Seminars

Two seminars per semester on a rolling three-year cycle

In 2018 the Lacan Circle of Melbourne is commencing a rigorous program of study for anyone interested in the theory and practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis. There will be two Seminars per semester on a rolling three-year cycle that will run in conjunction with Study Days, special lectures, a conference, and Cartels of the Lacan Circle and the New Lacanian School.

In first semester the Lacan Circle presents two Saturday Seminars of ten weeks duration each, commencing 24 February and running through to Saturday 2 June. These Seminars are taught by analysts with many years of clinical experience and with 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.

1. The psychoses: reading Lacan’s Seminar III

Semester 1: Saturdays, 10am – 11:45am

Lecturer Russell Grigg

Russell Grigg PhD has been a significant presence in the Lacanian orientation in English since the 1980s. He is a founding member of the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne, the New Lacanian School, the World Association of Psychoanalysis and the Lacan Circle of Melbourne. He is esteemed as a translator of Lacan’s seminars, The Psychoses (Norton, 1993), The Formations of the Unconscious (Polity, 2017), and The Other Side of Psychoanalysis (Norton, 2007), and he assisted in the translation of the first complete edition of Lacan’s Écrits. He is the author of Lacan, Language and Philosophy (SUNY, 2008). He edited, with Justin Clemens, Lacan and the Other Side of Psychoanalysis (Duke, 2006) and, with Dominique Hecq and Craig Smith, Female Sexuality: The Early Psychoanalytic Controversies (London: Karnac, 2015), now in its second edition.

Schedule

24 February; 3, 10, 24 March; 14, 28 April; 5, 12, 26 May; 2 June

Outline

This seminar takes you through the development of Lacan’s teaching on psychosis, led by the English translator of Lacan’s ground-breaking early seminar on the topic. We start with Seminar III, The Psychoses and work our way through Lacan’s later work some of which has been previously unavailable in translation.

Fee

$500 ($400 for LCM members)

 

2. The unconscious from Freud to Lacan

Semester 1: Saturdays, 12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lecturer Kate Briggs

Dr. Kate Briggs is a practicing psychoanalyst with twenty years of experience and a lecturer in the School of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She has published on sublimation and symptom formation and contributed to Notes on the Child: A Collection of Essays on Contemporary Lacanian Child and Adolescent Clinical Practice. Her essays on contemporary art have appeared in catalogues and books such as Radical Revisionism: An Anthology of Writings on Australian Art. Kate is a member of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne, a clinical member of PACFA and convenor of the Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators.

Schedule

24 February; 3, 10, 24 March; 14, 28 April; 5, 12, 26 May; 2 June

Outline

This seminar explores Lacan’s reading of Freud’s work. We examine Freud’s fundamental distinction between representations and drives, drawing on his early work and his later papers on metapsychology and papers on technique. We discuss Lacan’s distinction between the symbolic, imaginary and real in relation to both Freud’s work and Lacan’s later innovations. In the background is the crucial question of the distinction between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

 

3. Hysteria and Obsessional Neurosis

Semester 2: Saturdays, 10am – 11:45am

Lecturer Russell Grigg

Schedule

4, 11, 25 August; 1, 8, 22 September; 6, 13, 27 October; 3 November

Fee

$500 ($400 for LCM members)

 

4. Sexuation

Semester 2: Saturdays, 12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lecturer Kate Briggs

Schedule

4, 11, 25 August; 1, 8, 22 September; 6, 13, 27 October; 3 November

Fee

$500 ($400 for LCM members)

 

Enquiries

For enquiries, further information about the seminars and enrolments, contact Russell Grigg, the convenor of the program: convenor@lacancircle.net