Tiresias Award 2021

Background of the award
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies Committee (S&GDSco) of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) was struck in 2017 to create a place within organized psychoanalysis in which the many questions and complexities that surround sexual and gender diversity can be studies and considered (IPA, 2017).  One of our tasks is to develop a biannual paper award which will be presented at IPA congresses, starting with our first On-line Congress in July 2021.  Our goal is to foster member participation in the creation of knowledge, and knowledge transfer and exchange within the intersection of psychoanalysis and sexual and gender diversity.  The award will include a cash prize of $1000 USD to the winning paper, and $250 USD to the honorary metion. The author/authors of the winning paper will have to the opportunity of presenting their work during international IPA congress.  The winner of the award will be invited to be part of the jury for the next Tiresias Award.

We chose the Tiresias myth to inspire our award as historically psychoanalysis has relied in Greco-roman mythology to support our formulations and conceptualizations.  The myth of Tiresias represents the complexities of gender and sexuality, and invites us to reflect without judgment not only considering our past, but to be able to see and think into our future.  The Tiresias award represent particularly the moment when Tiresias stops a violent reaction when facing the unknown of gender and sexuality.  We hope that the winners of the Tiresias award and the honorary mentions will serve as guides to think psychoanalytically gender diversity and sexualities.

Winner of First Tiresias Award

Paper:  “A feminine boy: normative investments and reparative fantasy at the intersections of gender, race, and religion.”
Authors: Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini

Honorary mentions:
Paper: “Mask Up: Identifying Anger in Gender Formations.”
Author: Paige Sweet
Paper: “From Battleground to Playground: A Winnicottian Reading of the Video Game Avatar as Transitional Phenomenon for the Queer, Transgender, and/or Gender non-conforming Patient
Author: Sien Rivera

Special thanks to our judging panel: Stefano Bolognini (Italy), Abel Feinstein (Argentina), Ken Corbet (United States) and Patricia Gherovici (United States/Argentina).

The sexual and gender diversity committee is comprised of:
Marco Posadas (Canada - Chair)
Leticia Glocer Fionrini (Argentina – Co-chair for Latinamerica)
Frances Tomson-Salo (Australia – Co-chair for Europe)
Victor Bonfilio (United States – Co-chair for North America)

Committee Members
Dana Amir (Israel)
Eva Reichelt (Germany)
Maria Juusela (Finland)
Jean Mark Tauzsik (Venezuela/Argentina)
Silvia Acosta (Argentina)
Paul Lynch (United States)
Janice Liberman (United States)
Oren Gozlan (Canada)

Committee Consultants

Teresa Lartigue (Mexico)
Alessandra Lemma (UK)
Nancy Chodorow (United States)
Jack Drescher (United States)

Scope of the Tiresias Paper Award
We have identified four main priorities to bridge the current gap in psychoanalytic theory and practice regarding sexual and gender diversity.  We have drawn these priorities from an extensive literature and curricula review, membership feedback, small discussion groups, panels and presentations in regional and international conference, and the IPA current administration’s strategic plan. The S&GDSco hopes that the priorities will help as directives to be addressed in the competing papers.

1 . Rethinking mental and emotional health and mental and emotional pathology when working with sexual and gender diverse patients. 
2. An intersectional approach that considers racial and ethnic diversity within sexual and gender diverse patients.
3. Revision of classic papers and proposals of fresh, original conceptualisations of understanding the enigmatic in gender diversities.
4.  Violence towards sexual and gender diverse patients (inside and outside the clinical situation).

IPA (2017) Mandate IPA Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies Committee, approved by the IPA board June 2017