Previous Events

Re-visitations of Greek Myth: The (O)ther Desires of Antigone and Medea
Talk by Alessandra Capperdoni
Free event
January 24, 2020 at 2.30pm
Room AQ6229

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Join us Friday, January 24th in room AQ6229, to hear Alessandra Capperdoni, Limited-term Lecturer in SFU’s Department of Humanities, for the first instalment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies Spring 2020 Seminar Series. She will be presenting a seminar entitled “Re-visitations of Greek Myth: The (O)ther Desires of Antigone and Medea.”

This event is free and open to everyone. Join us after the event for refreshments at Club Ilia, courtesy of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies. 

Islam and / with Psychoanalysis: A Provocative Encounter
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 7:00PM | FREE.
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
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In recent years the contours of a hitherto unexpected theoretical interface has emerged: Islam and/with psychoanalysis. Why bring this seemingly odd couple together? What kinds of theoretical insights could be gained in this crossing of wires? This roundtable panel discussions hopes to stage a provocative yet mutually productive encounter between facets of Islam and psychoanalytic theory, whereby both can mutually illuminate and enrich each other — in a short-circuiting way.
Participants include: Dr. Laura U. Marks (SFU), Dr. Dina al-Kasim (UBC), Dr. Clint Burnham (SFU), and Dr. Farshid Kazemi (SFU). .
There will be a short Q&A after the roundtable and refreshments will be offered.

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, and the Substantial Motion Research Network (

Decolonizing Psychoanalysis: Fanon in Palestine
January 28th 6pm-8pm
SFU Harbour Centre Room 7000

Stephen Sheehi, "The Settler's Town is a Strongly Built Town: Fanon in Palestine" and Lara Sheehi, “Toward a Decolonial Clinical Praxis: A Case Example from Palestine"
Respondents: Samir Gandesha and Rawia Inaim

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Talk: Clint Burnham on Evan Lee's Fugazi
Saturday, November 23, 2019  at 2PM
Teck Gallery, Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Speaking in response to Evan Lee's Fugazi, an installation in the Teck Gallery that queries how value is socially constructed, Clint Burnham will approach the idea of "fugazi" – a signifier of what is fake – in terms of looking, capitalism and our relationship to the land we occupy. Reading Lee's work through his book Fredric Jameson and The Wolf of Wall Street (Bloomsbury, 2016), Burnham will consider how the term fugazi functions in the 2013 Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street and its connection to Marxist theories of immaterial labour.

Clint Burnham is a Vancouver based writer. He is the author of book-length studies of Steve McCaffery and Fredric Jameson. He is also the author of numerous books of poetry and fiction, and has written widely on art. He teaches at Simon Fraser University on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Kwikwetlem Nations.

Theodor W. Adorno: Fifty Years after his Death
Free event
Friday, November 29, 2019 8.30am-8pm 
World Art Centre at SFU Woodwards 
149 West Hastings, Vancouver BC

Keynote: Shierry Weber Nicholsen
5.30pm-6.30pm Reception
6.30pm-8pm Keynote (chair Hilda Fernandez)

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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 (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.


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

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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.


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

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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)