Lacan Toronto Teaching Program

The following courses are and were taught by members of Lacan Toronto. The only requirement for attendees is that they are interested in Lacanian studies and their application in the clinic and in the wider cultural world. There is no pre-registration required and the sessions are without charge. Distance attendance by Skype can be arranged with jehamilton@rogers.com

UPCOMING SESSIONS/COURSES

July 23 – October 8, 2017.
Clinical Studies – using the book by Yael Baldwin entitled “Let’s Keep Talking: Lacanian Tales of Love, Sex, and other Catastrophes” we are studying, chapter by chapter, the case histories in order to identify elements of Lacanian formulations and technique. From 1:30-3:00 on July 23 (2 chapters), September 10, September 24, October 8, 2017.

October 22 – December 17, 2017.
Dan Collins – October 22, November 5, and 19, December 3, and 17, 2017. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. These sessions are from 1:30-3:00, on the 2nd floor of the Deer Park Library, side door, at 40 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto.

March 11 – May 6, 2018.
Dan Collins – March 11, and 25, April 8, and 22, May 6, 2018. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. These sessions are from 1:30-3:00, on the 2nd floor of the Deer Park Library, side door, at 40 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto.

PREVIOUS COURSES

April – June 2017
Dan Collins – April 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 11, 2017. “The Signifier”

January – April 2017.
Professor Garry Leonard – January 22, February 5, 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, 2017. “We Are Not in Kansas Anymore (Enjoy It!): The Decline of the Master Signifier and the Rise of the Capitalist Discourse in Hollywood Melodrama and Film Noir”

November – December, 2016.
Dan Collins – November 6, 20, December 4, 18, 2016 and January 8, 2017; 1:30-3:00. Evolution of Lacanian Concepts: the Other, the other, the phallus, jouissance, the subject.

October 9, 2016 – Dan Collins
Lacan, Jacques, “Guiding Remarks for a Congress on Female Sexuality” (1958)
Lacan, Jacques, “The Signification of the Phallus” (1958)

September 25, 2016 – Debora Nitkin
Freud, Sigmund, “Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria [‘Dora’]” (1905)

September 11, 2016 – Presentation by members of:
Freud, Sigmund, “Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman” (1920)
Jones, Ernest, “The Early Development of Female Sexuality” (1927)
Riviere, Joan, “Womanliness as a Masquerade” (1929)
Freud, Sigmund, “Female Sexuality” (1931)

September – October, 2016 – 1:30-3:00 – Group preparation for the Special Meeting October 23, 2016, with Eve Watson and Dan Collins, on “Woman Now and Then: Psychoanalysis and Female Sexuality”.

June 2016.
Chris Vanderwees – 2 sessions: June 11 and 25, 2016. Lacan and Photography. At the Deer Park Public Library, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00.

April – May 2016
Concetta Principe – 2 sessions: April 30 and May 14, 2016. Secular Messianism and Saul/Paul of Tarsus. At the Deer Park Public Library, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00.

March – April 2016.
Sean Meggeson – Seminar 23: Joyce, the Sinthome and Clinical Practice. At the Deer Park Public Library, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00. 3 sessions: Saturday March 19, Sunday April 3, Saturday April 16, 2016.

January – March 2016.
Dan Collins – The Late Lacan: Seminars 22, 23, 24 and 25. At the Deer Park Public Library, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00. Alternating Saturdays, beginning January 9, 2016. 5 sessions: January 9, 23, February 6, 20, Sunday March 6, 2016.

September – October 2015. Psychoanalysis, Linguistics and the Clinic. At the Deer Park Library, 2nd floor, 40 St, Clair Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00. Saturdays, September 5, 19, October 3, 17, 31, 2016. No charge for these sessions. Given by Dan Collins.
This seminar will explore what psychoanalysis has to learn from linguistics. Lacan famously borrowed his linguistic theory from Ferdinand de Saussure, and we’ll explore Lacan’s Saussurian contribution to the psychoanalytic clinic. Beyond that, though, we’ll ask what other branches of linguistics and linguistic concepts—such as semantics, semiotics, pragmatics, grammar, logic, rhetoric, grammaticalization, code switching, and language-contact phenomena—have to add to psychoanalytic theory. We’ll also look at what Lacan borrowed from specific linguists and philosophers of language such as Peirce, Frege, Russell, and Jakobson. We’ll discover that the Sausurrian theory of the signifier is just one contribution to that linguistics. Finally, we’ll venture beyond linguistics to consider why Lacan, in the end, calls psychoanalysis a genre of poetry.

September 5 Lacan and Saussure
September 19 The Fields of Linguistics
October 3 Naming and the Law
October 17 Lacan and Jakobson
October 31 A Clinic of Poetry

November – December 2015. Introduction to Seminar 23: James Joyce and the Sinthome. At the Deer Park Library, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00. Saturdays. No charge for these sessions. Given by Sean Meggeson
November 14 –
December 12 –

November 28 – Concetta Principe – a Lacanian Analysis of Messianism, including work on Saul/Paul of Tarsus.

May – July 2015. Topics in Lacan Studies. At the Deer Park Library, 2nd floor, 40 St. Clair. Ave. East, from 1:30-3:00. Saturdays. No charge for these sessions.
May 9 – Psychosis – Ali Taheri
May 23 – Psychosis – Ali Taheri
June 6 – Gay Identity from a Lacanian perspective I – Carlos Rivas
June 20 – Gay Identity from a Lacanian perspective II – Carlos Rivas
July 4 – Ethics of Psychoanalysis – Seminar 7 – Randall Terada
July 18 – Ethics of Psychoanalysis – Seminar 7 – Randall Terada

May – July 2015. The Speaking Body in Lacan. At Ste. 5016, 3080 Yonge Street (at Lawrence and Yonge St.), from 11:00-12:30. Sundays. Given by Ines Anderson and Debora Nitkin. See references below.
May 17 – The mirror stage – Debora Nitkin
May 31 – The body in Lacan – Ines Anderson
June 14 – Wording the body – Debora Nitkin
June 28 – The mortified and the sexed body – Ines Anderson
July 12 – Anorexia and bulimia in Lacan – Ines and Debora
References for this course:
Bassols, Miquel (2015) The Image Body and the Speaking Body. Introduction to the WAP Congress in Rio de Janeiro, April 2016.
Freud, Sigmund (1919) The Uncanny.
Lacan, J. (2006). The mirror stage as formative of the I function as revealed in the psychoanalytic experience. In B. Fink (Trans.), Écrits, The First Complete Edition in English (pp. 75–81). New York: Norton. (Original work published 1949)
Lacan, J. (2006). Agressiveness. In B. Fink (Trans.), Écrits, The First Complete Edition in English (pp. 85–123). New York: Norton. (Original work published 1966)
López, Lola (Barcelona 2010) The Mystery of the Speaking Body
Soler, Colette (2012[1984]) The Body in the Teaching of Jacques Lacan. JCFAR 2012.

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