Study Days

March Study Day

Invitation to the Study Day

Saturday, 18th March 2017

Lacan Circle of Melbourne (LCM) is holding its second Study Day for the year, and the Circle invites to this event anyone interested in Lacanian psychoanalysis. The Study Day will be held from 10am to 2pm at Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053, Multipurpose Room 2. Registration for this all-day event can be made on the day, with the fees of $50, $40 and $30, for non-LCM members, LCM members, and full-time students respectively. Please find below the details of the program for the day.

Session 1 (10:00-11:15): An introductory seminar on elementary concepts of Lacanian psychoanalysis: Jouissance Presented by: Joanna Shemansky ‘Jouissance’ means enjoyment, however in French it has a sexual connotation and for that reason only is left untranslated in English editions of Lacan’s work. What is the status of that ‘sexual’ in psychoanalytic theory that claims the lack of sexual relationship? To shed some light on the problem, this presentation will focus on the notion of jouissance as an intrinsic property of the partial drives with an outline to jouissance as a transgression, surplus jouissance and Other’s jouissance.

2 Session 2 (11:30-12:45): Seminar XXIII Chapters 2&3 Presented by: David Westcombe Seminar XXIII is Lacan’s final published seminar and certainly one his most important. In weaving together themes of topology, the art of James Joyce and a new conceptualization of the symptom – or sinthome – we see the culmination of the work of the later Lacan. In this presentation we will be continuing our discussion about Seminar XXIII The sinthome. We will be focusing on chapters 2&3, looking at the overall structure of these chapters as well as certain passages selected to provide landmarks for the reader attempting to approach this most extraordinary text.

Session 3 (1:00-14:00): A Case of Phobia Presented by: David Ferraro

Please contact Noriaki Sato at if you have any questions regarding the LCM Study Day.