Philadelphia Lacan Study Group

Thursday, October 20, 2011 (7:00 to 8:30 pm)


PHANTASMATIC LOGIC: Reading Lacan’s Seminar XIV

Reading and discussion group exploring Lacan’s grammar of fantasy. We will work on Lacan’s Seminar XIV: The Logic of the Phantasm (1966-1967). We will give detailed attention to Lacan’s algebra of fantasy. We will assess the role of fantasy in clinical practice, in everyday life, and in cultural productions. We will tackle the grammar of phantasmatic constructions. We will study their effects on the Real or on reality. Does fantasy “frame” the Real (of desire) like a picture placed over a window-frame in order to conceal what is outside? Is really “reality” what people rely on in order to go on dreaming?

Everyone interested in psychoanalysis is welcome. The reading seminars are an open forum for the discussion of psychoanalysis. Curated by Patricia Gherovici. Seminars are free and open to all. Questions? Email

Kelly Writers House, Room 202, 38th and Locust Streets, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Other events of interest:

Fantasy and Markets
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law – Yeshiva University (New York City)
This conference will bring together a number of prominent scholars from around the world who have been studying the relationship of the subject to the market from the perspective of a number of disciplines including law, psychoanalysis, philosophy, sociology and literary studies.
October 23-24, 2011

Apres-Coup, Act and Transmission: On Formation in Psychoanalysis
Convergencia Colloquium New School for Social Reasearch (New York City)
Psychoanalysts from Europe, South America, and the United States will attend this Colloquium to explore the specificity of the analytic formation, addressing the formations of the unconscious, the analysand’s trajectory, the psychoanalytic act, the transformation and the passage to a different subjective position—underlining the fundamental question of transmission in psychoanalysis.
October 28-30, 2011

APW Clinical Workstudy Weekend on Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XXIV
Duquesne University (Pittsburg)
October 8-9, 2011