SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARCHIVE: Film and Psychoanalysis in Focus


Reading List:

Anderson, D. (2010). Film Essay: Love and hate in dementia: The depressive position in the film Iris. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 91(5):1289-1297.

Barbera, J. Moller, H.J. (2007). Mulholland Drive (2001): A Self-Psychology Perspective. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 88(2):515-526.

Blothner, D. (2015). The ‘Poor Ego’s’ Adventures in Outer Space – Gravity by Alfonso Cuarön. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(1):211-223.

Fischbein, S.V. (2010). Psychoanalysis and Virtual Reality. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 91(4):985-988.

Gabbard, G.O. (2001). Fifteen Minutes of Fame Revisited: Being John Malkovich. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 82(1):177-179.

Lombardi, R. Pola, M. (2010). The Body, Adolescence, and Psychosis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 91(6):1419-1444.

McGinley, E. Sabbadini, A. (2006). Play Misty for Me (1971): The Perversion of Love. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 87(2):589-597.

Margulies, A. (2016). Avatars of Desire and the Question of Presence: Virtual and Transitional Spaces Meet Their Liminal Edge – from Pygmalion to Spike Jonze’s Her, and Beyond…. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(6):1697-1708.

Matalon, R. Berman, E. (2000). Egoyan’s Exotica: Where does The Real Horror Reside?. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 81(5):1015-1019.

Meiri, S. Kohen-Raz, O. (2017). Mainstream Body-Character Breach Films and Subjectivization. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(1):201-217.

Sabbadini, A. (2009). Between Physical Desire and Emotional Involvement: Reflections on Frédéric Fonteyne’s film Une Liaison Pornographique. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90(6):1441-1447.

Yanof, J.A. (2005). Perversion in La mala educación [Bad education] (2004). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(6):1715-1724.


Chair: Caroline Bainbridge

Speakers: Andrea Sabbadini, Jacob Johanssen, Candida Yates

The rise of digital culture and its everyday significance in the lives of ordinary people has impacted on emotional experiences and on ideas about romance, selfhood, and intimacy in ways that challenge everyday understandings of what it means to be oneself. This salon explores the relationship between digital intimacy and the mind, asking complex questions about the importance of virtual experience in shaping emotional and psychological processes and pathologies. Our speakers will explore films including Cam (Daniel Goldhaber, US, 2018) and Her (Spike Jonze, US, 2013) to examine how themes as diverse as big data, self-representation, the cultural instability of gender, relationality, attachment to digital devices, and the role of intimacy when the analytic setting is displaced into the virtual arena. Speakers will examine the role of technologies in changing our understandings of bodies, desire, disappointment, attachment, proximity and distance, and the discussion will also grapple with the important challenges made to psychoanalysis in the rapidly evolving scene of the digital revolution. How might we need to think anew about conceptual and theoretical assumptions in the clinic and beyond, and how does psychoanalysis offer a unique understanding of the irresistibility of digital intimacies in all their complexity?


Please find below an open access list of selected papers about psychoanalysis and film.

Meet the Chair & Speakers

Caroline Bainbridge
Caroline Bainbridge is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Culture in the Department of Media, Culture and Language, where she is a member of the programme team for taught degrees in Media, Culture and Identity, and she also supervises a number of research students. Caroline is Director of the Media and the Inner World research network which she organises with Candida Yates of Bournemouth University. She has a number of editorial responsibilities, currently working as the Film Section Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and as Editor of Free Associations between 2010-2017. She is also a Series Editor (with Candida Yates) of the ‘Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture’ book list published by Routledge. Her research interests are in cinema, television, gender, psychoanalysis, visual culture, the politics of identity, and the emotional turn in popular culture. Caroline welcomes proposals for research at both the MPhil and PhD levels.
Andrea Sabbadini
Andrea Sabbadini is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and its former Honorary Secretary and Director of Publications. He works in private practice in London, is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL), a Consultant to the IPA in Culture Committee, the Founder Editor of the journal Psychoanalysis and History, the Director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff) and a former trustee of the Freud Museum.
He has been the editor of Book Reviews (2000-2008) and of Film Reviews (2009-2014) for The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His books include Boundaries and Bridges: Perspectives on Time and Space in Psychoanalysis (Karnac 2014) and Moving Images: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Film (Routledge 2014). His edited books include Even Paranoids Have Enemies (1998), The Couch and the Silver Screen (2003), Projected Shadows (2007) and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Virtual Intimacy and Communication in Film (2019), all published by Routledge.

Jacob Johanssen
Jacob Johanssen is Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster. He is the author of Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2019). His research interests include psychoanalysis and digital media, digital labour, audience research, affect theories, psychosocial studies, and critical theory. He is Course Leader for MA Data, Culture and Society, a recently launched interdisciplinary course on datafication and big data. More information about his teaching and research can be found here:
Candida Yates
Candida Yates is Professor of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. She is an interdisciplinary writer, researcher and group practitioner in the field of Psychosocial Studies and its application to media, culture and politics; she works with psychoanalytic practitioners and scholars to create new understandings of emotion and affect in the public sphere. She is a Director (with Caroline Bainbridge, University of Roehampton) of the research network Media and the Inner World (funded by the AHRC 2009-14) that brings together media practitioners, psychoanalysts and academics to enable dialogue about the emotional dynamics of media, culture and politics. Over the years, this has involved partnerships with cultural and psychoanalytic organisations including The Freud Museum, The Faction theatre ensemble, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and the Institute for Group Analysis. Professor Yates is currently leading a Bournemouth University project that applies insights from group analysis to examine the potential for empathy to emerge in group settings in a psychosocial Brexit landscape. Professor Yates has published widely on a range of psychosocial, political and cultural themes in journal articles and special editions. Her books include: Political Leadership and the Psycho-Cultural Imagination (2020, forthcoming); The Play of Political Culture, Emotion and Identity (2015); Media and the Inner World: Psycho-Cultural Approaches to Emotion, Media and Popular Culture (co-ed, 2014); Masculine Jealousy and Contemporary Cinema (2007); Television and Psychoanalysis (co-ed, 2013); Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives (co-ed, 2009); Culture and The Unconscious (co-ed, 2007). She is Co-Editor of the Routledge books series: Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture, and is Consulting Editor on journals: Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Psychosocial Studies and New Associations.