ECF- The Campus of l'École de la Cause Freudienne, Open Teachings 2023-2024: "Psychoanalytic Knowledge in the Open".
This year, 2023-2024, the teachings are grouped together in a large ensemble: the Campus of the Freudian Cause. The Campus welcomes all those interested, regardless of age, status, level of study, or taste for knowledge. Every evening, every week, all year round: a teaching by practitioners, and members of the School, who work on a psychoanalytic concept with the aim of making known the vitality of Lacanian psychoanalysis, both in clinical practice and in the way psychoanalysts participate in current debates. These teachings also illuminate social debates, exploring themes such as discourses, femininity, semblants, identity, crime, the real, and the voice. The Campus offers two introductory teachings on the scopic experience and the unconscious from Freud to Lacan. Open to all, the Campus offers flexible modalities, allowing active participation and attendance in person in Paris free of charge, or online: by subscribing to follow a teaching by videoconference throughout the year, from anywhere in the world. The full programme of these teachings can be found on the ECF website ( Radio Lacan is pleased to broadcast a lesson on each topic, with the agreement of each teacher.
Episode 1
Course The Discourse of the Analyst
By Damien Guyonnet
Established by: Patrick Almeida
Damien Guyonnet explores psychoanalytic concepts related to the discourse of the analyst within the framework of the ECF Campus. Lacan, through his Seminar XVII, develops this concept with his own mathematics, especially in "Radiophonie". The emphasis is on the discourse of the analyst (DA) and the type of social bond it establishes, in contrast to the discourse of the master (DM). During this course, he details the quadripartite construction of discourse, its constitutive elements ($, S1, S2, object a), and then explores its logic. This original approach allows us to understand the analytic experience, as well as the key concepts of psychoanalysis such as transference, identification, fantasy, unconscious, and interpretation. In addition, it addresses the delicate question of the end of analysis and mentions the register of the real, although it is not explicitly formalised at that point in Lacan's teaching.
103:03 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 25.09.2023
Episode 2
Course The Round of Discourses
By Philippe de Georges
Established by: Patrick Almeida
Philippe De Georges develops Lacan's ideas on "discourses" as a form of social bond. Lacan, after 1968, lists four modalities and four agents involving the subject, the signifying chain and jouissance. He questions the relevance of these discourses today, especially capitalist discourse, in the context of topological paradigms. Is amorous discourse still possible?
The discussion covers contemporary discourse issues such as feminism, gender theory, the trans movement, performative discourses, Wokism and anti-wokism, declinist, conspiratorial, and even apocalyptic discourses. A journey through discourse theories to understand their current place and impact.
92:03 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 27.09.2023
Episode 3
Course The School, the Woman, the Jew
By Sarah Abitbol
Established by: Patrick Almeida
Sarah Abitbol explores psychoanalysis through the prism of anti-Semitism. Drawing on Freud's work, especially "Moses and Monotheism", which analyses the causes of anti-Semitism, she follows Lacan's interpretation of this text. This study demonstrates the nature of psychoanalysis through the concepts addressed by Freud. By delving into the logic of anti-Semitism, he then illuminates the question of femininity and the nature of a School of psychoanalysis. Referring to Lacan's 'Proposition of the 9th of October 1967 on the psychoanalyst of the School', which establishes a link between the woman and the Jew, he explores Lacan's response to segregation, advocating the unlimited 'not-all', feminine principle, inspired by the existence of Jews, who are outside the universal. This study, in the light of the present day, examines the reconciliation between the principle of the Jewish 'community' and the logic of the 'not-all'.
72:13 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 02.10.2023
Episode 4
Course "Crime in the Shadow of the Real".
By Francesca Biagi-Chai
Established by: Patrick Almeida
In this course, Francesca Biagi-Chai explores the most surprising and seemingly motiveless crimes, highlighting the difficulty profilers and experts have in understanding the relationship between the criminal's personality and the act committed. Lacan stressed the importance of not dehumanising the criminal and at the same time questioning the real of the jouissance that underlies the crime. F. Biagi-Chai approaches this problem on the basis of Lacan's last teaching, which associates signifier, image and object a.
Finally, the delicate question of responsibility is examined, in connection with the fluctuations of subjectivity and the importance of the discourse in which the subject was trapped.
128:16 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 05.10.2023
Episode 5
Course "The Qualities of the Voice"
By Katty Langelez-Stevens
Established by: Patrick Almeida
This course by Katy Langelez-Stevens explores the different facets of the voice through the teaching of Jacques Lacan and the interpretations of Jacques-Alain Miller. It begins with a study of the hallucination of the voice and its impact on the subject, based on Lacan's Seminar III. The course then analyses the notion of the voice object, as theorised in Lacan's Seminar XI, emphasising its character as both strange and intimate. It also addresses the voice in the context of lalangue and enunciation, and its role as a vector of jouissance. It examines the clinic of autism, in particular how the voice can affect the
function of speaking and being heard. It concludes by celebrating the role of the voice in art, particularly through its musical expression.
116:01 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 10.10.2023
Episode 6
Course "When the Freudian Unconscious Becomes Lacanian".
By Guy Trobas
Established by: Patrick Almeida
This course by Guy Trobas analyses the evolution of the unconscious from Freud to Lacan. It examines how new signifiers wear out, particularly when they are repeated in a group or integrated into common discourse. The course explores the concept of "trauma" according to Freud and how, towards the end of his life, Lacan emphasised the deadening of his own signifiers, a concern already expressed thirty years earlier with regard to Freud's subversive signifiers. Guy Trobas focuses on Lacan's response to this problem, in particular in his "Return to Freud". The course focuses on the Lacanian signifier of "the unconscious structured as a language", demonstrating how Lacan conceptualised this idea already present in Freud in the form of "Formations of the Unconscious". Finally, it follows Freud's steps to free himself from associationism and its ideological impact in the 19th century, thus contributing to refining Lacan's concept.
103:55 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 13.10.2023
Episode 7
Course "Amphibologies of the Real".
By Dominique Corpelet
Established by: Patrick Almeida
This course by Dominique Corpelet focuses on the concept of the real in the analytic experience, a key notion in Jacques Lacan's teaching since 1953. The real is presented as a fundamental category alongside the symbolic and the imaginary, marking an important invention of Lacan's in response to Freud's discovery of the unconscious. The course explores the complex and multifaceted definition of the real in psychoanalysis, a concept often difficult to express and understand. Lacan approached the real using various disciplines such as linguistics, logic, and topology. Jacques-Alain Miller highlighted the amphibologies, or multiple interpretations, of the real in Lacan's work. The course examines the evolution from the primacy of the symbolic to the pre-eminence of the real in Lacan's later teachings, as well as the changes in the relationship between the real, the symbolic, and the imaginary. D. Corpelet explores the various aspects of the real, including its relation to the symbolic and the various reformulations of this notion over time.
85:09 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 07.11.2023
Episode 8
Course "Uses of the semblant and the clinic of the non-dupe".
By Carolina Koretzky
Established by: Patrick Almeida
In this course, Carolina Koretzky explores the concept of semblant in Lacan's teaching, highlighting how it differs from the notion of fiction and how it relates to truth. The course illuminates the clinical importance of the semblant, not as falsehood or illusion, but as a fundamental element heterogeneous to the real, crucial in the practice of free association in psychoanalysis. It also addresses the necessity of duperie (deception), essential to understand the space of the speaking being and the dimension of the unconscious.
Course from 11/12/2023
86:13 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 11.12.2023
Episode 9
Course "Scopic Experiences"
By Angèle Terrier
Established by: Patrick Almeida
In this course, Angèle Terrier examines the theme of the visual field in Lacan's teaching, focusing on the imaginary from the mirror stage. The Freudian theory of narcissism and the image of one’s own body will be explored, following Jacques-Alain Miller's indications on Lacan. Clinical cases will also be integrated to illuminate these concepts, while Lacan's interest in optics and its illusions will be studied, highlighting the dimension of the real in these montages.
Course from 30/11/2023
101:13 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 30.11.2023
Episode 10
Course "Identity, identification, nomination".
By Virginie Leblanc-Roïc
Established by: Patrick Almeida
In this course led by Virginie Leblanc-Roïc, new identities and denominations such as "polyamory", "pansexual", "asexual", among others, are explored from the perspective of Lacanian psychoanalysis. The course analyses the function of these identities in modern society, characterised by depathologisation and the individual claim to define oneself beyond biological or signifying marks. It also discusses performativity and nomination through clinical and literary examples, seeking to understand the relationship of the actual word with these identity nominations, as opposed to what happens at the end of an analytical journey, where a symptomatic identity emerges according to Jacques-Alain Miller.
Course from 29/11/2023
100:35 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 29.11.2023
Episode 11
“The Sense of the Real" course
By Catherine Lacaze-Paule
Established by: Patrick Almeida
In this course, Catherine Lacaze-Paule explores various aspects of the real in psychoanalysis according to Jacques Lacan. Starting from Lacan's oxymoron "cold fire", the course examines how the real manifests itself in various clinical phenomena such as trauma, dream, fantasy, hallucination and symptoms. It addresses the notion of the real as something indefinable, lawless, and meaningless, focusing on the search for this "true real" in analytic practice.
Course from 11/10/2023
98:21 minutes | Audio in French | Recorded 11.10.2023
Pierre Naveau