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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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“From Dreams to Body Event”
A Pass Testimony by Patricia Tassara

From Dreams to Body Event

In this opening event for our work this year, our colleague Patricia Tassara, from Valencia, Spain, will give a 'pass testimony' in which she will speak about her own experience of analysis and the subjective transformation that occurs when an analysis is pushed to its final term.

Her title echoes the convergence of themes that will frame our work this year, between the upcoming Congress of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, on "Dreams: their Interpretation and Use in Lacanian Treatment", and that of the NLS, which will take place in Ghent in June under the title: "Interpretation: From Truth to Body Event".

This will be an important event for us here in London and will help structure our work for the year ahead.

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Cartel Study Day – with Frank Rollier (NLS Cartel Delegate)
Saturday, 5th October 2019

Cartel Study Day

For more information please visit the Cartel Page.

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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: 02 Nov 2019; 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.