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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan: TRANS: Sex, Gender, & Desire

Join us for a confrontation with sex, gender, and desire at the limits of psychoanalysis. Freud posed the question of “what does woman want.” and came to an impasse with the question of the girl’s Oedipus Complex. Lacan resolved the question of sexual difference in his late seminar on feminine jouissance - at which point he entered into the absolute difference of the desire of the analyst and the trans-ference. Several psychoanalysts from Lacan’s school took up the challenge of a new approach to sex, developing the concept of the hyster or matrix as as supplement to the phallic indexing of the symbolic. Guattari offered “trans” as a general psychoanalytic concept of an emergent paradigm, including some of the first essays championing the politics of transsexuality and transgender in the 60s and 70s. The question of the TRANS brings forth a future politics of the subject beyond identity in the form of desiring production.

Texts:

Lacan - Seminar 20: Feminine Sexuality
Guattari - Psychoanalysis and Transversality
Millot - Horsexe
Irigaray - Speculum of the Other Woman
Ettinger - Matrixial Borderspace
Foque - There Are Two Sexes

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Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan: Ordinary Psychosis v Universal Madness

Join us this session as we discuss the work of “Universal Madness” in the 20th and 21st centuries. Recently some Lacanian analysts have begun to develop a concept of Lacan’s called “Ordinary Psychosis.” As important as this is for understanding the current symptom of society, Lacan pursued another more important concern: what we call “Universal Madness.” We will trace the symptom of Schreber through the work of Freud, Lacan, and Guattari to the point where it opens up into the symptom of Artaud. We will correct the mistaken notion of Joyce’s “psychosis” in the art of the symptom or sinthome. We will examine the founding act of the experimental La Borde Clinic and development of schizoanalysis out of Lacan’s unfinished revolution in psychoanalysis through a confrontation with psychosis. 

Texts:

Freud - Psychoanalytic Notes on Schreber
Lacan - On Psychic Causality
Lacan - Question Preliminary to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis
Lacan - Seminar 23: The Symptom (Sinthome)
Deleuze & Guattari - Anti-Oedipus



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Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan: Utopia and the Politics of the Analyst

“There is great chaos under heaven - the situation is excellent.” (Mao)

Recent events in America and Europe have thrown the question of politics into chaos. Join us as we examine the future politics of utopia. The Greek “utopia” means both no place and universal place. Why has utopia remained only dystopia - only the negative or nonexistent place? We will examine the few case examples of true topologies - or utopian logics - developed  in the work of Plato, Hegel, Fourier, Badiou, Lacan, and Guattari and the work of analysis in extension developed at Analytica toward a politics of “generic sovereignty” and “universal singularity” at the foundation of a new form of political collective and social link.

Texts:

Kojeve - Introduction to the Reading of Hegel
Bataille - Letter to Kojeve
Klossowski - Sade/Fourier
Badiou - Logics of Worlds
Lacan - Proposal on the Analyst of the School
Deleuze & Guattari - A Thousand Plateaus



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The Late Lacan: Clinical Topology and the Science of Analysis
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan: Clinical Topology and the Science of Analysis

Topology is not a branch of mathematics - rather mathematics is a subset of the future science of topology. Join us as we examine the clinic of topology at the center of Lacan’s final years and the innovations of his school and practice. The late phase of Lacan’s work with mathematicians and poets came to replace his earlier work with the political philosophers associated with the founding of his school. The mathematical side of this work was developed first by Lacan and Soury at the Ecole Freudienne and extended by Jean-Michel Vappereau at Topologie en Extension, and Robert Groome at PLACE. Scott Von worked with these colleagues over the past two decades as part of the foundation of Analytica to advance a general topology integrating the mathematical with the aesthetic, poetic, and semiotic and to disseminate Lacan’s work in America for the future analyst. We will demonstrate the practicality of topology as a scientific foundation for psychoanalysis in the diagnosis and treatment of symptoms. 

Texts:

Lacan - Seminar 23: The Symptom
Lacan - Seminar 24: The Unknown that Knows…
Lacan - Seminar 25: The Moment to Conclude



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Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Late Lacan and Beyond (Schneiderman): What Is it Like to Work in Analysis with Lacan?

Join us for an intimate discussion with Stuart Schneiderman, the first American Lacanian analyst as he discusses his personal experience with Lacan and his school, and his subsequent years practicing in New York. Last year Stuart Schneiderman and Scott Von held a symposium in NY on “The Last Psychoanalyst” where they discussed the ends of analysis, Lacan’s late work, and his intentions for the future of analysis. This year Dr Schneiderman will be participating in the Analytica Seminar on “The Late Lacan,” where we trace the significance of Lacan’s late work and its dissemination especially in America. Stuart Schneiderman was the first American to work directly with Lacan and his school and has practiced in NY for the past forty years. After working with Jacques-Alain Miller’s group at the University of Paris and the early NY group that became Apres-Coup, Schneiderman became an independent analyst, increasingly disillusioned with the functioning of the psychoanalytic institutes and community. In this event he will speak of his personal experience with Lacan and the future of psychoanalysis.



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Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan and Beyond: Advanced Psychoanalysis for Beginners

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In Lacan’s last years he extended his work in psychoanalysis and put the capstone on a life of innovative practice. By now his basic concepts have been the subject of innumerable “Lacan for Beginners” books and classes while his late seminars, texts, school and clinic have rarely been explicated in French let alone in English. This event will demonstrate the significance of Lacan’s last efforts and those that have continued this work. 

The seminar will serve to introduce the work of Analytica and its affiliates. It will begin with an introduction to the late Lacan and a genealogy of its descendants and will continue with an ongoing series of invited guests from the field who have extended analytic work into new forms of intensive analysis and institutional practice, especially in America. 

Those already familiar with Lacan will discover the power of his late work to extend Freud’s invention into the future. Those unfamiliar with Lacan will be introduced to him in a uniquely direct way with comparisons to other psychoanalytic perspectives and a demonstration of his methods.

This seminar is presented as an Analytica and Unbehagen crossover event and thus is open to the public at large free of charge as well as to Analytica members. For those who wish to attend by virtual transmission please contact the Operations Manager at info@analytica.org.



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