Upcoming Events

Annual Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy 2019
Interpreting Nietzsche
Thursdays, May 9 to August 1
6.30pm – 9:15pm
Douglas College New Westminster campus

In addition to selected readings from Nietzsche's central texts, the course will focus on essays from Ashley Woodward's 2011 anthology, Interpreting Nietzsche, after which the course this semester is named. Woodward's book contains essays about the interpretation of Nietzsche's thought proffered by eminent philosophers such as Deleuze, Kofman, Bataille, Nehemas, Irigaray, Vattimo and Derrida.

Visiting speaker: Robert B. Pippin
Thursday, June 20th at 6.30pm in Lecture Theatre N2201 
Public lecture: everyone is welcome

For complete course description and to register, visit douglascollege.ca/philosophyinstitute (registration begins March 2)

Summer Institute 2019 is co-sponsored by the University of British Columbia.


Reading Group: What Is Structuralism?
Meeting 1: Piaget- "Structuralism"

Saturday May 4th

Or Gallery
555 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

What Is Structuralism? is a monthly reading group into the history and philosophy of structuralism, from foundations to contemporary developments.

For our first meeting we are reading the Introduction and Conclusion to Jean Piaget's 1968 book "Structuralism". In this text, Piaget introduces structuralism as a unifying framework for psychology, mathematics, psychoanalysis, linguistics, physics, biology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy, relating the varying programs of Saussure, Lacan, Levi-Strauss, Bourbaki, Foucault and others to the central ideas of wholeness, transformation and self regulation.

Contact Alex at universalmathesis@gmail.com or visit structuralism.ca for further details. A pdf of the text is available at https://structuralismvanhome.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/piaget-structuralism.pdf - please read Chapter 1: Introduction and Location of Problems (pg. 3-16) and Conclusion (pg. 136-143) for our first session.


Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups Twentieth-Anniversary Conference 
On the Drive
Dublin, Ireland
Friday to Sunday, 14 – 16 June 2019
Keynote Speaker: Russell Grigg

For updates on the conference and further information, visit apwonline.org.

Over one hundred years of psychoanalytic drive theory has left us where? What can we say about the drive today? This fundamental concept still requires elucidation, and at the twentieth-anniversary conference of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Freudian-Lacanian clinicians from around the world will take up again the question of the drive.

Until 1915, Freud relied on the libido theory and the “obvious” distinction between love and hunger to ground his theory of human motivation and his distinction between erotic drives and self-preservation drives. It is only after he frankly acknowledged problems with his libido theory in “On Narcissism” in 1914 that Freud attempted a fully developed theory of the drive in “Drives and Their Vicissitudes” (1915). This theory was then superseded only five years later by the publication of Beyond the Pleasure Principle and the introduction of a new binary of the drives: Eros and Thanatos.

Lacan likewise ignored the drive in his early career—or rather he failed to distinguish carefully between drive and desire. Then in 1964, he announced the drive—not desire!—as one of The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. But as soon as his thorough re-reading of Freud’s drive theory was completed, Lacan seemed to drop the concept in favor of jouissance.

The drive has been called a frontier between body and mind, a myth, a foundational concept, and a capstone theory. Over the course of psychoanalytic history, it has appeared and disappeared, at times crucial and necessary, at times taken for granted. It has been reduced to mere instinct and—on the second level of Lacan’s big graph—elevated to the level of the treasury of the signifier. Rarely discussed in practice, it is the foundation of clinical experience. Our twentieth-anniversary conference is an opportunity to consider once again the elusive notion of the drive.

APW invites paper submissions that consider any aspect of the drive from a clinical or theoretical point of view. Please send proposals of approximately 500 words to dcollins716@verizon.net by 15 March 2019.

Lacan’s Écrits Conference 2019
11 – 13 October 2019
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Organized by the Duquesne Psychology Department

Without doubt the foundational text of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Jacques Lacan’s Écrits, remains fifty
years after its 1966 publication, an invaluable resource for how we might understand and practice
psychoanalysis. As labyrinthine as it is enigmatic, Écrits is at once Lacan’s manifesto for what a Freudian
psychoanalysis should be, and the condensed companion-piece to the first fifteen years of his weekly Seminar.
The publication, in 2006, of Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (translated by Bruce Fink),
made Lacanian theory more accessible to the English-speaking world. And yet Lacan’s Écrits remains
inexhaustible, an array of elliptical texts that invite multiple interpretations and interventions. The 2019
Lacan’s Écrits Conference will extend this tradition of exposition and engagement by hosting many of the
world’s foremost experts on Lacan, and by exploring multiple perspectives on, and applications of,
Lacan’s Écrits.

Call for Papers
At the conference, papers with a maximum length of 2000 words, fifteen to twenty minutes reading time, will be presented and discussed. We invite papers focusing on:
• Specific conceptual topics and texts from the Écrits
• The clinical use of ideas from the Écrits
• Themes from the Écrits in relation to philosophy, history, arts, literature, gender studies, psychology,
politics, psychosocial studies, etc.

Paper proposals in MS Word format should be between 450 and 500 words. Your proposal should make
clear the basic points you will discuss, as well as provide an overview of your argument. The first page of your
submission should include your name, the submission title, institutional affiliation, phone and email. The
second page of the submission should include your title and the 450-500 word proposal.
Panel proposals in MS Word format should contain all individual paper proposals in addition to an
overall description of aims and thematic concerns of the panel. Proposals should also mention the panel chair
(name, institutional affiliation, phone, and email). Panels should be made up of three or four papers and should
take no longer than 80 minutes total to present.

Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted by April 1st, 2019, and will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be announced by May 1st, 2019.

Suggested paper topics:
• The specific text(s) of Écrits should be foundational to the presentation.
• Écrits should be taken up as “living” text, with the aim of extending its reach. Attempts at
authoritative interpretation should be avoided.
• Presentations that speak to "real-world" issues will be given special consideration. Concrete cultural,
clinical, social, political, professional, and organizational problems and trends should be illuminated
and brought into dialogue with theory. Papers that are more conceptual in nature, however, are still
• The author should strive to speak in her own style, not Lacan’s, and should prioritize clarity and a
spirit of engagement with the audience.

Please send your proposals to: LacanConference2019@hotmail.com. Please place “Paper Proposal Lacan Ecrits Conference” or “Panel Proposal Lacan Ecrits Conference” in the subject line.

Book Launches at the Conference
The second installment of the three volume Routledge commentary series Reading Lacan’s Écrits will
be launched at the conference. This book, Reading Lacan’s Écrits: From to ‘On a Purpose’ to ‘Comments on
Daniel Lagache’ (edited by Derek Hook, Calum Neill and Stijn Vanheule), will be available at a reduced rate to
conference participants. Bruce Fink’s new translation of Lacan’s Seminar 6: Desire and Its Interpretation, published by Polity,
will also be available at the conference.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Patricia Gherovici, Todd McGowan, Calum Neill, Jean-Michel Rabate, Stephanie Swales, and Stijn Vanheule.

Recommended Hotel
The recommended conference hotel is the Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh (412-381-6687). When booking
please note that you will be attending a Duquesne University Conference (the “Lacan Conference”) so as to
qualify for a discounted rate. Room availability is limited, so please book as soon as possible at their website.
For other hotels, see: https://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/undergraduate/visit-campus/hotels
For updates and further information, visit the conference website.

Organizing Committee
Yael Baldwin, Dan Collins, Bruce Fink, Derek Hook, Mike Miller, Calum Neill, Stephanie Swales, and Stijn Vanheule.