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 convenor@lacancircle.net if you have any questions.