The Lacan Circle of Australia is an organisation dedicated to training, education and research in the Lacanian orientation. 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.
Lacan Circle Seminars 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.
Semester 1, 2022
Semester 2, 2021
- Lacan Circle Seminar on Perversion The details are here
- Seminar XIX … or Worse The details are here
- Discontinuity and the Drive The details are here
Semester 1, 2021
- Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis. See some YouTube “moments” here and here
- Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Freud
Semester 2, 2020
- The Lacanian Orientation of Jacques-Alain Miller
- The Analytic Act in Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Semester 1, 2020
- Names of The Father
- Clinical Issue in Psychoanalysis
Semester 2, 2019
Seminar 1, 2019
- The Direction of the Treatment
- Freud and the Technique of Psychoanalysis
Seminar 2, 2018
- Hysteria and Obsessional Neurosis
Seminar 1, 2018
- The Psychoses: Reading Lacan’s Seminar III
- The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan
Short seminars held during the Australian winter.
Winter Webinar 2022
Lacan in the USA, presented by Russell Grigg. The details are here
Winter Webinar 2021
Bodily Cuts Rims and Scraps: Lacan’s Topology, presented by Serena Smith. Available in full on our YouTube channel here
Winter Webinar 2020
Moses and Monotheism, presented by Russell Grigg. Available in full on our YouTube channel here
Our clinical seminar program runs during our academic semesters and is available to Lacan Circle members and students who are in analysis and/or in practice themselves.
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 has a range of registered cartels, and new groups form spontaneously and continuously. Cartels are free and open to anyone with an interest.
We host cartel presentation days in summer and winter each year. These are an opportunity for current cartelisands to present short talks or reports on an aspect of their work, and an opportunity for others to hear something about the work underway in our cartels. Our next events will be held on 5 and 12 November 2022. Everyone is welcome and the details are here.
The Lacan Circle read Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan out loud every week. Our reading groups are free, entirely online, and open to all.
We began Jacques Lacan’s Seminar V, Formations of the Unconscious on 17 August 2022. The details are here
Our Freud reading group is currently in recess and a new read will be announced soon!
We completed Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams in July 2022.
We completed Jacques Lacan’ Seminar IV, The Object Relation in August 2022. The details are here
We completed Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams in July 2022. The details are here
We completed Jacques Lacan’s Seminar III, The Psychoses in July 2021.
“In Conversation” Events
November 2021 Anne Lysy in Conversation: Jouissance at the end of an analysis
At stake in an analysis is not only “what does it mean?” but also “what does it satisfy?” Anne Lysy on her paper in TLR #11. The recording is available here
October 2021 Véronique Voruz in Conversation: Bodies Captured by Discourse
“Your know-how is with your symptom; it is not in the dimension of language.” Véronique Voruz expanded on her recent paper “Bodies Captured by Discourse.” The recording is available here
September 2021 Thomas Svolos in Conversation: The Aims of Analysis in the Late Lacan
Thomas Svolos discussed his analysis and his work as an analyst with reference to his recently published work The Aims of Analysis: Miami Seminar on the Late Lacan. The recording is available here
August 2021 Bataille with Lacan: Tim Themi on Eroticizing the Aesthetic
Tim Themi’s open conversation with the Lacan Circle about his just published work Eroticizing Aesthetics: In the Real with Bataille and Lacan. The recording is available here
July 2021 The Autistic Subject: Leon Brenner in Conversation
Leon Brenner, author of the recently published The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language, joined the Lacan Circle for an interview and open conversation. The recording is available here
PsychoanalysisLacan Volume 5: Lockdown! was launched on 6 February 2022. The recording is available here
These events were predominantly in person, and have paused during the pandemic
- Narcissism in our Time
- The Direction of the Treatment – Students of Lacan respond to themes recently studied
- Unlimited Enjoyments and The Real Unconscious
- Politics and Psychoanalysis
- There Is No Sexual Relation – Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love, Sex and Gender
- Lacan’s Seminars Applied – Students of the Lacan Circle respond to recent themes
- Welcome to the Lacan Circle and the 2018 Program
- Divine Erotics: Psychoanalysis and Religion
- The Children of Psychoanalysis: From Little Hans to Lacan’s ‘Note on the Child’
- Love and the Sexual Non-relation
- Families, Couples and Children in a Hypermodern World
- Segregation and Identity
- The Postmodern Family
- Jacques Alain Miller and The Very Final Lacan
- Applied Psychoanalysis – From Le Courtil to the CPCT
Lacan Circle International Conferences
Two-day conference with international guests, held in Melbourne and by Zoom. The 2023 Lacan Circle International Conference has just been announced: WE’RE ALL MAD HERE, 25-26 November. The details are here
2020 Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance
Keynotes: Sophie Marret and Jean-Claude Maleval, France, and with presentations by international Lacanian analysts and associates. Cancelled due to coronavirus.
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 Lacanian analysts and associates, including: Jane Kent, David Westcombe, Mia Lalanne, Dan Collins, Russell Grigg, Grace Tarpey, Jonathan Redmond, David Westcombe, David Ferraro, Robyn Adler and Kate Briggs.
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, Diagnosis and the DSM and Psychiatric Diagnosis Revisited. With presentations by members of the Lacan Circle of Australia: Kate Briggs, David Ferraro, Russell Grigg, Joanna Shemansky, Grace Tarpey and David Westcombe. Presentations also by Bibhas Bagchi, Cindy Zeiher and Robyn Adler. The recording of Stijn Vanheule’s keynote address is available on our YouTube channel here
Colloquium February 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.
Forum August 2018
Sexual Identity, Desire and Jouissance – and other ideas to live by
Special guest speaker: Mari Ruti from Canada, author of ‘The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life’
NLS Congress 2022
Fixation and Repetition, held in Lausanne, Switzerland in July 2022. The details are here