Intensive Doctoral School

Program Doctoral School on Seminar XVII

Day 1: Introductory Lectures

  • 13u-13u30: Registration
  • 13u30-14u30: Introduction by Paul Verhaeghe: ‘Why read Seminar XVII?’
  • 14u30-15u: Coffee Break
  • 15u-16u30: Introduction to/ overview of Seminar XVII by Calum Neill
  • 16u30-17u: Participants introduce themselves + Organizing Cartels
  • 17u: Reception.

Day 2: Close reading of chapters I through V

  • 9u-10u30: Calum Neill on the ‘Axes of the analytic subversion’
  • 10u30-10u45: Coffee break
  • 10u45-12u15: Cartels
  • 12u15-13u30: Lunch @ Kantien
  • 13u30-15u: Close reading of selected paragraphs
  • 15u-15u15: Coffee break
  • 15u15-16u30: Close reading of selected paragraphs

Day 3:  Close reading of chapters VI through IX

  • 9u-10u30: Calum Neill on the ‘Beyond the Oedipus Complex’
  • 10u30-10u45: Coffee break
  • 10u45-12u15: Cartels
  • 12u15-13u30: Lunch @ Kantien
  • 13u30-15u: Close reading of selected paragraphs
  • 15u-15u15: Coffee break
  • 15u15-16u30: Close reading of selected paragraphs

Day 4: Close reading of chapters X through XIII

  • 9u-10u30: Calum Neill on the ‘The Other Side of Contemporary Life’
  • 10u30-10u45: Coffee break
  • 10u45-12u15: Cartels
  • 12u15-13u30: Lunch @ Kantien
  • 13u30-15u: Close reading of selected paragraphs
  • 15u-15u15: Coffee break
  • 15u15-16u30: Close reading of selected paragraphs

Day 5: Capitalist Discourse

  • 9u-10u30: Stijn Vanheule on ‘Capitalist Discourse’
  • 10u30-10u45: Coffee break
  • 10u45-12u15: Group discussion with Stijn Vanheule and Calum Neill on ‘Capitalist Discourse’
  • 12u15-14u: Lunch
  • 14u30-16u: Visiting ‘SMAK’ with guide and Special Guest.
  • 16u-… Reception at SMAK.

Specialist Course for UGent Doctoral School

Academic year 2019-2020

Course Title:

Mental Health Care, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy:

An introduction to Lacan’s Seminar XVII (1969-1970) on Lacanian Discourse Theory and its relevance for today’s clinic and culture

Lecturers:

Prof. Dr. Calum Neill  

 

Organizing committee:

Scientific committee

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

– University of Antwerp staff:

– University libre de Bruxelles:

Topic and theme of the course

The relationship between the inside and outside of the psychoanalytic clinic is, at best, a contested one. Throughout his work, Lacan might be understood to (in)consistently problematise this relationship, drawing non-clinical texts into his oeuvre and non-clinical examples into his arguments, while maintaining the primacy of the clinical setting for the work he is unfolding. Seminar XVII might be understood as the pinnacle of this tension, as, facing the social upheaval literally surrounding his teaching, Lacan invites the social into his seminar. Without neglecting the place of the clinic, Lacan here makes his most explicit foray into the realm of the social order, helping us to better grasp the always already social dimension of his practice. Core to Lacan’s arguments here is the figure of the hysteric, mobilised within the context of the famous four discourses and pointing to thought that the speech of the analysand is pregnant with political force all along. 

Timing and program

We propose five consecutive days, each including 6 hours of teaching (30 hours in total). Suggested dates: 6-10 july 2020.

Most of the sessions offer the close-reading of a crucial passage in Lacan’s seminar ‘The Other Side of Psychoanalysis’, followed by an in-depth discussion. We thus aim at covering all lessons from Lacan’s seminar 17. The participants are supposed to have read the entire book of  seminar before attending the course.  

Day 1:
Part 1: Introduction to Lacan’s Seminar on the discourses and its relevance for today’s clinic and culture
Part 2: Understanding the hidden logic of Lacan’s teachings

Day 2: Axes of the analytic subversion close reading of chapters I through V

Day 3: Beyond the Oedipus Complex close reading of chapters VI through IX

Day 4: The Other Side of Contemporary Life close reading of chapters X through XIII

Day 5: Capitalist Discourse close reading of Lacan’s text on capitalist discourse

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.

Lecturers

Calum Neill is a leading figure in the world of Lacanian theory, with particular expertise in ethics, discourse and subjectivity. He is the author of three groundbreaking books, co-editor of the Reading Lacan’s Ecrits three volume collection and the editor of The Palgrave Lacan Series. He is also the founder and director of Lacan In Scotland, a research group which hosts monthly public seminars.
Calum is the University’s Professorial Leader for Research Degrees, convening the University’s Research Degrees Committee and co-ordinating research degrees provision across the institution.
He supervises PhDs in psychoanalytic and related theory.

Application

Sent CV and motivation to dries.dulsster@ugent.be. Students who qualify will receive approval by e-mail.

After approval registration and payment via this link 

Registration is final after payment.