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.
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.
Our upcoming seminars include ‘Bodily Cuts, Rims and Scraps: Lacan’s Topology’, ‘Discontinuity and The Drive’, ‘Perversion’, and Lacan’s Seminar XIX. View them here.
Semester 1, 2021
- Seminar 1: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis
- Seminar 2: Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Freud
Semester 2, 2020
- Seminar 1: The Lacanian Orientation of Jacques-Alain Miller
- Seminar 2: The Analytic Act in Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Winter Semester, 2020
- Winter Webinar: 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
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 number of registered cartels, and new groups form spontaneously and continuously. Cartels are free and open to anyone with an interest. The Lacan Circle hosts biannual Cartel Presentation Days – the next will be held in November 2021.
The Lacan Circle host a Lacan Reading Group (Seminar III: The Psychoses) and will soon commence a Freud Reading Group. These are free, entirely on-line, and open to anyone with an interest.
Past 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.
- 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 Unconscious
- 17 August: Politics and Psychoanalysis
- 21 September: Mothers
- 19 October: There Is No Sexual Relation – Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love, Sex and Gender
- 30 November: Seminars Applied – Students of Lacan respond to themes recently studied
- 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
- 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
Lacan Circle Study Days have paused during the pandemic.
Past Other Events
Two-day International Conference July 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
Two-day International Conference 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 Lacanian 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 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, Diagnosis and the DSM and Psychiatric Diagnosis Revisited. 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
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.
Open Forum August 2018
Sexual Identity, Desire and Jouissance – and other ideas to live by
Special guest speaker: Mari Ruti, author of ‘The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life’