Events

Seminars, Reading Groups, Study Days, Conferences and Cartels

The Lacan Circle of Australia is an organisation dedicated to training, education and research in the Lacanian orientation. In 2021 we offer an array of activities for trainees, students, scholars and practitioners ranging from foundational to explorations at the forefront of current developments in the field.

Our activities were entirely on-line during the pandemic, and are now transitioning back a combined Zoom and face-to-face delivery in both Melbourne and Fremantle, Western Australia.

 

Seminars

LCA seminars and webinars provide a foundation to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. Participants explore the fundamentals of Freudian psychoanalysis, the teaching of Lacan, and contemporary developments in the Lacanian orientation.

Our 2021 seminars are Lacan Circle Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Freud, being delivered on Tuesdays from 8pm to 10pm (Melbourne time) and The Other Side of Psychoanalysis being delivered on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm (Melbourne time) for a total of ten weeks. Both are available by Zoom, and all enrolled students receive the recordings shortly after the seminar occurred.

 

Semester 2, 2020
  • Seminar 1: The Lacanian Orientation of Jacques-Alain Miller
  • Seminar 2: The Analytic Act in Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Winter Semester, 2020
  • Reading seminar: Moses and Monotheism
Semester 1, 2020
  • Seminar 1: Names of The Father
  • Seminar 2: Clinical Issue in Psychoanalysis
Semester 2, 2019
  • Seminar 1: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis
  • Seminar 2: Anxiety
Seminar 1, 2019
  • Seminar 1: The Direction of the Treatment
  • Seminar 2: Freud and the Technique of Psychoanalysis
Seminar 2, 2018
  • Seminar 1: Hysteria and Obsessional Neurosis
  • Seminar 2: Sexuation
Seminar 1, 2018
  • Seminar 1: The Psychoses: Reading Lacan’s Seminar III
  • Seminar 2: The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan

 

Return to Home Page to view current seminar information and registration here

 

Reading Group

The LCA reading group is free, entirely on-line, and open to anyone with an interest. Participation is casual, and we meet on Wednesday evenings 7:00pm Melbourne time. The sessions are not recorded and we are currently reading Seminar III: The Psychoses. Registration is required to trigger the Zoom link, which is permanent. Join us when you can.

 

View current reading group information and registration here

 

Study Days

Study days are the Lacan Circle’s link to activities of the New Lacanian School and the Freudian Field, just as they are a bridge to the wider community. The practice of psychoanalysis does not take place in a vacuum and Lacanian psychoanalysis is both sensitive to the manner in which subjective positions and choices respond to social change and attentive to developments in areas cognate with psychoanalysis.

Study Days are held throughout the academic year on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Venue: Kathleen Syme Centre, Faraday St, Carlton.

Lacan Circle Study Days have paused during the pandemic.

 

Study Days, Semester 2, 2019
  • 17 August: Politics and Psychoanalysis
  • 21 September: Mothers
  • 19 October: There Is No Sexual Relation – Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love, Sex and Gender in the 21st Century
  • 30 November: Seminars Applied – Students of Lacan respond to themes recently studied
Study Days, Semester 1, 2019
  • 16 March: Narcissism in our Time
  • 18 May: The Direction of the Treatment – Students of Lacan respond to themes recently studied
  • 15 June: Unlimited Enjoyments and The Real Unconcious
Study Days, Semester 2, 2018
  • 18 August: Segregation and Identity
  • 15 September: The Postmodern Family
  • 20 October: Jacques Alain Miller and The Very Final Lacan
  • 17 November: Applied Psychoanalysis – From Le Courtil to the CPCT
Study Days, Semester 1, 2018
  • 17 February Open Day: Welcome to the Lacan Circle and its 2018 Program
  • 17 March Divine Erotics: Psychoanalysis and Religion
  • 21 April: The Children of Psychoanalysis: From Little Hans to Lacan’s ‘Note on the Child’
  • 19 May: Love and the Sexual Non-relation
  • 16 June: Families, Couples and Children in a Hypermodern World

 

View study day information here

 

Two-day International Conference
11-12 July 2020

Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance

Keynotes: Sophie Marret and Jean-Claude Maleval, France.

With presentations by international Lacan analysts and associates

Cancelled due to coronavirus

 

Two-day International Conference
13-14 July 2019

The Real Unconscious

Keynote: Alexandre Stevens, vice-president of the New Lacanian School, Analyst Member of the New Lacanian School and of the Ecole de la Cause freudienne (ECF). He is the founder and therapeutic director of Le Courtil, an institution for the psychoanalytic treatment of children located in Belgium; and former president of the NLS and the ECF.

With presentations by Lacan analysts and associates, including:

Jane Kent, David Westcombe, Mia Lalanne, Dan Collins, Russell Grigg, Grace Tarpey, Jonathan Redmond, David Westcombe, David Ferraro, Robin Adler and Kate Briggs

 

Two-day International Conference
14-15 July 2018

The Late Lacan

Keynote: Stijn Vanheule, Professor of Psychoanalysis, University of Ghent, member of the New Lacanian School, author of The Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective (Palgrave, 2011), Diagnosis and the DSM (Palgrave, 2014) and Psychiatric Diagnosis Revisited (Palgrave, 2017).

With presentations by members of the Lacan Circle of Australia, including:

Kate Briggs, David Ferraro, Russell Grigg, Lizzy Newman,
Jonathan Redmond, Joanna Shemansky, Grace Tarpey and David Westcombe

 

View past conferences here

 

Colloquium February 16 2019 

Urgent Questions! Urgent Cases!

Keynote: Bernard Seynhaeve, President of the New Lacanian School, Analyst Member of the New Lacanian School and of the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne and former director of Le Courtil, an institution for the psychoanalytic treatment of children located in Belgium.

With presentations by members of the Lacan Circle of Australia, including:

Kate Briggs, David Ferraro, Russell Grigg, Lizzy Newman,
Jonathan Redmond, Joanna Shemansky, Grace Tarpey and David Westcombe

 

View past colloquiums here

 

Cartels

As Lacan observed in his adjunct to The Founding Act, “The worst objection that can be made to Societies in their existing form is the drying up of work, manifest even in the quality, that they cause among the best of people. The success of the School will be measured by the production of work that is acceptable in its proper setting.” A cartel is a small study and research group of 3 to 5 members who elect to work together and choose a ‘plus one’ to lead and animate the life of the cartel, with an aim to produce a material output of high quality. The Lacan Circle encourages publication of cartelisand’s work in several ways: its journal PsychoanalysisLacan; the publications of the New Lacanian School, such as The Lacanian Review; presentations at study days, and so on. Cartels are intended to facilitate research and study in the Freudian Field; they are registered with the New Lacanian School via the Lacan Circle.

 

View Lacan Circle cartel information here

 

Calendar of events

For a full schedule of upcoming events please view our event calendar here.

 

 

For more information or clarification please write to the LCA Secretary here.