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Events for this Month
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The Castration Complex, Fixation, Repetition
The seminar, by Susana Huler, will be held over six meetings in a format that includes short interventions from colleagues who have been invited to bring their reading of some key texts ( see bibliography at the end*). It will be an occasion to dialogue and discuss in our community - from a particular angle - the different aspects of the forthcoming 2022 Congress of the New Lacanian School, which is on the theme of ‘Fixation and Repetition’.
On Saturdays 14:30-16:00 (UK time) | Online & In person
13th November with Evangelina Bailo
18th December with Colin Wright & Philip Dravers
12th February with Roger Litten
9th April with Oriol Cobacho
7th May with Gabriela van den Hoven
11th June with Peggy Papada
NOTE: Please note that the session of the 19th March has now been changed to the 9th April
It is an original helplessness that pushes the infant to face the urgencies of life through repetitions that have their beginnings in points of fixation. Freud tried, in 1937, to clarify the limits of the psychoanalytical treatment: the circumstances of their endings were particularly problematic, as the refusal to accept castration would be, for both sexes, a motive for repetitions and the refusal of change. This was “a bedrock” that would be thoroughly investigated by Lacan, who would make the end of analysis and its theorization a real compass for the analytical work.
We see in analysis the repetitions that form systems. Whilst one of these systems is what Freud called the “castration complex”, we can discover as well, with the help of the late teachings of Lacan, the system of repetitions that he called “sinthome”. Conceiving symptoms as sinthomes became possible when jouissance was apprehended as outside the law of the Oedipus Complex: jouissance as a real without law that obeys only the Freudian Wiederhollungszwang, the compulsion to repeat, to strike again and again.
*Central texts to approach these themes in the seminar are:
From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (The ‘Wolf Man’, 1914)
Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through (1914)
Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1919)
Analysis Terminable and Interminable (1937)
Seminar IV (on Little Hans) (1956-57)
The Signification of the Phallus (1958)
The Sinthome (1976)
The seminar on the Wolf Man (1987-88)
The Being and the One (2011)
A Study Seminar of The One-all-alone (J-A. Miller)
Tickets for the series: £50
This seminar will take place in person (London) on Saturdays between 11am and 12:30pm.
2021: 13th November, 18th December,
2022: 12th February, 19th March, 9th April, 7th May and 11th June
Places for this seminar are limited. In order to participate, please contact the London Society secretary Colin Wright at email@example.com.
Cartels: Fixation and Repetition & “Woman does not exist"
Dear colleagues and friends of the London Society,
Two of the main themes we’ll be working on during 2021-2022 are the theme of next year’s NLS congress, Fixation and Repetition, and the theme of the Great International Online Conversation of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, “Woman does not exist”. As part of our preparations, we are organising an online reading of Lacan’s Seminar XX, Encore, details of which will be revealed soon!
We are encouraging everyone to form cartels on the above themes so that you can actively participate in their development by pursuing your own questions.
There are many resources available already so that you can start thinking about the question you might wish to pursue:
Find the argument of the NLS congress, by Alexandre Stevens, President of the NLS, here: https://www.amp-nls.org/nls-messager/towards-the-nls-congress-2022-argument/ and on our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/7XZ73C22AeQ
The argument for the WAP’s International Conversation, by Christiane Alberti, chair of the “Grandes Assises”, is available in print and video form here: https://www.grandesassisesamp2022.com/en/la-femme-nexiste-pas-2/
We look forward to a rich year of work around these exciting themes!
The Bureau of the London Society