UPDATE ON COVID-19

IN LINE WITH THE ADVICE OF LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES AND THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT, FACE TO FACE MEETINGS AND SEMINARS OF THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE COMMITTEE OF MANAGMENT EACH MONTH.  OUR MEMBERS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE USING VIDEO-CONFERENCING TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER MOST OF OUR PLANNED MEETINGS AND SEMINARS WHEREVER POSSIBLE.



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STUDY PROGRAMS 2020

PROGRAM OF CLINICAL AND THEORETICAL STUDIES

In 2020 we will begin a new intake of our four-year program of clinical and theoretical studies. The course aims at engaging participants in a systematic study of the foundational concepts of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. If you are interested in the course or wish to know more,
please contact the course co-ordinator;

Dr Serena Smith 0409 191 404 or
email: serena.smith@psychoanalysis.org.au

INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN PSYCHOANALYSIS


This one-year program of study is devoted to studying the origins of psychoanalysis as a theory and practice. This is accomplished by a close reading of Freud's well-known cases, with a Lacanian elaboration. If you are interested in the course or wish to know more, please contact the course co-ordinator; Dr Peter Ellingsen 0408 125076 or email: peterjellingsen@gmail.com.

Both courses are taught by analysts and scholars from the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis and held at the Treacy Centre in Parkville.



Theme for 2020:
The choice of sex and the unconscious


“It is from the Imaginary in so far as the Imaginary is the false second, with respect to the Real, in so far as the male in the speaking being is not the female, and that he has no other angle from which to posit himself. Only these are not angles with which we can be satisfied. It has got to the point that one can say that the unconscious is defined by this and by nothing else but this: that it knows more than this truth and that the man is not the woman.”

(Seminar XXI, Les non-dupes errent, 15th January 1974)



The choice of sex and the unconscious will be our theme for two years and this seems justified given the far-reaching relevance of such a theme in today’s world of endless choices and the associated challenges to the subject’s gender identification and sexual orientation. Lacan corrects Freud by telling us that there is no destiny, only a choice of how the subject finds an orientation in relation to the signifier of desire, the phallus. By definition sexuation implies this choice, but this choice is not an easy one. Freud knew that there was a beyond of anatomical conformity and that the drive, always masculine, was implicated. However, the concept of jouissance, the real of the unconscious, means that the choice is made in relation to how the subject enjoys. It has never been clearer than today that sexuation, (and the word implies choosing a sex), is always difficult for the subject and imaginary identifications are not enough. What is the sexed subject today if his or her sexuation is not determined by the identification of gender or the anatomical sex? And what of the psychotic subject? How does the psychotic find a solution to the problem of choice of sex if jouissance cannot be orientated by the phallus? What can he or she do when confronted by the need to make a choice? What is the future of the sexed subject, neurotic or psychotic?

Program of Studies

The Australian Centre of Psychoanalysis conducts a well established four-year program of theoretical and clinical studies in psychoanalysis. Our program is aimed at engaging participants in a systematic study of the key concepts and questions crucial for the ethics, theory and clinical practice of psychoanalysis.

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The Editorial Committee of Analysis welcomes submisisons from authors for the forthcoming edition with the theme "Psychoanalysis and Politics".  Articles received will be subject to an independent peer review process.  Please contact the Editor, Dr Nicol Thomas at EditorAnalysisACP@gmail.com
for more information.

Psychoanalytic Clinic

Tel 0408 225 993

The Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis offers a low cost psychoanalytic clinic for the public.  Treatment is conducted by members of the ACP.  For enquiries about the clinic and an initial telephone discusison about the ACP Clinic please call 0408 225 993.

Latest Events

ACP INTERNATIONAL LACAN SEMINAR (ONLINE)



SATURDAY 21 & SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER, 9am-12pm: Julieta De Battista.



SUNDAY 22 & SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER, 9am-12pm: Gabriel Lombardi.



Events to be hosted from Buenos Aires via Zoom, times in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).



Program and link to join now available.



For further enquiries:

Dr Leonardo S. Rodríguez

Delegate of the Forum of Melbourne

leonardosrodriguez@bigpond.com



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