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

Interview: Political Truth in the Age of Populism (Part I)

In the following link you can find the first part of an interview I have participated in, conducted by the talented Sokol Ferizi of Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin. The interview follows a lecture I gave on the subject of Truth in todays political climate entitled: Political Truth in the Age of Populism. In it we partake in a… Continue reading Interview: Political Truth in the Age of Populism (Part I)

Pain, Memory, and Commemoration

Only a week ago, in Berlin, Germany, the memory of those devastated by the gruesome and calculated extermination carried out by the Germany of National-Socialism has been commemorated. As in every international Holocaust remembrance day, I come to ponder the memory we are commemorating. For most of us have not witnessed, nor survived, nor fought against,… Continue reading Pain, Memory, and Commemoration

The Significance of the Phallus

What do we know of Oedipus? We know he was a tragic hero in Greek mythology. We know he unavoidably fulfilled a prophecy that brought him to kill his father and marry his mother, eventually bringing destruction to his city and family. We also know that Freud used the myth of Oedipus to convey some… Continue reading The Significance of the Phallus

The Lacanian Real

One of Lacan's most intriguing conceptualisations is that of the "Real". Distinct from the "symbolic" and "imaginary" registers, the Real has been accompanying Lacan's teaching from the  very beginning - gaining centre stage in the later years of his seminars. But what is the Real? First of all, let us acknowledge that it is not… Continue reading The Lacanian Real

October Lecture Series in Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin

Dear readers, I am happy to invite you to a lecture series I will be conducting at Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin, this October. The series revolves the conception of the subject in Freud's and Lacan's work. The lectures will take place every Tuesday, starting at 19:00, at Hobrechtstrasse 66, 12047 Berlin. You are all very much invited.… Continue reading October Lecture Series in Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin

Hypochondria

Do you also have an elderly uncle which, at family gatherings, keeps on telling you "I feel I'm withering away, you'll see, a couple more month and its cancer for me!". Or maybe its your grandfather, which keeps a blood pressure monitor next to his bed, checking his stats three times a day, never forgetting… Continue reading Hypochondria