News – September 2020
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Leon S. Brenner’s The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language was published in September as the latest in the Palgrave Lacan Series. Dr Brenner offers a Lacanian theory of autistic subjectivity which he describes as a singular mode of being as opposed to its more common presentation as a physical or mental disorder. Looking at autism as a subjective structure, Brenner organises a synthesis of current thinking on autism in the psychoanalytic field, with reference to the works of non-Anglophone researchers such as Jean-Claude Maleval, Éric Laurent, Rosine and Robert Lefort, works which have hitherto been unavailable to an English-speaking audience. Separatley, Dr Brenner also gives an overview of dreams in psychoanalysis in a video for the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, published on YouTube last month.
Thresholds and Pathways Between Jung and Lacan: On the Blazing Sublime is a new collection edited by Ann Casement, Phil Goss, and Dany Nobus which will be released on 13th October by Routledge. The product of the inaugural joint Jung-Lacan conference on the topic of the sublime, which was held in Cambridge, England on the centenary of the First World War, this collection provides original perspectives on the themes of destruction and creativity associated with the notion of the sublime. Jungian and Lacanian perspectives are presented on areas such as the self and the subject; language and linguistics; and the interface between philosophy, mathematics, science, and religion. Its chapters are drawn from the presentations at the conference itself or are new contributions to work on this subject.
Newly-announced for publication in March is Marie Couvert’s The Baby and the Drive: Lacanian Work with Newborns and Infants. It will be the next publication from the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research Library. Couvert’s book re-examines drive theory in psychoanalysis and looks at clinical indicators to identify and intervene in difficulties within the child-parent relationship. With the concept of the drive at its centre, the book presents the pathways of the drive in infants’ psychical development, distinguishing four drive fields activated during early life. The CFAR Library will also publish Berjanet Jazani’s Lacanian Psychoanalysis from Clinic to Culture in November.
Due out within the next month is Raul Moncayo’s The Practice of Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theories and Principles, published by Routledge. Adopting a perspective rooted in Aristotelean thought on the nature of knowledge, Moncayo attempts to provide an original model for diagnosis, limiting his nosography by distinguishing surface symptoms from underlying structure. This may be a common theme in Lacanian critique of contemporary diagnosis, but Moncayo also offers a commentary on key areas in wider Lacanian practice, including the transference, the desire of the analyst, and identification with the sinthome. Furthermore, his commentary identifies three forms of love and hate as part of a reading of the work of Lacan with that of Winnicott. It is due to be release on 4th November.
Turning to events, and on Sundays 1st and 8th November the Freud Museum will be holding an online conference on ‘Psychoanalysis Post-truth”. On the cusp of the US Presidential election, the conference brings critical and psychoanalytic interventions to bear on the question of politics and public discourse in the midst of the apparent collapse of trust in scientific and authoritative knowledge. Speakers include Jamieson Webster, Yannis Stavrakakis, Renata Salecl, Todd McGowan and Jaice Sara Titus. Registrants will be able to access the recording for 14 days after the event.
The Lacan Circle of Australia is convening a new reading group on Seminar III, The Psychoses. It is free, entirely on-line, and open to anyone with an interest. Register here to receive the Zoom link, then join any Wednesday evening 7pm AEST.
The Lacan Circle’s NLS Annual Cartel Presentation Day will be held on Saturday 17 October. LCA have five active cartels working on: Interpretation, Lacan’s Seminar XXIV, Transgender, Encore, and Transference respectively. Join LCA to hear reports, talks and discussion on their 2020 work. This event is free and open to all.
PsychoanalysisLacan is the free online journal of the LCA. The 2020 edition is released and available on their website for viewing or downloading. It includes papers by Russell Grigg on Signifiers in the Real, and David Ferraro on The Fungibility of the Symptom. Relatedly, The Lacanian Review #9 Still Life? is released and has arrived in Australia. Lacan Circle have copies available for purchase for $40 including postage to anywhere in Australia.
The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research has begun its autumn term of public seminars, all of which will be run on Zoom. Running up to 12th December, CFAR’s schedule will include Roundtables on ‘Anxiety, Pain and Mourning’ in October, ‘Conscious and Unconscious Bias’ in November, and ‘Pity and Fear’ in December.
The School of the Freudian Letter UK will be holding a webinar on 24th October with psychoanalyst Petros Patounas entitled ‘Oceanic Feeling’: a Monad without Perspective.’ Patounas will discuss the idea in its connection with themes such as love, anxiety, and feminine jouissance. The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and is free to attend.
Finally, more great discussions on Lacanian psychoanalysis continue to come from Rendering Unconscious, available as a podcast and on YouTube. In the last month Dr Vanessa Sinclair has been joined by Prof Clint Burnham to discuss his work at Lacan Salon in Vancouver, the COVID pandemic, and the use of technology for the dissemination of psychoanalysis (something Prof Burnham has written about recently). Watch it here.
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