Study Days

June Study Day

Invitation to the Study Day

         Saturday, 17th June 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) “Your desire is always cuckolded”

Presented by: Russell Grigg

In Seminar V, Formations of the Unconscious, Lacan (p. 134) comments, “Your desire is always cuckolded. Or, rather, it’s you who are cuckolded. You yourself are betrayed in that your desire has slept with signifiers.” Lacan’s considerations on formations of the unconscious instruct us on the formation of desire in the unconscious, which is the realm of the phallus, the name of the father and the being of lack. Russell Grigg, the translator of this seminar now available in English, will discuss what is at stake in this monumental contribution to our understanding of the unconscious.

Session 2 (11:30-12:15) Seminar XXIII Chapter 4.

Presented by: Noriaki Sato

In this presentation we will be continuing our discussion about Seminar XXIII The Sinthome.

Session 3 (12:30-14:00) Imaginary, Symbolic, Real: The three registers of musical performance.

Presented by: Rex Butler

Performance studies in classical music is of course both a well-known body of practice and a field of academic research. But can classical music performance be parsed along the lines of the three Lacanian registers of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real? What would a Lacanian approach not to classical music in general, which has needless to say been done, but the analysis of performance in classical music have to offer?

Rex Butler is Professor of Art History in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University. He has written a book on Slavoj Zizek, co-edited two volumes of his writings and edited the Zizek Dictionary. He frequently writes about visual art from a Lacanian perspective.

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