Previous Events

Lacan and the Posthuman
February 7, 2019
Room 7000 SFU Harbour Centre
Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and School of Communication

Event is free:

Antonio Gramsci: A Legacy for the Future?
October 19 to 21 2018
SFU Harbour Centre and Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU (149 W Hastings St.)
Organized by: Alessandra Capperdoni, Ian Angus, Samir Gandesha

Then and Now: 1968 - 2018
November 2 and 3 2018
10am to 6pm
SFU Vancouver


Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, the Lacan Salon, and the Western Branch Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (WBCPS)

What if you discovered that a cherished family member had been a Nazi? How have German families sought to keep the Holocaust at bay? How do we respond to collective crimes in the past or racial injustices in the present? What lurks in the silences that are passed down between generations and what do we teach our children about the importance of remembering? In his award-winning book, Not in my Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust, Roger Frie explores the moral implications of memory in this time of overt prejudice and racism. His intensely personal confrontation with the unspoken Nazi past in his own German family sheds light on nature of trauma and its lasting effects on individuals, families and societies.

Following Roger Frie’s presentation, a panel of discussants will use his book to reflect on the nature of intergenerational trauma and its transmission; the responsibility to address collective crimes across time and place; and the experience of indigenous peoples. There will be time for audience participation. 

Roger Frie is Professor of Education at SFU and Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at UBC. He is author most recently of Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust, which won the 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award and editor of History Flows Through Us: Germany, the Holocaust and the Importance of Empathy. He is a psychologist and philosopher who writes and lectures widely on historical trauma, culture and memory, and social responsibility.

Hilda Fernandez is a practicing psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. She is clinical director of the Lacan Salon, an academic associate with the SFU Institute for the Humanities, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at SFU.
Graham Forst has an interdisciplinary PhD in literature and philosophy. He has published several articles on literary criticism and writes reviews for Canadian Literature, one of UBC's journals. In 1975, he founded the Vancouver Holocaust Symposium for High School Students, which he chairs to this day.
Endre Koritar is a training and supervising analyst of the Western Psychoanalytic Society Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UBC. He is interested in how relational, emotional and environmental trauma shapes personality development and psychopathology.
annie ross is an Indigenous (Maya) teacher and artist working along and with community in Canada. She teaches Environmental Ethics in First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Vancouver Institute for Social Research (VISR)
Spring 2018 Semester - The Body, Movement, Technology, Apparatus
7 weeks on Monday nights at 7pm at the Or Gallery (February 19 - April 2)

March 19 talk by Hilda Fernandez – Will a Cyborg Steal My Jouissance? Unconscious Labour and the Enjoying Body of the Virtual
7pm at the Or Gallery 555 Hamilton St, Vancouver

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Seminar on the Unconscious in Freud and Lacan
by Dan Collins
Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 5pm - 7pm
SFU Harbour Centre room 2050
Dinner to follow

Clinical Supervision with Dan Collins
Rare opportunity to get high quality supervision with an experienced practitioner 
of Lacanian psychoanalysis in a small group of clinicians
Friday, November 24th, 5pm to 8pm
231-1118 Homer St, Vancouver BC
Registration: $30
To register, contact Hilda Fernandez 

organized by SFU Department of Humanities
Friday and Saturday December 1st and 2nd
SFU Harbour Centre (for information on times and room numbers, please click on the title of the conference)
Featuring Lacan Salon panel: Clint Burnham, Paul Kingsbury and Hilda Fernandez
Speakers include: Andrew Feenberg, Jerry Zaslove, Sneja Gunew, and Samir Gandesha

Affective geopolitics: Entangled encounters with Syrian refugees in Turkey
Session 4 of the Psychoanalytic Lecture Series
Cosponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and Lacan Salon
Anna Secor (Department of Geography, University of Kentucky)
Friday, October 27, 6pm 
SFU Harbour Centre Room 7000

The People's Co-op Bookstore's Third Friday Series
Poetry reading with Clint Burnham, Lary Bremner and Catriona Strang
Friday September 15th at 8pm
1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Spectre of Fascism Lecture Series
"So, do you want a master" by Hilda Fernandez
Thursday September 21st at 7pm
UNIT/PITT Projects, 236 E Pender St, Vancouver

The Capilano Review Issue 3.32 Launch
'Polymorphous Translation' 
Co-edited by Ted Byrne and Catriona Strang
Friday September 22nd 7pm-10pm
281 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver

A Flea the Size of Paris: The Fatras
Poetry reading with Ted Byrne and Donato Mancini
Tuesday October 3rd at 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 
149 W. Hastings St.

Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW)
15th Annual Conference
"On Fantasy"
July 14th to 16th, 2017
The Women's Art Association of Canada
Toronto, ON 

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Conference “Spectacle of Fascism”
April 7 – April 9, 2017
SFU Woodward’s
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W Hastings St. Vancouver BC

LaConference 2015: A Century on the Drive

Lacan Salon and SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement present: Superheroes On The Couch (March 06, 2014)
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LaConference 2013: Keynote Speaker Paul Verhaeghe (June 2013)

A Lecture and Two Seminars: Featuring Dr. Benjamin Mayer-Foulkes (Dec 2012)

LaConference 2011: Keynote Speaker Dany Nobus (March 2011)