News – June 2022
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Beginning with the latest new book publications, and From Cogito to Covid: Rethinking Lacan’s “Science and Truth” was released as part of the Palgrave Lacan Series at the end of June. A series of commentaries on Lacan’s 1965 paper found in the Écrits, it revisits the themes of that work in the context of contemporary debates on science, psychoanalysis, ethics and truth. Its chapters discuss post-truth politics, incels, and the COVID-19 pandemic among other themes. The collection is edited by Molly A Wallace and Concetta Principe.
Baudrillard and Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Victoria Grace, has just been published by Routledge. The first book to develop a Baudrillardian critique of Lacanian psychoanalysis, it challenges Lacan’s notion of the real, his idea that the unconscious is structured like a language, and what – borrowing Baudrillard’s terms – she argues is the “endlessly recursive simulation model” of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Her book also offers an outline of Deleuze and Guattari’s critique of psychoanalysis. As with all other Routledge titles, a 20% discount and free global shipping are available to LacanOnline readers via the code and link above.
Lacanian Fantasy: The Image, Language and Uncertainty by Kirk Turner is due out from Routledge at the start of August. Tracing the chronological progression of Freud’s theories on fantasy alongside the progression of the individual from childhood to adulthood, Turner’s work combines this with an investigation of what fantasy means to Lacan. The difference between Freud’s Phantasie and Lacan’s fantasme, the ‘axiom’ of fantasy in Lacan’s model, and the function of fantasy today between signification and uncertainty, are discussed. Turner also published a paper on ‘Wittgenstein’s Unglauben: Jacques Lacan and the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus‘ in the journal ‘Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society’ last month which is available under Open Access.
Also out next month will be Ben Stoltzfus’ D.H. Lawrence’s Final Fictions: A Lacanian Perspective. Making the argument for a salient convergence between Lawrence’s writings and Lacan’s work, the seven chapters of Stoltzfus’ book encompass seven major fictions that Lawrence wrote between 1925 and 1930, and an analysis of seven major characters within those works. Stoltzfus is professor emeritus of comparative literature, creative writing, and French at the University of California, Riverside.
Among the journals and papers, Psychoanalytical Notebooks 39 was published by the London Society of the NLS last month. Issue 39 is titled ‘In existence’ and, coinciding with the NLS Congress on the topic of ‘The’ woman that does not exist, brings together papers devoted to the same theme. Christiane Alberti, Anne Lysy and Marie-Hélène Blancard contribute. The journal also includes homages to two recently-deceased analysts, Pierre Naveau and Richard Klein. Past issues can be ordered via the page through the link above. Among them, Psychoanalytical Notebooks No. 34, ‘Paradigms of Jouissance’, is now available on Amazon since the end of June. This edition brings together English translations of three texts by Jacques-Alain Miller – ‘Milanese Intuitions’, ‘A Fantasy’, and ‘Six Paradigms of Jouissance’. The latter is perhaps the most significant of the collection. Miller’s original paper was presented as part of his course on the Experience of the Real in the Analytic Cure in March and April 1999. Relatedly, Todd McGowan also discusses Jacques-Alain Miller’s paper in his YouTube video last month ‘On the Paradigms of Jouissance’.
Dana Tor’s article in PsyArt Magazine, The Oresteia and Revenge, which analyses desire and jouissance in the myth was published last month. Examining the concept of revenge, a central theme of the Aeschylean Trilogy, Tor examines whether it can be understood as an act based on castration (in the direction of desire and subjectivity) or a “ravaging, repetitive, destructive jouissance”, and if the latter reading contradicts the former. The full text PDF is available to download free.
Among the podcasts, on the New Books in Psychoanalysis podcast Jordan Osserman and Hannah Wallerstein discuss the work published in a special issue of the journal The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child (Volume 75, Issue 1, 2022) which the pair edited, titled ‘Transgender Children: From Controversy to Dialogue’. Questions raised by contributors of the four short papers in the special edition are discussed – including the psychoanalytic theorisation of gender and the mind-body divide, and clinical issues such as regret, responsibility and countertransference phenomena. The podcast is hosted by Sebastian Thrul, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in training in Germany and Switzerland.
Vanessa Sinclair and Manya Steinkoler discuss their recent book On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives on the Rendering Unconscious podcast last month. Their discussion was presented virtually at the 40th annual conference of the APA Division 39. As well as also being the host of Rendering Unconscious, Sinclair’s Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation was published by Routledge last year.
Hilda Fernandez-Alvarez’s recent talk ‘Leaky Jars of Jouissance’ for Lacan in Scotland is now available on YouTube. Originally given on 28th April, her talk introduces the ancient myth of the Danaides (which Lacan discusses in Seminars XVI and XVII) and the perspective it offers on the question of jouissance, the drive, and the object.
Jamieson Webster talks to Alfie Bown in a discussion on YouTube about her new book Disorganisation & Sex, a collection of essays beginning with her 2014 paper about the disorganisation of desire. Sublation Media’s channel looks at politics and culture from a psychoanalytic perspective and has hosted several other Lacanian thinkers – including Todd McGowan, Adrian Johnston, and Anouchka Grose – in recent months.
Among events, the Lacan Circle of Australia has announced its International Conference ‘We’re All Mad Here’ for 26-27 November in Melbourne, and by Zoom. Registration is open now. The keynote address will be from Jorge Assef, with presentations by Lacan Circle members and associates. Assef is a psychoanalyst practicing in Córdoba, Argentina, and is a member of the EOL and WAP. He is Professor of the Masters Programme in Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Professor at the Centre for Research and Clinical Studies, Institute of the Freudian Field, Córdoba, and Professor of the Master’s program at Clínica Lacaniana, Universidad Nacional de San Martín and Instituto Clínico de Buenos Aires. Submissions on the theme for PsychoanalysisLacan volume 6 are also open now, ahead of anticipated publication in early 2023. Papers are accepted up to 31st Oct deadline.
The XXIst NLS Congress has been announced to take place in Paris in May 2023 with the title ‘Discontent and Anxiety in the Clinic and in Civilisation.’ A communiqué by the new NLS President Daniel Roy linked to above provides the argument for the theme. The title was drawn from Lacan’s comments in 1974 about the ways in which the body contributes to the malaise of civilisation, and how anxiety is a reduction of being to the body. Expect a site and blog for reading material to follow shortly from the NLS.
The PIPOL XI Congress has been announced to take place on 1st and 2nd July 2023 in Brussels. Its theme will be ‘Clinic and Critique of Patriarchy’. Organised by the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis, PIPOL Congresses take place every 2 years, with the last one in 2021 addressing the theme of ‘Wanting a Child.’
Finally, the movie Adieu Lacan by Richard C. Ledes is now available to watch on demand worldwide. Starring David Patrick Kelly and Ismenia Mendes, it is based on Brazilian psychoanalyst and writer Betty Milan’s account of her analysis with Lacan, adapted from her play Goodbye, Doctor and novel The Parrot and the Doctor. Use the code JULY1 on Eventive and receive a discount of $1 until the end of July. Director Ledes is currently working on a film titled V13, an adaptation of Alain-Didier Weill’s play Vienna 13 about a meeting between Adolf Hitler and a young man in analysis with Freud. Weill may be known to Lacan scholars as a psychoanalyst and playwright, as well as the author of several books about Lacan including Quartier Lacan, which is also a documentary available on YouTube.
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