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Month: June 2022

Exposing Transphobic Legacies, Embracing Trans Life

Join us for this riveting conversation between Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson, author and distinguished professor of transgender history and history of sexuality, and Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou, esteemed psychoanalyst and author, as they put forth a cogent analysis of the history of transphobia and the current onslaught of assaults on trans children. Our guests offer incisive social and clinical critiques while proposing new visions for understanding the multiplicity of trans experience.


About Our Guests

Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson
Jules Gill-Peterson is an associate professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Histories of the Transgender Child (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), the first book to shatter the widespread myth that transgender children are a brand new generation in the twenty-first century. Uncovering a surprising archive dating from the 1920s through 1970s, Histories of the Transgender Child shows how the concept of gender relies on the medicalization of children’s presumed racial plasticity, challenging the very terms of how we talk about today’s medical model. The book was awarded a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction and the Children’s Literature Association Book Award.


Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou
Originally from Greece and from Cyprus, Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou is a NY-based psychoanalyst. She is on faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, where she also trained, and teaches in several other psychoanalytic institutes. Her published work has received the Ruth Stein Prize, the Annual JAPA Essay Prize, APsaA’s Ralph Roughton Award, and the Symonds Prize. In 2021, the International Psychoanalytic Association awarded her co-written essay the first Tiresias prize. Avgi co-chaired the first US-based conference dedicated to the work of Jean Laplanche and she is the 2022 recipient of Division 39’s Scholarship Award. Her interview on relational psychoanalysis is part of the Freud Museum’s permanent collection in Vienna and her book, Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia is forthcoming in February 2023 from the Sexual Cultures Series, NYU Press.