London Society of the New Lacanian School Programme 2016-2017

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Launch of the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics
Saturday, 8th July 2017, 2-5pm

Launch of the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics

The Gordon Room,
Senate House,
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HU

The London Society announces a new initiative: The Laboratory for Lacanian Politics in the UK. This initiative responds to the recent and unprecedented mobilisation of psychoanalysts in the France and to Jacques-Alain Miller's declared intention of "making psychoanalysis exist in the political field". To this end he has created a series of networks to forge new alliances and support the political actions of psychoanalysts across Europe and beyond.

In the first instance, the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics will seek to assemble all those with an interest in the intersection between psychoanalysis and politics, with a view to launching a series of workshops designed to extract the operative principles for a viable politics of Lacanian psychoanalysis. We seek to create a research network across the disciplines to help us assemble the relevant materials for the task of a psychoanalytical reading of the co-ordinates of contemporary civilisation.

The main invited speaker at the launch will be Gil Caroz, former president of the Euro Federation of Psychoanalysis, who will help us to trace some of the developments that have led us to this point and to situate as precisely as possible the stake of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the politics of today. There will be several other short interventions, the opportunity for discussion, debate and dissension, and the invigorating possibility to be part of a new endeavour that brings the clinic, politics and epistemology of Lacanian psychoanalysis into confrontation with the challenges of our times.

Advanced tickets £10, £15 on the door

LS-NLS Seminar with Anne Lysy (AMS)
Saturday, 1 April 2017, 2:30-5pm

The Bloomsbury Suite,
Student Central (formerly ULU)
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HY

The London Society presents an NLS Seminar with our esteemed colleague, Anne Lysy (AMS), from Brussels, as part of our preparations for the next NLS Congress: "About the Unconscious: Place and Interpretation of Formations of the Unconscious in Psychoanalytic Treatments". Her title picks out a quotation from Seminar 23: The Sinthome, where the drives are defined as "the echo in the body" of the fact of speech, and in exploring this new formulation of the drive, her talk will consider the way Lacan's late teaching transforms what is at stake in interpretation, as we deploy it in the clinic today.

Advanced tickets £10, £15 on the door (Concessions £10)

Afternoon Workshop with Members of the London Society
18 March 2017, 2:30-5pm

The Bloomsbury Suite
Student Central (formerly ULU)
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HY

The London Society presents an afternoon Workshop with members of the London Society on the theme of the Next NLS Congress: "About the Unconscious: Place and Interpretation of Formations of the Unconscious in Psychoanalytic Treatments". The title picks up the theme of the "red thread" from the NLS Congress website (see link on Homepage). Join us in the Bloomsbury Suite, at Student Central, as we weave our thread about the hole in knowledge that constitutes the unconscious...

Follow the Red Thread "About the Unconscious"

Advanced tickets £10, £15 on the door (concession £10).


LS-NLS Study Day - "About the Unconscious"
18 February 2017

The London Society has the pleasure of announcing a Study Day & Knotting Seminar to be held in our usual venue at Student Central (formerly ULU) on the 18th of February 2017, with special guests: Lilia Mahjoub, President of the NLS, Franck Rollier, NLS Delegate for Cartels and Beatriz Premazzi (ASREEP-NLS).

18 February 2017

The Bloomsbury Suite
Student Central (formerly ULU)
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HY

The programme offers the prospect of an extremely rich and rewarding day working on the theme of the next Congress of the NLS (Paris, 29-30 April 2017), About the Unconscious: Place and Interpretation of Formations of the Unconscious, while at the
same time considering fundamental aspects of Lacanian Psychoanalysis and working practices crucial to our formation as analysts.


11:15-12:45, About the Cartel, Formation Effects and the Work of the School. In this morning workshop, NLS Delegate for Cartels, Franck Rollier, will discuss the institutional mechanism that Lacan placed at the heart of his School, the Cartel – a small working group consisting of four people who have come together to work on a particular topic, with a plus-one to facilitate the work. With this little working group, Lacan sought to construct a framework for the transmission of psychoanalysis designed to avoid the pitfalls that he saw in other psychoanalytic groups, while rearticulating it with the principles of analysis. "I'm counting on the Tourbillon" said Lacan towards the end of his teaching, and Franck Rollier will take up this term, tourbillon, or 'whirlwind', in his presentation: "The Cartel's Whirlwind: Affinities between the Cartel and Lacanian Psychoanalysis". This presentation, of interest to those with prior knowledge of the cartel as well as those who are as yet unfamiliar with it, will be followed by a lively discussion, with the participation of NLS President Lilia Mahjoub, which will be further animated by the contribution of two London Society members, Thomas Harding and Aino-Marjatta Mäki, who will speak about their experience of a cartel and its relation to the ongoing process of their formation as analysts.



14:30-17:00, Knotting Seminar of the NLS in preparation for the NLS Congress to be held in Paris on 29-30 April under the title About the Unconscious: Place and Interpretation of Formations of the Unconscious in Psychoanalytic Treatments – with special guests: Lilia Mahjoub, President of the NLS, Franck Rollier, from the Executive Committee, and Beatriz Premazzi, from ASREEP-NLS (Switzerland). The Purpose of the Knotting Seminars is to knot together the geographically disparate groups of the NLS into a working community by linking them in combined work. This seminar will consist of a theoretical presentation on the theme of the next Congress by Lilia Mahjoub, and two case presentations, by Roger Litten from the London Society and Beatriz Premazzi from the Swiss group ASREEP. Each of these presentations will highlight an aspect of the contemporary unconscious and the place and interpretation of formations of the unconscious within the clinic today.


FULL programme of the London Society: OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2016
Saturday, 1 October 2016, London
16.00–18.00 – Seminar XXIII Reading Group: "From Symptom to Sinthome". 255B Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BA. For more information contact Roger Litten:



Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Jacques Lacan's Seminar X, Anxiety, 1962-1963, belongs to his most formidable and fascinating ones. On the threshold of excommunica,Lacan puts his desire at stake, giving us a testimony of the decade of his teaching. We find in it a rearticulated and chiselled clinical elaborations among which those of desire and object a stand out. Freud's later work forms for Lacan the high point of psychoanalysis. Anxiety is that point, allowing him to illuminate for us its immanence from the first breath in the life of speaking beings we are, one by one, and its impact beyond deception at the moment of the object a becoming present, all too present, and experienced in the vicinity of the Other's desire. In effect, in his revision of countertransference, Lacan can bring to our attention the anxiety of the analyst alongside the analyst's desire. He also redefines love as real and links it, already, with femininity and with knowledge. Lacan's reworking of anxiety in Freud's work will allow him to speak of the binary clinic, notably obsessional neurosis, in a novel way. Following the interest shown in the 9 Lacanian Lessons Seminar in the past 2 years, the new series continues to invite those who want to know about Lacan and psychoanalysis.
Bogdan Wolf

WEDNESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2016, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Seminar X Anxiety of Jacques Lacan.
The work and legacy of Freud. Inhibitions, symptoms, anxiety. Between difficulty and movement: the missing term.


TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2016, 18.00, Brockway Room.

Lesson 2: The cause of desire and the object a.
The object a – where it lacks, where it remains and where it demands. Introduction to the graph of desire. What does and does not deceive. Not without the castration anxiety.


TUESDAY, 6 DECEMBER 2016, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 3: The drive and the "perverse solutions".
Fetishism and sadism. The mystery of masochism. The fantasy of a neurotic and of a pervert, of a woman and of a man.


WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 4: Revision of countertransference (1)
The work of transference from Freud to Lacan. The post-Freudians on love and countertransference. Why the importance of the concept of countertransference?


WEDNESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 5: Revision of countertransference (2)
Lacan's critique and re-examination of countertransference. Anxiety of the analyst. The function and politics of the analyst. Where the father fails there is an object a.


WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 6: Signs of love – women know best.
Love as real and as a refuge from anxiety. Aphorisms of love. Who was Don Juan? Jouissance of the Other between anxiety and love. How do the speaking beings love?


TUESDAY, 28 MARCH 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 7: Phenomena of the speaking body.
Lacan's anatomy. The nipple, the mouth and the function of the tongue. The first breath and anxiety.


WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 8: The constitution of the object a.
Forms of the object a: oral, anal, phallic, scopic, and the superego. The object cause and the object sought.


TUESDAY, 6 JUNE 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 9: The absent and the ubiquitous phallus.
Castration, orgasm, and jouissance. The voice and the ear.


WEDNESDAY, 5 JULY 2017, 18.00, Bertrand Russell Room.

Lesson 10: Psychoanalytic clinic – anxiety and the binary clinic.
The ideal, desire and love in the obsessional. Where is the father? Lacan on morning and melancholia.


Admission fees: £10.00 or £85.00 for the whole series if booked online
or £15.00 on the door. For more information, please contact:

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Anxiety: A Premonition of the Real in Freud and Lacan


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