Calum Neill Visiting Germany

Dear readers, I am delighted to inform you that Calum Neill will join us for two events in Germany in the following weeks. Calum is an Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis & Cultural Theory at Napier University (Edinburgh, Scotland). He is the author of Jacques Lacan: The Basics (2023), Ethics and Psychology: Beyond Codes of Practice (2016), Without Ground: Lacan Ethics and the Assumption of Subjectivity (2014) and co-editor of the Palgrave Lacan Series and Reading Lacan’s Écrits Series.

Calum has agree to join me for an open workshop at the Ruhr-University Bochum on Lacan’s discourse theory. We will then head together to Berlin, where Calum will give a lecture at the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) on the subject of gender. Both events are hybrid: all you need to do is register for free.

Here are the details for the events:

1. Workshop:

Stuck in a Revolving Door: Understanding Lacan’s Four Discourses and their Limitations
Ruhr-University Bochum – Hans Kilian and Lotte Köhler Center (KKC)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. (CET)
Hybrid: Room ID03/401 & ZOOM

Between his 16th and 19th seminars, Lacan introduced and played with the notion of what has come to be known as the four discourses. This quasi-algebraic schema can be understood as a mechanism to describe the structures and functioning of social discourses and, as such, constitutes one of the more socially or even politically focused aspects of Lacan’s theory. This workshop will introduce the idea of the four discourses and explore the insights they afford and their potential for helping us understand or interrogate both social structures and discursive materials.

Free registration: via e-mail to Please indicate whether you would like to attend in person or online.

2. Lecture

‘Raw Sex?’: An Exploration of the Political Potential of Lacan’s Non-conclusive Binary
International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin

Thursday, 19 January, 2023, 6 p.m. (CET)
Hybrid: Lecture Hall 1 (Stromstraße 2) & Zoom

The Lecture will explore Lacan’s reformulation of two of Freud’s key myths- that of Oedipus and that of the primal horde- and will show how Lacan fruitfully offers us a radically new conception of gender. This new conception not only contests the naturalism of the male/female binary, but unearths a radical political potential in our rethinking of sexuation which requires an unshackling from any identity politics.

Register online.

It will be very nice to see you all in both events. If you have further questions, please contact me.

2 thoughts on “Calum Neill Visiting Germany”

  1. […] Turning to events, Prof. Dr. Calum Neill (Edinburgh Napier University) will join Dr. Leon S. Brenner (IPU Berlin) for two events in Germany this month, both of which are available online and in person and registration is free. First is an open workshop on Wednesday 18th January 4-8pm (CET) on Lacan’s four discourses – Stuck in a Revolving Door: Understanding Lacan’s Four Discourses and their Limitations. This will be followed on Thursday 19th January 6pm (CET) with a lecture by Calum Neill titled ‘Raw Sex?’: An Exploration of the Political Potential of Lacan’s Non-conclusive Binary. Full details of both talks and how to register are here. […]


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