CALL FOR PAPERS
Third International Conference
Lacan Circle of Australia
11 and 12 July 2020 at the Treacy Centre, Parkville (Melbourne)
Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance
The semblants of sex come under scrutiny in analysis. This is because semblants sustain not only sexual identity but also the sexual encounter itself, taking the place of any possible sexual relationship.
On the male side, analysis reveals a desire sustained by phallicised semblants. As a man’s analysis progresses and he traverses his own particular fantasy, it is increasingly reduced to its bare elements. The phallic function and the underlying castration can become even more insistent, as Freud saw. He spoke of the rock of castration as an obstacle that a man encounters at the end of his analysis. This castrating effect of analysis is also indicated by how common it is for a man to express his phallic capacity in close synchronicity with his sessions—as if seeking to derive, post session, reassurance over his own potency.
For a woman, on the other hand, as the pathways of her desire unfold, she is inclined to encounter the inexistence of the Other and the futility of sacrifice. A woman’s scorn or cynicism can remind a man that his sublimations count for nothing where jouissance is concerned and that his attachment to his semblants is misplaced, since it bears no comparison to the real of jouissance. Women are closer to the real and also have a keener awareness of the fact that the phallus is a semblant. A woman’s desire naturally leads her to the barred A, whereas for the man the φ function is an obstacle to the reduction of the phallus to the status of a mere semblant.
Offers of papers on the above theme are welcome
The preference is for papers on clinical topics related to the conference theme
Papers on non-clinical topics will also be considered
Please send title and brief abstract for a 30-minute paper by Friday 14 February 2020 to