Event date and location: 27 April 2023, Online (Zoom)

This Lacan in Scotland seminar “‘Re-evaluating Spectatorship with the Drive and Gaze: From the Case Study to Films” took place on Zoom on Thursday 27 April 2023. Dr Eve Watson considers the gaze in relation to case studies, films and its impact on the spectator. It is chaired by Director of Lacan in Scotland Dr Calum Neill and is followed by a discussion with the audience.


0:00 – Intro
01:23 – Presentation
54:53 – Discussion with Calum Neill
1:03:19 – Q&A with the audience


Spectatorship is a vital component in considering case studies and vignettes and also works of art such as film. In this talk, Eve Watson will consider “spectatorship” in light of the gaze and ponder how that functions psychoanalytically and what that adds to the work of evaluating text and image as well as its impact on the spectator.

Eve Watson (PhD, MICP) has been involved in psychotherapy practice, training, education, and research since 2005 and lectures in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has published over thirty essays on sexuality, psychoanalysis, film, culture, and literature, has held various journal editorship roles, and sits on several international journal editorial boards. Her co-edited book is Clinical Encounters in Sexuality (2017, Punctum Books). She is a Reg. Pract. and full member of APPI (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland) and a member of ICP (Irish Council for Psychotherapy). In 2022, she was the Erik Erikson Scholar-in-Residence at the Austen Riggs Centre, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is the course director of the Freud Lacan institute, Dublin.

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