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The New Era of Savings and Sacrifice, and Its Stowaways

By | March 22nd, 2023|LRO 372|

In late fall of 2022, an article titled "Du lässt immer das Licht an!” [You always leave the lights on!] was published by Austrian newspaper[1]. The author writes in a humorous way about dynamics between family members, partners, and flatmates regarding the contemporary topic of energy saving within the household[2]. When she leaves the room [...]

Brain Without Freud

By | March 8th, 2023|LRO 371|

On 6 December 1896, Freud wrote in his letter to Wilhelm Fliess: "Consciousness and memory are in fact mutually exclusive" (Bewußtsein und Gedächtnis schließen sich nämlich aus.).[1] This is the letter in which Freud for the first time addressed his reflections on the psychic apparatus in the draft of his Project,[2] the linking of perceiving-thinking-remembering, [...]

Call to Action: About Time and Its Price

By | March 1st, 2023|LRO 370|

Just like the analysand has to pay for his desire, the analyst needs to bring something to the table, as well. He, too, has to pay, to maintain his status as an analyst. “He pays in words, in his interpretations […].”[1] But he also pays by rejecting a certain order, by opening up the possibility [...]

Writing as a Political Act

By | January 25th, 2023|LRO 369|

"I have never been interested in psychoanalysis, as you know," Annie Ernaux said in an interview with Laure Adler for the program “L’heure bleue” on Radio France Inter. Ernaux has made the same remarks several times, expressing the distance she maintains from psychoanalysis. These words were qualified by the addition of "but perhaps because I [...]

Performative Jouissance and Analytic Act[1]

By | January 18th, 2023|LRO 368|

Judith Butler's political project is that of a gathering of minority and disparate communities founded on an LGBTQI+ type of gender or racial identification, as the various movements of the black, Latino or Indian communities may embody in the United States. In Eric Marty's critical study of the theoretical framework underlying this project, the notion [...]

Claudius’ Body and Trump’s Nicknaming?

By | January 11th, 2023|LRO 367|

After the 2022 midterm election, in which the Democrats won the senate majority, media coverage focused on the growing discontent in the Republican Party. [1] The Party is trying to figure out why it did not get the promised victory. They are now split in two, between candidates backed by Trump and those backed by [...]

By | December 21st, 2022|LRO 365|

On September 26, 2022, the documentary "A Trip to Infinity" was released on Netflix.[1] This film introduces a group of mathematicians, physicists and cosmologists who talk about infinity (the mathematical symbol of which ( ∞ ) is called 'a lemniscate' or 'lazy eight'). Along the way, the viewers are confronted with seemingly simple questions concerning [...]

“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” and Feminine Jouissance

By | December 14th, 2022|LRO 364|

In “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” there are only two characters: Nancy, a fine vintage widow who has never experienced any form of sexual pleasure, and Leo, a young handsome man who wants to give her just that, and get paid for it.[1] The film explores their intimate encounters in the same hotel room, [...]

For Shame

By | December 7th, 2022|LRO 363|

In Seminar 17, we find an appendix from 3 December 1969, called “Analyticon”, where Lacan addresses the students at Vincennes. Their shameless exhibitionism of jouissance is not opposed to power, but its mutation: “And the first to collaborate with this, right here at Vincennes, are you, for you fulfill the role of helot of the [...]