London Society of the New Lacanian School Programme 2017-2018

To Download the Programme for 2017-2018 Click here.

Please also see the LS2 Calendar which contains information, maps and links.


NLS Seminar - with special Guest Gustavo Dessal
Saturday 7 July 2018 2-5pm

NLS Seminar - with special Guest Gustavo Dessal

Our eminent colleague Gustavo Dessal will be joining us for our final NLS Seminar of the year. In this event we will be returning to the theme of the WAP Congress, but with a difference, returning to the classic concept of what is now considered to be "extraordinary" Psychosis, but taking it up, once more, within the theme of Transference.

Join us for what proves to be an enjoyable and illuminating end to the year.

Please note the venue: Room G04, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This event will be preceded in the morning session by a meeting of our Contemporary Lacanian Clinic, a case based discussion group, for which permission is required in advance. Special conditions apply (see the CLC page for details).

£15 in advance, £20 on the door


Special Event – Pass Testimony by Patricia Tassara (AS)
Saturday, 23rd June 2018 – 2pm

The Pass

On the 23rd of June, the London Society will be hosting a 'pass testimony' by Patricia Tassara, who was named an Analyst of the School in 2017, after having successfully completed the procedure that Lacan invented to verify that someone had got to the end of their analysis and placed at the heart of his School: namely, the Pass. Once a candidate has successfully gone through this procedure – which is organised around the principle of transmission and involves a series of encounters in which one is asked to extract the logic at stake in one's own treatment and testify to the real at stake within it – an AS serves a 3-year term testifying to the crucial problems of psychoanalysis on the basis of their own unique experience of analysis and its end. In this way, Lacan ensured that the teaching and transmission of psychoanalysis within his School would always remain up-to-date, constantly renewing itself with a real that can never be reified as knowledge, and thus never serve as the basis for a dogma disseminated by those in the know, but which can nevertheless be outlined in testimonies drawn from the singular experience of psychoanalysis itself.

Through the pass, the transmission of psychoanalysis thus remains in contact and even in continuity with the current incarnation of civilisation and its discontents and the transformations at work in contemporary subjectivity and its clinic. Partly for this reason, and partly because of the development of the practice, what is stake in the pass changes over time, so that while Lacan initially formulated the end of analysis on the basis of a subjective destitution and the crossing of the fantasy, the exit today goes by way of the symptom, Σ, and thus a knowing-how to make do with a real that insists at the end of the cure. And sometimes, rarely, as in this case, a pass testimony foregrounds this shift in and of itself. In short, on this very special occasion, we will not only discuss what is at stake in the procedure that Lacan placed at the heart of his School, we will also hear first-hand from someone who has recently gone through the process herself and thus be better able to grasp – and even to demonstrate – why the pass still matters for psychoanalysis today.

Room 402,
Birkbeck College,
Malet Street,

All are welcome.
Tickets £15/£10 Cons (with student ID)

(Please bring proof of payment on the day – full price tickets will be charged at £20 on the door)



A Reading of Group Psychology at the Freud Museum
Sunday, 24th June 2018

The Pass

On Sunday the 24th of June, a special event is taking place at the Freud Museum in London: a marathon reading of the entire text of Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, supported by the BBC and Art Fund. This event, organised by the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics and taking place within the framework of Lacanian Action, is designed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of Freud's arrival in London as an immigrant fleeing persecution from the Nazis and also to demonstrate the continuing importance of this text for contemporary politics. The event will include members of the London Society, Marie-Helene Brousse, Patricia Tassara and representatives from other orientations in London and beyond.

Please go to The Laboratory page for further details about this special and unique event.


Lacanian Lessons 2017-2018 – "Identifications, Desire, Discourse"
Conway Hall – begins Wednesday, 1 November 2017

This year's Lacanian Lesson's Seminar discuss the theme: "Identifications, Desire, Discourse: in and out of the Clinic".
For the argument click here!

Series organised and directed by Bogdan Wolf.

DATES: WEDNESDAYS, 18.00 – 20.00: 1 November and 13 December 2017; 17 January, 7 February, 14 March, 18 April (Brockway Room), 9 May, 13 June, and 4 July 2018.

ADMISSION: £15 on the door, £10 online (£80 for the series)

Next Seminar: 13th of June 2018, 6-8pm


Laboratory for Lacanian Politics 2017-2018
Saturday, 12 May 2018

Laboratory for Lacanian Politics ­ Workshop

In this fifth seminar of our current series, the Laboratory will be preparing the way towards a special event organised in collaboration with the Freud Museum and The Lacanian Review (an English language journal of the NLS and the WAP) – namely, a marathon reading of the entire text of Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego,which will take place in Freud's house in Hampstead, some 80 years after he was forced to move here with his family, from Vienna, in order to escape persecution by the Nazis. The seminar will introduce the text and its continuing importance to the politics of our time, while situating the event within the context of the continuing work of the Laboratory and Lacanian Action more generally.

Please go to The Laboratory page for further details about this special and unique event.