News – September 2023
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Lacan’s Seminar XVI, ‘From an Other to the other’, will be published in English in mid-October. Part of the collection edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, the English translation this time comes from Bruce Fink. The publishers Polity list its release date as October, and on Amazon in the UK it is listed as 13th October, but in the US Amazon currently has it down for release on 26th December. In this Seminar, begun shortly after the student protests of May 1968 in Paris, Lacan begins by drawing the concept of surplus enjoyment from Marx’s theory of surplus value, and goes on to elaborate his notion of object a which he had been developing since the late 1950s. Over the course of this seminar he also discusses the two sides of sublimation, the structure of perversion, and knowledge in its relation to power and jouissance.
Clinical Encounters and the Lacanian Analyst: “Who’s your Dora?” by Dries Dulsster is also out in mid-October. Dulsster interviews nine leading Lacanian psychoanalysts, eliciting their insights on the formative effects of work with their analysands. By asking “Who’s your Dora?”, he invites the interviewees to reflect on the patients who have most changed their practice or influenced the development of key theories. This new collection will make a good addition to Dulsster’s 2021 book on supervision in the Lacanian orientation, The Reign of Speech: On Applied Lacanian Psychoanalysis, which also contained interviews with ex-analysands and practicing analysts.
On the History and Transmission of Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Chris Vanderwees takes a similar approach, asking key questions about the transmission of psychoanalysis – and in particular Lacanian psychoanalysis – through discussions with a series of experienced psychoanalysts (clinicians who are also trained psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists). Retaining the conversational style of these discussions, Vanderwees delivers an oral history of the development of Lacanian psychoanalysis in Canada, the US and Mexico from French and English-speaking analysts who talk about the evolution of their own practice and training over several decades. Look out for the forthcoming companion book by the same author, On the Theory and Clinic of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, which is due to be published by Routledge next year.
Recently announced for publication in early 2024 is the collection Studying Lacan’s Encore Seminar XX: The Torus of Reason, by Raul Moncayo, Barri Belnap and Greg Farr. Exploring the themes of the seminar Lacan presented in 1972-3, the trio focus on Lacan’s presentation of the theory they characterise as that of the ‘Third Jouissance’. It is published by Routledge in February.
Turning to events, Stephanie Swales, Andrea Fassolas, and Derek Hook will be guest speakers at Psychoanalysis and the Prison System on Sat Nov 4th, via Zoom, hosted by the Guild of Psychotherapists. This is the latest in the Psychoanalysis at the Margins series from the Guild, looking at psychoanalytic work with groups and practices traditionally considered at the margins of psychoanalysis. With great speakers bringing clinical and theoretical experience from both sides of the Atlantic this promises to be an exciting event on an important topic. Book here.
The 2024 NLS Congress will take place in Dublin under the title ‘Clinic of the Gaze’. Registration opens shortly, but the Argument for the Congress, by Daniel Roy, is available to read now on the NLS site here. It focuses on four clinical perspectives on the effect of the gaze on the speaking body: in the transference, a clinic of the restitution of the gaze to the field of the Other; a clinic of the gaze in the fantasy; a clinic of the return of the gaze to the body; and a clinic of the gaze in the real.
The London Workshop of the Freudian Field has opened registration for its 2023-2024 series, ‘An Introduction to Psychoanalysis Based on Freud’s Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, with additional references from Jacques Lacan.’ There will be seven workshops of four hours each, beginning on 4th November. Full details and registration is available here.
The timetable for the autumn term’s public seminars from the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London is now underway. Most events are recorded and can be rented via Vimeo a few days after they have taken place. The programme runs up to 9th Dec and includes a Short Course on the handling of dreams in psychoanalysis, a guest lecture by Jean Louis Sous asking ‘Is there a Joycean Clinic of Interpretation’, and a series of introductory lectures given by analysts of the Centre on key concepts in Lacanian psychoanalytic theory.
On YouTube, Derek Hook offers a four-part series exploring Lacan and phenomenology. Despite his declared opposition to “the myth of immediate experience” in Seminar III, Hook argues for the ways in which Lacan could be considered as “phenomenologically oriented” in the development of his theories: from the idea of subject-as-lack in its debt to Heidegger’s ‘ex-sistence’ and Sartre’s conception of consciousness as nothingness, to the influence of Merleau-Ponty on Lacan’s theory of the gaze and object a.
Among the new resources available to scholars, thanks go out once again to Richard G. Klein who has provided three new translations of Lacan’s works on his site Freud2Lacan.com. Under the Lacan section there are now translations of Folies simultanées (1931) translated by William Heidbreder, Hallucinations et délire, (1935) translated by William Heidbreder, and Sur le probleme des hallucinations (1933) translated by Anthony Chadwick.
Finally, the sad news was announced last month of the death of Jean Allouch – psychoanalyst, co-founder of the École lacanienne de psychanalyse, director of the magazine Littoral, and author of many excellent books on Lacanian psychoanalysis. An analysand of Lacan, Allouch devoted himself to the study and transmission of Lacan’s work that privileged its clinical application. Although very little of his work has been translated into English (his Melbourne seminars published as Lacan Love being a rare instance), his work in French includes the meticulous study of the Aimee case, and his chronicle of 543 quips (bon mots) recounted by Lacan’s analysands – Les Impromptus de Lacan – which give us a unique insight into Lacan’s clinical style in the room (and, at times, outside it).
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