begriffs „Gender“. In: Psyche – Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse 51 (9-10), 926-957.
Zupançiç, Alenka (2017): What is Sex? Cambridge, London: MIT-Press.

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