Study Days

October Study Day



Invitation to the Study Day

Saturday, 21st October 2017


Lacan Circle of Melbourne is holding its Study Day and 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) Ego, symptom

Presented by: Maria Cristina Aguirre (via Skype)

Drawing on JAM’s seminar, Donc, chapter 6, January 26 1994.

Session 2 (11:30-12:40) Joyce the Unanalysable

Presented by: Justin Clemens


From the beginning, Joyce had an intensely ambivalent relationship to psychoanalysis. His biographer Richard Ellmann notes Joyce quickly acquired some key texts by Freud, Jung, and others, but recoiled from their theories; if he personally rejected getting treatment by Jung, his daughter Lucia briefly ended up in the latter’s clutches; Joyce’s writings are shot through with jokes about analysts (e.g. “freudfull”). So when Lacan takes up Joyce, he discusses him as forcing an overturning of classical psychoanalysis, particularly regarding the father’s name. This paper will discuss “Joyce the sinthome” in this frame.

Session 3 (13:00-14:00) Mourning, Mania and Melancholia

Presented by: Russell Grigg

In the last lesson of his tenth Seminar, Anxiety​, Lacan refers to the modes of the object in mourning, mania and melancholia. I will show the significance of the distinction between the narcissistic image of the object, i(a), and the object a for understanding the dialectic between mania and melancholia.



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