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Whenever we open a new book or read the first lines of a paper, we enter a new living space. Invited by the author, we move FORWARD to satisfy our curiosity and thirst for meaning. Texts house ideas, some of them are familiar, others foreign. When you finish reading them, you wish you knew the author and could call them up, to introduce you to all the corners of the house. Where the reader is the visitor, the author is the host. And, from this gathering, a new book emerges.


Moving FORWARD together we read psychoanalytic books and papers, invite the authors and organize public on-line conversations. Sebastian Thrul guides the conversation but the word is also yours.

So, in the words of explorer David Livingston, let’s go anywhere, provided it be FORWARD.

The Host

Sebastian Thrul

Sebastian Thrul is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in training in Germany and Switzerland with the German Psychoanalytical Society (DPG). His main clinical interest is the application of psychoanalytic technique to work within the health care system and for a wide variety of patients. As one of the hosts of the podcast New Books in Psychoanalysis and an active member of the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization, he has a special focus on international comparative psychoanalysis.


The Guests

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Katherine Angel

15th of July 2023 | 15.00 - 17.00 Lisbon Time | Online

Katherine Angel is the author of the internationally acclaimed Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again (Verso, 2021). Her previous books are Daddy Issues (Peninsula Press, 2019) and Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell (Penguin, 2012). Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is a Senior Lecturer in the English department and a Fellow of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. She has a PhD from the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and has previously held posts at Birkbeck College, University of London and the University of Warwick, with postdoctoral fellowships from the Wellcome Trust and the Leverhulme Trust. She is in psychoanalytic training at the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in London.


Avgi Saketopoulou

6th of May 2023 | 15.00 - 17.00 Lisbon Time | Online

Avgi Saketopoulou is a Cypriot and Greek psychoanalyst based in New York. 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 annual JAPA Essay Prize, the Ruth Stein Prize, the Symonds Essay Prize, and the Ralph Roughton Award and her interview on relational psychoanalysis is in the permanent collection of the Freud Museum in Vienna. In 2022 the Division of Psychoanalysis (Div. 39) of the American Psychological Association honored her with its annual Scholarship and Research Award. Her essay, co-authored with Dr. Ann Pellegrini, has received the first Tiresias Essay Prize from the IPA’s Sexual and Gender Diversities Studies Committee. This paper will be included in a small volume titled Gender Without Identity, coming out in Spring 2023 from the Unconscious in Translation Press. Dr. Saketopoulou’s monograph, Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia will circulate in February 2023, through the Sexual Cultures Series, NYU Press.


Steven Jaron

Steven Jaron trained with the Psychoanalytic Society for Research and Training in Paris. He is on the staff of the 15-20 National Ophthalmological Hospital and works in private practice, also in Paris. He holds a PhD in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is the author of Zoran Music: voir jusqu’au cœur des choses (L’Echoppe, 2008). His essays have also appeared in the Libres Cahiers pour la Psychanalyse and Bacon and the Mind: Art, Neuroscience and Psychology (Thames and Hudson, 2019) and in Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life (Phoenix, 2021).

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Nicolas Evzonas

Nicolas Evzonas (PhD in Literature and PhD in Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis) is a Greek Cypriot Paris-based therapist in private practice. He is a candidate in the French Psychoanalytic Association (APF, IPA) and Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Paris. He has published numerous papers in French, English, Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese on clinical and applied psychoanalysis as well as essays on films, theater, and literature. He is the author of a forthcoming French book on Gender and its Discontents, and the co-editor of a recent issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry on “Sexualities, Gender, Class, and Race: A Psychoanalytic View from France.” He is also the editor of the double special issue of The Psychoanalytic Review on “Trans* Becomings and Countertransference” (vol 1: A Contemporary Perspective from France; Volume 2: An International Overview). Nicolas is currently preparing a French-based issue for Studies in Gender and Sexuality on perversion and an edited volume with Beatriz Santos on Trauma and Sexuality.


Carlos Padrón

Carlos Padrón is a licensed psychoanalyst with a background in philosophy and literary studies. He has written and presented on the intersections between philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and Latin American thought. He was a faculty member at John Jay College (City University of New York, CUNY), the Contemporary Freudian Society, and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Carlos is currently a faculty member at IPTAR (a component member of the IPA) where he co-teaches a class on clinical aspects of diversity.


Brett Kahr

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession since 1976.

He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London.  A long-serving Trustee of both Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, he also holds posts as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, as Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre, and as Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy.

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