Library Talk: Queer Theory

Dr. Leon Brenner and Dr. Eve Watson on Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory

Which discourses on sexuality serve as underpinnings of psychoanalysis, and how do they impact clinical practice? Dr. Eve Watson's book Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory dives into the fields of clinical psychoanalysis and sexuality studies and, for the first time, creates a sustained clinical psychoanalytic interaction with queer theory. The themes touched on in Watson's work include identity, desire, pleasure, perversion, ethics and discourse. In this upcoming library talk, IPU's Leon Brenner and Eve Watson will talk about these perspectives and invite the audience to adopt a self-reflective stance on their own views of sexuality, paying particular attention to the psychosocial basis of sexuality as it exists and can play out in the consulting room.

The discussion will take place on Zoom on 8 April at 7:45 pm. Please register using the form below. You will receive the zoom link afterwards.

Students and lecturers of the IPU are invited to participate and can also submit questions in advance: leon(at) Other interested guests are welcome to join as well.

Dr. Eve Watson is a psychoanalyst and university lecturer. She has published several dozen articles on psychoanalysis, sexuality and film. She co-edited the book Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (2017: Punctum) with Dr. Noreen Giffney. She is the editor of Lacunae, the APPI International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis (, and is course director of the Freud Lacan institute. She is currently working on a book project on the drive and in 2021-22 will take up a residency at the Austen-Riggs Centre in Massachusetts as the Erikson scholar.

Dr. Leon S. Brenner is a lecturer at the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin. He is a member of the APPI, LOB, and a founder of Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) and Unconscious Berlin. His latest book on the subject of the psychoanalysis of autism is called The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language, where he presents a novel account of autistic subjectivity from a Lacanian psychoanalytic perspective.