The Lacanian Session

On Saturday 10th of June, we are delighted to welcome Dalila Arpin, member of the ECF and WAP and a Teacher at the Clinical Section “Paris Ile-de-France” who will be taking us through the Lacanian Session, its variability and its use, a subject at the heart of the Lacanian clinic which was fundamental for both Freud and Lacan.
 She will be taking us through this theme in the seminar entitled: “Lacanian Session, an Endless Session”. In a Lacanian analysis, the ending of the session may surprise the analysand. Does he know that this is one of the most revolutionary inventions in the history of psychoanalysis? If Freud speaks of 50-minute sessions, he also says that every analyst may adapt the instrument to his hand. This session length suits him, but it is not a rule. In the case of the Wolfman, Freud invites the analyst to behave like the unconscious itself, that is, without taking time into account.(1)

Lacan pays the price of his exclusion from the IPA when he shakes up the duration of the session. His conception of logical time allows him to interrupt sense and reveal the most singular mode of jouissance of the subject. It is by means of an interpretation out of standards, such as an equivocal signifier, that the logic of each analysand may be identified. From then on, the analytic session as revisited by Lacan stands out from the “touchy technical habits” (2) of his contemporaries and espouses the rhythm of the opening of the unconscious. In contrast with the 50-minute session, the Lacanian session is a time span with an endless supplement (3)
Furthermore, we are going to examine the purpose of money in the analytic cure. Paying for the session has a corrective value for the analysand and allows the analyst to detach himself from good intentions. Freud said that a free analysis might lead to the sacrifice of the analyst, and that the transference could take a wrong turn: women might believe in the love of the analyst while, for men, the debt towards the father might be actualised. According to Lacan, being in debt is always dangerous. But then, how to conceive analytic practice in institutions or in specialised services where the patient doesn’t pay? This is not without a relation to the position of the analyst, of whom Lacan said that he is a “saint” and the opposite of charity, that he “decharitises.”

To accompany us in our investigations we will be reading the paper entitled “Three
Minutes with Lacan” by Esthela Solano Suarez which Dalila will comment on the following PDF

Join us to explore these and other clinical and theoretical questions by registering for this event HERE

 All welcome!

(1) Miller, J.-A., « Introduction à l’érotique du temps », in La cause freudienne, n° 56, mars 2004, Navarin Editeur, p. 71.
(2) Jacques Lacan, The Seminar, Book XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, 1964, ed. J.-A. Miller, trans. A. Sheridan, New York,  Norton, 1977, p. 31.
(3) Miller, J.-A., Op. cit.,p. 76.

Clinical Conversation

The London Society is pleased to announce its new Clinical Conversation series for 2022-2023. We look forward to six meetings at which case presentations will be oriented towards the themes of preliminary sessions, as underlined by Jacques-Alain Miller during the recent NLS congress, and next year’s NLS and PIPOL congresses. Six guest analysts, all members of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, will help us construct the cases and explore the issues they raise for analytic practice today. Among our guests will be NLS President, Daniel Roy. Following two years during the pandemic when our clinical conversations were reserved for members of the London Society, we are now opening this series up to non-member practitioners who are in analysis and supervision, whose participation we welcome


Clinical Conversation

Please contact the LS-NLS Secretary, at [email protected]

Preparatory Event Towards PIPOL 11 with Marie-Hélène Brousse: What Is Racism Today?


The 7th European Congress of Psychoanalysis will take place in Brussels, on 1 & 2 July 2023. Its theme: Clinic and Critique of Patriarchy

As early as 1968, Lacan proclaimed that “we could classify the mark, the scar left by the father’s disappearance under the heading and general notion of segregation”. That even though “our civilisation’s universalism and communication” purports to “standardise relations” for Lacan this produces "a complex, reinforced and constantly overlapping form of segregation that only manages to generate more and more barriers.” [1]

For our preparatory work towards PIPOL11, we are pleased to announce a special event with Marie-Hélène Brousse, psychoanalyst, member of the ECF, NLS and of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, who will be elaborating on new modes of racism today.

To register for this event, click HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!

(The deadline for submission of clinical texts for PIPOL is 8th April. To register to attend the Congress at the discounted price here).

Preparatory Event Towards the NLS Congress, with Dossia Avdelidi

On Saturday 11th March, we will continue our work towards the NLS 2023 Congress with a third preparatory event addressing its theme: Discontent and Anxiety in the Clinic and in Civilization. To help us explore some of the many pathways opened up by NLS President Daniel Roy’s Congress argument, we are delighted to announce that our special guest will be Dossia Avdelidi,  who recently finished her period as Analyst of the School and is a member of the NLS and the WAP.  

In his argument for the Congress, Daniel Roy asserts that “it is through anxiety that, for a subject, his discontent in civilisation […] can be read, by him, as a symptom in its singularity”. Distinguishing between mere discontent and the symptom in this way, psychoanalysis approaches anxiety not as a disorder to be muffled by medication, but as a constituent element of subjectivity as such. By focussing on the turning point in Lacan’s teaching of Seminar X (in which we learn that anxiety is the affect that does not lie), but also Seminar XI (in which it is linked to alienation and separation), Dossia will lead us towards the later articulation, emphasised by Jacques-Alain Miller, between anxiety and the real. How should we approach anxiety when it arises in the clinic, for example when the object a has not been extracted for a subject and they lack the option of a symptomatisation on the model of a phobia? How can we support such analysands in their invention of defences against an anxiety that overwhelms?

  Join us to explore these and other clinical and theoretical questions by registering for this event HERE.


Sexual Identities in Transit: A Contemporary Question


Sexual Identities in transit

Everyone knows that the fields of sex and gender have become sites of intense debate and experimentation today. What it means to be a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ (or neither) is no longer determined by a pre-given social, cultural, or religious consensus, but seems to be in uncertain transit. Increasingly then, individuals must invent their own diverse answers to this fundamental question. On the other hand, a gender-based identity politics has also emerged which, in its pursuit of individual rights, sometimes defends a new “universal” answer that paradoxically prevents individuals posing this as a question unique to them.

Sexual Identities in Transit: A Contemporary Question is a one-day international conference exploring the relationship between these urgent issues and the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. As Gender Studies in academia illustrates, psychoanalytic theory has long been at the forefront of questioning received ideas about gender and sexual identity. Yet at the level of its practice, its ethical orientation towards the specificity of the individual means that psychoanalysis is not a matter of merely applying a theory, nor of promoting solutions circulating in the common discourse. Instead, psychoanalysis attempts to be a space of listening, questioning, and interpretation, in which things can indeed be in transit but without knowing in advance where they will end up.

This event brings together a diversity of perspectives – academics, journalists, and clinicians with experience of working in gender clinics and/or private practice, from countries such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, and the UK – to explore what psychoanalysis offers to contemporary debates about sexual identity. It will be of interest to clinicians of all modalities (whether psychoanalytic or not), but also to anyone with an interest in, or personal experience of, these issues.

To register for this event, just click herePlease note:
Ticket sales will stop on Friday 3rd February 2023 at 7:00 PM.

NLS Knottings Seminar

The Knottings Seminars are so-called because they actualise the working ties between the diverse groups inscribing themselves within the New Lacanian School (which is present in 12 European countries as well as Israel, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and Australia). Each Seminar involves one of these groups or societies inviting a member from another within the NLS, as well as a representative of the NLS Executive Committee, to collaborate not only around the theme of that year’s annual Congress, but also, for the first time this year, around crucial questions of the School. Binding the rich diversity of the School together within a shared transference of work then, the Knottings Seminars are also an opportunity for those who are not very familiar with the School’s structure to experience its vitality. 

The London Society is honoured to welcome back Daniel Roy, President of the NLS, who is returning to work with us for the second year in a row. The morning session will be dedicated to two clinical case presentations, one by our invited guest, Anna Pigkou, AMS, member of the NLS, WAP, and also of the Hellenic Society, which is a group of the NLS (Athens). The second and local case presentation will be by Susana Huller, AMS, member the NLS, WAP, and of the London Society.  Our discussion of these cases will be guided by the theme of the next NLS Congress, urgent for our troubled times: “Discontent and Anxiety in the Clinic and in Civilization”. Daniel Roy presents the congress theme as such: "We have to think and demonstrate how this link between the clinic and civilisation comes about in our consideration of anxiety, where the presence of the object at stake can be revealed, which points towards another real, that of the jouissance specific to our condition as speaking bodies. Through the path of the object, which is also the path of desire, psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts can carry weight and measure up to the task." 

‘School Time’ will be held in the afternoon, and it will take the form of a conversation based on the first three texts of Jacques-Alain Miller’s recent book, How Analyses End: Paradoxes of the Pass. Daniel Roy will introduce the topic and there will be short presentations by members followed by discussion. The signifier ‘Pass’ is becoming more and more familiar in the English-speaking world thanks to the appointments of Analysts of the School within the NLS in recent years. If you are curious about what the pass is - a procedure invented by Jacques Lacan in 1967 to formally define the end of analysis– then ‘School Time’ is a precious opportunity to learn more by participating in the conversation! 

This event is OPEN TO ALL, so you are welcome to join us by registering HERE.  

Member's Meeting on Negative Transference

Preparatory Event Towards the NLS Congress 2023 with Lieve Billiet

We continue the preparations for the forthcoming congress of the NLS: Discontent and Anxiety in the Clinic and in Civilization, next Saturday, 26th November. Lieve Billiet, AMS, member of Kring voor psychoanalyse, the NLS and the World Association of Psychoanalysis, will be helping us elucidate further the congress argument by Daniel Roy, NLS President, through a rigorous re-reading of Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents – one of the main reference texts for this year’s theme. 

Daniel Roy concludes his argument by returning to the opening lines of Freud’s seminal text: At the very beginning of his text, when responding to the sententious position that human beings “underestimate what is of true value in life”, Freud makes this simple remark: “… in making any general judgement of this sort, we are in danger of forgetting how variegated the human world and its mental life are.”  He thus reminds us that instead of imposing universal ideals on civilisation and its clinic, psychoanalysis brings to light “a diversity of colours… of jouissance, desires, objects, and ideals, and above all symptoms” as the “surest way of responding” to discontent and to anxiety…

Join us next week as we’ll be clarifying the process by which Lacan finds a way out of the structural discontent that Freud elucidates. Lieve Billiet will be joined by Vincent Dachy, member of the London Society, NLS and WAP in a conversation around the issues involved. To register for this event, click here

Preparatory Event Towards the NLS Congress 2023

The annual Congress of the New Lacanian School will be taking place in Paris in May 2023. Its theme will be 'Discontent and Anxiety in the Clinic and in Civilization'.  

The argument for the Congress, written by the new president of the NLS, Daniel Roy, can be found here. In it, he proposes anxiety as a crossing point at which the subject's "discontent in civilization [...] can be read, by him, as a symptom in its singularity", but also at which "the affect of discontent resonates in the body on the basis of what constitutes a symptom in civilization".  

To help us explore some of the consequences of this crossing point between anxiety and the discontents or our era for analytic practice, we are delighted to welcome two of the newly appointed Secretaries of the NLS: Els Van Compernolle and Philip Dravers. Their discussion will be a crucial opening event in our work towards the Congress, and all with an interest in these themes are welcome to attend.  

To purchase a ticket, click HERE.

School events - save the dates!

NLS Seminar Series

Workshop of the Freudian Field in London

Workshop of the Freudian Field in London

Cartels: Fixation and Repetition & “Woman does not exist"

Woman does not exist

Dear colleagues and friends of the London Society,

Two of the main themes we’ll be working on during 2021-2022 are the theme of next year’s NLS congress, Fixation and Repetition, and the theme of the Great International Online Conversation of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, “Woman does not exist”. As part of our preparations, we are organising an online reading of Lacan’s Seminar XX, Encore, details of which will be revealed soon!

We are encouraging everyone to form cartels on the above themes so that you can actively participate in their development by pursuing your own questions.

There are many resources available already so that you can start thinking about the question you might wish to pursue:

Find the argument of the NLS congress, by Alexandre Stevens, President of the NLS, here: and on our YouTube channel here:

The argument for the WAP’s International Conversation, by Christiane Alberti, chair of the “Grandes Assises”, is available in print and video form here:

For further assistance with cartel work, please contact the LS members responsible for cartels: Sophia Berouka, [email protected] & Oriol Cobacho, [email protected]

We look forward to a rich year of work around these exciting themes!

The Bureau of the London Society

A Study Seminar of The One-all-alone (J-A. Miller)

NLS Seminar Series

Tickets for the series: £50

This seminar will take place in person (London) on Saturdays between 11am and 12:30pm. 


2021: 13th November, 18th December, 

2022: 12th February, 19th March, 9th April, 7th May and 11th June

Places for this seminar are limited. In order to participate, please contact the London Society secretary Colin Wright at [email protected]



The Castration Complex, Fixation, Repetition

NLS Seminar Series

The seminar, by Susana Huler, will be held over six meetings in a format that includes short interventions from colleagues who have been invited to bring their reading of some key texts ( see bibliography at the end*). It will be an occasion to dialogue and discuss in our community - from a particular angle - the different aspects of the forthcoming 2022 Congress of the New Lacanian School, which is on the theme of ‘Fixation and Repetition’.

On Saturdays 14:30-16:00 (UK time) | Online & In person


13th November with Evangelina Bailo

18th December with Colin Wright & Philip Dravers

12th February with Roger Litten

9th April with Oriol Cobacho

7th May with Gabriela van den Hoven

11th June with Peggy Papada

NOTE: Please note that the session of the 19th March has now been changed to the 9th April


It is an original helplessness that pushes the infant to face the urgencies of life through repetitions that have their beginnings in points of fixation. Freud tried, in 1937, to clarify the limits of the psychoanalytical treatment: the circumstances of their endings were particularly problematic, as the refusal to accept castration would be, for both sexes, a motive for repetitions and the refusal of change. This was “a bedrock” that would be thoroughly investigated by Lacan, who would make the end of analysis and its theorization a real compass for the analytical work.

We see in analysis the repetitions that form systems. Whilst one of these systems is what Freud called the “castration complex”, we can discover as well, with the help of the late teachings of Lacan, the system of repetitions that he called “sinthome”. Conceiving symptoms as sinthomes became possible when jouissance was apprehended as outside the law of the Oedipus Complex: jouissance as a real without law that obeys only the Freudian Wiederhollungszwang, the compulsion to repeat, to strike again and again.

Susana Huler


*Central texts to approach these themes in the seminar are:


From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (The ‘Wolf Man’, 1914)

Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through (1914)

Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1919)

Analysis Terminable and Interminable (1937)


Seminar IV (on Little Hans) (1956-57)

The Signification of the Phallus (1958)

L’Etourdit (1972)

The Sinthome (1976)


The seminar on the Wolf Man (1987-88)

Donc (1993-94)

The Being and the One (2011)


London Society - Cartel Study Day - Call for Proposals!

Workshop of the Freudian Field in London 

A Cartel event is always a special occasion for the Lacanian orientation. It is a space for cartelisands to transmit their own bits of knowledge to the School. A knowledge that is always both partial and valuable, in so far as it is subjective and comes from a personal engagement with one’s questions, as those were encountered and developed through working in a cartel. Writing and exposing these findings to some-bodies is an ingenious way for a cartelisand to testify, in their own name, to the task they have committed to.

This year the annual Cartel Study Day of the London Society of the New Lacanian School will take place in person in London on Saturday 15th October 2022.

To participate, we invite you to first send a short proposal (100 words) by the 30th July 2022 to [email protected] and [email protected] outlining your theme and a brief description of what will be presented. Proposals will then be considered by a reading committee. If accepted, cartelisands will be asked to submit a paper (maximum of 3 pages / 6,000 characters with spaces) by 26th September 2022.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Sophia Berouka and Oriol Cobacho
Cartel Delegates – London Society, NLS

Reading Lacan's Seminar XX: Encore

NLS Seminar Series

Those of you who followed our online reading of Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XVII (April - July 2020) might recall that in it, Lacan draws the line at any suggestion that the Freudian discourse might be based on biological facts of sexuality. Indeed in 1935 Freud wrote: “I object to all of you (Horney, Jones, Rado, etc.,) to the extent that you do not distinguish more clearly between what is psychic and what is biological, that you try to establish a neat parallelism between the two […] I would only like to emphasise that we must keep psychoanalysis separate from biology just as we have kept it separate from anatomy and physiology".[1] But Seminar XVII is also the seminar in which Lacan distances himself from Freud by qualifying the Oedipus complex “strictly unusable”, criticising him for choosing to pursue his theory of the Oedipus instead of being oriented by the knowledge gained “from all these mouths of gold” of Anna, Emma, and Dora. [2] We follow Lacan in his path beyond the Oedipus complex, opening up to the field of jouissance and the question of its feminine mode which, Lacan declares, Freud abandoned. In fact, Freud could go no further insofar as he encountered the rock of castration.

The field of jouissance—­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a field Jacques-Alain Miller named ‘Lacanian’ by giving this title to the chapter elaborating on it in Seminar XVII—highlights the cut between libido and nature. It is what the formulas of sexuation will come to articulate in Seminar XX insofar as the side chosen by each speaking being is not akin to any biological given or socially constructed gender but is instead a choice of jouissance. Having left behind Freud’s famous question about woman’s desire (what does a woman want?) , Lacan provides a metaphor instead: “[Woman] lends herself to surplus jouissance because she, the woman, plunges her roots, like a flower, down into jouissance itself". [3] Thus Lacan uses his most political seminar to introduce what will come to be articulated in the subsequent seminars, and especially in Seminar XX, as the not-all, opening the path to the singular which characterises the ethics of our orientation.

Seminar XX is a seminar dedicated to the psychoanalytic themes of sexuality, love, desire, and jouissance. Most of Lacan’s famous aphorisms are found in it: the formulas of sexuation, the Other jouissance, supplementary jouissance, the not-all, and Woman does not exist. With Encore Lacan introduces a novel approach to sexuality that constitutes a break from traditional knowledge and its organisation around binaries. How can we think differently to man / woman? How can Lacan help us understand gender fluidity in today’s civilization? What are the consequences of the fact that there are women and not the Woman; a “Feminine principle” rather than a jouissance monopolised by women? [4]

We are inviting everyone to join us in our reading of Encore, which is a logical continuation of Seminar XVII, but also constitutes part of our preparations for the WAP’s Great International Online Conversation: “Woman does not exist" [5], which brings together the seven schools and friends of the WAP in a great conversation of epistemic and clinical significance. It will no doubt also have resonances with the NLS congress theme: Fixation and Repetition. [6]

Peggy Papada

All meetings will take place online. Advance registration for each seminar is required.

Next session: 27th March. 

Chapter XI: The rat in the maze, presented by Marie-Hélène Brousse (ECF, NLS, WAP). 

Registration link: CLICK HERE 

NLS Knottings Seminar
Fixation and Repetition

NLS Seminar Series

The Knottings Seminars are organised by the NLS Executive Committee in collaboration with the bureau of the society in which the knotting is due to take place knotting together different parts of the School, while demonstrating the transference at work within it. The Society / Group of the NLS welcomes a member or representative of the Executive Committee, as well as a member of another Society/Group to work around the theme of the annual congress. 

Our annual Knottings Seminar is a special and important moment in the life of our Society, a clinical and epistemic encounter. This year the London Society will welcome Daniel Roy, Vice-President of the NLS, who very willingly accepted our invitation to work with us. He will present a theoretical development of the theme, ‘Fixation and Repetition’. In the afternoon, there will be two clinical case presentations, one by Abe Geldof, chair of the Kring Voor Psychoanalyse and member of the NLS and WAP and by member of the London Society, Aino-Marjatta Mäki.

This event is particularly important as it is our first formal event to be held exclusively in person since the Covid pandemic.  It is a moment for our community to gather back together, en corps. We therefore look forward to welcoming back our colleagues and friends of the London Society as well as all those who might have met us online— being thereby introduced to the Lacanian Orientation online—for the first time. 

For the argument of the Congress please visit:

To see the continually updated Congress blog that has just gone live, CLICK HERE.

This event is OPEN TO ALL. To register, CLICK HERE

Update on 27/12/21 : this seminar series has been cancelled.
A series of 5 seminars in conversation with Dossia Avdelidi, Florencia F.C. Shanahan, Anne Lysy and Alexandre Stevens

NLS Seminar Series


Argument for Seminar "Teachings of an Experience"


18 September 2021 – Opening
23 October 2021 with Dossia Avdelidi
27 November 2021 with Florencia Shanahan
29 January 2022 with Anne Lysy
28 May 2022 – Conversation

Tickets for the 5 seminars: £50


Please note: Ticket sales will end at 15:30 UK time on the 18th September 2021.


Psychoanalysis, Trans & Gender, with Fabian Fajnwaks

NLS Seminar Series


Contributions by: Eva Bailo, Neus Carbonell (ELP), Andy Maldo, Cecilia Naranjo (Member of the PIPOL team), Peggy Papada & Bogdan Wolf
(Saturday, 26 June: 11:00-12:30 pm BST)

Building on our event last month with Domenico Cosenza, President of the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis, we will continue our work towards PIPOL 10 with another preparatory event on the 26th of June at 11:00 am (BST), just a week before the congress! There will be interventions by: Eva Bailo, Neus Carbonell (ELP), Andy Maldo, Cecilia Naranjo (Member of the PIPOL team), Peggy Papada & Bogdan Wolf.

Join us for this morning of work as we are making our way towards the 6th European Congress of Psychoanalysis. PIPOL brings together the 4 European Schools of Psychoanalysis (New Lacanian, School, École de la cause freudienne- France, Escuela Lacaniana de Psicoanalisis - Spain, Scuola Lacaniana di Psicoanalisi - Italy) and a large community of practitioners oriented by Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. It is a European congress in 4 languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish with simultaneous translation.

PIPOL 10 will be held online on 3 & 4 July, 2021. Saturday is dedicated to case presentations in small “rooms” with mixed languages. On Sunday there will be round tables, orientation texts, testimonies of Analysts of the School. Jacques-Alain Miller will be present to chair a table on the question of gender and in particular gender dysphoria. No doubt the theme of PIPOL 10 “Wanting a child? Desire for family and clinic of filiations” resonates with all the questions debated by psychoanalysis and society at large, as Dominique Holvoet, Director of the congress, put it in a recent interview, available here.

THE EVENT IS FREE and OPEN TO ALL: click here to register.
Please note that the ticket bookings will end at 9:30am on the day.

Register for the PIPOL 10 Congress here.

Visit OMBILIC, the congress blog for orientation texts, videos and other resources.

London Society Reading Seminar
Desire and its Interpretation
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book VI

A Course of Seminars
With Susana Huler

Saturdays 14.30-16.00 (Zoom)
24 October & 21 November 2020
23 January, 27 February, 13 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June 2021

“We shall resume our reading of Seminar VI from the lessons on Hamlet on and we shall come to know the use Lacan makes of the vector of desire in the direction of the cure. Lacan criticises analysis that works through identification and provokes the analysand to react with an acting-out of a perversion. This is read by him as a protest of the subject in defence of his desire. Lacan concludes that “Desire is the relation of the subject to his being.” (Susana Huler)

Due to current restrictions on social gathering brought about by Coronavirus pandemic, the seminar will be held on Zoom in a slightly modified format, with short presentations by London Society members and an extended commentary of the chapters under discussion by Susana Huler. Once again, all attendees are invited to engage actively in the reading and will have the opportunity to take part in the discussions on the day.


Saturday,  26th June 2021—14:30-16:00 (BST)

This final meeting of the Reading Seminar VI series will explore the last session of Desire and Its Interpretation, entitled 'Toward Sublimation'. We will consider Lacan's critique there of the appeal, in object relations theory, to a notion of 'reality' that obscures the place of desire in the speaking subject who "is caught up - just like we are - in the consequences and risks speech entails". We will also explore the link Lacan makes between social conformism, cultural sublimation, and perversion as "a protest that [...] arises in the dimension of desire".

This session will include a short presentation by Aino-Marjatta Mäki and an extended commentary of this final session by Susana Huler.

Tickets: £8


Please note: Ticket sales will end one hour before the seminar is due to begin.

NLS Seminar—“The Horrible Solitude of Jouissance"
with Bruno de Halleux (Saturday, 1 May: 14:30-16:00)

This fifth and final instalment of our series of NLS Seminars preparing our way towards the upcoming NLS Congress on "The Bodily Effects of Language"—which will take place on the weekend of the 22-23 May 2021—will be delivered by special guest, Bruno de Halleux (member of the ECF, NLS and WAP). His title, “The Horrible Solitude of Jouissance”, takes its lead from an expression made by Jacques-Alain Miller and developed in his course of seminars in the Lacanian Orientation at Paris VIII.
For multiple resources on the theme of the Congress and the opportunity to register for it, please visit the NLS Congress Website at:

More details about this present seminar will be uploaded to our website shortly.

NLS Seminar with Bruno de Halleux
Saturday, 1 May—14:30-16:00
Tickets £10


Please note: Ticket sales will end at 1pm on the day.

Introduction to the Lacanian Clinics of Psychosis
Language and the Body in Schreber

The second year of the London Society’s course ‘Introduction to the Lacanian Clinics of Psychosis’ will be structured around a detailed re-examination of the Schreber case history. Lacan’s reading of Schreber, as pursued in his third seminar and in his Question Preliminary to any Possible Treatment of Psychosis, provided the basis for his elaboration of the concepts of foreclosure, the Name of the Father and the paternal metaphor, foundation of the classical Lacanian clinic of psychosis.

Alongside an examination of these fundamental concepts, this year’s course will pursue the question of language and the body in Schreber, in alignment with the theme of the forthcoming Congress of the NLS ‘Bodily Effects of Language’. In his argument for the Congress, Alexandre Stevens outlines the broad trajectory of Lacan’s work that takes us from the Other of language in the early teaching to an Other of the body as elaborated in Seminar XX: Encore. Associated with this trajectory we can trace modifications in Lacan’s conception of the subject, the body, the symptom, and of the means and goals of psychoanalytic interpretation.

Our examination of the Schreber case, based primarily on material extracted from certain chapters of Schreber’s Memoirs, will detail two possible approaches to the reading of Schreber according to whether we prioritise his relation to an Other of speech and language or to an Other of jouissance. We will propose that many of the key questions of the contemporary Lacanian clinic of psychosis are played out in the space of this articulation.

First Meeting: Saturday, 7th November 2020, 14.30-16.00 via Zoom
Subsequent dates: Saturday 12th December 2020, 9th January 2021, 13th February 2021.
Further dates to be confirmed.
Speakers include: Roger Litten, Gabriela van den Hoven, Colin Wright, Susana Huler.


  • Schreber, D. P., Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, New York Review of Books, 2000.
  • Freud, S., (1911) Psychoanalytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia, Standard Edition, Volume XII.
  • Lacan, J., “On a Question Prior to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis”, Ecrits, Norton, 2006.
  • The Seminar Book III, The Psychoses, Norton, 1993.
  • The Seminar Book XX, Encore, Norton, 1998
  • Miller, J.-A, Lacanian Biology and the Body Event, Lacanian Ink (17/18)

NEXT MEETING – Saturday, 13th February 2021 at 14:30 GMT

Tickets: £8


Ordinary Psychosis Today
A Series of Seminars for the New Year

Since its introduction in 1998, the concept of ordinary psychosis has provoked more questions about the Lacanian clinic than it has provided answers. J.-A. Miller’s seminal text “Ordinary Psychosis Revisited” is where these questions first came into focus in a way that allowed us to read clinical cases in a new way. This followed a moment of uncertainty that put many analytical practitioners on the spot: is it psychosis or is it neurosis? This hesitation often pointed to an insufficiency in the differential clinic organised solely in terms of either the inscription or foreclosure of the Name-of-the-Father – a concept from Lacan’s early teaching which, in some quarters, has been raised to an almost universal power. Miller’s ordinary psychosis does not fall within this remit. Deduced from Lacan’s teaching nevertheless, it no longer offers the wholesale assurance traditionally attributed to the universal. What we see now are the effects of a displacement and diffusion of the Name-of-the-Father into so many semblants seeking to bolster and shore up what might otherwise fail. Some indications of this shift can be striking, showing phenomena of disconnection and of unplugging in either one or more of the three registers R.S.I. Others emerge as minute and discreet signs, traumatic marks and subtle resonances pointing to variants of what Lacan called a disturbance at the innermost juncture of the subject’s sense of life, the body and language. Over the course of 3 meetings, this mini-series will follow Miller’s invention and elucidation to the letter, while drawing on clinical references and consequences to which the reading list below gives ample testimony.

With the participation of Sophia Berouka, Oriol Cobacho, Nicolas Duchenne, Aino-Marjatta Mäki, Alan Rowan and Bogdan Wolf (introduction and moderation).

Saturdays: 23 January, 27 February, and 27 March 2021.

Tickets £8

To purchase a ticket through Eventbrite for one or multiple events in this series click below.

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The details for each Zoom meeting will be sent to attendees a few hours before the seminar begins

Reading List

  • J.-A. Miller – “Ordinary psychosis revisited” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26,
  • J.-A. Miller & others – “The conversation of Arcachon (extracts)” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26,
  • J. Lacan – On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis (Écrits),
  • J.-P. Deffieux – “Not so rare a case” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26, 19, and 7,
  • H. Castanet – “A subject in the fog” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26 and 19,
  • E. Laurent – “Ordinary psychosis” and “Psychoanalytic treatments of the psychoses” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26,
  • Y.-C. Stavy – “Readings of the hallucinatory phenomenon in Lacan’s teaching: clinical and ethical consequences” (presented in the Clinical Section of Marseille, June 2020),
  • Y. Vanderveken – “Towards a generalisation of the clinic of discreet signs” in The Lacanian Review 1,
  • M.-H. Brousse – “Ordinary psychosis in the light of Lacan’s theory of discourse” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26 and 19,
  • G. Caroz – “Some remarks on the direction of the treatment in ordinary psychosis” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 19,
  • J.-L. Gault – “City full of ghosts” in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 19.

“'The Analysts' Banquet”
Closed Reading Seminar

NLS Seminar—“The Actual Cause of Psychical Reality"
with Dossia Avdelidi AE (Saturday, 10 April: 14:30-16:00)

This fourth instalment of our series of NLS Seminars preparing our way to the NLS Congress later this year, will be delivered by special guest, Dossia Avdelidi, who is currently serving her three year term as an AE (Analyst of the School) after successfully completing the procedure of the Pass that Lacan developed in order to determine whether someone had got to the end of their analysis. In this seminar, our guest will speak to us about the theme of the next Congress, "The Bodily Effects of Language”, paying particular attention to the doctrine of the end of analysis developed by Lacan in the late 60s and early 70s and that was then clarified and further developed by Jacques-Alain Miller, notably in his Course of 2011, Being and the One. Following the principle of transmission that her function as AE implies, our guest will explore the theme through a mixture of theoretical exposition and personal testimony. In this way, and by exploring three modes of causality outlined in Lacan’s teaching, the actual cause of psychical reality will come to be revealed.
For multiple resources on the Congress theme and the opportunity to register for the Congress itself please visit the NLS Congress Website at:

Tickets £10

Please note: Ticket sales will end at 1pm on the day.

NLS Seminar: “The Incorporation of the Voice"
with Sophie Marret-Maleval (Saturday, 20th March at 2.30 pm)

This is the third in our series of NLS Seminars preparing our way towards the NLS Congress, which is now scheduled to take place as an online event on 22-23 May 2021, under the title: “The Bodily Effects of Language.

In this seminar, special guest, Sophie Marret-Maleval—who is an AME and member of the ECF and NLS and also the Director of the Department of Psychoanalysis at Paris VIII—will speak to us about “The Incorporation of the Voice”, tracing out the importance of Lacan’s definition of the voice as an object and its role in forging the always singular knotting between the body and language. To illustrate her exposition of this crucial aspect of our theme, our speaker will examine the certain biographical details linked to the lives and works of three notable singers: pop star Jim Morrison (The Doors); the famous tenor Jonas Kaufman; and the strange case of Florence Foster Jenkins, an opera singer with ‘no voice’ to speak of at all.

For multiple resources on this theme and the opportunity to register for the Congress itself please visit the NLS Congress Website at:

For the recent issue of the Psychoanalytical Notebooks devoted to texts by Sophie Marret-Maleval, click on this link: Purloined Letters.

Tickets £10

Please note: Ticket sales will end at 1pm on the day.

NLS Knotting Seminar – London
Saturday, 6th March 2021 – 2-5pm

On the afternoon of Saturday, the 6th of March 2021, the London Society will be hosting its annual Knottings Seminar as part of its preparations for this year’s NLS Congress, which will take place on 22-23 May on the theme of The Bodily Effects of Language. It is a theme that invites us to consider the importance of the body in psychoanalysis as a practice of speech that derives its efficiency from the fact that the symptom is bound up with the effects of language on the body.

There are many different ways in which one could take up such a theme, from Lacan’s early proposition that “The symptom is language from which speech must be delivered”, to his later conception of the symptom as a body event bound up with the impact of the signifier on the body. It thus takes us from the moment that Lacan came to distinguish the real, symbolic and the imaginary, in the early part of his teaching, to the moment, in its final period, where he comes to define the symptom, as distinct from the unconscious, as the essential fourth term with which to knot these three registers together (and with it the subject’s relation to the body, the impossibility of the sexual relation, the trauma of sexuality, etc…) in an invention that is proper to each.

It is from this conception of symptom at the end of Lacan’s teaching that the NLS Knottings Seminar was first proposed as a device, an invention, proper to the NLS as such, designed to knot the geographically distant elements of the School together by linking them together in a day of work conducted around a common theme. The knot is formed by linking together a series of presentations from: at least one member of the host society or group; a guest from at least one of the other societies or groups that make up the NLS; and a member of the School's executive committee, whose role is to provide the orientation for the work.

This year, we will be joined online by Els Van Compernolle, Secretary of the NLS, and a member of the Kring Voor Psychoanalyse (Belgium), who will give a theoretical presentation on this year's theme.  We will also be joined by Marina Frangiadaki, who is an AMS and member of the Borromean Knot Society of the NLS (Greece), who will help develop the theme from a clinical perspective by presenting a case linked to the theme. This clinical approach will be further developed by an additional case presentation by Colin Wright, member of the London Society.

For further information about this year's Congress visit the NLS Congress Website, which contains multiple resources on the theme, along with the opportunity to register for the Congress and a link to the Argument for the Congress by NLS President Alexandre Stevens.

Although we are not able to hold this event in person this year, with our bodies fully present in the encounter, we will nevertheless endeavour to realise a viable knotting, in the spirit of invention in which this device was initially created, and even hope to reach out beyond our own community to members of the School at large.

Tickets £15

with Florencia F. C. Shanahan (AS of the NLS)

On this very special occasion, we will be joined by guest speaker Florencia F. C. Shanahan, member of the NLS and recently nominated Analyst of the School, who will give a testimony of her own experience of analysis and the procedure of the pass, which Lacan invented to determine if someone had pursued their analysis to its final term. Pass testimonies give a unique insight into the contemporary practice of psychoanalysis and what is at stake in the formation of an analyst in the Lacanian Orientation.

This important event for the London Society and our School.

Tickets £10

NLS Seminar – Towards the Congress
With NLS President Alexandre Stevens

Discussant: Véronique Voruz

Saturday, 10th October – 14:30-16:00

In our first NLS Seminar of this year, special guest and President of the NLS, Alexandre Stevens, will be speaking to us on the theme of the next NLS Congress, due to take place in Ghent next May, under the title “The Bodily Effects of Language”. It is a title that strikes a chord with the whole history of psychoanalysis, from Studies on Hysteria on, but it takes on particular resonance in relation to the last period of Lacan’s teaching, where the impact of language on the body comes to the fore. Indeed, in this last period, the signifier is redefined, no longer as an effect of mortification, but as a cause of jouissance, and the drives appear as “the echo in the body of a fact of saying”.

No doubt this echo stands out all the more against a background of silence – the analytic discourse, invented by Freud and then formalised and developed by Lacan, is itself a testimony to this. But this year another saying, another echo and another silence stands out for us. For in this title, we can also hear an echo of the theme of last year’s Congress: Interpretation: From Truth to Event, which, after much preparatory work, had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Our year thus ended in silence where there would otherwise have been speech, but not before it had set us on a path to distinguish the symptom as an effect of truth, linked to the transferential unconscious, and the sinthome as an event of the body, linked to the unconscious as real.

So, at a time when the bodies have receded behind a screen and the voice is supported by an apparatus that is not simply that of the drive, it is all the more important that we return to the theme of “The Body in Psychoanalysis”, to interrogate it at the level of its history, while at the same time exploring how our new circumstances transform or at least nuance our understanding of what is at stake in the practice of psychoanalysis – a practice in which the body is implicated.

The seminar will take place on Zoom, on Saturday the 10th of October, and we warmly invite you to join us there.

Tickets: £10

To view Alexandre Stevens’ argument for the Congress, click here.

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

Cartel Study Day
Saturday, 3rd October (2-6pm)

For more information please visit our Cartel Page and to register fill in the form on our Homepage.

Introduction to the Lacanian Clinics of Psychosis

Saturday 14th March
14.00 – 17.00
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

In next Saturday’s seminar, the fourth in our series of seminars on the Introduction to the Lacanian Clinics of Psychosis, we will pursue our reading of the Wolf Man case history in the light of the questions raised by Jacques-Alain Miller’s 13 Lessons on the Wolf Man.
This time we will be concentrating on the clinical material extracted from the Wolf Man’s subsequent treatment with Ruth Mack Brunswick, which brings some more pronounced psychotic features into focus. This material also provides an essential basis for understanding certain aspects of the approach taken by Jacques-Alain Miller in the 13 Lessons.

Ruth Mack Brunswick’s account of her treatment of the Wolf Man can be found in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. IX, 1928 under the title “A Supplement to Freud’s ‘History of an Infantile Neurosis’”. Anyone who wishes to familiarize themselves with this material but is unable to access a copy can write to Roger Litten at [email protected]

Some acquaintance with the first 30 pages of Miller’s 13 Lessons, which can be found in Lacanian Ink Issue 35 will also be useful preparation for the seminar, in particular pages 23 – 31, starting with the section entitled ‘Differential Causality’.
We look forward to working this material with you on Saturday.

Speakers: Roger Litten and Colin Wright

Brunswick, R. M., “A Supplement to Freud’s ‘History of an Infantile Neurosis’”, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. IX, 1928, p. 439.
Miller, J.-A., “The Wolf Man”, Lacanian Ink, Vol. 35, 2010.

Cost £20 per Seminar

Question of the School

Saturdays 10.30-12.30
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square,
London WC1H 0PD
9th November 2019;
1st February; 14th March; 11th July 2020;

“I hereby found – as alone as I have always been in my relation to the psychoanalytic cause – the School…” With these words, Lacan founded a new form of psychoanalytic institution designed to avoid, as far as possible, the pitfalls of other psychoanalytic organisations. It was founded on the principles and the ethics of psychoanalysis and expressly charged with the task of restoring the cutting edge to the Freudian discovery, while returning the praxis of psychoanalysis to what Lacan considered to be the duty incumbent upon it in the modern world, without falling prey to the deviations and compromises which, according to him, had blunted its progress and degraded its use in the hands of the post-Freudians.

This series of seminars will explore some of the issues and urgent questions about the structure of the school, the formation that it provides and its importance in the transmission of psychoanalysis today.

Next Session: Saturday, 14 March 2020.

Speakers: Gabriela Van den Hoven, Vincent Dachy, Véronique Voruz

London Society Workshop on the NLS Theme
Interpretation: From Truth to Event

Saturdays 10.30-12.30
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
30th November 2019;
29th February; 25th April; 23 May 2020
A series of seminars and workshops on the theme of the forthcoming Congress of the NLS – "Interpretation: from Truth to Event" – to be held on 27-28 June 2020 in Ghent.

In this series, we will discuss the changing status of interpretation in the contemporary practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis and outline the various modes of interpretation brought to bear in the course of an analysis. This shift in the status of interpretation goes hand in hand with a change in the status of the unconscious in Lacan's teaching.

Broadly speaking, it leads us from what Jacques-Alain Miller has named the transferential unconscious – the one that emerges through various formations and gathers its consistency in analysis as a search for truth in relation to a supposition of knowledge in the Other – to the unconscious as real, indexed the impact of language on the body and what in the symptom, after the work of deciphering finds its limit, ultimately proves to be irreducible for each one of us and even that upon which our singularity as a speaking being depends.

Join us as we explore this essential topic and prepare our way to the Congress.

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]. This will give you access to a promo code to obtain the series pass.

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
1st 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 or contact Roger Litten: [email protected]


Preliminary Reading


  • 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.


  • ‘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.


  • ‘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: [email protected]. This will give you access to a promo code to obtain the series pass.

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.
  • For participation in the remaining 3 workshops (February to June 2020) please register by 31st January by emailing Peggy Papada at [email protected]

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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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

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 [email protected], Roger Litten [email protected] or consult our website at

Contemporary Lacanian Clinic

Contemporary Lacaniana Clinic

Next events: 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.


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.

The bureau

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