Lacan Circle of Australia
WE’RE ALL MAD HERE
26 – 27 November 2022
Treacy Centre, Melbourne, and by Zoom.
Keynote address by Jorge Assef, and
presentations by Lacan Circle
members and associates.
“The madman is a dreamer awake” (Freud 1917); “The insane embody what we would be led to if we began to take things seriously” (Lacan 1956); and “Everyone is mad, that is, delusional” (1978). With these statements psychoanalysis announces its commitment to the dignity of the madness in each of us. For Jacques-Alain Miller this is a “a compass, an ultimate Lacanian compass” (2013).
In the context of 21st-century mental-health discourse, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and its love affair with diagnosis and pharmaceuticals, psychoanalysis offers us a way to engage with madness differently, as an integral part of the singular jouissance at the core of each speaking being.
Can we trace a thread of properly psychoanalytic madness? This might take us through President Schreber’s flamboyant delusion, Lewis Carroll’s “nonsense” yet entirely meaningful prose, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Lacan’s real unconscious, the sinthome, and Jacques-Alain Miller’s ordinary psychosis. How does this history of dignified and brilliant madness inform contemporary psychoanalytic thinking for both analyst and analysand? If we are all mad, what are the consequences for our clinic and practice?
Our keynote presenter Jorge Assef is a psychoanalyst practicing in Córdoba, Argentina, and is a member of the EOL and WAP. He is Professor of the Master’s program in Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Professor at the Centre for Research and Clinical Studies, Institute of the Freudian Field, Córdoba, and Professor of the Master’s program at Clínica Lacaniana, Universidad Nacional de San Martín and Instituto Clínico de Buenos Aires. He is chief editor of the bilingual publication LAPSO, co-editor of the Lacanian Review Online (LRO), and a current Analyst of the School (AS) of the Escuela de la Orientación Lacaniana.
Jorge will give a keynote presentation on
The Madness of Each One
Jorge is the author of:
Hypermodern Subjectivity (in Spanish), 2013
“Pushing the Impossible”, The Lacanian Review #12, 2022
“A Moment of Awakening Beyond the Nightmare”, The Lacanian Review, #8, 2020
“The Zombie Epidemic: Hypermodern Version of the Apocalypse”, Lacanian Compass Express, 2013
“The Time of the Era and the Time of an Analysis” LRO 148, 2019
The Lacan Circle of Australia International Conference 2022 will be held
in person at the Treacy Centre, Melbourne,
and will also be available by Zoom
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November
10:00am – 5:00pm Melbourne time AEDT
Keynote address, and papers and presentations
by Lacan Circle of Australia members and associates
Two day conference, in-person and fully catered: $200.00
Two day conference, in-person and fully catered, unwaged: $100.00
Two day conference by Zoom only: $50.00
Lacan Circle International Conference 2022: WE'RE ALL MAD HERE
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