Intensive Doctoral School

Timing and program 

We propose five consecutive days, each including 6 hours of teaching (30 hours in total).

Most of the sessions offer the close-reading of a crucial passage in Lacan’s Encore, followed by an in-depth discussion. We thus aim at covering all lessons from Lacan’s seminar 20. The participants are supposed to have read the entire book of  seminar before attending the course.  

Day 1:
Lesson 1: On jouissance
Lesson 2: To Jakobson

Day 2:
Lesson 3: The function of the written
Lesson 4: Love and the signifier

Day 3:
Lesson 5: Aristotle and Freud: the other satisfaction
Lesson 6: God and Woman’s Jouissance

Day 4:
Lesson 7: A Love Letter
Lesson 8: Knowledge and Truth

Day 5:
Lesson 9: On the Baroque
Lesson 10: Rings of string
Lesson 11: The rat in the maze

Each instruction day will consist of:

  • Close-reading of the text;
  • Discussion of the key references Lacan makes use of;
  • Explaining the impact of the philosophical reference on the understanding of contemporary mental health care and psychotherapeutic praxis.


Dr. Marc De Kesel is academic secretary and senior researcher at the TBI-Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His fields of research are Public Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Political Theory, Holocaust Studies, Religion Studies and Freudo-Lacanian Theory. He is co-founder of CLiC (Circle of Lacanian Ideology Critique). He made his PhD-dissertation on Lacan’s ethical theory. Within the field of Freudo-Lacanian Theory, he published (next to a book on Slavoj Žižek and many essays) a well received volume on the ethics of psychoanalysis (Eros & Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII, SUNY, 2009). His international reputation as both Lacan scholar and philosopher guarantees he is an excellent candidate for teaching the proposed Specialist Doctoral Course.

Drs. Dominiek Hoens, MA Philosophy (UGent) is currently a lecturer in philosophy at Artvelde Hogeschool and at Erasmus Hogeschool (RITCS). Together with Dr. Marc De Kesel he founded CLiC (Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique), and with Prof. Dr. Sigi Jöttkandt (University of New South Wales, Australia) he edits its journal, S ( Besides this, he published numerous international, peer reviewed articles and book chapters on Lacanian psychoanalysis and related philosophical topics

Added value of the course

This Specialist Doctoral Course introduces the researchers in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, gender studies, sexology, or continental philosophy into a philosophical reflection upon the topics of sexuality, language and singularity. It aims at questioning and discussing fundamental assumptions underlying the study of human behaviour in the social and human sciences.

Being open for doctoral students from the humanities, life sciences, and social sciences the course guarantees a genuine interdisciplinary dialogue.

Participants: maximum 20


Sent CV and motivation to Students who qualify will receive approval by e-mail.

After approval registration and payment via this link

Registration is final after payment.


During lunch break we offer each student the opportunity to lunch all together in a nice place close to the university, so we can share food/drinks and thoughts. That for an additional 125 euro (lunch during 5 days).


Reading Assignment

Seminar XX had to be read from cover to cover.

Daily Schedule

9h30: presentation kartel (10 à 15 min.) followed by discussion and lecture of the passage by Marc and Dominiek

12u00: lunch break

13u45: presentation kartel (10 à 15 min.) followed by discussion and lecture of the passage by Marc and Dominiek

16u00: coffee break

16u15: reading cartel

18u00: end of the day