Lacan Circle Event Information

And Past Event Details



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.

Our 2021 seminars have just concluded. These and many seminars from previous years are now available as Post-Seminar Packages for $150. See the links below and/or contact us here for more information. Our 2022 seminars will be announced soon; join our mailing list here to receive notifications.


Semester 2, 2021
Winter Webinar, 2021
Semester 1, 2021
  • Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis
  • Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Freud
Semester 2, 2020
  • The Lacanian Orientation of Jacques-Alain Miller
  • The Analytic Act in Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Winter Webinar, 2020
Semester 1, 2020
  • Names of The Father
  • Clinical Issue in Psychoanalysis
Semester 2, 2019
  • The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, presented by Russell Grigg
    See YouTube “moments” from this seminar here and here
  • Anxiety
Seminar 1, 2019
  • The Direction of the Treatment
  • Freud and the Technique of Psychoanalysis
Seminar 2, 2018
  • Hysteria and Obsessional Neurosis
  • Sexuation
Seminar 1, 2018
  • The Psychoses: Reading Lacan’s Seminar III
  • The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan

Visit our calendar for upcoming seminar information here




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 May and November 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 cartels that are in progress.

Our November 2021 Cartel Presentation Days have now concluded. Contact us here for the recordings.
Visit our Cartel formation and information page here


Reading Groups


The Lacan Circle host two ongoing weekly reading groups. We are currently part-way through Jacques Lacan’s Seminar IV The Object Relation, and have just begun Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams. Lacan Circle reading groups are free, entirely on-line, and open to anyone with an interest.

The Lacan Circle completed a reading of Jacques Lacan’s Seminar III The Psychoses in July 2021.

Visit our Lacan Reading Group here
Visit our Freud Reading Group here


“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


The Lacan Circle will present more “In Conversation” events in 2022


Study Days


Lacan Circle Study Days 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
  • Mothers
  • 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


Visit our Study Day information page here


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, Robyn 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: 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 in full 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.


Open 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’


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