Library Talk: Sexuality Beyond Consent

Dr. Leon Brenner and Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou on the concept of "limit consent"

Join us for an exciting talk with Avgi Saketopoulou, author of "Sexuality Beyond Consent". In her book, Saketopoulou challenges our cultural obsession with healing trauma and instead focuses on what traumatized individuals do with their pain. Drawing from queer theory, performance studies, and critical race theory, Saketopoulou weaves together clinical case studies and contemporary works to arrive at a new ethics for dealing with power and difference. In this talk, Dr. Leon Brenner (IPU) will sit down with Saketopoulou to discuss her book and the concept of "limit consent" - a queer form of consent that is about risking experience and soliciting the future. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with groundbreaking ideas on sexuality and trauma.

Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst living and practicing in New York City. She is on faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she also trained, and teaches in other psychoanalytic institutes, such as the William Alanson White Institute. Her published work has received the Ralph Roughton Award, the annual JAPA Essay Prize, the Symonds Prize and the Ruth Stein Prize. Her interview on relational psychoanalysis is in the permanent collection of the Freud Museum in Vienna and she is the 2022 recipient of Div.39’s Scholarship and Research Award. Her monograph, Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia is published by the Sexual Cultures Series, NYU Press. In 2021 she received, with Dr. Ann Pellegrini, the International Psychoanalytical Association’s first Tiresias Essay Prize. That essay appears in their book Gender Without Identity, published in 2023 from The Unconscious in Translation Press.

Dr. Leon S. Brenner is a lecturer at the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin. He is a member of the APPI, LOB, and a founder of Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) and Unconscious Berlin. His latest book on the subject of the psychoanalysis of autism is called The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language, where he presents a novel account of autistic subjectivity from a Lacanian psychoanalytic perspective.

Details and Registration

On 22 May at 19:30 via Zoom. Please register using the form below. You will receive the zoom link afterwards.