PROGRAMME
London Society of the New Lacanian School Programme 2019-2020

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Events for this Month

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Introduction to the Lacanian Clinics of Psychosis

London Society Seminar
Saturday 9th November
14.00 – 17.00
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

In this second meeting of our introduction to the Lacanian clinics of psychosis we will be continuing our exploration of the concept of foreclosure in Lacan’s early work.
As announced in our first meeting, the primary reference for this part of our work will be the Response to Jean Hyppolite’s Commentary on Freud’s ‘Verneinung’.
We will examine the way in which Lacan first extracts the notion of foreclosure from his reading of Freud’s account of the Wolf Man’s hallucination of his severed finger.
We will compare this text with the first account that Freud gives of this hallucination in his text from 1914, Fausse Reconnaissance (Déjà Reconté) in Psychoanalytic Treatment.
This brief Freudian text will provide us with an introduction to a more detailed reading of the argument of Lacan’s text.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this work. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the reading in advance and also to bring the texts with you.

Speakers: Roger Litten and Susana Huler

Reading:
Lacan, J., Response to Jean Hyppolite’s Commentary on Freud’s “Verneinung, in Ecrits, 2006, p. 381.
Freud, S., Fausse Reconnaissance (Déjà Reconté) in Psychoanalytic Treatment, in SE, Vol. 13, p. 201.
Freud, S., Negation, in SE, Vol. 19, p. 235.

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Question of the School

Saturdays 10.30-12.30
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
9th November 2019;
1st February; 11th July 2020;
"As alone as I have always been in my relation to the psychoanalytic cause, I hereby found..." With these words, Lacan founded a new form of psychoanalytic institution designed to avoid, as far as possible, the pitfalls of other psychoanalytic organisations.
It was founded on the principles and the ethics of psychoanalysis.

This series of seminars will explore some of the issues and urgent questions about the structure of the school, the formation that it provides and its importance in the transmission of psychoanalysis today.

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London Society Workshop on the NLS Theme
Interpretation: From Truth to Event

Saturdays 10.30-12.30
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
30th November 2019;
29th February; 25th April; 23 May 2020
A series of seminars and workshops on the theme of the forthcoming Congress of the NLS – "Interpretation: from Truth to Event" – to be held on 27-28 June 2020 in Ghent.

In this series, we will discuss the changing status of interpretation in the contemporary practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis and outline the various modes of interpretation brought to bear in the course of an analysis. This shift in the status of interpretation goes hand in hand with a change in the status of the unconscious in Lacan's teaching.

Broadly speaking, it leads us from what Jacques-Alain Miller has named the transferential unconscious – the one that emerges through various formations and gathers its consistency in analysis as a search for truth in relation to a supposition of knowledge in the Other – to the unconscious as real, indexed the impact of language on the body and what in the symptom, after the work of deciphering finds its limit, ultimately proves to be irreducible for each one of us and even that upon which our singularity as a speaking being depends.

Join us as we explore this essential topic and prepare our way to the Congress.

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London Society Seminar
Introduction to Lacanian Interpretation
Saturday 2nd November

Birkbeck School of Arts (Room 124)
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
2-5pm

In a pivotal text on Lacanian interpretation, entitled Interpretation in Reverse, Jacques-Alain Miller poses us the following striking formulation: “interpretation is the unconscious itself”.

Taking our bearings from this fundamental proposition, we shall seek to trace how different conceptions of the unconscious in the course of Lacan’s work have led to profound modifications in our conception of the means and goals of contemporary clinical practice.

Speaker: Roger Litten

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Some references:

  • Freud, S. (1911) “The Handling of Dream Interpretation in Psychoanalysis”, SE 12.
  • Freud, S., (1925) “Some Additional Notes on Dream Interpretation as a Whole”, SE 19.
  • Lacan, J., “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power”, Ecrits, 2006.
  • Miller, J.-A., “Interpretation in Reverse”, in The Psychoanalytical Notebooks of the London Society, Issue 2, 1999.
  • Miller, J.-A., “The Monologue of L’Apparole”, in Qui Parle, Vol. 9, No. “, 1996.

The Dream: Interpretation and Use
A Research Seminar towards the WAP Congress

WAP Congress Poster

Birkbeck School of Arts (Room 124)
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

Saturday, 26th October 2019
10:30-12:30

Susana Huler: “The Real in the Dream”
Sophia Berouka: “Uses of the Dream in Lacanian Practice”

The theme for the forthcoming Congress of the WAP, The Dream: Its Interpretation and its Use in Lacanian Practice, to be held in Buenos Aires in April 2020, takes us from the very origins of psychoanalysis to the cutting edge of its contemporary practice…

The birth of psychoanalysis is tied to the Freudian postulate that every dream is the disguised fulfilment of an unconscious wish... Yet the experience of the practice led Freud to consider possible exceptions to this fundamental principle: the anxiety dream, the nightmare, traumatic dreams where the dreamer is brought into confrontation with something of the real... In Seminar XI, Lacan suggested that one awakes from the dream at this point of confrontation with the real in order to go on dreaming with one’s eyes open. This led Lacan, in his subsequent work, to consider whether the experience of psychoanalysis is capable of leading to a true awakening for the subject…

To read the rest of the argument click here.

Tickets £15, £10 for Students under 27

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London Society Reading Seminar
Desire and its Interpretation
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book VI

Jacques Lacan Book

A Course of Six Seminars
Saturdays 14.00-17.00
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

26th October; and 30th November 2019;
29th February; 28th March;
25th April; and 23th May 2020

Cost: £20 per Seminar, £100 for whole series

This year’s reading seminar will take the form of a series of six seminars on Lacan’s most recently published Seminar in English: Seminar VI, Desire & its Interpretation and will be led by Susana Huler and guests. Breaking the text into six sections, the seminar will take the form of short presentations on the relevant chapters and any associated material, followed by close reading and discussion. Those attending are encouraged to engage actively in this seminar and thereby make it a collaborative effort that bears out its title.

The six instalments, corresponding to the above dates, will be as follows:

  1. “Desire at the Centre of Psychoanalysis”
  2. “Dreams and their Connection with the Real”
  3. “The Being, the One, the Phallus”
  4. “The Difficulty of the Act”
  5. “Discovering that the Other does not Exist”
  6. “Discourse and Reality”

Below is a brief description of the seminar by course organiser Susana Huler:

“Following the path opened by Spinoza and Freud, Lacan places Desire in the centre of the psychoanalytical operation. This movement of the Being is coalescent with its interpretation. This is why Lacan says that desire is of the Other, that it depends on the Other. This seminar reveals deep secrets of the clinic and uncovers the most hidden of them: that there is no Other of the Other and Hamlet will never know if it is preferable to be or not to be. Dreams are shown to be the real path to the unconscious, as Freud declared, and through them it can be discovered that a toxic relation with the father, to the Other, can pose an obstacle to the movement of desire. This discovery will lead Lacan to investigate jouissance the following year.

Reading this seminar will allow us to understand better why the immortal gods laugh at us and how the human condition pushes us to find solutions even where there seems to be only trouble.”

For more information please contact course organiser, Susana Huler at the following address: susanahlr@gmail.com

To purchase a ticket please use the link below. To book a place for the entire course at the reduced price of £100, please contact the London Society Treasurer: treasurer@londonsociety-nls.org.uk. This will give you access to a promo code to obtain the series pass.

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Introduction to the Lacanian Clinics of Psychosis

An Initial Course of Six Seminars
Saturdays 14.00-17.00
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

12th October and 9th November, 2019
8th February and 14th March 2020
13th June and 11th July 2020

Cost: £20 per Seminar, £100 for whole series

Perhaps the most distinctive of Lacan’s multiple contributions to contemporary psychoanalysis is his reformulation of the clinic of psychosis. His extraction of the concept of foreclosure from his reading of the Freudian cases of the Wolf Man and Schreber, formalised within the framework of structural linguistics, provided the basis for a profound reconfiguration of psychoanalytic theory and clinic of psychosis.

Given that these developments have a central role in the elaboration of Lacan’s teaching, a solid grasp of the foundations of the Lacanian clinic of psychosis turns out to be essential for any orientation in the theory and clinic of Lacanian psychoanalysis more generally. This introduction the Lacanian clinic of psychosis, anchored around a close reading of the central texts, will explore the fundamental concepts involved.

In particular, the course will involve a detailed examination of the concept of foreclosure, extracted by Lacan in the first instance from his reading of Freud’s account of the Wolf Man’s hallucination of the severed finger. We will then track the various incarnations of this notion of foreclosure in the course of Lacan’s work, as indexed variously on the notions of castration, name of the father, jouissance and sexual non-rapport.

In pursuing these developments we will take as our broad framework the notion of generalised foreclosure elaborated by Jacques-Alain Miller, seeking to follow the trajectory that takes us from the notion of restricted or particular foreclosure in the initial Lacanian reading of the case of Schreber towards a notion of generalised foreclosure that Miller situates at the heart of the later Borromean clinic.

The work of the course will be organised around a structured reading of the three central points of reference for Lacan’s elaboration of these notions, the case of the Wolf Man, that of Schreber, and ultimately a re-reading of the question of Joyce’s psychosis and the elaboration of the notion of the sinthome central to the Borromean clinic.

No prior familiarity with these questions is required although the course will be addressed to practicing clinicians and will also assume a willingness to engage in sustained reading of the central texts.

For further information please see our website www.londonsociety-nls.org.uk or contact Roger Litten: roger.litten@gmail.com

 

Preliminary Reading

Freud

  • 1895, ‘Draft H, Paranoia’, SE1, p. 206.
  • 1896b, ‘Further Remarks on the Neuro-Psychoses of Defence’, (Part III, A Case of Chronic Paranoia), SE3, pp. 174-185.
  • 1911c, ‘Psychoanalytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia’, (Part III, On the Mechanism of Paranoia), SE12, pp. 59-79.
  • 1914c, ‘Fausse Reconnaissance in Psychoanalytic Treatment’, SE13, p. 201.
  • 1915f, ‘A Case of Paranoia Running Counter to the Psychoanalytic Theory of the Disease’, SE14, p. 263.
  • 1918b, ‘From the History of an Infantile Neurosis’, SE17, p. 3.
  • 1924e, ‘The Loss of Reality in Neurosis and Psychosis’, SE19, p. 183.
  • 1925h, ‘Negation’, SE19, p. 235.

Lacan

  • ‘Response to Jean Hippolyte’s Commentary on Freud’s Verneinung’, Ecrits, p. 318.
  • ‘On a Question Prior to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis’, Ecrits, p. 445.
  • ‘Presentation of the Memoirs of President Schreber’, in Analysis, Issue 7, 1996.
  • ‘Joyce the Symptom’, The Lacanian Review, Issue 5, 2018.

Miller

  • ‘13 Lessons on the Wolf Man’, Lacanian Ink, Numbers 35 and 36 (2010).

 

To purchase a ticket please use the link below. To book a place for the entire course at the reduced price of £100, please contact the London Society Treasurer: treasurer@londonsociety-nls.org.uk. This will give you access to a promo code to obtain the series pass.

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Capitalism and Democracy
A Series of Research Seminars

Capitalism and Democracy
(Seung-taek Lee, Earth Play, 1979-89)

Saturdays 10.30-12.30
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

Saturday 12th October 2019
Saturday 14th March 2020
Saturday 13th June 2020

Cost: £15 per Seminar

Does the psychoanalyst, practitioner of speech and language, have anything to say about capitalism, democracy and their relation in the modern era? Whether we take Freud’s Civilisation and its Discontents or Lacan’s Seminar XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis as our reference, does psychoanalysis provide a viable orientation for a reading of the current inflections, crises and mutations of the master discourse of our times? Can these references even still be considered adequate to the rapidly moving political, social and economic changes that we are experiencing at present?

How do we read the stakes of the current crisis of the neo-liberal discourse? In what way might threats to the principles of democracy be aligned with mutations in the contemporary discourse of capitalism? Does this crisis perhaps herald the decline of capitalism, of democracy, or of both together? Or does capitalism thrive on crisis, feeding off the very crises that it provokes, even at the expense of our liberal values? How do we account for the rise of populism, extremism, nationalism, fundamentalism, the passions of identity and belief? What role do the new technologies play in these changes, social media, big data, artificial intelligence, the new bureaucracies?

What position do we take as psychoanalysts in the face of these developments being played out on the threshold of a profound re-articulation between the private and the public spheres? Would the tension between the ethics of responsibility and the passion for voluntary servitude provide an adequate framework for our approach to these questions? Or do we need to elaborate a new political vocabulary based on the clinical orientation that Lacan’s late teaching sketches out for us, the clinic of the Borromean knot, the parlêtre, the sinthome? Do we find here the basis for a specifically psychoanalytic response to the contemporary discontents of our times?

These are some of the questions that we hope to be able to explore with you in the course of this small series of workshops. For more information please contact either Vincent Dachy vdachy@talktalk.net, Roger Litten roger.litten@gmail.com or consult our website at http://londonsociety-nls.org.uk

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Pass Testimony Workshop

Pass Testimony Workshop

  • In this series of workshops we will be working on testimonies of Analysts of the School who have recently ended their analyses via the formal device of the Pass.
  • Attendance open to all but advanced registration is essential.
  • Friday evenings 19:15-20:45.
  • The dates are: 4th October 2019, 1st November 2019, 13th December 2019, 28th February 2020, 27 March 2020 and 22nd May 2020.
  • Register either for three workshops per term or for the entire series.
  • There will be a fee to cover the room costs.
  • Please register no later than 10th September by emailing Peggy Papada at peggy.papada@gmail.com

External advisor for this new project is Patricia Tassara, current Analyst of the School, member of the ELP and of the World Association of Psychoanalysis.
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Contemporary Lacanian Clinic
2019-2020

Contemporary Lacaniana Clinic

Next events: 14 Dec 2019; 02 May 2020; 06 Jun 2020

For more information, please see the CLC page of our website and note the conditions for attendance for those who have not already registered with us.