News – June 2018
The new translation of Lacan’s nineteenth Seminar, from 1971-1972, …Or Worse was released in the UK at the end of June, and will be released in the US in mid-August. The translator is Adrian R. Price but it is drawn from the Jacques-Alain Miller-edited text, originally published in France in 2011. The Seminar is situated in the context of Lacan’s work on logic and mathematics of the early 1970s, but at its heart is the practical (or clinical) question of the sexual relation (or lack of it), the difference between the sexes, and the way this can be expressed in logic and in writing. While the theory of the sexual non-rapport was elaborated starting the previous year, in this seminar it receives a deeper formalisation thanks to the so-called formulas of sexuation. It also reflects Lacan’s thoughts on the ‘One’ – the function of exception which is the trait of “all men”, as Lacan says in this Seminar – and the evolution of the role of the father, beyond the mythic status Freud gives it, into a purely logical function.
An English translation of Colette Soler’s Humanisation? Psychoanalysis, Symbolisation, and the Body of the Unconscious was published by Routledge at the end of June. It is based on the 2013-2014 volume of Soler’s annual seminar at the Clinical College of the Lacanian Field in Paris. It’s available from the publishers, and also from Amazon (though in Kindle form only for now).
Routledge has announced it will publish Reading Lacan’s Écrits: From ‘Signification of the Phallus’ to ‘Metaphor of the Subject’ in August. Edited by Stijn Vanheule, Derek Hook, and Calum Neill it provides extensive commentaries on a series of papers in the complete edition of Lacan’s Écrits (full table of contents on the ‘Contents’ tab here). Release dates for the other volumes in this series, which will cover the rest of the Écrits papers, are due to follow.
Newly-announced for publication at the end of this year is On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives, edited by Vanessa Sinclair and Manya Steinkoler, which brings together noted Lacanian psychoanalysts and scholars to examine how psychoanalysis can account for the many manifestations of violence in contemporary society. Coining the term angwash to describe the pervasive sense of being ‘awash’ with aggression and anxiety (or angoisse) in today’s culture, the contributors explore what has hitherto been investigated only as a sociological and criminological concept. The book will be published by Routledge in November in the UK and December in the US.
The fifth edition of The Lacanian Review on ‘Delights of the Ego’ (also the title of Lacanian Compass’ Clinical Study Day from back in February) will be released soon. Among papers on this topic, it also includes Lacan’s conference ‘Joyce-the-Symptom’, newly translated into English, which is accompanied by Eric Laurent’s commentary from the NLS Congress in Dublin in 2016. The full table of contents, and link to pre-order is here.
Lacanian Compass – the NLS affiliate in the US – published Echoes II last month, the first volume of a new series elaborated by the Miami members of the Lacanian Compass. It presents a number of new translations of texts previously only available in Spanish and Portuguese. Among them, Guy Trobas’ seminar on ‘Inhibition, Passage to the Act and Acting Out’, Irene Greiser’s lecture on ‘Analytic interventions in Judicial Community Settings’, and several other articles and case presentations by analysts affiliated with the NLS.
Among events, the Lacan Circle of Australia will be putting on a two-day conference on ‘The Late Lacan’, from 14th-15th July, in Melbourne. Keynote speaker is Stijn Vanheule, Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of Ghent, who has authored a number of great books including The Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective, Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review, and Psychiatric Diagnosis Revisited: From DSM to Clinical Case Formulation. Register for the conference here.
In Vienna on 13th and 14th July the New Lacanian Field, Austria will be holding a two-day English-language seminar titled ‘Clinic Under Transference and Clinic of Transference’ with Shlomo Lieber. Full details here.
The Freud Museum London is organising a one-day intensive course titled ‘Lacan/Foucault: Author, Subject, Vitalism/Materialism’ for 22nd July. The course tutor is Lorezo Chiesa, a philosopher who has published extensively on psychoanalysis with works such as Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan, Lacan and Philosophy: The New Generation, and most recently The Not-Two: Logic and God in Lacan. Additionally, Lacanians may also be interested in the Freud Museum’s exhibition ‘Leaving Today: the Freuds in Exile 1938’, which is running 18th July-30th September.
The International Forums of the School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field (IF-SPFLF) will be holding its tenth conference on ‘The Advents of the Real and the Psychoanalyst’ in Barcelona on 13th-16th September. The Forums are an international federation founded by Colette Soler and others following the split in the Lacanian movement of 1998 (more here).The conference will be conducted with simultaneous translation in five languages – Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and English. The Lacanian Forum of London, affiliated with the IF-SPFLF, also has a collection of recent texts from Colette Soler and others as preparatory reading for the Congress in September. Its own 2018 programme of studies is undertaking a close reading of Cormac Gallagher’s translation of Lacan’s Seminar XVI, ‘From an Other to the other’, from 1968-1969. Last month the Forum also made available the text of a paper by Andrew Lewis, Leonardo Rodriguez, and Megan Williams on ‘What desire is concerned in the pass?’, which was originally presented at the International Rendezvous of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, Paris, in July 2000.
The Oregon Psychoanalytic Center has announced a short course of four seminars on ‘Potential Space Between Lacan and Winnicott’ running April-May next year in Portland. Exploring the similarities in the two analysts’ theoretical concerns (mirroring and aggression) and their differences (maternal focus versus importance of the paternal function), the blurb for the course quotes from one of Lacan’s letter to Winnicott: “It is there that I can feel what my teaching loses at not having its normal diffusion within our community. And it is all the more perceptible to me when it concerns you, with whom I feel I have so many reasons to agree on things.” Register here.
The ninth in the series of Jung-Lacan Dialogues aimed at fostering an engagement between two important and creative schools of psychoanalysis will be held in London on Saturday 13th October. Organised by the Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University, it brings together Carol Leader (Training and Supervising Jungian analyst) representing the Jungian orientation, with Lucia Corti (Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis and a psychoanalyst in private practice) representing the Lacanian orientation. Full details and a link to register are on Eventbrite.
As many will know, the NLS Congress ‘In a State of Transference’ took place in Paris 30th June-1st July. The Congress blog will soon be updated with photos from the event – and some of the content can already be found on the Congress’ Twitter feed. Preparatory reading and resources related to the topic are also still available on the Congress blog.
Finally, the latest New Books in Psychoanalysis podcast is an interview with Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson on their co-edited volume Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory, which was published by Punctum Books last year. Philip Lance interviews.
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