ADIEU LACAN (on Zoom)
Film Screening and Q&A with the movie director on Zoom
Tuesday, November 16 7PM-9PM Pacific Time
Zoom link will be provided to participants closer to the date
“With realistic acumen and artistic expertise, ADIEU LACAN portrays the struggles of a young woman, Seriema, who is trying to understand why her path to motherhood has reached an unbearable impasse. Following two miscarriages and the possible loss of her marriage, Seriema travels to Paris in 1972 to undergo psychoanalytic treatment with the maverick French analyst, Jacques Lacan. Her analysis is an attempt to help her to disentangle the enigma of her question: why has motherhood become a seeming impossibility? Inspired by the story of Betty Milan, a Brazilian psychoanalyst and writer, it follows closely her own actual psychoanalysis with Lacan. Based on two books, Goodbye Doctor and Lacan’s Parrot, in which Milan recounts her analytic work, Adieu Lacan offers an insightful and accurate account of an actual psychoanalytic cure.” – Mavis Himes, Psychoanalyst and author of “The Power of Names.
For more information about the movie: https://www.adieulacan.com/
CALLS FOR PAPERS
LACK on the Lake
April 28 - April 30, 2022
At the University of Vermont, Burlington
Keynote: Mladen Dolar, University of Ljubljana
For more information: https://lackorg.com/2022-conference/
2021 Lacan's Ecrits Conference
September 10-11, 2021
Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Hosted by Lacan in Scotland
Deadline for proposals: March 31st, 2021
For details: TBA
Centre for Lacanian Analysis 2020 Conference: Can’t you see I’m burning?
November 27 – 28, 2020
Oedipus/Kingsley: A virtual read-through
December 19, 2020 11AM-1PM PST
For details and to register:
CfP IN ANALYSIS from Eve Watson
For details: https://en.inanalysis.org/prochains-debats
In social and political science, propaganda can be characterized as a psychological action using all means of information to propagate a doctrine, create a movement of opinion and provoke a decision (source: National Center for Textual and Lexical Resources). Propaganda seeks to convince rather than inform, campaigning to influence a person or an authority, disseminating a message to a targeted audience. It mainly relates to politics, power and counter-power dynamics. In 1967, Theodor Adorno in The New Right-wing Extremism characterized it as an extreme perfection of rational means serving irrational ends. Traditionally, propaganda differs from advertising campaigns and has no lucrative purpose.
How can we relate to this definition of Th. Adorno's propaganda more than fifty years later? Does this nuance between market value and political stakes still hold in our current society, where networks of influence are becoming more complex? As Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky (1988) make explicit in their model of propaganda, where the boundary between power dynamics and economic stakes merge, are we facing a propaganda that redefines its terms and techniques? Moreover, what would be the purposes of today's propaganda?
A "Cambridge Analytica » data scandal, for example, shook the referendum on Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election and influenced local politics in 68 countries (Cadwalladr, 2020). This private company used the "likes" of the users of the digital platform Facebook to draw up their psychological profile and resell this data to campaign managers. On this basis, using the company's services, the latter could offer targeted content on the users' news feed. These people were unknowingly influenced by these videos and dispatches that appeared side by side with the publications of their family and friends.
David Colon (2019) speaks of "total propaganda" in the age of social networks, algorithms, trolls. The war of (dis)information(s) through the intoxication of the adversary, fake news, hacking of presidential elections makes any scientific analysis of the observed facts obsolete. The most worrying manifest effects of this propaganda would be the modification of behaviors (Shoshana Zouboff, 2019) and the polarization of emotions generating likes (Giuliano da Empoli, 2019), as well as an explosion of populist movements imposing leaders like Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson, Orban, Salvini, etc.
Critical studies (of the media in particular, as the main propaganda agent) focus on the psychological effects of propaganda, a notion that has become taboo in academic circles, as Zollmann (2017) points out.
Sociology and cognitive psychology (Bronner, 2013; Lewandowsky et al., 2017) have begun to reflect on the confirmation biases intrinsic to this new propaganda within the era of social networks. Serge Tchakhotine (1952) used the terms of "crowd rape" and "psychological rape" to expose the conditioned Pavlovian reflexes carefully studied by propaganda institutes created by governments from the 1930s onwards and employing psychologists, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, etc. (Colon, 2019). Can today's "neuromarketing" be considered as an heir to this use of science to influence the masses? Can contemporary propaganda be thought of from the angle of psycho-power or neuro-power, with nudging infiltrating the communication techniques of leaders? This calls for a new analysis of the contemporary articulation between the individual, the collective and the meta-framework of power. In what way is the governmentality (Foucault, 1978) of our time influenced by a new approach to scientificity, turned towards risk prevention (Beck, 2007) and the management of behaviours (Curtis, 2016)? In what way, too, can this biopolitical society (Foucault, 1978) be turned into a culture, or even a cult, of ignorance (Girel, 2017)? The propaganda of our time, which this issue proposes to explore, involves thinking about conspiracy theories and other techniques currently in use. It is also fundamental to question the instances from which these alternative facts and distortions of information emanate, where the limits of true and false, fiction and reality seem to be fading away.
Theodor Adorno thought it was in the service of "end-of-the-world fantasies" (1067, p. 26). For him, it was above all a matter of mass psychology.
Propaganda as an environmental agent with major unconscious influences has not yet been the subject of psychoanalytical studies as such. Psychoanalysts, starting with Freud, have, however, informed the development of propaganda strategies. The latter, from his analyses of social facts, in the works Psychology of the Masses and Analysis of the Ego, Civilization and its discontent and Future of an Illusion, laid the groundwork for a psychology of the masses and a psychoanalysis of the renunciation of instinct inherent in all civilizational work. Several authors after him (Zaltzman, Janin, Kaes, Rouchy, Stenger, to name but a few) have led major reflections on the vicissitudes of the work of civilization according to periods and cultures.
Psychoanalysis has precious keys to think, together with the social and political sciences, about this evolving phenomenon, to identify its effects on the subject, but also on the reciprocal alterations of the individual and of the forms of organization of the collective that can be understood through the analysis of these systems of influence. With psychoanalysis, can we think of propaganda as a dream work or a political symptom of our globalized social group? In what then, do the contours of current propaganda inform us about the state of our political system and the major psychic organizers of our post-modern social group?
This issue proposes to think, always in the transdisciplinary dialogue that characterizes us, about the renewed forms of propaganda in our post-modern society. How can we characterize these new influencing techniques? Is it an evolution of old modes of influence or a technical revolution that is disrupting individual psychic economies? What are the effects, moreover, of this renewed propaganda in terms of the mutation of subjectivities and subjective positioning? How has the propaganda of hatred, fear, consumption (the other hydra of the contemporary world) influenced the subject of the environmental crisis, which is also a subject of economic warfare? And how could we approach, in the clinic, its unconscious effects combined with the effects of early experiences?
It is on the basis of these various, non-exhaustive questionings that we propose to open the reflection on this phenomenon of contemporary propaganda, for the purpose of analyzing the state of the Socius today as well as to draw the contours of a clinic of the individual and the post-modern social group.
CfP “Remapping desire: bringing back sex within geographies of sexualities”
Guest editors: Cesare Di Feliciantonio (Manchester Metropolitan University) & Valerie De Craene (Ghent University)
Rationale and description
Mapping Desire – a milestone text in the field of geographies of sexualities- was published 25 years ago. Since then, geographies of sexualities has grown as a relevant sub-discipline, gaining institutional recognition in terms of dedicated research groups within national geographical societies (e.g. AAG, RGS), large transnational conferences (e.g. the European Geographies of Sexualities Conference held biyearly), the publication of handbooks (e.g. Brown & Browne, 2016), research funding and career progression for the main names in the field. Despite the hegemony of Anglo-American scholarship in this field (Silva & Ornat, 2016), there has been a proliferation of studies in other contexts, such as Brazil and Latin America more generally (Silva & Vieira, 2014).
Within the growing field of geographies of sexualities, the main themes have been identity, citizenship and activism (e.g. Binnie & Valentine, 1999; Bonner-Thompson et al, 2020; G. Brown & Browne, 2016; M. Brown, 2012, 2014; Browne, Lim & Brown, 2007; Johnston, 2016, 2017). Despite some notable exceptions (Bain & Nash, 2006; Bonner-Thompson, 2017; G. Brown, 2008; Di Feliciantonio & Gadelha, 2017; Gurney, 2000; Langarita, 2019; Misgav & Johnston, 2014; Sanders-McDonagh, 2017), the engagement with the materiality of sexual practices has remained limited (Bell, 2007; Binnie, 1997, G. Brown, Browne & Lim, 2011), confirming a certain squeamishness around sex and sexuality within our society (Rubin, 1993), as well as within academia (Bell, 1995, 2007; Binnie, 1997; De Craene, 2017, 2020). Building on Binnie’s considerations (1997, 1998) about geographers pushing the boundaries of what constitutes ‘acceptable’ knowledge and scholarship against the increasing disembodiment of queer and feminist epistemologies, this special issue aims to engage with the materiality of bodies, senses, fluids and the relevance of ‘assemblages’ (Nash & Gorman-Murray, 2017; Race, 2018), atmospheres and the more-than-human in order to bring back sex within geographies of sexualities.
Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:
- the role of place in feeling, practicing and understanding sex;
- the sexualization of home as related to the current Covid-19 pandemic and, more generally, to the increasing use of hook-up apps;
- porn and the sexual construction of place, class and race;
- place, sexual practices and intersectionality;
- the sexual practices of older people and their relation to space and place;
- the tensions between physical spaces, digital spaces and sexual practices;
- the geographies of trans and non binary people’s sexual practices;
- the geographies of asexuality;
- geographies of sex beyond the metropolis;
- emerging geographies of sex in the Global South;
- the spatial configuration of heteronormative and homonormative sexual practices;
- the role of bodies, senses and fluids in sexual assemblages;
- the cultural meanings of sexual practices and their relation to space and place;
- cruising online and offline;
- the relation between mobilities and the geographies of particular sexual practices;
- the intersections of sexual practices and new biomedical technologies.
We aim to submit the special issue proposal (including accepted abstracts) to either Gender, Place & Culture or Social & Cultural Geography. However, should it be unsuccessful we would work with authors to find a suitable editorial destination.
Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 250 words to C.Di.Feliciantonio@mmu.ac.uk and firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th December 2020. Please include with your response details of authors’ institutional affiliation(s), contact details and brief bios.
Re-visitations of Greek Myth: The (O)ther Desires of Antigone and Medea
Talk by Alessandra Capperdoni
January 24, 2020 at 2.30pm
For details visit: https://www.sfu.ca/sfu-community/events.html#!view/event/event_id/9053
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
For details visit: http://www.sfu.ca/sca/events---news/events/islam-and---with-psychoanalysis--a-provocative-encounter.html
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 (substantialmotion.org).
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
For more information: https://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/public-events/2020/fanon-palestine.html
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
Friday, November 29, 2019 8.30am-8pm
World Art Centre at SFU Woodwards
149 West Hastings, Vancouver BC
Keynote: Shierry Weber Nicholsen
6.30pm-8pm Keynote (chair Hilda Fernandez)
For details, visit: http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/conferences/adorno-symp.html
Annual Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy 2019
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
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
Friday to Sunday, 14 – 16 June 2019
Keynote Speaker: Russell Grigg
For updates on the conference and further information, visit apwonline.org.
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 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: http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/public-events/2019/posthuman.html
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
For more info: http://www.sfu.ca/humanities.html
Then and Now: 1968 - 2018
November 2 and 3 2018
10am to 6pm
WITNESSING THE CRIMES OF OUR GRANDPARENTS: REMEMBERING AND RESPONSIBILITY AFTER THE HOLOCAUST
ROGER FRIE, HILDA FERNANDEZ, GRAHAM FORST, ENDRE KORITAR, & ANNIE ROSS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 7:00PM–9:00PM, ALMA VANDUSEN & PETER KAYE ROOM, VPL CENTRAL BRANCH, 350 W GEORGIA ST.
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
For more information, visit: visrfreeschool.wordpress.com
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
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
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
July 14th to 16th, 2017
The Women's Art Association of Canada
For more information: http://apwonline.org/apw-2017.pdf
Conference “Spectacle of Fascism”
April 7 – April 9, 2017
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)
Globe and Mail: http://at.sfu.ca/ibNnii
News 1130 (pre-event): http://at.sfu.ca/mIbqaP
Metro News Canada (pre-event): http://at.sfu.ca/GloApE