Clinical Seminar III

The Institutional Unconscious

Presented by Hilda Fernandez Alvarez, MA, RCC, with the kind support of Lacan Salon and SFU Institute for the Humanities

8 sessions from January 12 to April 20, 2019. Open to all and free of charge

Fortnight Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SFU Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC Room TBA

This seminar will advance ways in which the unconscious appears in institutional practices by mapping the positions that speakers and their interlocutors occupy in language and the terms of exchange materialized in the social relation they sustain.

Following Lacan’s theory of discourse (1969-70) we will interrogate those intrapsychic/intersubjective conditions at work within an institution, hoping to develop a critical understanding of the underpinning dynamics of discursive modalities such as: master-oppressor, hysteric-protestor, university-scientist, analyst-revolutionary, and capitalist-reification.

Detailed program provided upon registration closer to the day of commencement.

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This Seminar will take place on unceeded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Art: Diego Rivera (1934) Man at the Crossroads