Lacan Circle Seminar

The Other Side of Psychoanalysis

The Other Side
of Psychoanalysis

A critical study of Lacan’s Seminar XVII


This Seminar concluded on Saturday 1 May



Jacques Lacan delivered his
Seminar XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis
during the still turbulent aftermath of May ’68.


We will examine Lacan’s theory of the four discourses
and the relationship between knowledge, truth and jouissance;
explore the hysteric’s relation to the master; study Lacan’s critique of the Oedipus complex;
consider the thesis that truth is impotent but the impossible powerful;
and, last but not least, ask why Lacan thinks he shames his audience.


Convened and presented by Russell Grigg

Held over 10 weeks during first semester 2021
10:00am – 12:00pm AEST UTC+10


Saturday 20th February
Saturday 27th February
Saturday 6th March
Saturday 13th March
Saturday 20th March
Saturday 27th March
No seminar – Saturday 3rd April – Easter
Saturday 10th April
Saturday 17th April
Saturday 24th April
Saturday 1st May


Seminars can be attended in person at Kathleen Syme Centre, Faraday Street, Carlton, Victoria.
They are also broadcast live via Zoom Video Conferencing.
Links to the recordings will be sent to all enrolled students at the conclusion of each seminar.



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 Ecole de la Cause freudienne,
the New Lacanian School, and the World Association of Psychoanalysis.



We will be reading from:

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan
The Other Side of Psychoanalysis
Translated by Russell Grigg
W.W. Norton & Company

It is available from the usual sellers, including:

The Book Depository

We will also reference:

Jacques Lacan and the Other Side of Psychoanalysis
Reflections on Seminar XVII
Justin Clemens and Russell Grigg, editors
Duke University Press


The relationship between the clinical and the theoretical has the structure of a Möebius strip;
they are the front and back of a one-sided object.
The theoretical turns out to be clinical; the clinical reveals itself to be theoretical.
This Seminar is everywhere proof of this.



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





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