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
Pierre Naveau