The Late Lacan

Two-day International Conference 14-15 July 2018

The Lacan Circle of Melbourne, an Associate Group of the New Lacanian School, World Association of Psychoanalysis, invites papers for a two-day conference on Lacan’s later work to be held in Melbourne 14-15 July 2018.

Keynote Speaker

Stijn Vanheule, Professor of Psychoanalysis, University of Ghent, member of the New Lacanian School, author of The Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective (Palgrave, 2011), Diagnosis and the DSM (Palgrave, 2014) and Psychiatric Diagnosis Revisited (Palgrave, 2017).

Call for Papers

Please submit a title and abstract by 1 March 2018 using this form. The organising committee will notify all the contributors of an outcome mid-March 2018, and successful contributors will be given a 30 minutes time-slot for their paper.

It’s a fact that the unconscious has changed. And it is time to consider Lacan’s suggestion that Freud’s ‘unconscious’, be replaced by ‘parlêtre’, or, in J.-A. Miller’s proposal, ‘speaking body’. Miller proposes that ‘speaking body’ be taken as an indication of the change that psychoanalysis underwent in the 20th century when it had to take account of a symbolic order and a real that were different from those on the basis of which psychoanalysis was originally established. As Miller also states, the term ‘sinthome’ indicates a move away from the symptom understood as a formation of the unconscious structured like a language, as a metaphor, as an effect of meaning introduced by the substitution of one signifier for another. Rather, the sinthome of a speaking body is to be understood as a body event, as the emergence of jouissance of the body, partnered by this escabeau, this pedestal on which we elevate ourselves to the dignity of the Thing.  (See J.-A. Miller (2016), ‘The Unconscious and the Speaking Body’)

Contributions invited on these and other themes related to Lacan’s late work. With Seminar XX, Seminar XXIII and the soon-to-be-published Seminar XIX, along with the two papers, ‘Joyce the Symptom’ and other works, there is much to explore in this crucial period of Lacan’s teaching.

  • Themes include but are not limited to:
  • The names of the father, the father of the name, père-version
  • The absence of a sexual relation
  • Topology, knots and RSI
  • From symptom to sinthome
  • The escabeau of speech
  • The speaking body

Clinical papers and case presentations are particularly welcome, as are papers relating to emerging social phenomena that impact upon clinical practice. Please contact if you have any questions.