Lacan Circle Seminar: Perversion

Presented by Tim Themi



Lacan Circle Seminar


Presented by Tim Themi

This seminar is underway – late enrolment is possible


We examine Freud’s detailed discussions of the perversions, and trace them forward into the primary texts of Lacan to shed further light; in particular we close read some of the key passages on perversion and fetishism (perhaps its most distinguished subcategory), in Lacan’s most recently translated Seminar IV, The Object Relation; we also consider how morality itself can be perversion through Lacan’s critique of the Good and analyses of transgression and sublimation in his Seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis—with occasionally a touch of Bataille’s work on eroticism and Nietzsche’s on aesthetics brought in for support.


“Freud roundly affirms that perversion is structured in relation to everything that takes on an order around the absence and presence of the phallus … it is just as structured as neurosis.”

Jacques Lacan, Seminar IV, The Object Relation

Ten sessions over ten weeks


This seminar commenced on Tuesday 17 August
7:00pm – 9:00pm AEST UTC+10
and continues as follows


Tuesday 24 August
Tuesday 31 August
Tuesday 7 September
Tuesday 14 September
Tuesday 28 September
Tuesday 5 October
Tuesday 12 October
Tuesday 19 October
Tuesday 26 October


Visit our full calendar here



These seminars are presented entirely by Zoom
Recording links are sent to enrolled students after each session


“We must take Penisneid as one of the fundamental givens of the analytic experience, as a constant term of reference in the mother’s relationship to the child. Experience proves that there is no means of articulating the perversions in any other way.”

Jacques Lacan, Seminar IV, The Object Relation



We are focusing on key parts of

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book IV, The Object Relation
Translated by Adrian Price, Polity Press, 2021
It is available from the usual sellers, including
PolityThe Book Depository, Booktopia and Readings bookstore in Carlton

Along with select chapters from Lacan’s Seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis
And Freud’s papers A Child is Being Beaten, Little Hans, Fetishism, and Three Essays on Sexuality

With further readings from

Intro to Perversion Now!
Bruce Fink’s “Perversion”
Dany Nobus’ Law of Desire
Stephanie Swales’ “Phobic and Fetish Objects”
And select chapters from Tim Themi’s
Eroticizing Aesthetics: In the Real with Bataille and Lacan, and
Lacan’s Ethics and Nietzsche’s Critique of Platonism

These further readings are available to enrolled students through the

Lacan Circle Google Drive



The Lacan Circle are currently reading Seminar IV, The Object Relation
and we have two other seminars running concurrently with this one:
Dan Collins on Discontinuity and the Drive
and Russell Grigg on Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XIX … or Worse



“The fetish is the transposition of the imaginary. It becomes a symbol.”
Jacques Lacan, “The Symbolic, the Imaginary and the Real”
Inaugural meeting of the Société Française de la Psychanalyse, 1953



Tim Themi is a PhD in philosophy and psychoanalysis from Melbourne and a long-time affiliate of the Lacan Circle of Australia. He has taught philosophy and psychoanalysis at Deakin University, and in screen and media studies at the University of Melbourne, for over the past decade.
He is the author of Lacan’s Ethics and Nietzsche’s Critique of Platonism (2014),
and most recently of Eroticizing Aesthetics: In the Real with Bataille and Lacan (2021)


Tim Themi was “In Conversation” with Russell Grigg and the Lacan Circle on 8 August 2021
The recording is available

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Lacan Circle Seminar on Perversion

  • Price: $ 400.00
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Thank you for your interest in psychoanalysis and Jacques Lacan

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