Two seminars per semester on a rolling three-year cycle

2020 Seminar Program Information Coming Soon

Contact the LCA Secretary Eugénie Austin for more details, or to secure an advance booking


Seminar Program
Semester 2, 2019
Kathleen Syme Centre, Faraday Street, Carlton
Also available on Zoom

Saturdays, 10 August to 16 November


The Lacan Circle of Australia is accepting enrolments in its seminar program for Semester 2, 2019. The two seminars outlined below are complimentary but can be taken separately. Seminars are also available via Zoom.

The seminars will be taught by members of the Lacan Circle of Australia who have many years of clinical experience and international reputations as teachers and researchers in the field of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Emphasis in the seminars will be on engagement and interactive study that stimulates reflection and discussion of the issues covered week by week.

Ten classes will be held on the following dates: 10, 24, 31 August; 7, 14, 28 September; 5, 12, 26 October; 2, 16 November


The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis
Russell Grigg

Saturdays, 10am – 11:45am

Arguably the most read and most influential of Lacan’s seminars, Seminar XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, is a turning point in Lacan’s teaching. The concepts of repetition, transference, the unconscious and the drive are the basic concepts of the Freudian discovery of psychoanalysis. In Seminar XI Lacan tethers each of these concepts tightly to Freud’s work, even as he uncovers another logic within them – which is the logic of the signifier in its intersection with the object of the drive. Along the way, the encounter with Merleau-Ponty, Descartes, Holbein and others makes this one of Lacan’s richest seminars.

Russell Grigg PhD studied and lectured in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII and is a member of the Ecole de la Cause freudienne, the New Lacanian School, the World Association of Psychoanalysis and the Lacan Circle of Australia.


Kate Briggs

Saturdays, 12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lacan famously spoke of anxiety as an affect that points towards the real and as such does not deceive. He first formalizes the objects a in this seminar on Anxiety. As non-specularizable elements constructed from the symbolic without being signifiers, the objects a are a pivotal point in his reading of Freud and the development of his later focus on jouissance. In this seminar we will read Freud’s, “Inhibition, Symptoms and Anxiety” with Seminar X to explore the question ofanxiety and the object in the work of Freud and Lacan.

Kate Briggs PhD is a psychoanalyst with twenty years of experience and a lecturer in the School of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Kate is a member of the Lacan Circle of Australia, a clinical member of PACFA and convenor of the Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators.




Payment of the enrolment fee of $500 AUD ($400 for LCA members) per seminar can be made below:

LCA Seminars, Semester 2 2019

  • American Express

An electronic transfer to the Lacan Circle of Australia is also possible. Banking details are as follows:

Lacan Circle of Australia
BSB 063-120
Account 10158007

For enquiries, further information about the seminars or queries about payment, contact the convenor of the program, Russell Grigg at



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