London Society of the New Lacanian School Programme
Past Events: Reports, Audio & Text

NLS Knottings Seminar, London
Saturday, 18 January 2020 – 2-6pm

We are pleased to announce the details of the NLS Knottings Seminar that will be held in London on Saturday, 18th January 2020. The Knottings Seminars are organised by the NLS Executive Committee and aim to bring together colleagues from different parts of the NLS to work on the theme of the Congress.

The Knottings allow other voices to be heard from psychoanalysis in the Lacanian way, which is both one and multiple. Their richness lies in this encounter between languages at the heart of the most heterogeneous of all the Schools of the WAP. This diversity, this ‘radical heterogeneity’, is homologous to the very object at stake in our work and the matter that links… sound and meaning.

This year, we look forward to welcoming our guests, Alexandre Stevens (Vice President of the NLS) and Luc Vander Vennet (from one of our fellow societies in the NLS, Kring Voor Psychoanalyse), who will join us to work on the theme of the upcoming Congress, which will take place in Ghent in the last weekend of June 2020, under the title: Interpretation: From Truth to Event.

Alexandre Stevens will give a theoretical paper to develop the theme and orient our work. This will be followed by three clinical cases presented by: Luc Vander Vennet (AMS, Kring Voor Psychoanalyse), Susana Huler (AMS, London Society of the NLS) and Peggy Papada (London Society of the NLS).

To read the Argument for the Congress, by NLS President Bernard Seynhaeve, and the Orientation Text, by Eric Laurent, please visit the NLS website.

To purchase a ticket, please click the link below.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Birkbeck, Malet Street (Room 541)
Main entrance: Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London. WC1E 7JL


NLS Seminar with Bruno de Halleux
“An Interpretation that Wakes One Up”

Saturday, 14th December
14.00 – 17.00
Birkbeck University (Room G23)
Malet Street
London WC1H 0PD

We are delighted to be able to welcome Bruno de Halleux back to London to give the first of our NLS Seminars preparing for the XVIII NLS Congress, which will take place in Ghent in the last weekend of of June 2020. He will be speaking to us under the title: “An Interpretation that Wakes One Up!”

More details will follow shortly.
N.B. Please note the change of venue from Gordon Square to Birkbeck's main site on Malet Street!

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

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.

London Society Seminar
Introduction to Lacanian Interpretation
Saturday 2nd November

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

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

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

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

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

Cartel Study Day

For more information please visit the Cartel Page.


“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.


The Formation of the Analyst: Analysis, Supervision, Pass
Saturday 29 June 2019

The third in our series of three study days on the Formation of the Analyst with special guest Patricia Tassara (AS). This study day will focus on Supervision.

The Formation of the Analyst

The London Society is delighted to announce that it will be holding the third and final instalment of our series of seminars on The Formation of the Analyst: Analysis, Supervision & Pass on Saturday the 29th of June, with special guest Patricia Tassara from our sister School in Spain, the Escuela Lacaniana de Psicoanálisis del Campo Freudiano.

On this occasion we will be focusing on the role that supervision plays in the formation of the analyst and exploring some of the aspects that single out Lacan’s treatment of the question of supervision – which he preferred to speak of as a 'super-audition’ – from other more didactic approaches. Indeed, as Jacques-Alain Miller says in The Analysts’ Symposium: “Supervision has no value if it limits itself to regulating the relation that analysts in formation have to their patients. Supervision is worth nothing unless it is pursued beyond this to encompass their relation to psychoanalysis as such.”

For this event, we will be joined by Patricia Tassara, who many will remember from the Pass Testimony she gave in London, almost exactly one year ago, following her nomination as Analyst of the School (AS).

The event will be split into two parts. The first part will feature short presentations from Sophia Berouka, Philip Dravers, and Janet Haney, with a short period for the discussion of each paper. This will be followed by a keynote address by our invited guest. Further details to follow.

Tickets: £20 in advance, £25 on the door, (£10 for Students under 27)

Venue: Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

We look forward to seeing you there.

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NLS Knottings Seminar - with Alexandre Stevens
Saturday, 18th January 2020

NLS Knottings Seminar - with Alexandre Stevens

Report of the Knottings Seminar
London – Saturday 18th January 2020

This year's "Knottings" seminar of the New Lacanian School in London was dedicated to the study of the theme of the 18th Congress of the NLS, "Interpretation: from Truth to Event". Our guest speaker, Alexandre Stevens, current Vice-President of the NLS, gave a very engaging talk in front of a large and lively audience. His intervention was complemented by three case presentations by Luc Vander Vennet (Kring-NLS), Susana Huler (LS-NLS) and Peggy Papada (LS-NLS).

Alexandre Stevens began by introducing the ethical forms in which "awakening" takes place in the Lacanian clinic of the dream: there is an awakening to a reality that allows us to continue sleeping and an awakening that wakes one up to the real. These two forms of awakening enable us to distinguish between the interpretation of the dream as revealing an underlying meaning and an interpretation that accounts for how the dream itself is interpreting the real.What guides us in interpretation, in line with the ethics of psychoanalysis, is not the meaning of the dream or the hidden will of the dreamer, but bringing out what it is that the unconscious wants. Stevens emphasized that the dream envelops a real that "has to be sought beyond the dream"[1], quoting Lacan from Seminar VI. This is how we can say that the dream interprets the real.

Drawing from Eric Laurent's orientation text for this year's Congress, Stevens stressed that, owing to the antinomy between meaning and the real, aiming at the real in analysis means accepting to do without the meaning. This doesn't mean that we can do without deciphering, at least in the early stages of the treatment. It is necessary to authorise the analysand "to discover all the possible associations to a dream, in order to finally come, in a second time, once meaning has been made use of, and used well, to a point outside meaning"[2]. It is when this point of non-meaning is reached that the dream functions as an instrument of awakening. Stevens here made a very useful distinction in terms of what it means to reach this point of non-meaning through making use of meaning: it is one thing to decipher the meaning of what is said and another to interpret by giving "another meaning to what is said", quoting from J.-A Miller from Chapter XII of his course "Being and the One" (L'Être et l'Un).

Alexandre Stevens' concluding remarks centered on the indication that interpretation is always creationist: the psychoanalyst has to give birth to the unconscious. The intervention of the analyst has to produce an effect of truth, to aim at the trace of jouissance left by the lost object, and not only the effect of meaning of the signifier. When a session consists of a purely semantic unity, i.e. when an S2 is produced before the end of the session, it does not produce an awakening. If anything, it puts the subject back to sleep through the re-launching of the signifier. On the other hand, when a session is a-semantic, and therefore cut before the meaning can be closed or completed, it brings the analysand back to the question of jouissance and has the potential for an awakening to the real.

Following closely Eric Laurent's text, Stevens concluded that a-semantic interpretation, by not re-launching the signifier, introduces the impossible as limit: we need to conceptualise the impossible as a logical category which, as such, introduces a dimension of writing, or of the letter, "a hybrid dimension between the signifier and the letter."[3] Interpretation needs to introduce the dimension of "it was written" instead of simply giving the subject access to the missing chapters in his history. By distancing ourselves from the principle of historization, the focus of interpretation shifts to the economy of jouissance of a subject. We must find in analysis the logical articulation, not the history or the family anecdotes as a cause. At this level, it is not the historical anecdotes that matter, but beyond this, the logical articulation between knowledge, jouissance and object a.

Each of the case presentations that followed allowed us to grasp, very clearly and with precision, the effects of the analysts' interventions in touching something of the incurable of jouissance. In the first case, Luc Vander Vennet talked about a young woman confronted by a perplexing maternal jouissance that disturbed her, returning in the form of an eruption of the real in her body. The analyst's intervention in the form of a jaculation accompanied by a gesture touched directly on something in the analysand's body, enabling her to separate from the repetition of a family scene in which the problematic jouissance of the subject had once again made its appearance.

In the second case, presented by Susana Huler, the cut of the analyst combined with abstaining from interpreting the meaning of the analysand's historical accounts of family dramas, enabled language to drain jouissance in an analysand for whom a division in his love life made relationships a matter of life and death for him and the comings and goings of others unbearable.

Finally, Peggy Papada presented the case of a woman suffering from intrusions of jouissance in the form of bodily symptoms and intrusive thoughts. The analyst's interventions, sought to counter the injunction to say everything, directing her to different ways of speaking and introducing a limit that enabled her to invent her own version of her history. The interpretations of the analyst helped to modify the relation between speech and jouissance, producing an effect of direct relief experienced in the body for the analysand.

Sophia Berouka


  1. Lacan, J., The Seminar, Book VI, Desire and its Interpretation, Polity, 2019, p.60
  2. Laurent, É., "Interpretation: From Truth to Event", Argument of the 2020 NLS Congress in Ghent
  3. Ibid.

NLS Seminar with Sophie Marret-Maleval
Saturday, 8 June 2019

NLS Seminar with Sophie Marret-Maleval

The London Society is delighted to announce that on Saturday the 8th of June, we will be holding an NLS Seminar with Professor Sophie Marret-Maleval, who is an AMS of both the New Lacanian School and the École de la Cause Freudienne and the director of the Department of Psychoanalysis, Paris VIII, the department established by Lacan himself in the 1960s.

Our guest will be exploring elements of the clinic of psychosis from the late Lacan and will illustrate her theoretical explorations with a case study involving the theft of painting.

It promises to be an extremely enlightening and enjoyable seminar.

Date: 08 June 2019
Time: 14:30-17:30
Venue: Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

The afternoon seminar will be preceded in the morning by a meeting of our Contemporary Lacanian Clinic, a case-based discussion for clinicians only, in which our guest will act as discussant. Please visit the CLC Page for more details.

Tickets for the afternoon: £20 advance; £25 on the door, students (under 27) £10

The Desire of the Analyst with Yves-Claude Stavy
Saturday, 11 May 2019

Contemporary Lacanian Clinic
Chaired by Gabriela Van den Hoven

For more information & to purchase a ticket for this event please visit the CLC Page.

Keynote Address by Yves-Claude Stavy
Chaired and introduced by Bogdan Wolf

For more information about this event click here for the argument.

Venue: Room G04, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

LS-NLS Knotting Seminar
Saturday, 04 May 2019

LS-NLS Knotting Seminar

The London Society will be holding its annual Knotting Seminar on the 23rd of March 2019. An important event in our calendar, a Knotting Seminar is a device designed to bring the geographically distant elements of the NLS together by linking them together in a day of work conducted around a common theme. The knot is formed by: members of the host society or group; a guest from one of the other societies or groups that make up the NLS; and a member of the executive committee.

At this event, we will be welcoming Maria Cristina Aguirre (AMS), Secretary of the NLS, and a member of Lacanian Compass, a newly affiliated group of the NLS in the US) and Nassia Linardou-Blanchet (AMS), member of the Hellenic Society of the NLS, who will join us as we continue our work preparing for the next NLS Congress, to be held in Tel Aviv later this summer, on the theme of ¡Urgent!

At the initiative of NLS President, Bernard Seynhaeve, the day will be divided into two parts. The first part will foreground the essential dimension that the Lacan’s conception of a School introduces into the question of what is at stake in a psychoanalytic institution worthy of the name. This section will feature short presentations by Roger Litten and Susana Huler (AMS), each designed to initiate a discussion to which our guests, and in particular Maria Cristina Aguirre, as representative of the NLS Executive committee, will contribute.

In the afternoon, the more traditional structure of a Knotting Seminar will take place, with a keynote theoretical presentation by Maria Cristina Aguirre followed by three clinical cases chosen to illustrate different aspects of the theme, by our guest Nassia Linardou-Blanchet from Athens, and London Society members Gabriela Van den Hoven and Peggy Papada.

This is a special event and a very full day!

Time: 11am-5pm
Venue: Room G04, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD

Advanced tickets £40 for the full day, £20 for students under 27 (Student Card and ID required). Also £15 for AM; and £30 for PM. 

At the door tickets will be: £50 for the day, £20 for morning, and £35 for the afternoon session.

LS2 Seminar – Double Session
Saturday, 4 May 2019

LS2 Seminars on the NLS Theme: Urgent!

The London Society will be holding the 5th in its series of LS2 Seminars on the NLS theme – Urgent! – on Saturday, 4 May 2019 , with a double session featuring the final instalment of seminars by Susana Huler and a presentation on the theme by Bogdan Wolf.

1) Susana Huler – "The Time of Urgency. The Act" (2-3.30pm)
2) Bogdan Wolf – “Enough of this Urgency!” (3.30-5pm)

Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Room G04, 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD

Advanced tickets £20, with £10 tickets for students under 27 (Student Card and ID required).
Tickets: £25 at the door or £15 for a single session.

The Formation of the Analyst: Analysis, Supervision, Pass (2)
With special guest Laurent Dupont
Saturday 19th January 2019 – 10:30am-5pm

The Formation of the Analyst: Analysis, Supervision, Pass (2)

The London Society is delighted to announce the second in our series of Study Days on the theme of the Formation of the Analyst, with special guest Laurent Dupont, member and former AE of the ECF and the WAP. Over the course of the day we will be continuing our explorations of what it means to pursue a formation, or ‘training’, within the contemporary Lacanian orientation and examine what is involved in the training offered by the School.

More information about the presentations will follow. As part of our preparations for the day click on the following link to access a short text by our guest speaker published recently in issue 6 of The Lacanian Review: Laurent Dupont, “The Urgency of the Analyst/Analysand”.

The Formation of the Analyst: Analysis, Supervision, Pass
With special guest Bruno de Halleux
Saturday 24th November 2018 - 11:00-17:00

LS2 Seminars on the NLS Theme: Urgent!

For more information please read the following Newsletter.

To purchase a ticket for one of the sessions or for the whole day, please click the link below.


Neuroses Today (1) - with Yves-Claude Stavy
27th October 2018

Neuroses Today (1) – with Yves-Claude Stavy

As a follow-up to an extremely successful Clinical Study Day last year on the theme of Ordinary Psychosis, the London Society is delighted to announce an upcoming Study Day on the theme of Neuroses Today, with special guest and returning speaker, Yves-Claude Stavy, Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist and founder of the IHSEA in Paris.

The event will start with a morning case presentation by Susana Huler given within the framework of our Contemporary Lacanian Clinic, a case-based discussion group for clinicians only. The morning session will be chaired by the director of the CLC, Gabriela van den Hoven, with Dr Yves-Claude Stavy providing commentary and acting as a discussant. In the afternoon session, open to the public, there will be a keynote presentation by special guest Yves-Claude Stavy, chaired by the organiser of the Study Day, Bogdan Wolf.

To attend the morning session please contact Gabriela van den Hoven directly or refer to the CLC page of our website, as special conditions apply.

An introduction and argument for this event by study day organiser, Bogdan Wolf, can be obtained by clicking here.

A transcript of a recent interview with Yves-Claude Stavy is available here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ticket Prices for the afternoon session:

On the door: £25, £15 for students under 27 (student card required)

Advanced Tickets £20 for the afternoon session


London Society Open Day (2018-2019)
29th September 2018 (2.30-5pm)

London Society Open Day (2018-2019)

The London Society of the NLS will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 29th of September, to introduce the theme for the next NLS Congress and to present and discuss the London Society's programme for the academic year 2018-2019.

The title of the next Congress has already been announced – it is Urgent!

With this single word, a whole development reaches its moment of crystallisation and of crisis and urges us to find, within the coordinates of an encounter, the wherewithal to respond with an act. At the same time, this word operates a displacement that intervenes in the series that might have been formed with the titles of our previous two themes: the unconscious and transference. For while evoking the insistence of repetition and the impulsion of the drive and their modes of appearance in the clinic, it also alludes to the later Lacan and invites us to consider how it reorganises what is at stake in the treatment. And all this, here in the UK, while the clock is counting down towards the biggest political upheaval of our times. In short, it is a title that provokes us to engage the function of haste that Lacan pinpoints in his article on logical time as that which allows the subject to exit the time of understanding, in which he can otherwise become suspended, and precipitates him towards an act from which he will derive his certainty.

Join us as we consider the various possibilities that our theme opens up for us this year…

Speakers at this event include; Philip Dravers (Chair of the London Society); Janet Haney (London Representative for the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis); Susana Huler (AMS); Peggy Papada (Cartel Coordinator & Secretary of the London Society); and Gabriela van den Hoven (Director of the Contemporary Lacanian Clinic).

This event is FREE. However, we ask all those wishing to come to indicate their intention to come by registering for the event using the link below. Please note, booking a place does not guarantee you a seat, so please arrive early.

The event will be held in Room G04, 43 Gordon Square, which is close to our previous venue and part of Birkbeck College.


LS2 Workshop Event – Towards the NLS Congress
Saturday, 9 June 2018 – 2-4.30pm, G04 43 GORDON SQUARE

LS2 Workshop Event – Towards the NLS Congress