Lacan Circle Seminar

Jacques Lacan's Seminar XIX ... or Worse





Lacan Circle Seminar

Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XIX
… or Worse


A critical study

Presented by Russell Grigg


“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 will be 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.



Ten sessions over ten weeks

10:00am – 12:00pm AEST UTC+10


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


Visit our full calendar here


Seminars can be attended in person at
Kathleen Syme Centre
251 Faraday street, Carlton




They are also broadcast live via Zoom
Recording links will be sent to enrolled students after each session



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




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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