Study Days

Held on the third Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

Study Days Program


September 21 Mothers


10 am  Kate Briggs – Introduction

10.20 am  Eugenie Austin – The Virgin Mary, The Whore, and The Woman Contemporary Mother

10.50 am  Vicki Halik – Intergenerational effects of the Holocaust as transmitted through the mother-daughter relationship

11.30 am  Russell Grigg – Trouble in Paradise: The Infant-Mother Relationship

12.15  pm   Lunch break

1.00 pm  Alison Ravenscroft – Two mothers


Multipurpose Room 2, Kathleen Syme Centre, 251 Faraday St., Carlton.

Also available via Zoom: 421 030 6990



October 19 Study Day in Perth


Time: 12-5 pm WA (3-8 pm VIC)

Where: The Meeting Room

The Meeting Place

245 South Terrace

South Fremantle WA 6162


“There is no sexual relation” – psychoanalytic reflections on love, sex and gender in the 21st century.


There is neither accord nor harmony between man and woman. There’s no programme, nothing has been predetermined: every move is a shot in the dark, which in modal logic is called contingency. There’s no way out of it. Why is it so inexorable, that is, so necessary? It really has to be reckoned that this stems from an impossibility. Hence the theorem: “There is no sexual relation.” The formula has become famous. In the place of what thereby punctures a hole in the real, there is a plethora of luring and enchanting images, and there are discourses that prescribe what this relation must be. These discourses are mere semblance, the artifice of which psychoanalysis has made apparent to all. In the twenty-first century, this is beyond dispute. Who still believes that marriage has a natural foundation? Since it’s a fact of culture, one devotes oneself to inventing. One cobbles together different constructions from whatever one can. It may be better … or worse.

Jacques-Alain Miller




November 16 Cartels



Multipurpose Room 2, Kathleen Syme Centre, 251 Faraday St., Carlton.

Also available via Zoom: 421 030 6990



Study Days are admission free and open to all



For all enquiries contact the study days convenor:

Joanna Shemansky


2019 Past Study Days