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Theoretical Seminars

Psychoanalysis, Philosophy & Theology

Convenor: David Pereira, Analyst of the School
Ph. (03) 9690 3515 | E. pere@bigpond.net.au

First Saturday of the month 3.30pm - 5.00pm

An appraisal of certain fundamental concepts in psychoanalysis and the way in which they are informed by and inform recurring questions in philosophy and theology across the realms of metaphysics, ontology, logic and ethics


The Child, the Adult, and the Subject of Psychoanalysis

Convenors: Michael Gerard Plastow, Analyst of the School
Ph. (03) 9347 1486 | E. plastow@internode.on.net

First Tuesday of each month (generally) 8 – 9.30pm, from Tuesday 21st April 2020

The patient who attends the consulting room, whether a child or an adult—and the child is inevitably accompanied by an adult—is not yet a psychoanalytic subject. He or she is a person, whose etymology is literally the mask worn in antiquity by actors to represent a character. Thus the person is the imaginary double of the subject, a false being whose function is to mask its very division. The subject in psychoanalysis can only emerge through an act of speech that, very specifically, underlines the discontinuity of such an imaginary being. The subject that emerges may then be able to leave his or her own mark. This seminar endeavours to grapple with the developmental beings of the child, adolescent, and adult, in order to disentangle from them, the psychoanalytic subject.

In 2020 we take up again the itinerary of the writings of Sabina Spielrein, on this occasion from the point of departure of her time in Vienna and contact with Sigmund Freud whose presence features prominently at this time. From there Spielrein lived and worked in Berlin, before returning to Switzerland, firstly Lausanne and then Geneva. She contributed initially shorter papers that are marked by her change of circumstances. These are papers concerning her work with both children and adults, between which she does not make a theoretical division. Like many early analysts her writings also include her observations of family members.

This seminar welcomes those of any stage of interest, or formation, in psychoanalysis. Participants will have the opportunity to speak of their own clinical practice and their readings of texts.


My Barbaric Yawp

Convenor: Peter Gunn, Analyst Member
Ph. (03) 9347 1707 | E. petergunn@internode.on.net

Second Monday of the month 7.30pm – 9.00pm, commencing March 9, 2020

This Seminar is concerned to demonstrate the symbiosis between psychoanalysis and writing. Writing is understood here as any practice in which articulation is given the brutal immediacy of inscription.

In this the Seminar follows Lacan. As he said in Lituraterre, ‘writing, the letter, is in the real.’ To quote the words of the American poet Barbara Guest, here we have ‘dreams set by typography.’

The Seminar is structured by presentations which draw on the material practice of artists, from any field, including writers themselves. In this way, each participant, ‘yawping’ in their own peculiar way, seeks to bring the barbarity of life into the seminar room itself.

You run the risk of being savaged. But I invite you to get in touch.




Reading Seminars

These Seminars involve a close reading of foundational texts of Freud and Lacan with discussion of related clinical and theoretical topics.

The Freud Reading seminar: Freud’s case studies – The Ratman Case, Notes upon a case of obsessional neurosis.

Convenor: Linda Clifton, Analyst of the School
Ph. (+61) 0421 979 496 | E. lclifton@bigpond.net.au

Last Saturday of the month 11.30am – 1.30pm


The Lacan Reading Seminar: Seminar XI The four fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis

Convenor: Linda Clifton, Analyst of the School
Ph. (+61) 0421 979 496 | E. lclifton@bigpond.net.au

Last Saturday of the month 3.00pm – 5.00 pm




The Seminar of the School

Foundations of Psychoanalysis

Convenor: Harry Constantinou

Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.00pm
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Program and Reading List 2020

Commencing Wednesday 4th March and running for 21 weeks, the Foundations of Psychoanalysis seminar returns in 2020 to provide participants with a rigorous working of the fundamental concepts underpinning Freudian and Lacanian theory and clinical practice. It forms an important component of the theoretical aspect of the training of analysts and the ongoing work of the analysts of the school.

The Seminar is also open to students, scholars and colleagues in related clinical fields, in recognition of the importance to psychoanalysis of its extension beyond the clinic.

Convenor of Seminars


Harry Constantinou
P: (+61) 0434 922 143
E: harryconstantinou@me.com