Lacan Salon is a psychoanalytic study group based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Salon was founded in September 2007 and developed into its present form under the guidance of Hilda Fernandez, Clint Burnham, Paul Kingsbury and Jesse Proudfoot.
Lacan Salon has grown to an average of twenty participants each term coming from a wide variety of academic disciplines and therapeutic traditions who continue to push the Salon in new directions.
The purpose of the Salon is to share, discuss, and promote the transmission of psychoanalytic discourse by reading and engaging with the works of Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud. We discuss a wide range of topics such as subjectivity, the analytical act, and cultural phenomena. We place a premium on close, critical readings of Lacan’s Seminars and Écrits, as well as secondary psychoanalytic criticism.
While some members have received Lacanian analytical training or have studied more extensively at Lacanian schools, others are new to Lacan. Some are artists, writers, or activists, but our study group is largely composed of academics and graduate students from numerous disciplines including Literature, Geography, Philosophy, Art and Political Science. This heterogeneity and interdisciplinary focus enriches our study by opening up new readings of psychoanalytic texts, as well as by fostering a plurality of textual meanings. We encourage this diversity and affirm the creation of singular ideas that resonate for some but not necessarily for all. We promote a fragmented knowledge, a dismembering of conventional agreements, and strive to remain faithful to the original radicality of the Freudian unconscious, questioning the comfortable belief in a whole knowledge or the existence of a single truth.
Lacan Salon meets fortnightly in Vancouver at SFU Woodwards, Tuesdays 7-9pm from September to June. Lacan Salon is open to the public and welcomes participants from all academic disciplines and levels of experience.
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