Intensive Doctoral School

Mental Health Care, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy V

LACAN’S SEMINAR XXIII (1975-1976) 

JOYCE & THE SINTHOME 
and its relevance for 
TODAY’S CLINIC AND CULTURE

Dr. Lieven Jonckheere
15-19 July 2019

PROGRAM (15/07/19 – 19/07/19)

15/07/19
INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION

  • Morning (09:00h-12:00h)
    • Introduction by Lieven Jonckheere (09:00h-10:30h)
      • Situating Seminar XXIII in Lacan’s Teachings
      • The ‘internal logic’ of Seminar XXIII
    • Participants introduce themselves and explain what they expect from this Summer School relative to their own work. In response to each participant’s particular points of interest, Lieven Jonckheere will indicate some relevant passages in Seminar XXIII (10u30-12u)
  • Afternoon (13h30-16h)
    • Creating the cartels (13:30h-14:00h)
    • First orientation of the Cartel: members of the cartel identify the relevant passages indicated by Lieven Jonckheere during the morning and take a first look at these (using the index of Seminar XXIII) (14:00h-15:30h)
    • First discussion with Lieven Jonckheere about what to do in the next session (15:30h-16:00h)
    • Lieven Jonckheere will be available for individual questions (16:00h-16:30h)

16/07/19
PART I: THE SPIRIT OF THE KNOTS

  • Morning (09:00h-12:00h)
    • Lieven Jonckheere: introduction (09:00h-10:00h)
    • Cartel (10:00h-12:00h)
      • Each cartel picks one or two chapters to discuss.
      • Lieven Jonckheere will move around as plus-un, bringing a ‘fresh breeze’ to each cartel
    • Afternoon (13h30-16h)
      • Cartel presentations (13:30h-14:30h)
        • 15 minutes per cartel
        • Logic of the text – questions – illustrations – references
      • Discussion (15:00h-16:00h)
      • Lieven Jonckheere will be available for individual questions (16:00h-16:30h)

 

17/07/19
PART II: THE JOYCE TRAIL

  • Morning (09:00h-12:00h)
    • Lieven Jonckheere: introduction (09:00h-10:00h)
    • Cartel (10:00h-12:00h)
      • Each cartel picks one or two chapters to discuss.
      • Lieven Jonckheere will move around as plus-un, bringing a ‘fresh breeze’ to each cartel
    • Afternoon (13h30-16h)
      • Cartel presentations (13:30h-14:30h)
        • 15 minutes per cartel
        • Logic of the text – questions – illustrations – references
      • Discussion (15:00h-16:00h)
      • Lieven Jonckheere will be available for individual questions (16:00h-16:30h)

18/07/19
PART III: THE INVENTION OF THE REAL

  • Morning (09:00h-12:00h)
    • Lieven Jonckheere: introduction (09:00h-10:00h)
    • Cartel (10:00h-12:00h)
      • Each cartel picks one or two chapters to discuss.
      • Lieven Jonckheere will move around as plus-un, bringing a ‘fresh breeze’ to each cartel
    • Afternoon (13h30-16h)
      • Cartel presentations (13:30h-14:30h)
        • 15 minutes per cartel
        • Logic of the text – questions – illustrations – references
      • Discussion (15:00h-16:00h)
      • Lieven Jonckheere will be available for individual questions (16:00h-16:30h)

19/07/19
PART IV: THE WRITING OF THE EGO

  • Morning (09:00h-12:00h)
    • Lieven Jonckheere: introduction (09:00h-10:00h)
    • Final discussion (10:00h-12:00h)
  • Afternoon (13h30-16h) to “De Gentsche Fieste” (Ghent Festival)

Specialist Course for UGent Doctoral School

Mental Health Care, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy V

LACAN’S SEMINAR XXIII (1975-1976) 

JOYCE & THE SINTHOME
and its relevance for 
TODAY’S CLINIC AND CULTURE

Dr. Lieven Jonckheere
15-19 July 2019

 

Topic and theme of the course

Traditionally, psychoanalytic ideas concerning the ‘treatment of the psychoses’ are derived from what can be called the ‘neurotic paradigm’. It is implicitly assumed that neurosis constitutes a better solution to life that psychosis does, as it always maintains some sort of link with the symbolic Other and the imaginary other, by means of the possibility of sharing a language, a body and a reality. Lacan showed that all of this is basically achieved thanks to the establishment – in neurosis – of the signifier known as the Name-of-the-Father. In psychosis, this symbolic Father lacks (i.e. foreclosure), meaning the psychotic has to arrange for his own, private ‘suppletion’ (a term which implies it does not do its job as well as the Name-of-the-Father does). Lacan’s famous rereading of Freud’s pioneering Schreber-case, interesting as it may be, still falls under the scope of this ‘neurotic paradigm’.
For all kinds of clinical, theoretical and even socio-cultural reasons however, it gradually started to dawn upon Lacan that the Name-of-the-Father itself had become no more than another substitute – be it a standard-substitute – for a structurally lacking signifier. And in addition, all kinds of psychotic substitutes for this Name-of-the-Father proved to constitute ‘better’ solutions for this lack, all of which eventually led to a language, a body and a reality that came much closer to the Real than the Father-ridden neurotic could ever dream of. So perhaps the time had come for a paradigm-shift. Perhaps the psychotic ‘Sinthome’ could constitute a new paradigm for the ‘flexible’ way in which today’s neurotics should be able to manage their relation with the remains of the Name-of-the-Father.
The case which, for Lacan, epitomized this shift is that of James Joyce. In Seminar XXIII (1975-1976) Lacan developed the idea that Joyce’s way of writing – as culminating in “Finnegan’s Wake” – cannot be considered a symptom in the neurotic sense of the word, i.e. with a symbolic meaning derived from the unconscious or from the subject’s Oedipal past. Instead, it is radically cut from the unconscious. And thus it becomes something real, an infernal real machine of enjoyment – for Joyce himself. For this kind of symptom, i.e. the writing of Joyce, Lacan invents a new name, he calls it a ‘Sinthome’. Ever since, the question has become whether such a ‘Sinthome’ can become the base for a new form of social bond: with this Sinthome, with someone else’s ‘body of inconceivably private enjoyment’ we cannot any longer identify (impossible!), so we try to read it, again and again and again. Maybe this the new form of respect, maybe this can become the base for a new form of ethics.
In any case, throughout Seminar XXIII Lacan first of all verifies how this new ‘psychotic’ conception of the symptom – the Sinthome – allows for us to redefine the basic categories of the speaking being (i.e. the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real) and their Sinthome-assisted ‘knottings.’ But he also tries to map what this Sinthome implies for the psychoanalytic conceptions of the Father, the Woman and their superimpositions.
All of these new insights allow for us to ask some new and fundamental questions. What can we learn from Joyce and his fellow psychotics, as presented by Lacan at the time of Seminar XXIII? What can we learn from them in this moment in history where the symbolic Father and the Imaginary Body Ego are on the verge of collapsing? What can we learn from them in a ‘culture’ where language ought to be informatory, ought to have only have one meaning (as in autism) and where obedience to the enjoyment of the body has become the main superego injunction (of our economy)? ​

Lecturer

Lieven Jonckheere

Lieven Jonckheere is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (master thesis on Kafka and doctoral thesis on Anxiety) lecturing in Psychology at the University of Ghent, Faculty of Economics and Business Management.
Lieven Jonckheere is also a psychoanalyst with private practice (Ghent). As a member of the New Lacanian School for Psychoanalysis and the World Association for Psychoanalysis, he is active in several local Lacanian societies and organizations (Kring voor Psychoanalyse, Programma Psychoanalytische Kliniek Gent, Permanente Vorming Psychoanalytische Therapie) not only as a lecturer, but also as a supervisor and – if need be – a political lobbyist.
Lieven Jonckheere has published a book on sexual fantasies and wrote several articles on clinical issues (e.g. the classic clinic of neurosis (phobia), psychosis (melancholia) and perversion (pedophilia), the hypermodern clinic of autism, asexuality, hypersensitivity, anorexia, etc.) and cultural phenomena (e.g. art with Kafka, Duchamp, Fabre, movies; terrorism; Human Resource Management; etc.) as seen from a psychoanalytic point of view. He also regularly contributes to public debates (e.g. autism, law on psychotherapy).

For all information see http://lievenjonckheere-psy.be
Contact jonckheere.lieven@gmail.com

Organizing committee:

Scientific committee

Besides the members of the UGent organizing committee, this proposal is endorsed by
KULeuven staff:

  • Dr. Lode Lauwaert; Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte, lode.lauwaert@kuleuven.be, TEL 0494593706

University of Antwerp staff:

  • Dr. Arthur Cools; Department of Philosophy, Arthur.Cools@uantwerpen.be, TEL 03 265 43 10

University libre de Bruxelles:

  • Dr. Ariane Bazan; Department of Psychology and Education, Ariane.Bazan@ulb.ac.be, TEL 02 650 67 63

 

Daily Schedule

see Program

 

Place to be – Classroom

Faculty of Psychology University Ghent
Henri Dunantlaan 2
9000 Gent
Belgium

15/07/2019 – Practicumzaal 1.1 (first floor)
16/07/2019 – Practicumzaal 1.1  (first floor)
17/07/2019 – Practicumzaal 1.1  (first floor)
18/07/2019 – Practicumzaal 1.1  (first floor)
19/07/2019 – Practicumzaal 1.1  (first floor)

Lunch

During the lunch break we offer each student the opportunity to lunch together in a nice place close to the university, so we can share food/drinks and thoughts. All this, for an additional 125 euro (lunch during 5 days). Tip: experiences from last Summer Schools prove these moments to be surprisingly fruitful. ​

Place to be during lunch: all days except for Monday

De Kantien
Kanonreef 1
9000 Gent
09/ 234 00 29​
www.kantien.be

Assignment: Before attending the course, participants are expected to have read Lacan’s Seminar XXIII on The Sinthome (1975-1976).

Daily Schedule: 09:00h-16:30h
Lunch: 12:00h-13:30h

Application: Send CV and motivation to Junior.Ingouf@Ugent.be – Students who qualify will receive approval by e-mail

After approval: Registration and payment via link received by mail

Registration is final after payment.