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, 10 March 2018

The fourth in our series of seminars exploring the lures and logic of democracy in our contemporary world will coincide with the launch of the next issue of the Psychoanalytical Notebooks, a special issue devoted to "Lacanian Politics". Articles from this issue will be discussed and introduced by the editors and translators and this will give way to a broader round-table discussion of its main themes. It should provoke some lively discussion and if all goes to plan it will be possible to buy a copy of the relevant issue of the Psychoanalytical Notebooks at the event.

To read the series argument click here.

Venue: To be confirmed shortly.

Tickets: £15


The Foreigner: Subjective Apprehension and Social Discontent in the European Immigration Phenomenon.

Forum in Rome, 24 Feb 2018, 9-18.30, registration free, – but a voluntary contribution will be welcome to contribute to the cost of translation – there will be simultaneous translation of the day's discussion into English


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