Jill Gentile (author of Feminine Law), and Katie Gentile (author of The Business of Being Made) will share their theses about how law and lawlessness frame issues of agency, voice, desire, and ownership of the female body. Despite their differences, both books pay special homage to the vagina and consider its role in free speech (and its controversies) under conditions of patriarchy, In this conversation between friends and colleagues (but non-biological kin). Gentile and Gentile will engage each other in conversation that seeks to illuminate their own and each other’s projects, by drawing them into relationship with each other and by drawing implications for democracy, neoliberalism, and psychoanalytic theory and praxis.

Jill-Head2  Jill Gentile, PhD. is supervisor and teaching faculty at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and co-chair of the Independent track and faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a corresponding editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis; on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, and the author of many essays describing a phenomenological trajectory of personal agency, desire, and emergent symbolic life. Her book, Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, with M. Macrone (Karnac, 2016) examines the mutual relevance between psychoanalysis and democracy through the lens of embodied free speech. 


Katie  Katie Gentile, Ph.D. is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Gender Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the author of Creating bodies: Eating disorders as self-destructive survival and The Business of being made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and cultures, both from Routledge. She the editor of the Routledge book series Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Culture and a co-editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on eating disorders, sexual and racial/cultural violence, intimate partner violence, participatory action research, and the cultural and psychic production of temporalities around reproduction and fetal personhood. She is on the faculty of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and in private practice in New York City.

1.5 CE Credits for Social Workers

8:00 – 9:30
National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) Conference Room
250 West 57th Street
Suite #501
NYC, NY. 10107