Seminars, Study Days, Conferences and Cartels

The Lacan Circle of Australia is an organization dedicated to training, education and research in the Lacanian orientation. In 2018 it offers an array of activities for trainees, students, scholars and practitioners ranging from foundational to explorations in the forefront of current developments in the field.



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

Seminars run Saturdays from 10am through to 2pm for a total of ten weeks. The seminars will be held in conjunction with thematic Study Days on contemporary issues of crucial importance to psychoanalysis.

Seminars and study days will also be available via webinars using Zoom, the high-quality remote conferencing technology.


Semester 1, 2018

  • Seminar 1: The psychoses: reading Lacan’s Seminar III
  • Seminar 2: The unconscious from Freud to Lacan

Semester 2, 2018

  • Seminar 3: Hysteria and Obsessional Neurosis
  • Seminar 4: Sexuation

Semester 1, 2019

  • Seminar 1: The Direction of the Treatment
  • Seminar 2: Freud and the Technique of Psychoanalysis

Semester 2, 2019

  • Seminar 1: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis
  • Seminar 2: Anxiety

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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 on the third Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

Venue: Kathleen Syme Centre, Faraday St, Carlton.

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: little Hans to Lacan’s ‘Note on the child’
  • 19 May Love and the sexual non-relationship
  • 16 June Families, couples and children in a hypermodern world

Semester 2, 2018

  • 18 August Segregation and identity
  • 15 September The postmodern family
  • 20 October From desire to jouissance
  • 17 November Cartels in conversation

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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 David Westcombe

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Two-day International Conference
13-14 July 2019

The Real Unconscious

Keynote: Alexandre Stevens

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Two-day International Conference
14-15 July 2018

The Late Lacan

With keynote speaker 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).

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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 people’s work in several ways: its journal Psychoanalysis Lacan; 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 NLS via the LCM.

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Calendar of events

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

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