The Impasse of Diagnosis

It is not uncommon today to meet a person in a psychoanalytic context who desires a diagnosis. And indeed, some people spend a lot of time and earn large sums of money by providing subjects with the signifiers of diagnoses. One can say that "Diagnosis" is a name of an industry and, wherever there is… Continue reading The Impasse of Diagnosis

Free Download of a Chapter from my Book on Autism

The entire first chapter of my book The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language is currently available for download from the publisher Palgrave. In this chapter I formulate a properly psychoanalytic reading of autism as a singular mode-of-being that is fundamentally linked to the subject's identity and basic practices of existence, thereby offering a… Continue reading Free Download of a Chapter from my Book on Autism

Library Talk: Racism and Psychoanalysis

This week I will moderate a discussion on the subject of psychoanalysis and race as part of the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) Berlin Library Talk. In the talk I will interview five fascinating psychoanalytic scholars whose papers were included in the new book Lacan and Race (2021). Among these scholars are the two editors of… Continue reading Library Talk: Racism and Psychoanalysis

laLAB’s Reading Seminar / The Mirror Stage

laLAB's new Lacan reading seminar is starting off next week in my direction. There are still a few places open for new participants. If you are interested please fill out this form. The group is limited in size and places are mostly reserved for people residing in Berlin but there are also a few international… Continue reading laLAB’s Reading Seminar / The Mirror Stage

“The Autistic Subject” on Sale for 24.99€

I'm glad to announce that my book on autism will be sold for just 24.99€ for a short period in hardcover version. If you are interested in purchasing a hardcover version at this price, you can do so by using the code BIGPAL21 at checkout on Palgrave.com. Academic books are expensive. The reason for this is that… Continue reading “The Autistic Subject” on Sale for 24.99€

Published: The Autistic Mirror in the Real

My latest paper on the mirror stage in autism has just been published in the Theory & Psychology Journal. The mirror stage is one of Lacan’s most well-received metapsychological models in the English-speaking world. In it's many versions, it comes to elucidate the different forms of identification that lead to the construction of the Freudian… Continue reading Published: The Autistic Mirror in the Real

Lacan Circle of Australia Special Event

I'm very excited to have a talk with Jonathan Redmond on the topic of autism this Sunday's 4th of July 10am Berlin time. This will be a talk arranged by the Lacan Circle of Australia. As you probably know, in my book I describes autism as a singular mode of being that is fundamentally linked… Continue reading Lacan Circle of Australia Special Event

Lacan’s Janusism and the Deaf Cricket

One of the most common polemics against Lacan's teaching concerns his style. And indeed, there are many things to say about Lacan's pedagogical approach. One thing is that its performativity makes reading the transcription of Lacan's seminars very difficult. When sitting in his seminar, a smile, a shout, a hand gesture, all could contextualize what… Continue reading Lacan’s Janusism and the Deaf Cricket

IPU Library Talk – Queer Theory and Psychoanalysis

This Thursday (8th April), Dr. Eve Watson and myself will have a discussion on the “queer” marriage between psychoanalysis and queer theory. As part of the IPU Library Talk, we will discuss her edited collection Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (Eds. Watson & Giffney). The discussion will take place on Zoom… Continue reading IPU Library Talk – Queer Theory and Psychoanalysis