Two seminars per semester on a rolling three-year cycle


Seminar Program – 2020 Semester 1


The Lacan Circle of Australia is accepting enrolments in its seminar program for Semester 1, 2020.

The two seminars outlined below are complimentary but can be taken separately.

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.


The seminar series comprises ten seminars held during semester 1 on the following Saturdays:

14, 21, 28 March; 4 April; 2, 9, 23, 30 May; 6, 13 June

Kathleen Syme Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Also available with enrolment via Zoom


Seminar I: The Names of the Father 

Saturdays 10:00am – 11:45am Lecturer Russell Grigg

Beginning with the single session of his seminar on The Names of the Father, we will track the developments in Lacan’s changing views about the symbolic, the imaginary and the real in his later work. We will examine Lacan’s commentary on the Oedipus complex in Seminar 5, the move beyond the Oedipus complex in Seminar 17 and the emergence of the theory of the père-version, the perverse father-version, and then in the final Lacan the link with the function of naming.


Seminar II: Clinical Issues in Psychoanalysis

Saturdays 12:15pm – 2:00pm Convenor Russell Grigg

Psychoanalysts of the Lacan Circle will lead seminars on topics of current interest to psychoanalysis and of particular interest to them: Jonathan Redmond on ordinary psychosis in the clinical setting; David Ferraro on guilt and shame, addiction, and perversion and anxiety; Russell Grigg on melancholia; and Kate Briggs will also take two seminars on contemporary clinical issues.

Seminars I and II are complimentary, but can be taken independently.


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 president of The Lacan Circle of Australia. He is the esteemed 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 Ecrits.


Kate Briggs PhD is a psychoanalyst, member and Vice President of the Lacan Circle of Australia, and a clinical member and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee PACFA. 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 practices in Melbourne and Somers, VIC.


Jonathan Redmond PhD is a member of the Lacan Circle of Australia, and practices psychoanalysis in Fremantle, WA. His book, Ordinary Psychosis and the Body, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.


David Ferraro DPsych is a former president of the Lacan Circle of Australia and practices psychoanalysis in Melbourne, VIC. He is editor of the LCA journal, Psychoanalysis Lacan.

Study days are held throughout the semester, on parallel topics, as well as clinical seminars, conferences and colloquiums. Enrolled students are welcome at these events.


Enrolment is open:

Fee per seminar series: $500 AUD ($400 for LCA members) can be made by electronic transfer or credit card:

LCA Seminars, Semester 1, 2020

  • American Express

Electronic transfer payments (with your name in the reference field, please) go to:

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 


Previous Seminars