I had a wonderful time giving a talk at Lacan in Scotland this month. Not only was it an opportunity to discuss some of my latest theoretical developments, I also very much enjoyed the questions and debate that followed. Lacan in Scotland provides opportunities for engaging with Lacanian psychoanalysis and related theories in Scotland. It aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, researchers, students and the public involved or interested in psychoanalysis.
In the talk I discussed the way some psychoanalytic thinkers have linked autism and the onset of autism to the supposed experience of early disturbances in ‘skin function’. I mostly expanded this notion of ‘skin function’, exploring its relation to and confection in language. Conceiving the skin as a potential modality of the Freudian drive (Trieb) – the dermic drive – I tried to unpack how the different relations to and with the Other such a drive would instantiate allow fresh insights into our understandings of autism.
Here is the video from YouTube, I hope you enjoy it: