The Joker (explained?)

If you haven’t seen Todd Phillips’ The Joker (2019) you’ve probably heard something about it. Here’s a very brief synopsis (semi-spoiler alert): The film recounts the life of Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a comedian living in Gotham City, on the pathway to becoming the ultimate Batman villain—the Joker. Arthur is portrayed as a… Continue reading The Joker (explained?)

Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) Website is Online

Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) is a Berlin based collective composed of a plurality of individuals from different backgrounds and cultural origins who share an affinity for the teaching of Jacques Lacan. The collective was formed in 2018 and its many ventures include: academic seminars, workshops, artistic projects, community events, publications of sorts and more. laLAB's new… Continue reading Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) Website is Online

New Semester at the Lacan Guided Reading Group: The Direction of Psychoanalytic Treatment

I am happy to announce our new reading seminar starting next week, Tuesday (20.8), 19h, at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin. This time we read one of Lacan's notable papers printed in Écrits: “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of Its Power.” Here is a short description of the seminar that you can find on… Continue reading New Semester at the Lacan Guided Reading Group: The Direction of Psychoanalytic Treatment

Open Day: Lacanian Psychoanalysis on the Street

by Aghi Have you always wanted to know more about Jacques Lacan and psychoanalysis but haven’t found the right company? We are a group of individuals coming from diverse scientific, artistic, and cultural backgrounds sharing an affinity for the work of Jacques Lacan. Our work together in the last year has inspired us to expand… Continue reading Open Day: Lacanian Psychoanalysis on the Street

New Spring Semester for the Lacan Guided Reading Group

It is time for a new semester at the Lacan Guided Reading Group. Our spring semester will begin on the 5th of March (19:15) and, as was festively announced last week, will involve the reading of two chapters in Lacan's Seminar XX: On Feminine Sexuality, the Limits of Love and Knowledge (Encore)  (1972-1973). (Collage: Jorge Chamorro) “The great question that has never been answered and which… Continue reading New Spring Semester for the Lacan Guided Reading Group

Christmas Break for the Lacan Guided Reading Group in Berlin

The Lacan guided reading group will take a two week vacation in light of the holidays. We will see each other again on the 8th of January, as usual, at 19h - Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin. This January we will start working on our last topic for the current reading round - the love triangle between… Continue reading Christmas Break for the Lacan Guided Reading Group in Berlin

Lacan and his Animals

While Lacan's demeanor, and the general atmosphere in his seminars at the Sainte-Anne hospital, can be said to characterize a zoo, it is Lacan's explicit reference to animals that will be our main interest today. Being a loving dog owner himself (naming his beloved dog Justine after the eponymous sex slave of the Marquis de… Continue reading Lacan and his Animals

Lacan Guided Reading Group \ Berlin

Dear readers, I am happy to invite you to our new reading session starting Tuesday (29/05), 19:00, at our round table at Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin (66, Hobrechtstraße, 12047 Berlin). This time we are going to tackle a chapter from Lacan's 11th seminar. This is exciting because the topic of "alienation and separation" is central in… Continue reading Lacan Guided Reading Group \ Berlin

Autistic Sameness: Lacan with Amanda Baggs

Leo Kanner, an American psychologist, was one of the first practitioners to differentiate what we know today as "autism" from the field of childhood psychosis. Assessing a variety of characteristics in the behaviour of his autistic patients, he went on to identify two main behavioural categories - aloneness, and sameness. Aloneness is characterised by Kanner as… Continue reading Autistic Sameness: Lacan with Amanda Baggs