About the Group
The Philadelphia Lacan Study Group & Seminar has been meeting since 1990 as an open seminar devoted to the discussion of Freud’s and Lacan’s main ideas and their application to broader clinical, social, and cultural issues.
We organize lectures with renowned international scholars and psychoanalysts. We also coordinate several cartels and reading groups which engage theoretical problems, clinical presentations, and psychoanalytic cultural critique.
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Recent Past Reading Group Projects
2008/2009 Fall Symptom
Do we really know what a symptom is, and more precisely what a psychoanalytic symptom is? Since the root of “symptom” is “to fall,” how do we fall in and through a symptom? In this seminar, we alluded to the Freudian notion of the symptom and followed its ramifications in the works of Lacan. Finally, we read the Seminar that Lacan devoted to Joyce and the symptom of literature. With the invention of the concept of “sinthome,” Lacan travels the distance from a young man without an ego to the ego of Joyce.
2007/2008 Love Loves Love
What do psychoanalysts talk about when they talk about love? Freud defined the aim of the cure as restoring the ability to work and love. Lacanians have been criticized for not taking emotions into account. This discussion group explored how love is a pivotal force in the analytic treatment but also whether or not there is an original Lacanian theory of love.
The 2007/08 program was planned in coordination with the March 28-30, 2008 APW international psychoanalytic conference On Love that took place in at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Keynote presenters included Bruce Fink, Paul Verhaeghe, and Colette Soler. Visit Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups for more information.
Those interested in further reading and discussion of Freud and Lacan’s work are welcome to participate in the cartels network. Cartels are small study groups, which are limited in number and duration, are organized around a specific subject of investigation, and function independently. Cartels were designed by Lacan to create a novel relationship to the transmission of his teachings. We encourage anyone interested in creating or joining a cartel to contact us for further information.
The clinical seminar is designed for clinicians and is organized with a focus on clinical work and discussion of cases from a Freudo-Lacanian perspective.
- Juliet Flower MacCannell: “Woman’s Way Beyond the Pleasure Principle: Sophie Calle”
- Charlie Sheperdson: “The Atrocity of Desire: Lacan’s Antigone”
- Slavoj Zizek: “A Lacanian Plea for Fundamentalism”
- Catherine Liu: “To Catch a Falling Star: Jacques Lacan Meets Andy Warhol”
- Leandro de Lajonquiere: “Education: Mission Possible or Impossible. Between Freud’s Anti-pedagogy and Lacan’s Transmission”
- Dan Gunn: “Writing From the Couch”
- Judith Feher Gurewich: “Masculine Mystique, Feminine Mistake, and the Desire of the Analyst”
- Nestor Braunstein: “Memory, Remembering, Psychoanalysis”
- Sheldon Brivic: “Hysteria as Postcolonial History in a Portrait”
- Alfredo Carrasquillo Ramirez: “Lacan, Neurosis, and the Nation”
- Robert Levy: “Hating Your Neighbor as You Hate Yourself: The War Against Women”
- Armando Maggi: “Possession, Exorcism, and the Discourse of Hysteria”
- Cristina Marrone: “On Inhibition: The Rat Man and the Obsessional’s Body”
- Paola Mieli: “On Trauma”
- Gérard Pommier: “Anger and its Erotic Uses”
- Suzanne Yang: “I Do Not Want to Know Anything About It: The Negative Therapeutic Reaction”
- Diana Rabinovich: “Who Is Afraid of Fantasy? Virginia Wolf, Freud, and Lacan”
- Pablo Kovalosky: “Freud, Fliess, and Dora: Transference and Transmission”