Friday 9th September marks the 30th anniversary of Lacan’s death. In commemoration, a number of events are being organised in France this month. You can find a summary of these in English below (and see August’s News for some of those that have previously been announced).
As reported last month, Gérard Miller’s documentary ‘Rendez-vous chez Lacan’ will be broadcast on French TV station France 3 on Monday 5th September at 11pm French time. More details of the documentary (in French) here. You can download it here (though this link is not likely to remain live for long, so get it quickly).
French radio station France Culture, which last month broadcast a special programme on Lacan (including an interview with his son-in-law, Jacques-Alain Miller) put out another programme on Saturday 3rd September, ‘Lacan: Une Vie, Une Oeuvre’. The link to listen again is here. If you missed the Miller interview, you can find it via the link on last month’s news page. A further programme on France Culture for the Venice Film Festival on Saturday 10th included a discussion of Lacan’s contribution to film and film studies under the title ‘Lacan watches cinema; cinema watches Lacan’ (link here). And finally from France Culture, on Friday 9th a 1-hour special looked back on Lacan’s life and ideas (link to listen again here).
Another French radio Station, France Inter, broadcast a 10-minute segment called ‘Lacan, Yesterday and Today’ on Sunday 4th September. Featuring an interview with Lacan’s biographer, Elisabeth Roudinesco, you can listen again here. On Tuesday 6th September it followed up with ‘Lacan, 30 years on: What remains of the psychoanalyst and his teaching?’ Here’s the link.
On 9th September, 30 years to the day since his death, the École Normale Supérieure hosted an evening of readings from Lacan’s work. The École, where Lacan conducted his Seminar since 1963, staged 50 readings from public intellectuals and artists and screened Gérard Miller’s film mentioned above. Flyer here; ‘Order of Service’ here.
Some public intellectuals in France have taken the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of his death to write about their experiences of Lacan and their thoughts on his theory and practice. Read Philippe Sollers’ here and here and listen to Jean Claude Milner discuss Lacan’s legacy on France Culture’s programme, ‘Lacan is dead, long live Lacan!’ here. In an opinion piece for Le Monde, philosopher and former pupil of Lacan Catherine Clément proclaims the 21st century to be “already Lacanian” (link here). Le Point also carries an interview with Lacan’s daughter, Judith Miller, reflecting on the continued debates and divisions that persisted long after her father’s death (link here).
The French call the ‘back to school’ period ‘La Rentrée’. Given that this coincides with 30th anniversary of Lacan’s death the Cause Freudienne hosted a public event on the evening of 6th September entitled ‘La Rentrée will be Lacanian’. A roundtable and public debate assessed the politics and strategy of psy- practices in the post-Lacanian world. More details via this link; you can watch Philippe Sollers and Jacques-Alain Miller’s interventions at the event here.
Jacques-Alain Miller announced he is splitting with Seuil, publishers of the Écrits and Lacan’s Seminars in France. Read the text of the heated email exchange with Seuil in which he states his intention to withdraw on Lacan Quotidien here (in French). More on the story on Le Monde here and here.