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My Precious

By | February 6th, 2019|LRO 126|

Blimunda, the protagonist of José Saramago’s “Memorial of the Convent”, had the magical property of seeing inside people. Saramago constructs here the metaphor of the ‘society of transparency’ that will emerge years later and which has become a reality in only one direction. Our intimacy is almost entirely accessible to the Other, but this Other [...]

Inventions vs. Certainties

By | February 3rd, 2019|LRO 125|

Reflections on some questions raised by the clinical practice that surrounds transgender subjects and gender identity in today’s society Does gender exist for psychoanalysis? If not, what might one say could come in its place? FA We are living in a time that is defined by disruptions in gender, which itself takes on many different [...]

The Rise of the Gaze as Algorithmic

By | January 30th, 2019|LRO 124|

Outstanding! Generative Adversarial Network’s [1] (G.A.N.), Portrait of Edmond Belamy, 2018   Last October an artwork produced by artificial intelligence (AI) was sold for $432,500 – nearly 45 times its highest estimate – by Christie’s in New York, making the company the first auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm. [...]

Migrants and Democracy – The Same Fear of Emptiness?

By | January 24th, 2019|LRO 122|

Migrants and democracy – the same fear of emptiness?[1] Martin Deleixhe[2]   I would like to try, with you, and in the brief time allotted to me, to understand what is at stake in the dazzling success of so-called “populist” formations (which, strictly speaking, it would be more accurate to qualify as “nationalist”). This success [...]


By | January 21st, 2019|LRO 121|

Dating apps for romantic or sexual encounters, or both together, began in the gay community. Grindr and Scruff were the pioneers, allowing gay men to be aware of about the existence of others in a determined geographic radius. Tinder (2012) was an important step because it extended the idea to people of all types of [...]

A Hostile Environment

By | January 17th, 2019|LRO 120|

Among the factors that contributed to the result of the Brexit referendum, I wish to highlight two in particular – questions of economic policy and questions of immigration policy.[1] The articulation between these two elements continues to be one of the main sticking points in the post-Brexit negotiations, where we see the British government struggling [...]

Under Pressure

By | January 13th, 2019|LRO 119|

A few weeks ago, a team of BBC documentary film-makers working with David Attenborough were caught on camera helping some penguins escape imminent death.[1] But some people, seeing this, were outraged: who were these technical experts who dared to ‘play God’? There was a heated flurry of communications in the public domain. Letters were written [...]

ZADIG and the Irish Quest-ion

By | January 10th, 2019|LRO 118|

ZADIG and the Irish Quest-ion[1] The signifiers “Movida ZADIG” and the “unconscious is politics” seemed the place from where to begin, for these signifiers have been increasingly put to work particularly over the last year by our psychoanalytic community. For instance, the European Forum of ZADIG in Belgium will speak to the evocative title “Discourses [...]