News – July 2016
Presentations, interviews, and reflections from July’s NLS Congress in Dublin on Discreet Signs in Ordinary Psychoses have been collected on Radio Lacan in English and French, and over 570 photos from the Congress are also now available on the event’s Facebook page. As is customary, the NLS has also appointed a new executive committee for the next two years, with Yves Vanderveken making way for Lilia Mahjoub as President ahead of the next Congress, scheduled for 29th and 30th April next year in Paris. The theme is expected to be announced after the summer.
Following April’s WAP Congress in Rio – videos from which can be found on the Association’s site – the XIth Congress was announced last month to take place in Barcelona on 2nd-6th April, 2018. Its title, ‘The Ordinary Psychoses and the Others’, expands on the theme of the NLS’s Dublin Congress last month, and heralds the publication of Lacan’s Seminar XXIII, The Sinthome which is due out in the US in October and the UK in September. A separate site is expected to be launched for the Congress in due course, but in the meantime keep an eye on the WAP and NLS sites for more details.
Among other major events, the 4th European Congress of Psychoanalysis (PIPOL) was announced last month to take place in Brussels on 1st and 2nd July 2017 under the title ‘A Non-Standard Clinical Practice’ (La clinique hors-les-normes). Simultaneous translations will be provided in Dutch, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Keep an eye on the site of the organisers, the Eurofédération de Psychanalyse for more details.
French speakers may be interested to hear of a new site, toutarrive.net, the brainchild of Loïc Toubel which brings together historical recordings of psychoanalytical programmes from French radio and beyond. Originally intended to help the blind or visually-impaired, the site is also a useful repository for the many broadcasts from France Culture on Lacanian topics stretching back almost thirty years. Anyone wishing to contribute new recordings can get in touch via the site to contribute from their own collections.
Among new book announcements in July, Oliver Harris’ Lacan’s Return to Antiquity has been scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2017. The book looks at the role of classical antiquity in Lacan’s work, a tradition he continued from Freud’s repeated return to classical texts when faced with a theoretical question or aporia in the development of psychoanalysis. A blurb and chapter summary are available on the Routledge site.
Although very few new journals appeared in July, issue 12 of Lacunae, the International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis from the Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI) was published last month. As the Easter 1916 Centenary issue it focuses on the republican uprising in Ireland of that year from a psychoanalytic perspective. The journal is available through Karnac Books with further details on the APPI’s site.
Among new Lacanian papers this past month was Jean-Paul Baldacchino’s ‘Visions or Hallucinations? Lacan on Mysticism and Psychosis Reconsidered: The Case of St George of Malta’ for the British Journal of Psychotherapy’s August edition. Baldacchino’s paper is a case study of the life and visions of a twentieth century Maltese mystic using Lacan’s comments on hallucinations to elucidate theological explanations of visions.
The text of Paul Verhaeghe’s commentary on Lacan’s so-called Rome Discourse (‘The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis’ in the Écrits ), which Verhaeghe gave to LaConference in 2013, has been published online in the Contours journal of the Simon Fraser University. Read it here.
A Call for Papers has gone out for the Ninth Annual Conference of The International Society for Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (SIPP/ISPP) on November 10-12, 2016 at The New School for Social Research in New York. The title of the conference is “Any Body, Anybody: The Matter of the Unconscious”, and papers are requested for reflections on the body and the materiality of the unconscious. More details are in the CFP here. The conference is co-sponsored by The Ferenczi Center and Division 39 of psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association.
A further CFP has been issued towards a new collection of essays under the editorship of Jonathan Michael Dickstein and Gautam Basu Thakur, titled Lacan and the Nonhuman. Thakur has previously written on the same subject in a paper earlier this year titled ‘Freud’s Animals, Lacan’s objets, and Nonhuman Philosophy’.
A number of courses were announced last month in preparation for the start of the academic year. Firstly, the London-based Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR) has announced its public seminar timetable for the autumn term and details of a short course on transference and interpretation. Full details on CFAR’s site.
In Ireland, the Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation has published its full programme for the 2016/17 year. It includes the Irish film premier of Like An Open Sky (in French with English subtitles), the group’s Annual Seminar, this year on ‘A Lacanian Clinical Practice’, and a series of four seminars on ‘The Trauma of Language’.
The London School of Philosophy will be running a ten-week course in 2017 on ‘Philosophers of Otherness’ with the first session looking at Levinas, Foucault and Lacan. The event takes place at Conway Hall on 16th January and the link to book for the full course is here.
Finally, from France, one particular article of note from Lacan Quotidien last month is Eric Laurent’s Jouissance et le corps social, an extract from the lecture Passions religieuses du parlêtre given by Laurent at the Rio conference in April mentioned above.
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