Encounters between Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory - Eve Watson, PhD (Live)

September 23, 2022


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Sexuality studies and queer theory have long drawn from psychoanalysis in centralizing sexuality within human experience. Psychoanalysis, for its, part, has benefitted from the work of sexuality studies, beginning with Freud’s interest in the work of Krafft-Ebing and the sexologists. This talk explores this important relationship as well as its tensions which continue today and derive from certain deplorable post-Freudian era practices and conceptualisations by a psychoanalytic field worried about non-conformity and its scandalous ideas. Jacques Lacan’s formulation of the sexual "non-rapport" queers the field of desire and is useful in approaching sexuality as embodying a fundamental “heteros” or otherness that forms of identity, including gender, attempt to bridge. In psychoanalytic terms, desire's “disquieting disregard for gender and for persons” (Dean 2000) supports queer theory’s suspicion of identity categories and rejection of systems of normativity (Giffney, 2017). This talk proposes that psychoanalysis is challenged, strengthened, and emboldened by cross-disciplinary engagement

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and appreciate what queer theory is and how queer theory and sexuality studies coincides with psychoanalytic history and its core principles


  1. Critically discuss the role and importance of cross-disciplinarity for psychoanalytic practice and thought


  1. Assess how Lacanian psychoanalysis contributes to a “queering” as well as a “querying” of the field of sexuality and how this can be useful in considerations of subjectivity today. 
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09/23/2022 - 6:30pm EDT
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09/23/2022 - 8:00pm EDT

Eve Watson, PhD, lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She has a psychoanalytic practice in Dublin’s city centre and is an academic and writer. Her book (w/Dr. Noreen Giffney) is Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (Punctum Books, 2017). She has book chapters forthcoming on the voice, melancholia, shame, and the impact of the small screen on clinical practice, and has published on children and transgenderism (PSC, 2022), female sexuality (Routledge, 2018), group psychology (Routledge 2022), and film (2022). She is editing two book collections, one on the drive and the other on Freud’s case studies in contemporary contexts, and her own book on psychoanalysis and film is due in 2023. She is the course director of the Freud Lacan institute, Dublin. In Spring-Summer 2022, she was the Erikson Scholar-in-Residence at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Austen Riggs Center Inc. confirms that Eve Watson, PhD, nor anyone involved in the planning of the CME event, has disclosed a potential conflict of interest. 

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Austen Riggs Center. 


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