Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Freud Memorial Lecture

Sigmund Freud

Join us for our annual Freud Memorial Lecture

Our annual Freud Memorial Lecture is a special event for our Department, which attracts quality speakers from a variety of fields.

We bring together academics, students and the public to engage in lively debates on the fascinating work of Freud.


Our 2023 event

Did Freud drive on the left? 

Join us as the Freud Memorial Lecture returns in 2023 as an in-person event. The lecture will be given by Patricia Gherovici.

A psychoanalyst functions like a taxi driver who listens to customers’ stories, transporting someone from one place to another. Taking as point of departure the clinical praxis with urban poor people of color (condemned to what sociologists call "social death") and trans identified analysands (who experience their gender issues as a life and death situation) this lecture explores time, payment, destination, and success or failure, death and the drives in psychoanalysis. I will sketch a new grammar of the interaction between the “driver and the driven” to explain how a psychoanalytic practice can become inclusive, conducted and brought to a positive issue, the true destination.

Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and recipient of the 2020 Sigourney Award for her clinical and scholarly work with Latinx and gender variant communities.

She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania (PSYS), Honorary Member at IPTAR the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City,  and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. 

Her single-authored books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003) winner of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize,  Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference  (Routledge: 2017).

Entry is free and open to all but please register your place.

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Painting of a tree
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