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Foundations of Psychoanalysis Seminar Program 2020

The Foundations of Psychoanalysis Seminar is currently being hosted on the electronic conferencing platform Zoom, where participants will continue to gather digitally. To download Zoom and connect to the Seminar, click here.

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.

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YEAR 1: The Unconscious in Freud and/or Lacan


Term 1

Why is the field Freudian but the unconscious Lacanian?

Week 1: Why is the field Freudian but the unconscious Lacanian?
The Unconscious is structured like a language.

4th March | David Pereira

Week 2: Why is the field Freudian but the unconscious Lacanian? The Unconscious is structured like a language (continued)

11th March | David Pereira

Week 3: Repression and Castration

18th March | Michael Currie

Week 4: Formations of the Unconscious

25th March | Tine Nörregaard


Two Weeks Break (Easter)
1st April No seminar
8th April No Seminar


Term 2

Week 5: Transference, Resistance and Identification

15th April | Peter Gunn

Week 6: Interpretation and Meaning

22nd April | Malcolm Morgan


What is sex in psychoanalysis?

Week 7: Function and Field of Speech and Language

29th April | Debbie Plastow

Week 8: The theory of the Subject and the Signifier

6th May | Robyn Clarke

Week 9: The object in psychoanalysis

13th May | Ben McGill

Week 10: What is sex in psychoanalysis? From Freud’s essays on sexuality to ‘there is no sexual relation'

20th May | Michael Plastow

Week 11: What is sex in psychoanalysis? From Freud’s essays on sexuality to ‘there is no sexual relation’ (continued)

27th May | Michael Plastow

Week 12: Fantasy & its logic

3rd June | Jon Kettle

Week 13: Beyond the Pleasure Principle: drive, desire & jouissance

10th June | Megan Williams

Week 14: Beyond the Pleasure Principle: drive, desire & jouissance (continued)

17th June | Megan Williams


The question of the subject in psychoanalysis

Week 15: The Question of the subject

24th June | Alex Karkar


Two Weeks Break
1st July No seminar
8th July No Seminar


Term 3

Week 16: Need, demand and desire [Che Vuoi?]

15th July | Madeline Andrews

Week 17: From an other to an Other to what has no name in the place of the Other

22nd July | Linda Clifton

Week 18: From an other to an Other to what has no name in the place of the Other (Continued)

29th July | Linda Clifton

Week 19: The registers of experience: SRIèRSI (1)

5th August | Rod Kleiman

Week 20: The registers of experience: SRIèRSI (2) [and the shifting concept of psychoanalysis]

12th August | Rod Kleiman

Week 21: Final Seminar for 2020. Concludes with open discussions and reflections by participants on the year’s seminars.

19th August | Harry Constantinou



Recommended Readings

Freud, S. (2001). The interpretation of dreams. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 4). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1900).

Freud, S. (2001). Three essays on sexuality. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 7, pp.125-243). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1905).

Freud, S. (2001). The unconscious. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 14, pp.159-189). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1915).

Freud, S. (2001). Repression. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 14, pp.141-158). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1915).

Freud, S. (2001). Beyond the pleasure principle. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 18, pp.3-66). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1920).

Freud, S. (1921) Group Psychology. In S.E, Vol VIII, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Group Psychology and Other Works. London:Hogarth, 1909/2001:65-143.

Freud, S. On beginning the treatment (Further recommendations on the technique of psycho-analysis 1). In S.E, Vole XII, The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works. London:Hogarth, 1913/2001:121-143.

Lacan, J. (1960-1961). The seminar of Jacques Lacan, Transference (Seminar VIII). (Unpublished seminar). Accessible at www.lacanonline.com

Lacan, J. (1970). Of structure as an inmixing of an otherness prequisite to any subject whatever. Accessible at www.lacan.com/hotel.html

Lacan, J. (1998). The four fundamentals of psychoanalysis. In J.A Miller (Ed.) and A. Sheridan (Trans.), The seminar of Jacques Lacan (Book 11). New York: W.W.Norton and Company. (Original work published 1973).

Lacan, J. (1974-1975). The seminar of Jacques Lacan, RSI (Seminar XXII). (Unpublished seminar). Accessible at www.lacanonline.com

Lacan, J. (1998). On feminine sexuality, the limits of love and knowledge. In J.A Miller (Ed.) and B.Fink Trans.), The seminar of Jacques Lacan (Book 10). New York: W.W. Norton and Company. (Original work published 1975).

Lacan, J. (2006). The function and field of speech and language in psychoanalysis. In Fink (Trans.), Écrits: The first complete edition in English (pp.197-268). New York: W.W.Norton & Company.

Lacan, J. (2006). The subversion of the subject and the dialectic of desire in the Freudian unconscious. In Fink (Trans.), Écrits: The first complete edition in English (pp.671-702). New York: W.W.Norton & Company.

Lacan, J. Logical Time and the Assertion of Anticipated Certainty. In Lacan, J. Écrits: The first complete edition in English. [Trans: B. Fink], pp.169-175.

Lacan, J. (1977). The agency of the letter in the unconscious or reason since Freud. In Lacan, J. Écrits: A Selection. [Trans: A. Sheridan]. New York: Norton, pp. 146-178. [Also available as “The instance of the letter in the unconscious, or reason since Freud”. In Lacan, J. Écrits: The first complete edition in English. [Trans: B. Fink], pp. 412-441.]

Lacan, J. The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of Its Power. In Lacan, J. Écrits: The first complete edition in English. [Trans: B. Fink], pp. 489-542.

Lacan, J. (1977). Excommunication. In The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XI The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. [Ed. J.A.Miller]. [Trans. A.Sheridan], pp.1-13.

Lacan, J. (1977). Preface to the English-Language Edition. In The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XI The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. [Ed. J.A.Miller]. [Trans. A.Sheridan], pp.vii-ix.

Lacan, J. (1966/2006). Psychoanalysis and its Teaching. In Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (Trans.B.Fink). W.W.Norton:New York. pp.364-383. Available at http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/Lacan.pdf

Fierens, C (2012). The Sense of the Psychoanalytic Discourse. In The Psychoanalytic Discourse A second reading of Lacan’s Etourdit. [Trans.C.Gallagher]. pp.126-144.

Pereira, D. (1998). Logos. 20 Years of Psychoanalytic Training in The Freudian School of Melbourne. In Papers of The Freudian School of Melbourne. The Lacanian Discourse. Volume 19. pp.1-8. Available here.

Rotmiler de Zentner, M. (1996). The Follies of Time. In Papers of The Freudian School of Melbourne, Jacques Lacan – A man and a woman…Volume 17, pp 141-152. [Eds: David Pereira]

Zentner, O. (1979) A Note on Letter 52 of Freud and on the Ethics of Psychoanalysis: the Dissolution of L’Ecole Freudienne de Paris. In Papers of The Freudian school of Melbourne, Homage to Freud (Volume 1), pp.1-5.

Seminar Resources

Time & Place
Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.00pm
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Reading materials
Seminar readings are updated each week.
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Contact
Harry Constantinou
P: (+61) 0434 922 143
E: harryconstantinou@me.com