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Sep 23

Lacan Extension Program Fall 2015

September 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2015

Lacan on Language, the Symbolic, and Subjectivity: A TICP Extension Program Fall 2015

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Lacan on Language, the Symbolic, and Subjectivity 

A 6-part series on Wednesday evenings in Fall 2015 

DATES: September 23, 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 2015

TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: University of Toronto, room TBA

FEE: $150 ($75 students)



Our course will be devoted to six specific topics that are central within the psychoanalytic theory and practice of Jacques Lacan. The course will be team-taught, with all instructors present at each class. No previous experience with the work of Lacan is necessary for those who register for the course. Clinical material will be presented in each class.

The six key topics are:

1. Language. In the first development of our course, the focus will be on the role of linguistic theory in Lacan’s work. We will provide answers to questions like: what new developments in psychoanalysis did Ferdinand de Saussure allow Lacan to make?

2. Symbolism and the Symbolic. In his early teachings and throughout his career, Lacan developed his theoretical framework of the three registers—the symbolic, the imaginary, and the real. We will pay particular attention to Lacan’s notion of the symbolic, and more particularly, the relationship between the symbolic and language.

3. The Name of the Father. We will focus on Lacan’s understanding of pre-oedipal issues and how they take on their meaning retroactively. We will relate Lacan’s work to Kleinian theory.

4. Subjectivity. We will introduce Lacan’s work on the subject and desire, with an emphasis on his subversion of the notion of subjectivity adhered to by certain contemporary philosophers and analysts.

5. Transference. Lacan’s radical revision of conventional understandings of transference is the topic that will be addressed in our fifth class.

6. Clinic: In our last class we will present several clinical cases.


At the end of the course, participants will have achieved an understanding of five key topics in the field of Lacanian theory. Participants will also be able to relate Lacanian theory to clinical practice.

PRESENTERS (all instructors are members of Lacan Toronto)

Clive Thomson (course coordinator)
Clive Thomson, PhD, psychoanalyst in private practice. He is a professor and past Director, School of Languages & Literatures, University of Guelph. He is a graduate of the TICP and co-founder of Lacan Toronto, and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Ines Anderson
Ines Anderson, MSW, is a member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAPOL) and La Nueva Escuela Lacaniana (NEL) since 2000. She has a private psychoanalytic practice in downtown Toronto.

Dan Collins
Dan Collins, PhD, MSW, is a founding member of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, an organization that promotes clinical Lacanian psychoanalysis through its conferences and events. He teaches in Buffalo, NY, and is a psychoanalyst in private practice. Dan is also a member of APPI.

Archontoula Giannopoulou
Archontoula Giannopoulou, PhD in Philosophy from EHESS (Paris), has published articles and reviews in French, Greek, and English. Her interest in psychoanalysis focuses on the Lacanian theory of subjectivity and its practical implications.

Carlos Rivas
Carlos Rivas, studied psychology, philosophy and social sciences in Venezuela. He trained in Gestalt Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Focusing, and EMDR, and in 2005 was the recipient of the Venezuelan National Award for Research in Psychotherapy. He has a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and uses this and other modalities as team leader and counsellor for Seniors at Family Service Toronto.

Randall Terada
Randall Terada, PhD, attends Extension Programs of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and has worked for many years in the social service sector. Specifically, his work with youth on the autistic spectrum spurred his interest in the work of Jacques Lacan. He is a teacher/professor who has published on Judith Butler and objet (a), on the ethics of the real, and on the transition from the subject of desire to the subject of drive in the work of Lacanian film theorist Todd McGowan.

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September 23, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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