Lacan Salon Clinical Seminar III

March 26, 2019

Hilda Fernandez Alvarez

Fortnight Saturdays, January 12–May 4, 10:30AM–12:30PM, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and the Lacan Salon

This seminar is an open invitation to learn how to read ways in which the unspeakable/traumatic unconscious appears and disappears in institutional practices by mapping the positions that speakers and their interlocutors occupy in language, and the terms of exchange materialized in the social relation they sustain.

Following Lacan’s theory of the four discourses (1969-70), we will interrogate those intrapsychic/intersubjective conditions at work within an institution, hoping to develop a critical understanding of the underpinning dynamics of discursive modalities that constitute different ways of establishing social bonds, such as: master-oppressor, hysteric-protestor, university-scientist, analyst-revolutionary, and capitalist-reification.

This seminar is designed to advance questions about institutional practices and thus it will work best if you have an interest in developing a critical positionality within an institutional practice, such as clinical, educational, artistic, community development, etc. 

We invite case presentations of our own embodied practice, so we work on notions that have an impact on our direct experience rather than just developing an empty theoretical sophistication.

Below is the detailed program. The seminar is free of charge. Please register before attending. It is highly recommended that you attend the first session to discuss the way we will work.


Detailed Program 

January 12 - room 200 (SFU HC lower concourse)
Introduction to the Four Discourses

o Lacan, Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ I. Production of the four discourses. p. 11-26.
o Bracher (1994), “On the psychological and social functions of language: Lacan's theory of the four discourses”, in Bracher et al. (Eds.), p.107-128.
o Parker & Pavón-Cuellar, “Introduction: Lacanian theory, discourse analysis and the question of the ‘event’” in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar (Eds.), p.1-12.

January 26 - room 2250 (SFU HC upper concourse)
Master Discourse: Find it within

o Lacan, Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ II. The master and the hysteric & III. Knowledge a means of jouissance. p. 29-53.
o Fernandez (forthcoming), “So, Do You Want a Master? p. 1-18.
o Negro (2014), “From the superego to the act: analysis of the modalities of subjective positions in discourse” in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar (Eds.), p.101-108.

February 9 - room 2250
Hysteric Discourse: What does she want? A Master to castrate! When does she want it? Now!

o Lacan, Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ IV. Truth, the sister of jouissance & V. The Lacanian field. p. 54-83
o Freud, “On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena” (1893). SE 2, p. 3-17.
o Quackelbeen (1994) “Between the belief in man and the cult of woman” in Bracher et al. (Eds.), p. 129-137.
o Case discussion.
♣ Katjee Van Roy et al, “Reading Balint group work through Lacan’s theory of the four discourses”, p.1-18.

February 23 - room 2250
University Discourse: All is possible and we don’t have any questions

o Lacan, Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ VI. The castrated master & VII. Oedipus and Moses and the father of the horde, p. 87 – 117.
o Žižek (2006), “Jacques Lacan's Four Discourses”.
o Case discussion. TBA

March 9 - room 2250
Analyst Discourse: Letting object a speak

o Lacan Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ VIII. From myth to structure & IX. Yahweh’s ferocious ignorance, p. 118-140.
o Braunstein “The discourse of the markets or the discourse of psychoanalysis: a forced choice”, in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar (Eds.), p. 140-149.
o Case discussion.
♣ Lacombe (2007), “Consumed by sex: The treatment of sex offenders in risk society”

March 23 - room 2250
Capitalist Discourse in its late form: Auto-erotism, lacking a lack

o Lacan, Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ X. Interview on the steps of the pantheon & XI Furrows in the alethosphere, p.143-163.
o Tomsic (2015), Chapter 4: Marx and the theory of discourses; From the Master’s Discourse to the University Discourse. & The Fifth Discourse? p.199-230.
o Vanheule (2016), Capitalist Discourse, Subjectivity and Lacanian Psychoanalysis

April 20 - room 2250
Reification: Neoliberal zeitgeist (With guest speaker Andrew Feenberg)

o Lacan Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ XII. The impotence of truth & XIII. The power of the impossibles, p.164-193.
o Feenberg (2015) “Lukács's Theory of Reification and Contemporary Social Movements”, p. 490-507.
o Pecheux (2014), “Discourse: Structure or event?” in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar Eds., p.77- 97.

May 4th – room 2235 (SFU HC upper concourse)
Reading the legible and the traumatic in an institution

o Lacan, Seminar XVII (1969 – 70)
♣ Appendix A. Analyticon, p.197-208.
o Pavón-Cuellar (2014), “The enunciating act and the problem of the real in Lacanian discourse analysis”, in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar (Eds.), p. 66-76.
o Parker (2014), “Negotiating text with Lacan: theory into practice” in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar (Eds.), p. 52- 65.
o Boni “Formalisation and context. Some elements of a materialist reading of Lacan’s ‘four discourses’”, in Parker & Pavón-Cuellar (Eds.), p. 128-139.