The Laboratory for Lacanian Politics

Launch of the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics

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.

This process has already begun.

We held our inaugural event on Saturday, the 8th of July 2017, with the participation of Gil Caroz (former President of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis). The event was very successful and marked by a lively exchange of ideas. We will be following this up with more events this year.

Saturday, 9th December 2017, 2-5pm (Student Central)

The second in the series of seminars exploring the lures and logic of democracy today and how a Lacanian Politics might be developed that can respond to it.

To read the series argument click here.
To read the specific mail shot for this event click here.

Venue: The Bloomsbury Suite, Student Central (ULU), Malet Street, WC1E 7HY
We look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets £10.


Texts Towards Turin, 18 November 2017: Determined Desires for Democracy

Registration €30. Please complete the form (click here) and tick 'English' as the language required for translation.

Speakers include:
Monica Cerutti (in charge of immigration, civil rights and equal opportunities for the Piedmont Region)
Alfio Mastropaolo, professor of political science at the Political Science Faculty of the University of Turin, who will act as rapporteur. His latest book, Is Democracy a Lost Cause? The paradox of an Imperfect Invention, published by Bollati Boringhieri, 2011 (not yet translated into English)


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