Lacan Circle Seminar … or Worse

Presented by Russell Grigg





Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XIX
… or Worse


A critical study

Presented by Russell Grigg

This seminar is underway – late enrolment is possible


“There is no such thing as a sexual relation”, Lacan declared in Seminar XVII. In turning to the oddly-titled seminar of two years later, . . . or Worse, Seminar XIX (1971-1972), we confront the myriad consequences of this thesis, which Lacan explores from a variety of angles. His thesis and its consequences are the focus of this semester organised around three broad themes:


1. The sexual relation: its non-existence and the impossibility of jouissance.

2. The One: that there is some One; the One-all-alone.

3. The real: the real of the body and the ways in which the analytic discourse might, via language, touch something of the real.


And, in passing, some philosophy approached with a light touch,
even if it is Plato’s Parmenides, Aristotle’s Metaphysics and Frege’s Begriffsschrift.


10:00am – 12:00pm
Melbourne time


Saturday 21 August
Saturday 28 August
Saturday 4 September
Saturday 11 September
Saturday 18 September
Saturday 25 September
Saturday 2 October
Saturday 9 October
Saturday 16 October
Saturday 23 October
Saturday 30 October


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Melbourne is in lockdown. Depending on restrictions, we may be able to meet at the Kathleen Syme Centre in Carlton as the semester progresses. Regardless, all sessions are being broadcast by Zoom, and the links to the recordings are emailed to each registrant.



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.



We will be reading from:

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan
Book XIX … or Worse
Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller
Translated by A. R. Price

Polity Press, 2018

It is available from the usual sellers, including:

Abe Books



You may be interested in our concurrent seminars:
Discontinuity and the Drive
And you are welcome to participate in our ongoing reading group:
Jacques Lacan ‘s Seminar IV The Object Relation

For enquiries, further information about the seminars
or queries about payment, contact the convenor Russell Grigg



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and on the publication of the audio and video recordings and/or web streaming or stills.

Thank you for your interest in Jacques Lacan and the LCA



Art by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1528


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