Alienation and separation

Lacan Guided Reading Group: Alienation and Separation

Alienation and separation

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Stillpoint Spaces Berlin
Hobrechtstrasse 66
Berlin, 12047

Jacques Lacan was a French psychoanalyst who has been regarded to as the most controversial psychoanalyst since Freud. Teaching in Paris in the 20th century, his ideas had a significant impact on post-structuralism, critical theory, linguistics, French philosophy, film theory, and clinical psychoanalysis up until this day.

In 1964, Lacan introduces the concepts of alienation and separation, indicating a break with his previous mapping of the unconscious. Introduced in his seminar as logical operators, they provide a deeper understanding of Freud's notion of sexuality and the drives. Incorporating some of his most fundamental concepts such as "lack", "object petit a", and "jouissance", Lacan's account of alienation and separation provides one of his most comprehensive elaborations of human subjectivity.

Join us for our guided reading group, in which we will read the 16th chapter in Lacan's Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, entitled: "The Subject and the Other: Alienation".

The Format:
The reading will be done together as a group, and will be guided by Leon Brenner. No reading is required (nor recommended) before our gatherings. We are going to read the text slowly, trying to delve into each paragraph, deciphering Lacan's unique style, and extracting very straightforward and non-metaphorical ideas. Other than leaning about the psychoanalysis of Lacan, we will also be learning how to read and tackle Lacan. We will read the English version of the text, but people capable of reading Lacan's French are encouraged to bring the original French version. Make sure to come with a receptive and light-hearted mood - the goal is to enjoy this reading together (if we want to).

About the Facilitator:
Leon Brenner is a Ph.D. candidate in TAU and a guest scholar at the FU institute of philosophy in Berlin. Brenner has a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and graduated Summa Cum Laude his masters degrees in philosophy. His thesis paper concerned Alain Badiou's theory of subjectivity and love. Brenner has received two excellence awards as a junior teacher at TAU - the University Rector excellence award, and the Deanship excellence award. Currently, he is engaged as an instructor at Stillpoints Spaces Berlin. Brenner specializes in the fields of Lacanian psychoanalysis, contemporary French philosophy, and autism theory. Currently, his doctoral dissertation concerns the subject of autism in philosophy.

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Groups will be held on Tuesdays (May 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24 & 31; August 7, 14 & 21; September 4, 11 & 25), 19:00 – 20:30.

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- A ticket for four sessions - 20€ (5€ each, for students and non-students). These can be used at any time.
- A single attendance - 7€ (for students and non-students).

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The entrance to The Lab of Stillpoint Spaces Berlin is directly from the street Hobrechtstraße 66. We kindly ask you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the official beginning of the group. Please, do not ring on any of the doorbells, as our colleagues might be having counselling sessions.

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