Events – Toronto

Upcoming Toronto Events:

On-Going Regular Lacan Toronto Meetings

Please Note: The  sessions below are for all those interested in reading Lacan, whether you have attended previous groups and meetings or not. There is no charge for regular or special meetings. For Special Presentations, members of Lacan Toronto who have paid their annual fee of $150 are not charged unless there is an extraordinary cost; all others are charged a small, advertised fee.

Next meetings:

Sunday December 3, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday December 17, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday January 14, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday January 28, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday February 11, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday February 25, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday March 11, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday March 25, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday April 8, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday April 22, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday May 6, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday May 20, 2018, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

and every two weeks thereafter to July 22, 2018.

RECENT EVENTS:

Sunday November 18, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday November 4, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday October 22, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. For the first hour, we read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis. From 11:00-1:00 we listened to the videoconference presented by Lacanian Compass by: Gil Caroz Video Lecture: The Ego On The Obsessional

Sunday October 8, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday September 24, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday September 10, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Russell Grigg translation of Seminar XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

Sunday July 23, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

APW Meeting (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups) July 14-16, 2017. Toronto, Ontario; The Logic of Fantasy.

Sunday July 9, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday June 25, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday June 11, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday May 28, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday May 14, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday April 30, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday April 16, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday April 2, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday March 19, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday March 5, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday February 19, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday February 5, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday January 22, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday January 8, 2017, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday December 18, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday December 4, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday November 20, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday November 6, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Special Presentation: Eve Watson and Dan Collins presented Sunday October 23, 2016, in a day-long meeting on the topic “Woman Then and Now: Psychoanalysis and Female Sexuality”. At the George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 15 Devonshire Place.

Sunday October 10, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Lacan Toronto Teaching Program resumes September 11, 2016. See under heading Teaching on this website for details.

Sunday September 25, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Sunday September 11, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the Cormac Gallagher translation of Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy.

Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the single seminar The Names of the Father.

Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the last chapter of the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, March 6, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety.

Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 18.

Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 16 and 17.

Special Presentation – Bruce Fink – Saturday, January 30, 2016. This meeting was from 10:00-4:00 at the Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. The morning presentation focused on topics following up on Fink’s recently published books: Lacan On Love: An Exploration of Lacan’s Seminar VIII: Transference, and his new translation of Lacan’s Seminar VIII: Transference. The afternoon was a discussion by Bruce Fink and members of Lacan Toronto of clinical material that was presented by Rolf Flor from the Boston Lacan group.

Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 16.

Saturday, January 9, 2016, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 15 and 16.

Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 15.

Saturday, November 28, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 14.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapter 13.

Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety, continuing with Chapters 12 and 13.

Special Meeting – Ona Nierenberg and Salvatore Guido – Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the 2nd floor meeting room of the Deer Park Library, 40 St. Claire Ave. E. These presentations presented material from the exchanges of letters between Freud and Romain Roland, and Fried and Sandor Ferenczi.

Saturday, July 18, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Special Meeting – Rolf Flor – Saturday, July 4, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.

Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Special Meeting – Michael Miller – Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. “Emitting a Sign of Alarm: Lacan on the Teaching of Psychoanalysis in 1957.” It is based on his work on the paper in Lacan’s Complete Écrits (translated by Bruce Fink) called “Psychoanalysis and its Teaching” (pp. 364-383).

Saturday, May 23, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Lacan Toronto Teaching Program began May 9, 2015. See under heading Teaching on this website for details.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Special Presentation, March 28, 2015: Alicia Arenas from 10:00-1:00 at the Deer Park Toronto Public Library meeting room, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East. She gave a class on Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety. She is currently a psychoanalyst in private practice in Miami, Florida, the recent President of the NEL (Spanish-speaking groups), and member of the Board of the Lacanian Compass.

Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Facebook page set-up by Carlos Rivas; February 7, 2015.

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 1:15-3:45, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the fourth chapter of the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety and continued the discussion about our teaching program.

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the third chapter of the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the third chapter of the new translation (Adrian Price) of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the second chapter of the new translation of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together the first chapter of the new translation of Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

Lacan Toronto: Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We finished reading together “Freud’s ‘Trieb’….” from Bruce Fink’s translation of Lacan’s complete Écrits.

Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 1:00-3:30, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We finished reading together “Position of the Unconscious” from Bruce Fink’s translation of Lacan’s complete Écrits.

APW (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups) 12th Meeting, October 17-19, 2014. Toronto, Canada. “On Desire”   http://www.apwonline.org/announcements.html

Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. For the first hour we read together “Position of the Unconscious” from Bruce Fink’s translation of Lacan’s complete Écrits. Beginning at 11:00, we made plans for the upcoming APW conference.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 1:15-3:30, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together, “Position of the Unconscious” from Bruce Fink’s translation of Lacan’s complete Écrits.

Special Presentation, September 13, 2014: Maria Cristina Aguirre from 10:00-1:00 at the Toronto Public Library meeting room, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East. She gave a class on Lacan’s Seminar VI: Desire and its Interpretation, as well as more recent developments related to desire such as the drive and jouissance. She was trained in Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Paris, France. She is currently a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City, the coordinator of NYFLAG (the New York Freud Lacan Analytic Group), Editor of LC Express (formerly the Lacanian Compass), the online journal of the Lacanian Compass and Senior Psychologist at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queen’s, NY. This was followed by lunch altogether at a near-by restaurant.

Lacan Toronto meeting, September 6, 2014, from 10:00-1:00 at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. We read together, from 10:00-12:00, “Position of the Unconscious” from Bruce Fink’s translation of Lacan’s complete Écrits. Then we had an AGM in order to report on last year’s activities and make proposals about administration participation, membership and fees, program, times. The minutes of this meeting, including agreed upon characteristics of Lacan Toronto, are on the Members’ protected access page.

Lacan Toronto meetings, Sundays, February 2, March 2, March 23, April 6, Saturday April 26, Sunday May 4 and Saturday May 31, Sunday June 22, Sunday July 13, Sunday July 27, 2014, 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.
The first two meetings supported the Reading Lacan Extension program on Seminar XVIII: On a Discourse that Would Not Be a Semblance. The third and subsequent meetings will support the upcoming APW conference on Desire and Its Interpretation.
February 2, 2014 – Lacan’s “Radiophonie” 1970 http://web.missouri.edu/~stonej/Radiophonie.pdf
March 2, 2014 – Lacan’s “Lituraterre”, 1971 http://web.missouri.edu/~stonej/Lituraterre.pdf
And also: Read together Chapter 10 of Seminar XVIII.
March 23, 2014 – Lacan’s “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious”, 1960, in the Fink translations of the partial and complete Écrits.
April 6, 2014 – Special Presentation: Alenka Zupančič: Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan (Reprint 2012)
April 26, 2014 – Lacan’s “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious”
May 4, 2014 – Dr. Charles Wells
May 31, 2014 – Lacan’s “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious”
June 22, 2014 – Ines Lara de Anderson
July 13, 2014 – Dr. William Urban A copy of his presentation and his dissertation on which it is based is at: https://www.academia.edu/7649153/Amalgamating_Lacans_Formulae_of_Sexuation_Discourse_Theory_and_Topology
July 27, 2014 – Lacan’s “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious”

May 4, 2014 Dr. Charles Wells, Guest presenter, from 10:00-1:00, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, gave a presentation on Zizek, Poetry and the Revolution. A group of 8 Toronto poets, invited by Joan Guenther, who are studying and practising contemporary poetry were in attendance. Dr. Wells is Assistant Professor at Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford Campus, and has a book about to be published entitled: The Subject of Liberation: Zizek, Politics, Psychoanalysis. Bloomsbury 2014.

April 6, 2014 from 10 am to noon Alenka Zupančič, author of the celebrated Ethics of the Real, at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 203.
She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Slovene Academy of Sciences, Ljubljana and is the author of Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan (Reprint 2012); The Odd One In: On Comedy (2008); and The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Two (2003) She presented a paper on her current work on Sexuality and the Unconscious and then discussed many questions from the audience.

Lacan Toronto Film Series
Lacan Toronto fifth film night, Wednesday, March 12,2014 in Toronto. The film: “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology”, a 2012 British documentary film directed by Sophie Fiennes and written and presented by Slovene philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek. It is a sequel to Fiennes’s 2006 documentary “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”. Though the film follows the frameworks of its predecessor, this time the emphasis is more on ideology itself. Through psychoanalysis Zizek explores “the mechanisms that shape what we believe and how we behave”. Among the films that are explored are Full Metal Jacket, Taxi Driver, The Sound of Music, Titanic. The film was released in the United States by Zeitgeist Films November, 2013. (Wikipedia)

T.P.S. ExtensionProgram 2013-2014  – Reading Lacan
Course Leaders: Judith Hamilton, Claire Lunney, Clive Thomson
January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 2014.
In this course, we will present and study together Lacan’s Seminar XVIII – On a Discourse that Would Not be a Semblance. This work elaborates on the Four Discourses of Seminar XVII and suggests that only the discourse of the unconscious does not rely on the signifier. It is on the side of repetition and jouissance, lalangue, and deals with the Real. As the discourse of the unconscious, it cannot be said directly but can be “written” and interpreted. This leads to Lacan’s elaboration of “There is no signifier of sexual difference in the unconscious”, and his proposal that “There is no sexual relation.” The faculty will act as guides who will orient the members of the group to the readings, elucidate and elaborate some of the concepts, and encourage discussion including the application of the concepts in clinical practice.
At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 7:30-10:00. Fee: $200

Lacan Toronto meetings, Thursdays, November 14 and December 19, 2013, 7:30-9:30 PM at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reporting from and discussion of the recent APW Conference in Boston on The Imaginary. Continue to read together from Lacan’s Seminar V, The Formations of the Unconscious, Chapter 10, on perversion, masochism and the fantasy “A Child is Being Beaten,” and Chapter 11 on the desired and the unwanted child, using the childhood of Gide to illustrate.

Lacan Toronto Special Meeting, Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 10:00-1:00, at the T.P.S. We had a Guest Presenter, Dr. Dan Collins, from Buffalo, New York – a Lacanian (Ph.D. English Literature) scholar with a Social Work degree, an English teacher of Upper School students – who is a co-founder of the APW (Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups,1998). He has presented a wide range of Lacanian papers throughout North America as well as producing translations of Lacan (Seminar XXIV) and Jacques-Alain Miller. (His complete C.V. is posted on the Members’ Site on our website) Dr. Collins presented three papers with discussion following each: The first, “What Is a Relationship?” was an introduction to the psychoanalytic notion of relationships, and referred to Henry James’s story, “The Beast in the Jungle.” The second was on the drive, and referred to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” The third was the paper he gave at the Boston APW meeting, “The Imaginary and Symbolic in Free Association.”

T.P.S. ExtensionProgram 2013-2014LACAN UNPACKED
Course coordinator: Judith Hamilton
Course leaders: Judith Hamilton, Alireza Taheri, Carlos Rivas
Sundays: September 15, 29, October 6, 20, November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 2013
The study of Jacques Lacan and his contemporary followers provides important contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of “modern” patients, clients and subjects wherever they present or are found. This course will explore three areas of focus: differentiating structural diagnostic characteristics of the major groups and their implications for treatment; a language-based approach to the identification and treatment of persons with extraordinary and ordinary psychosis; and, the conditions and possibilities for the use of Lacanian theory and technique in the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. They will be presented in a series of nine sessions, each three hours, in the following groups of three:
• September 15, October 20, December 1 – Structural Diagnostic Differences: Neurosis, Perversion, Addiction, Autism
• September 29, November 10, December 8 – Psychosis: The Name-of-the-Father, Diagnosis, Ordinary Psychosis, Treatment
• October 6, November 17, December 15 – Lacanian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Origins, Deadlocks, Possibilities
At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 10:00-1:00.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Thursday October 10, 2013, 7:30-9:30 PM at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Continue to read together from Lacan’s Seminar V, The Formations of the Unconscious, Chapter 10, The Paternal Metaphor II.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reporting from and discussion of the Seminar in Paris of the Research Group of the Lacanian Field (the Colette Soler Group) on “The Name of the Father and Fathers”. Reading together from Lacan’s Seminar V, The Formations of the Unconscious, Chapter 10, The Paternal Metaphor II.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, July 21, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reporting from and discussion of the Seminar in Paris of the Research Group of the Lacanian Field (the Colette Soler Group) on “The Name of the Father and Fathers”.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, July 7, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Continued reporting from the Miami Symposium and discussing in detail three papers given there:by Brousse, Ragland, Acevedo. These papers are on the members’ login page.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reporting from and discussing the Miami Symposium “What Lacan Knew About Women”.

Lacan Toronto Film Series
Lacan Toronto fourth film night, Thursday June 6, 2013, in Toronto. The film: Solaris is a Russian (now with English subtitles) 1972 science fiction art film adaptation of the novel “Solaris” (1961). It is directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the fictional planet Solaris. The scientific mission has stalled out because the meager skeleton crew of three scientists have fallen into separate emotional crises. Psychologist Kris Kelvin travels to the Solaris space station to evaluate the situation only to encounter the same mysterious phenomenon as the others. (Wikipedia)

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Preparing for the Miami Symposium “What Lacan Knew About Women” at the end of the month. Suggested readings on the Members’ login page.

Dr. Charles Wells presented “Parsing Zizek” at a regular Lacan toronto meeting, April 28, 2013. This was an overview and group discussion of the work and activities of Slavoj Zizek.

Dr. Michael J. Miller attended a meeting of LacanToronto on Sunday April 14, 2013 where he responded to questions sent to him earlier from the group members and an English translation of a case in the current literature.

April 13, 2013: Dr. Michael J. Miller, a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, presented “Listening Closely: The Clinical Lacan” at the Scientific Session of the Advanced Training Program of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the T.P.S. at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 9:00-12 noon.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, April 7, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Prepared by reading the introductory chapters of Michael Miller’s book Lacanian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practical Applications and one or other of the case descriptions. Read together: Lacan’s “Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis” in the Ecrits.

March 23, 2013: Professor Levi Bryant, a former psychoanalyst of the Lacanian orientation and currently a professor at Collin College outside of Dallas, Texas, presented “Lacan’s Universes of Discourse and the New Symptoms”
In preparation for this event, the following papers and book by Levi Bryant and Lacan’s seminal paper on which much of Bryant’s work is based were offered:

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, March 10, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading Chapter 7 of Lacan’s Seminar XVII (PDF on site at Member’s Access – Cormac Gallagher’s translation), which is Chapter 6 of Russell Grigg’s translation.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, February 24, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading Chapter 7 of Lacan’s Seminar XVII (PDF on site at Member’s Access)

Lacan Toronto Film Series
Lacan Toronto presented the third film night, Thursday February 21, 2013, in Toronto. The film “Cache” (2005), directed by Michael Haneke, starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, was shown, introduced by Jacob Engel. Discussion followed.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading “Position of the Unconscious” in Bruce Fink’s translation of Ecrits: Complete Works.

T.P.S. ExtensionProgram 2012-2013  – Reading Lacan
Course Leaders: Judith Hamilton, Claire Lunney, Clive Thomson
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2013.
Reading Lacan’s Seminar VIII: Transference in its Subjective Disparity
At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 7:30-10:00.

T.P.S. ExtensionProgram 2012-2013
LACAN UNPACKED
Course leader: Judith Hamilton
This course provided a systematic introduction to Lacan’s work for those wanting to become familiar with his contributions. Nine Saturdays, 10:00 am–1:00 pm, September 22, 29, October 6, November 4 (Sunday), 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 2012.
The course was structured in two parts:                                                 1. Overviews and summaries of the basic concepts of Lacan, September 22 – Early Lacan; November 4 – Middle and Late Lacan; December 1 – Latest Lacan and Contemporary Lacanian Practices. (three seminars in total)                                                     2. For those who wanted to delve into more depth of Lacan’s work, additional classes September 29 and October 6 – Early Lacan; November 10 and 17 – Midde and Late Lacan; December 8 and 15 – Latest Lacan and Contemporary Lacanian Practices.

PRIOR EVENTS:

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, December 16, 2012, 10:00-1:00.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Clive Thomson gave a report of the meeting in Paris of the Forums of the Lacanian Field (Forums du Champ lacanien France) on “Symptoms, Affects, and the Unconscious”. Professor James Penney presented a section of his book: The Structures of Love: Art and Politics Beyond the Transference. As well, we read altogether “On Freud’s “Trieb” and the Psychoanalyst’s Desire” in Bruce Fink’s Complete Works.

Lacan Toronto Film Series
Lacan Toronto presented the second film night, Thursday, December 6, 2012, in Toronto. The film “Stalker” (1979), directed by Andrey Tarkovskiy, was shown, preceded by a background presentation given by Jacob Engel.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Sunday, November 11, 2012, 10:30-1:30.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading “Science and Truth” in Bruce Fink’s Complete Works.

Lacan Toronto meeting, Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:30-1:30.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading “Science and Truth” in Bruce Fink’s Complete Works. The Complete Works are no longer online, but the article Science and Truth is at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/32180967/Jacques-Lacan-Science-and-Truth

First Lacan Toronto Film Series
Lacan Toronto presented the first event in its new Film series, held Thursday, October 11, 2012, in Toronto. The film “La Captive” (2000), directed by Chantal Akerman was shown, preceded by background and an analysis given by Dr. James Penney from a chapter in his book: The Structures of Love

September 30, 2012, Mme. Marie Normandin presented her work with infants and young children (up to four years old) seen at La Maison Buissonnière in Montreal, patterned after the work of Françoise Dolto, and dealing with the unconscious image of the body, separation from parents, castration, and the “third”.  Françoise Dolto was an associate of Lacan in Paris; of her Lacan said: “I try to write what you do (in your practice).”

September 29, 2012, noted Slovenian philosopher and Lacanian psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek spoke in a panel at Nuit Blanche, at City Hall. he was part of a symposium of three noted philosophers looking at the issue of “Until the End of the World.” “Arthur Kroker, Brenda Longfellow and Slavoj Žižek consider the profound ecological and economic issues that confront the Planet.”

Zizek also spoke at the TIFF presentation of his new film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.
According to the TIFF website: “Depending on one’s view, the philosopher and academic superstar Slavoj Žižek is a genius, madman, contrarian, clown, sensationalist, radical leftist, scourge of liberals, or all the above. What he never fails to be is wildly entertaining and provocative. Director Sophie Fiennes reunites with the very funny provocateur Žižek for the sequel to their collaboration The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema. Žižek examines film clips, both famous and obscure, for their overt and hidden ideological implications, tracing their connections to current times, while Fiennes does a masterful job editing Žižek’s commentary into film scenes and placing him into clever recreations of famous film sets. Fiennes and Žižek (making his first visit to the Festival) engaged in an onstage discussion following this world premiere screening.”

Lacan Toronto meeting, Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:30-1:30.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading “Kant with Sade” in Bruce Fink’s Complete Works.  The article is online at:   http://www.scribd.com/doc/45927105/14/Kant-with-Sade

Lacan Toronto meeting, August 18, 2012, 10:30-1:30.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading “The Freudian Thing…”, picking up at page 349 of Bruce Fink’s Complete works, page 124 in the Fink Ḗcrits: A Selection, and page 131 in the Sheridan Selection.

Lacan Toronto meeting, July 7, 2012, 10:30-1:30.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.   Reading “The Freudian Thing…”, picking up at page 346 of Bruce Fink’s Complete works, page 120 in the Fink Ecrits: A Selection, and page 127 in the Sheridan Selection.

Lacan Toronto meeting, June 23, 2012, 10:30-1:30.  At the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.  Reading “The Freudian Thing, or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis” in the Ecrits, Selected and Complete Versions.

“Reading Lacan” weekly meetings, April 26 – May 17, 2012.  Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading: “The Seminar on the Purloined Letter”, and “The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason since Freud” in the Ecrits, Selected and Complete Versions.

“Reading Lacan” meetings, Jan. 19 – Feb. 16, 2012.  Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading: “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire” in the Ecrits, Selected and Complete Versions.

“Studying Lacan” meetings, Jan. 20 -Feb. 17, 2011.  Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Reading “The mirror stage as formative of the I function: as revealed in psychoanalytic experience”; “Aggressiveness in psychoanalysis”; “The direction of the treatment and the principles of its power”; “The signification of the phallus” in the Ecrits, Selected and Complete Versions.

“Introduction to Lacan” meetings, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2010.   Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Lacan’s Seminar XVII: The Reverse Side of Psychoanalysis

“Introduction to Lacan” meetings, Jan. 15-Feb. 12, 2009.   Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Lacan’s Seminar V: Formations of the Unconscious

“Introduction to Lacan” meetings, Jan. 17-Feb. 14, 2008.   Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Lacan’s Seminar XX: Encore

“Introduction to Lacan” meetings, Jan. 11-Feb. 8, 2007.   Extension Program, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Lacan’s Seminar X: Anxiety

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