Urgent Questions! Urgent Cases!

Colloquium organised by the Lacan Circle of Australia.


In the recently published issue of The Lacanian Review (no. 6), Bernard Seynhaeve describes the concept of “urgency” that Lacan conceptualizes in his very last text, “Preface to Seminar XI”, as the logical moment of subjective destabilization that sets the subject in the direction of haste:


This “urgency” is the traumatic moment when, for a subject, the signifying chain has been broken. The psychoanalyst is the one who listens to those who complain of an acute rupturing of the signifying chain.


Here we find the analyst, not as an interpreter, but as making a “good pair” with those cases, where unconscious knowledge emerges in the space of a lapsus: bungled actions, signs and dreams that speak subjective truth via the irruptions of the real.


Please join us at the Trinity College Theological School, Royal Parade, Parkville. If you cannot make it to this beautiful venue (and it will be a shame if you can’t), then it is possible to attend via Zoom, with picture and sound of the highest quality from this state-of-the-art facility.

Coffee and refreshments will be served during the day.

Parking is available in Royal Parade opposite Princes Park or in the carpark of the
Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne, 300 metres down from the Trinity
Theological College.

Registration is now open. Please either pay via bank transfer or use the credit card form below.

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Electronic transfer of $100 can be made to the following account (don’t forget to tell us who you are):
Lacan Circle of Australia
BSB 063 120
Account no 1015 8007

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2019 PAST EVENT Colloquium: Urgent Questions Feb 16

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