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Theoretical Seminars

Psychoanalysis, Philosophy & Theology

Convenor: David Pereira, Analyst of the School
Ph. (03) 9690 3515 | ✉ email enquiry

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 | ✉ email enquiry

First Tuesday of each month (generally) 8 – 9.30pm, from Tuesday 2nd March 2021

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 2021 we will again take up Sabina Spielrein’s itinerary of writing, from the time in which she worked in Berlin, to her return to Switzerland, firstly Lausanne and then Geneva. We will examine her shorter papers from that time which will be translated for the seminar. These will be discussed in respect of other writings of the era, especially those of Freud as well as literary works to which she refers. We will also discuss these in the light of Lacan’s later propositions that resonate with many of Spielrein’s ideas. We will see that Spielrein does not make a theoretical division between her work with children and adults, but her concern is that of the subject of psychoanalysis as Lacan would later call it. Thus we will be able to examine something of the early—but repressed—history of psychoanalysis, and elaborate some of its fundamental theoretical principles.

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 of the School
Ph. (03) 9347 1707 | ✉ email enquiry

Second Monday of the month 7.00pm – 9.00pm, commencing March 8, 2021

If Lacan’s work is precious, neither is it safe. If it presses to make speech present, even tangible, it also presses on to the boundaries of the possible.

In practice, the practice of the psychoanalyst, this amounts to taking speech to the letter. The effect is to make the unconscious present as the signature of the analysand inasmuch as he or she speaks.

The Seminar is structured around presentations by participants which address the challenge which Lacan’s work presents in their own practice of the letter, in whatever field.

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 Wolfman Case, From the History of an Infantile Neurosis

Convenor: Linda Clifton, Analyst of the School
Ph. (+61) 0421 979 496 | E. ✉ email enquiry

Last Saturday of the month 11.30am – 1.30pm

The Lacan Reading Seminar: Seminar VIII Transference

Convenor: Linda Clifton, Analyst of the School
Ph. (+61) 0421 979 496 | E. ✉ email enquiry

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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Year 2: Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis

Commencing Wednesday 3rd March and running for 20 weeks, the Foundations of Psychoanalysis seminar returns in 2021 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.

Harry Constantinou
P: (+61) 0434 922 143
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The Seminar of the School

Convenor: Harry Constantinou
First Saturday of the Month
12.00pm to 1.30pm

The Seminar of the School is held monthly and open to members of The Freudian School of Melbourne. Those from outside the School wishing to participate in the theoretical interrogation of Lacanian psychoanalysis are welcome to enquire about the School's Foundations of Psychoanalysis Seminar.