Lacan Circle Seminar

Psychosis and Lacan’s Seminar III





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Lacan Circle of Australia Seminar

Psychosis and Lacan’s Seminar III


Presented by Russell Grigg


“What is refused in the symbolic order re-emerges in the real.”
Jacques Lacan, Seminar III, The Psychoses, 1955-1956


Ten Saturdays from March 2024
In person in Melbourne or by Zoom, and recorded
Open to new students and to anyone interested in Lacanian psychoanalysis


The underlying issue of this seminar, crucial for any psychoanalyst, is the difference between psychosis and neurosis. We explore this issue through Lacan’s groundbreaking teaching on this question as it was laid out in the third year of his Seminar in 1956-1957. Here, he demonstrated that the difference is structural and derives from two separate mechanisms: repression for neurosis and foreclosure for psychosis. Exploring the implications of this discovery, with a focus on issues in psychosis, will be the thread running through the work this semester; but our studies will also cover a number of key, indeed canonical, concepts of Lacan’s teaching that Lacan introduced in this Seminar. The seminar is suitable both for the beginner and the more advanced student of Lacan.


10:00am – 12:00pm Melbourne time
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In person in Melbourne, and available by Zoom
Each session is recorded and emailed to participants


Week 1: Saturday 2 March
Week 2: Saturday 9 March
Week 3: Saturday 16 March
Week 4: Saturday 23 March
Saturday 30 March – no session: Easter
Week 5: Saturday 6 April
(Melbourne daylight savings ends here)
Week 6: Saturday 13 April
Week 7: Saturday 20 April
Saturday 27 April – no session: Lacan Circle Workshop
Week 8: Saturday 4 May
Week 9: Saturday 11 May
Week 10: Saturday 18 May


We will be reading from the official English translation of Seminar III
Jacques Lacan, The Psychoses, The Seminar, Book III, 1955-1956
Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller and translated with notes by Russell Grigg
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1997
Available here or here



Supplementary readings are available in a Google drive



Russell Grigg PhD studied and lectured in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII. He is a member of the Lacan Circle of Australia, the École de la Cause freudienne, the New Lacanian School, and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. Russell is the translator of Lacan’s Seminar III.


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