Refugee Lives Matter

By | September 7th, 2018|LRO 87|

As psychoanalysts we can hardly claim to have answers to all the ills, political or otherwise, of modern civilisation. But as practitioners of speech and language we can at least strive to pay attention to what is at stake in some of the discourses currently taking shape around us. The recent resurgence of far-right political [...]

Post-Ironic Humour

By | September 2nd, 2018|LRO 86|

It’s thirty years since Jacques-Alain Miller’s made a presentation on the "Ironic Clinic"[1] which contrasted humour as “inscribed in the perspective of the Other” as Lacan discusses it in Seminar V, with irony which “…on the contrary, is not of the Other but of the subject, and goes against the Other. What does irony say? [...]

Angels in America, of Flesh and Blood

By | January 16th, 2016|LRO 16|

Deug Doen Group, a company directed by Aurélie Van Den Daele, recently staged Angels in America by playwright T. Kushner. This saga about the coming of AIDS in 1985 shows desperate characters with refined imaginary worlds occupied by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg and a female Angel that we wanted to be wingless. The actress [...]

Barbarians at the Gates of Speech

By | November 27th, 2015|LRO 10|

It is a signifier that resonates in the deepest echo-chamber of Europe’s self-understanding, bequeathed to us as it is - along with philosophy, rhetoric and democratic ideals - by the culture of the ancient Greeks. Already there, half a millennia before Christ, ‘barbarism’ was doing a great deal of symbolic work. Certainly it invoked the [...]