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The Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK

The Laboratory for Lacanian Politics

Bodies, Networks, Borders - The new politics of the not-All

Jacques-Alain Miller has characterised the ZADIG movement as “a field open to initiatives”, with the stated aim of making psychoanalysis exist in the political field.

ZADIG is a signifier that opens up a new field of psychoanalytic action. It has given rise to a loose network of multi-cellular associations across the different territories and continents that respond to the Lacanian compass.

These improvised, ad hoc, local and trans-national networks manifest ongoing effects of proliferation and ramification as the Lacanian orientation seeks ways to insert itself in the pressing social, political and cultural questions of our times.

This form of association, this mode of operation, goes against the grain of the dominant political tendencies of our times, which increasingly lead to the creation of barriers, the policing of borders and the retreat into the false security of national identities.

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December Seminar - Lines of Research

The next meeting of the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics will be held on Saturday 15th December at the Conway Hall. Speakers include Roger Litten, Isabel Millar (Kingston University), Janet Haney and Jason Glynos (Essex University).
We will be continuing with our exploration of Jean-Claude Milner’s work, in particular his reference text The Traps of the All in which Milner applies Lacan’s formulae of sexuation to the logic of limited and unlimited groupings in the political and social spheres.
This work is intended to lay the groundwork for a reading of contemporary political questions, in particular those played out around the themes of open and closed borders and restrictions on the freedom of movement.
See the argument for this year’s work of the Laboratory, Bodies, Networks, Borders, available here: http://londonsociety-nls.org.uk/index.php?file=The-Laboratory-for-Lacanian-Politics.html

Over the course of the year we will be pursuing at least four main lines of research:

  1. The array of political, social, judicial and constitutional questions provoked by the Brexit referendum, together constituting an unprecedented crisis for the traditional model of representational democracy in this country.
  2. The new discourses surrounding the contemporary phenomenon of immigration in various countries across Europe, and the challenge that these pose for the principles of liberal democracy in Europe.
  3. New modalities of group psychology, the rise of contemporary forms of populism and the logic of mass movements more generally.
  4. The role of social networks and digital technologies in the modification of these discourses and the new political groupings taking place around them.

These might be considered four overlapping and interlinked aspects of the discourses framing the central political questions of our times. Any attempt to extract the logic at stake in these new discourses will require detailed investigation of themes within these different areas.
We are calling on all those interested in these pressing questions to join us in this work. For more information and for dates of forthcoming seminars please consult the Laboratory page on the website of the London Society of the New Lacanian School: http://www.londonsociety-nls.org.uk/index.php?file=The-Laboratory-for-Lacanian-Politics.html

Saturday 15th December
14.00 – 17.00
Artists Room
Conway Hall
Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL
Admission £10

 


Forthcoming Laboratory Seminars

Add these dates to your diary
All events to be held at Conway Hall

  • Sunday 13/01/2019
  • Sunday 17/03/2019
  • Saturday 13/04/2019
  • Saturday 18/05/2019
  • Saturday 15/06/2019

Freud on War and Death - Shared reading at Freud Museum to Commemorate Centenary of Armistice Day

Photographs from the Shared Reading commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day

Following the success of our summer Marathon Reading of 'Group Psychology' (podcasts of each chapter can be found on the Freud Museum website here), we are very happy to assist the museum's Education Department in a mini-marathon shared reading to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day on 11 November (13h30 until about 16h30). We shall be reading 'Thoughts for the Times on War and Death' (1915) and the exchange of letters between Einstein and Freud, 'Why War?' (1932). This time, we plan to have a few sentences of the texts repeated in the original German. We think this add a beautiful and poignant dimension to the event. Entrance to the reading is free with a ticket to the museum. Details can be found by following this link.

Marathon Reading

 

Our Readers

  • Sophia Berouka Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK
  • Sue Blundell playwright
  • Faisal Bokhammas Birkbeck University
  • Howard Britton economist
  • Marie-Hélène Brousse psychoanalyst, editor in chief
  • of The Lacanian Review, an English-language journal of the New Lacanian School and the World Association of Psychoanalysis
  • Bernard Burgoyne psychoanalyst, London Society of the NLS
  • Vincent Dachy psychoanalyst, scribbler and resolute amateur, LS-NLS
  • Francine Danniau psychoanalyst, writer, Kring-NLS Ghent
  • Paul Dineen actor
  • Philip Dravers psychoanalyst, Chair of the London Society of the NLS
  • Alasdair Duncan autism support worker
  • Jeff Evans statistician, mathematics educator
  • Stephen Frosh Birkbeck, University of London
  • Nancy Gillespie Lacanian Compass, NYC
  • Janet Haney psychoanalyst, London Society of the NLS
  • John Haney writer, co-curator of PoetrySlabs
  • Earl Hopper psychoanalyst, group analyst
  • The Venerable Julian Hubbard Director of Ministry for the Church of England
  • Michele Julien London Society of the NLS
  • Joan Raphael-Leff psychoanalyst, Anna Freud Centre
  • Roger Litten Director of the Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK, editor in chief of the Psychoanalytical Notebooks of the LS-NLS
  • Henrik Lynggaard clinical psychologist, systemic psychotherapist
  • Max Maher Essex University
  • Aino-Marjatta Mäki Kingston University
  • Peggy Papada clinical psychologist, London Society of the NLS
  • Ivan Ward Deputy Director, Freud Museum
  • Scott Wilson Kingston University
  • Bogdan Wolf psychoanalyst, London Society of the NLS
  • Colin Wright Nottingham University
  • Alejandro Sessa accueillant, Le Courtil
  • Laura Tarsia psychoanalyst, CFAR
  • Patricia Tassara psychoanalyst (AS, 2017-20), Escuela Lacaniana de Psicoanálisis del Campo Freudiano

For a related article in the Lacanian Review Online – 'The Triumph of the Masses Today' – by Janet Haney, click the link.


 

The Lacanian Review #5
Delights of the Ego

The Lacanian Review #5

Amazing! Freud's good old Ego has become the star of the net: a symptom of our times, as Lacan anticipated. Ego as symptom, delights of the ego, ego at the end of analysis… with the compass of Lacan's "Joyce-the-Symptom", these readings are necessary in a chaotic world where the Ego is campaigning to replace the Father

Issue 5 of The Lacanian Review is about to come out!

It is amazing!

First, because of its theme: the EGO, the self. Yes, you've read correctly! The good old Ego, which we got from Freud but which has become the star of our modernity. From selfies to social networks, it's holding forth, babbling on. It "expresses" itself unashamedly, without compunction. It opines, judges, without ever stopping watching: in short, it's become a symptom, which is what Lacan had anticipated in his Seminar XXIII by means of his clinical approach of the work of Joyce.

Second, because of its contents. TLR 5 includes Lacan's conference "Joyce-the-Symptom", translated for the first time in English. With it, we publish the reading that Éric Laurent gave of it in Dublin, at the NLS Congress. And Ego-symptoms, Ego-delights, Ego at the end of analysis, without forgetting Lacanian Politics, which is more necessary than ever to orient ourselves in a chaotic world, in which the Ego is campaigning to replace the Father.

The Lacanian Review is the journal of the New Lacanian School and the World Association of Psychoanalysis and is available from our website, from Karnac, or from the ecf-echoppe.com. You can also buy a copy at our seminars – please email in advance for your copy: janetrhaney[@]gmail.com


 

The Psychoanalytical Notebooks #32

The Psychoanalytical Notebooks of the LSNLS

Editorial, Bogdan Wolf

Orthodoxy and Heresy
Jacques-Alain Miller, Heretics
Domenico Cosenza, The Heretic and the Orthodox
Francesca Biagi-Chai, Choice and Its Logic in Civilisation
Laurent Dupont, Adolescent Heretics: Boy or Girl, The Hour of Choice
Paola Bolgiani, Letter to the Italian School of Psychoanalysis

The Foreigner and the Politics of Hatred
Lilia Mahjoub, Fear of the Other: Discourse or Segregation
Gil Caroz, Fear of the Stranger
Roger Litten, Hate Thy Neighbour
Agnès Aflalo, Ordinary Anti-Semitism
Anaëlle Lebovits-Quenehen, If the Migrants Still Look at Us…
Bogdan Wolf, Hatred as a Passion

Social Bond and Segregations
Éric Laurent, New Incarnations of the Desire for Democracy in Europe
Alfio Mastropaolo, Resolute Desires: For Democracy or for Something Else?
Christiane Alberti, There Is Nothing but the Social Bond
Stéphanie Morel, Why the Poor Vote for the Right
Philippe De Georges, On the One and the Multiple: The Republic Is Not Empire
Antoinette Rouvroy, Governing Without Norms: Algorithmic Governmentality

The Lures and Logic of Democracy
Gil Caroz, Why Does Politics Need to Be Enlightened by Psychoanalysis Today?
Bogdan Wolf, Brexit Democracy and Heresy
Roger Litten, Capitalist Democracy
Ellie Ragland, Jacques Lacan's Capitalist Discourse
Janet Haney, Reading the Riot Acts

Decided Desires for Democracy
Éric Laurent, Decided Desires and Joyful Passions in Democracy
Poetry Rubric, Paul Ingram


 

"The question for us today: political transference - how to elaborate a form of the social bond that is not dependent on mastery, identification, and suggestion..." - Roger Litten, 2018


 

Out Now! The all-new Mental No. 37 from the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis: Desires for Democracy

New issue out now … but in French. We have translated the editorial and the highlights to keep you informed of the progress of the Zadig movement. Some articles are already in the process of translation and publication – Marie-Hélène Brousse's paper 'Democracies Without Fathers' will appear in the next issue of The Lacanian Review. Watch out!

Should psychoanalysis be involved in the political field? This issue of Mental: International Review of Psychoanalysis testifies to the direct impact of politics on the clinic and institutions and how psychoanalysis has invented modalities of intervention in this field which still seem foreign to it.

In order to bring these questions into relief and to consider them, we present clinical cases and articles rooted in the current moment, an interview and exclusive texts which underline a fundamental question: isn't democracy a condition of the very existence of psychoanalysis?

Mental 37

 

Editorial
On the Desire for Democracy
By Domenico Cosenza

This issue of Mental appears under several new aspects. In the first place, it is the expression of a turn introduced last year by Jacques-Alain Miller in the relations between psychoanalysis and politics and the consequences that followed. A turn that is concretised by the direct involvement of the ECF in the electoral campaign for the presidential elections in France, with the aim of preventing the rise to power of a political formation of a neo-fascist orientation, the National Front. This is the reason why this issue of Mental is devoted to the question of democracy, particularly democracy in Europe, as seen from the point of view of psychoanalysis. There where the fundamental principles of democracy, such as freedom of expression, are in danger, the practice of psychoanalysis is equally at risk. Psychoanalysis cannot limit itself to considering politics as a field that is foreign or external to it. On the contrary, it is topologically involved. Psychoanalysis is called upon to invent its own modality of intervention in the political field, in order to preserve and even revive the democratic bases of collective life, which are the very condition of its existence.

In the second place, what's interesting about this issue resides in the fact that it welcomes the most important developments of the first European Forum, born under the aegis of ZADIG, a movement launched by Jacques-Alain Miller in May 2017. Its objective is to bring about the involvement of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the field of politics and ideological debate by means of a dialectical confrontation with the interlocutors of civil society. The European Forum held in Turin on 18 November 2017, under the title 'Decided Desires for Democracy in Europe', constituted, in effect, fertile ground for an investigation of the concept of democracy, and for a putting in relief the impasses in today's world, particularly in Europe, a continent where its fundamental principles were created and which orient, not without contradiction, the life of its nations.

In this context, Jacques-Alain Miller's text, extracted from his course De la nature des semblants, seemed to us particularly relevant. More than 20 years later, the considerations on the essence of politics, coming from the tension between formalism and decisionism (Kelsen and Schmidt), but also on the rule of law and the function of exception as well as the developments on the bureaucratico-academic drifting of Europe, seem to us particularly precious.

We have dedicated a large amount of space to theoretical and clinical contributions that we were able to listen to in 2017 and which can thus restore the vitality of the work of the European Schools of the Freudian Field. For that we have chosen to publish texts drawn from the plenary sessions of the 15th Congress of the SLP (the Italian School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis) held in Turin under the title "The Uses of Diagnosis", the 15th Study Days of the ELP in Madrid on "New Identifications", and from simultaneous sessions from the 47th Study Days of the ECF in Paris on the theme "Learning: Desire or Training?".

Finally, we decided, last but not least, to give a new graphic conception to the review which thus inaugurates, equally on the aesthetic level, the work of the new Mental team.

Highlights

  • a new editorial team with a new style and a new design for the review
  • an issue that bears witness to and clarifies the involvement of psychoanalysis in the political field
  • an extract from Jacques-Alain Miller's course that resonates with our times
  • an exclusive interview with philosopher Blandine Kriegel, teaching us about the effects of globalisation
  • clinical cases plugged into modernity, the institution, and the new involvement of the clinician.

 

Background

The Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK was created in response to Jacques-Alain Miller's call to "make psychoanalysis exist in the political field". New networks have sprung up across the world to forge new alliances and support the political actions of psychoanalysts.

The Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK ran a series of workshops and brought people together to explore and discuss the development of a viable politics of Lacanian psychoanalysis. We are putting together a cross-disciplinary research network and assembling resources to support a psychoanalytical reading of the coordinates of contemporary civilisation.

Our inaugural event was held on Saturday 8 July 2017 with Gil Caroz (former President of the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis). A lively exchange of ideas launched a series of seminars (details listed at the bottom of the page) and has now resulted in two exciting new interventions: a special issue of the Psychoanalytical Notebooks (PN32) – "Lacanian Politics and the Impasses of Democracy Today", edited by Bogdan Wolf – appeared in March 2018, and a public marathon reading of Freud's 1921 text Massenpsychologie, organised by Janet Haney,is being held at the Freud Museum on Sunday 24 June 2018.

Roger Litten
Director


 

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