WORLD ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOANALYSIS (WAP)
The WAP’s Great Conversation: Review
The street about me roared with a deafening sound.
Tall, slender, in heavy mourning, majestic grief,
A woman passed, with a glittering hand
Raising, swinging the hem and flounces of her skirt;
A lightning flash… then night! Fleeting beauty
By whose glance I was suddenly reborn,
Will I see you no more before eternity?
The Great International Online Conversation of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP) took place between 31 March and 3 April in a new format. “How to find another way” was the motto that gave the rhythm to its board of directors composed of Christiane Alberti (director and incoming president of the WAP), Anaëlle Lebovits-Quenehen (Vice-president of the ECF) and Laurent Dumoulin (co-directors of the Great Conversation). Indeed, the new hybrid format adopted for the plenary sessions gave the opportunity for the work to reach a much larger audience from all four corners of the world, where the Lacanian orientation is embraced and received. As for the parallel clinical sessions, a mere glance at the programme was a testimony of the “experience of languages” that the WAP constitutes, as Angelina Harari, past president of the WAP described it. Seven Schools, five official languages, one language in common: psychoanalysis. This is the collective of the School One which came together for its biennial gathering, the theme of which for this year was “Woman does not exist”.
First pronounced by J. Lacan, in 1973, during his seminar Encore ‘Woman does not exist’ points to the singularity that orients our School and its practice. “Far from being a negativity, a reduction,” Christiane Alberti told us in her introduction to the Great Conversation, “it opens up, on the contrary, to an increased questioning of all false evidence in matters of gender. This affirmation of the real of sex led Lacan on the path of a new paradigm, with contemporary resonances, that gives us tools to think about our time, a politics, as well as an ethics.” The not-all of the feminine opens up to the path beyond the universal, to the non-universal possibilities each one finds to deal with the real.
Through the analysis of a series of literary, cultural and historical figures–from ‘Freudian women’ and ‘Lacanian heroines’ to Anna Karenina, Frida, Mafalda, the girl from Ipanema, Alice and Almodovar’s women, Dante’s Beatrice and Flaubert’s Emma, the emblematic figures of the prostitute and the star–we learned how women exist in their historical context–sometimes through the eyes and words of men–and in a unique way. The 180 clinical presentations by psychoanalysts of the WAP across the world were organised into tables based on a plethora of current themes capturing today’s Zeitgeist.
By way of a closer glance at what went on – by no means comprehensive…
We heard about famous women of the British school of psychoanalysis who turned psychoanalysis into matriarchy (G. Brodsky, EOL); about Freud’s young homosexual who we couldn’t say she was a neurotic nor a psychotic, but père-versely oriented (F. Biagi-Chai, ECF). We learned that certain about her theory, Melanie Klein never doubted she was right, and even though The analyst like The woman does not exist, she made the analyst–and consequently Woman–exist (L. Sokolowsky, ECF). We also learned that every woman has a Medea in her in so far as she is cause of desire for a man to the detriment of maternal benevolence and that it is not about being everything, but Other for a man and for herself (A.L. Santiago, EBP). The portrait of the Three Witches from Macbeth was painted as ‘masks of nothing’, figures of a jouissance that go beyond the phallic order (P. Dravers, NLS) while that of Anna Karenina as a woman who resorted to a suicidal act in an attempt to kill the –always discordant with social semblances –volatile excess in her (G. Napreenko, NLS). With Flaubert we were reminded of the inherent solitude in women and the antinomy between love and the real (P. Hellebois, ECF).
Alongside the sharp interventions by the presidents of the plenary sessions, we had the joy and privilege to listen to Jacques-Alain Miller’s extended commentaries and questions. Armed with notebook, papers, pencil, phone looking for references online and the mic –it was clear, he was there to learn and participate in this global conversation. To name just a few examples, questions were posed to D. Laurent and F. Leguil (ECF) respectively, as to how to distinguish between feminine jouissance and hallucinatory jouissance–both characterized by the limitless, whether the latter can be inscribed on the structure of supplementary jouissance when it comes to erotomania. He sketched out the “fugitive existence” of woman for a man as glimpsed in the triptych he proposed made of the Garota de Ipanema, Baudelaire’s Passer-by and Dante’s Beatrice. As for the nature of ‘Feminism today’, J.-A. Miller observed that while women are in the register of the Other, they aspire to the register of the One with the upshot being that Woman exists more and more while man, with the decline of the masculine ideal, tends to disappear. At the same time, the Woke ideology, with its aspiration for justice tends to abolish the past in favour of the present. “Is time destined to disappear? Why not?,” he proposed.
J.-A. Miller also chaired the off-series sequence entitled “For Ukraine”, which he clarified was not under the auspices of the WAP as not everyone shared what would be discussed. A panel with Philippe Hellebois, Daniel Roy (WAP representative for Eastern Europe) Éric Laurent and French political philosopher Blandine Kriegel, helped us to construct knowledge faced with this real that “silences all speech and has the power to destroy all semblances. We have to teach ourselves about it”, Daniel Roy told us, “because its destructive power is entering what we thought was our common shared world.”
As is tradition Jacques-Alain Miller closed these four intense days of work by presenting the theme of the 2024 WAP Congress: “Everyone is Mad”. This is another aphorism of Lacan’s, which he brought out of the shadows and gave it the place it deserved to such a degree that it has acquired the quality of a slogan, he told us: “There will no longer be any pathology”, but “lifestyles, freely chosen”… a freedom which is “imprescriptible because it is that of the subject of the law”; a subject whose jouissance cannot be questioned. In his handwritten, hot-off-the-press generous and precise speech, J.-A. Miller developed the consequences of today’s egalitarian claims for the clinic, and invited us to respond “without nostalgia, without bitterness and without a spirit of revenge”. Yet he went on to argue that this aphorism/ slogan goes beyond the question of depathologisation. If we can save the clinic from this kind of levelling, it is precisely by reinserting the phrase, “Everyone is Mad” back into the original context of the article from which it was drawn – which concerned the defence of psychoanalysis and its place within the University, notwithstanding the difference and even the incompatibility between the discourse of the university and that of psychoanalysis… regarding the question let’s say of transmission and of knowledge…
So the next rendez-vous for the WAP is in two years, live from Paris relayed again via a virtual modality: “from now on, everywhere”. From Lacan’s “all women are mad”, that is “not-all”, “not-at-all-mad-about-the-whole” (pas folles-du-tout), to “everyone is mad”, the compass has been given. Meanwhile, the 9th volume in the Scilicet series, Scilicet: Woman does not exist, which constituted the preparatory work for the Great Conversation, has just been published and made available via Amazon in digital version only to match the style of the congress. Scilicet literally means “You can know” so it is addressed to each one who dares to want to know more about this provocative aphorism of Lacan “Woman does not exist”.
 Charles Baudelaire, “À une passante” (To a passer-by), as cited by J.-A. Miller on the first day of the WAP’s Great International Online Conversation, on 31st March 2022, available online.
ÉCOLE DE LA CAUSE FREUDIENNE (ECF)
Question of School: “The Pass and the Interpretation of the School” & “Everyone is Mad: The Depathologization of the Clinic”
22 January, 2022 | Virtual
This year, Question of School (Question d’École) will address two distinct but not unrelated themes.
The morning session will be held under the title: “The pass and the interpretation of the School”. Lacan, introducing the pass, puts the emphasis on ‘the psychoanalyst of the School’. Let us say that, of the School, is distinguished from a psychoanalytic ‘society’, and let us note that the of (de) makes its equivocation clear. Lacan makes this choice of School explicit: “There may be something at stake, which for some is worth so much as to be essential to them, and that is my teaching.” We assume this choice today: Lacan’s School is the School of the pass where, since the beginning of his teaching, there exists for the analysand an endgame which can be accounted for in the procedure of the pass. A simplicity of principle – the best able to testify to his/ her experience is the analysand himself/ herself – sits alongside a procedure which makes the AS the analyst of the experience of the School. Hence the continual reinvention of the pass which aims to preserve the real at stake. The conception of the end of an analysis varies according to the moments of Lacan’s teaching: Jacques-Alain Miller was able to make them explicit, until Lacan’s last teaching, introducing in 2011 the notion of outrepasse and the reduction to the sinthome beyond the traversal of the fantasy. Where are we ten years later? He was recently able to say that the psychoanalyst did not have to keep quiet in the public debate. What about the function of the AS in this perspective? The functioning of the pass will be examined by its college in the first days of January. The morning will be the occasion for a return of the college of the pass.
The afternoon will mobilise us around one of Lacan’s sayings, “Everyone is mad”, in order to explore the depathologisation of the clinic. J.-A. Miller recently underlined the power of this phenomenon, indicating that the substitution of a subject of rights for the subject of the unconscious threatens interpretation, and inviting us to explore this field of reflection and work.
Taking Lacan’s statement seriously allows us to follow a triple thread in Lacan’s teaching. First, that of madness, a term from the beginning of his teaching that remains present until the end, in the questions he poses with Joyce. It exceeds that of “psychosis” and subverts the distinction between the latter and neurosis. To the question What is a madman?, Lacan answers: Someone perfectly normal. But then, how can one not be mad? How does this conception of madness impact on our practice? Then comes the thread of a renewed conception of language centered on two questions: how to touch the real with words? How do we deal with language and its spontaneous inclination towards delusion? A perspective if we distinguish delusion, debility and dupery. Finally, the third thread: analytical discourse participates in its own way in a depathologisation; how does it then play its part with the new forms of segregation?
J.-A. Miller says that this statement is like a condensed version of Lacan’s last teaching. Madness, between semblant and real, is read against the background of a “liquid psychoanalysis” that he introduces in this course. From then on, a question common to the morning and the afternoon takes shape: what happens to the solids of the structure?
Argument: “Question d’École 2022”, videoconference, 22 January 2022.
Originally published in French: https://events.causefreudienne.org/img/cms/QE/ARGUMENTQE2022.pdf
 Cf. Lacan J., “Proposition of 9 October 1967 on the Psychoanalyst of the School”,Analysis 6 (1995): 1-13. Also available online: https://londonsociety-nls.org.uk/index.php?file=The-School/The-Proposition-of-the-Ninth-of-October-1967-Jacques-Lacan.html
 Miller J.-A., “Conversation on current matters with the Spanish School of the Freudian Field”, La Cause du désir, n° 108, juillet 2021, p. 37 & sq, not available in English.
 Miller J.-A., “Teachings from the patient presentations”, La Conversation d’Arcachon, Paris, Agalma, 1997, p. 285-304, not available in English.
 Miller J.-A., “ Lacanian Orientation. Everyone is mad (Tout le monde est fou),” teaching delivered under the auspices of the Department of Psychoanalysis Paris 8, lesson of 12 March & 28 May 2008, unpublished.
XII NEL SYMPOSIUM February 26th and 27th, 2022
In order to keep up with the times, the analytical discourse is called upon to reflect on the impact to subjectivity brought on by the transformations taking place in our 21st century societies.
How do the speaking-beings of our time manage to sustain sexual difference, to be able attain a sexed position and self-authorize themselves in doing so, when sexual difference has shifted from being binary to being pluralized through different nominations, self-nominations or is even being erased?
Psychoanalysis postulates that “there is nothing in the unconscious that assures us that the difference between a male-being and a female-being is therein inscribed. The unconscious behaves as if there were only one sex, and the whole problem is to know which one it is”.
Freud had already expressed that there is no “genital” primacy, rather a “primacy of the phallus”, thus showing that there is nothing biological in the functioning of the unconscious. The signification of the phallus that emerges from this unique representation does not ensure that the speaking-being is free from the disruptive condition of sexual jouissance.
Phallic forms of jouissance are anomalous to the body and therefore do not cease to introduce traumatic events. No code enables the Subject to decipher what is happening to them, nor why it is happening, nor what it means. And yet, they assume responsibility. It is in the face of this failure that infantile sexual theories are constructed and the various identifications built.
This signification of the phallus is not enough to account for the Other jouissance, the feminine jouissance that leads Lacan to affirm: “There is no sexual relation”. “In regards to jouissance, and especially sexual jouissance, we are addressing the sphere of the One, devoid of the Other. Every one unaware the score that ciphers it. Sex is an Other body, a foreign body that procures the known body. From these interior and exterior spaces, simultaneously, sex is the One of jouissance, without a possible Other to represent”.
In this sense, clinical experience teaches us that for the speaking-being, assuming a sexed being is not free of uncertainties, discomforts and concerns. Anatomy does not easily allow to hold on to a sexual identification, nor does it guarantee a sexed position. In reality, when it comes to sexuality and forms of jouissance, when it comes to resolving the question of the most intimate part of sexual identity, one fails.
The syntagm “anatomy is not destiny” indicates that biology does not determine the speaking-being as male or female, it says nothing about the desire or the drive that are unavoidably tied to every sexed position. The difference between genders does not function as a compass to transit this desert, the desert of jouissance, in which there are no oases, only mirages.
Binary logic merely explains the representable part of sexuality, that which today is commonly called “gender”. Gender theories and ideologies make us forget the function of sexual difference while promoting: The One is dead, long live the Multiple! They favor the belief that the sexed position of each speaking-being results from the free choice of one’s own will, a conscious decision-making prerogative that must be promoted from the earliest age.
That “the sexed being is only authorized by himself and by some others”, supposes a certain choice that does not imply free choice. When Lacan formulates the concept of “sexuation” he does so in close relation to the unconscious. Thus, the process of sexuation links the natural difference of the sexes with semblants of sexual discourse, jouissance, the real of sex and the subject’s forced choice, for it is he who is ultimately chosen.
The theme of the XII NEL Conference summons each one of the members of our analytic community to authorize themselves to reflect upon the social and subjective implications of the pluralization of the forms of jouissance and the call for the promotion of a supposed freedom of choice that leaves subjects increasingly lonely and alienated.
We do not attempt a definition of sexuality, the parenthesis in the title (IES) indicates that answers remain suspended and the Conference will be a privileged space to place tension on diverse arises, oriented by the perspective conferred to us by Lacan, that goes beyond gender identities, gives singularity a place and opens up to the infinity of feminine jouissance that is not contemplated in the binary logic that divides the waters between men and women.
Maria Elena Lora
Website of the Study Days: https://jornadasnel2022.com/
 Bassols, M. The difference between sexes does not exist in the unconscious. In https//books.google.com.pe>books
 Freud, S. ‘The Infantile Genital Organization’ “La organización genital infantil”, Obras completas, Vol. XIX, Bs. As. Amorrortu, 2012, p. 146.
 Bassols, M. The difference between sexes does not exist in the unconscious. In https//books.google.com.pe>books
 Lacan, J: L: Les nom-dupes errent, Lesson 11, April 9, 1974. (unpublished).
 J. Lacan begins to develop the concept of sexuation in Seminar, Book XIX, …Or Worse [1971-2] and in Seminar, Book XX, Encore [1972-3].
ESCUELA LACANIANA DE PSICOANÁLISIS (ELP)
20th Study Days: “Marks of Trauma”
“Trauma”, “traumatic effects”, “trauma prevention”, “post-traumatic stress” (DSM)… The explanation of trauma is lost in the generalisation of its definition and its modes of treatment.
How can we deny trauma in these times in which we are living with the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic? It is urgent for us to intervene as analysts by asserting our political and ethical competence in responding to the use of this concept in the social Other, in the Other of healthcare or in the political Other.
The term “trauma” has been linked to the history of psychoanalysis from the start. Events similar to this pandemic that took place at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century helped Freud to pursue his investigation into trauma, which he had already begun some time before in relation to its sexual origin.
For psychoanalysis trauma is the name of the encounter with a real that unexpectedly intrudes. It is a sign, a mark, a wound provoked by an inevitable injury to the speaker-being: “Because the body, if we take it seriously, is the first to bear the mark which orders it in a series of signifiers.”(1)
The marks of trauma thus take on value as a support for the subject’s relationship with the body, which bears them despite the fact of subtracting itself from them. These marks at times signal a before and an after in the life of an individual, because they will remain inscribed forever. For this reason, during an analysis, the subject is invited to explore these marks via the different life events that might or might not turn out to be traumatic, given that the traumatic effect is produced to the extent that the contemporary event touches on an earlier real.
The reading and the treatment of trauma in psychoanalysis of the Lacanian orientation therefore differs from other practices that we find in common discourse which aim to eliminate, anaesthetise, forget, prevent, control, and so on. For psychoanalysis, the marks of trauma have an inaugural value and are related to existence.
For Freud, trauma refers to an enigmatic first experience of sexual excitation which remains repressed and could be symbolised in a second moment. Nevertheless, in both Freud and Lacan a subject’s jouissance is always linked to a first event with traumatic value.(2)
But what is the status of trauma, of this “sexual wound”, since that is what trauma signifies?(3) The classical approach in psychoanalysis consists in seeking out the old wound within the order of what has already happened. Lacan’s approach – which refers back to Freud – towards the end of his teaching is to treat trauma as a trouma, a neologism that unifies trauma and hole. The ultimate version of sexual trauma is, according to Lacan, that “there is no sexual relation”. This axiom says that in any case there is always a traumatic point and that the dimension of the sexuality of the subject advances “in fits and starts”.(4)
When Lacan considered the unconscious structured like a language, he put the emphasis on the bite of the signifier on the living, a first effect of castration understood as traumatic. With the concept of the Unary trait, the “einziger zug“, as the support of the primordial identification, Lacan will make the relation of the subject to the signifier his fundamental mark. Later on, there will be a shift in his teaching with regard to different concepts: from the subject to the parlêtre, from language to lalangue, and he will also formulate the axiom mentioned above, “there is no sexual relation”, thus providing the synchronic formula of trauma.(5)
The immersion of the parlêtre in lalangue, the percussion of lalangue in the body, sinks its roots in the one-all-alone, which is a signifier, a mark, a trace, or a cut.(6) It thus produces a body event that corresponds to the order of traumatism, of shock, of contingency, of pure chance.(7) In the new clinical paradigm of knotting that inaugurates the last period of Lacan’s teaching, trauma and its marks are that knotting between language and body, as opposed to trauma considered in the common discourse, which refers to an event that is supposedly traumatic for everyone.
Thus, faced with the different events of life, psychoanalysis offers to explore the marks of each person and their destinies, their troumatism(8), that is to say, that which made a hole where the subject has not found the words, and also what each one was able to invent with these marks.
Lucía D’Angelo, Blanca Fernández, Eugenia Insúa, Silvia Nieto and Ruth Pinkasz.
Translated by Roger Litten
(1) Lacan J., “Radiophonie” in Otros escritos, Paidós, Buenos Aires, 2014, p. 432.
(2) Miller, J.-A., “El estatuto de lo real”, Freudiana nº 63, Barcelona, 2011, p. 28.
(3) Miller, J.-A., Causa y consentimiento. Los cursos psicoanalíticos de J.A. Miller, Paidós, Buenos Aires, 2019, p. 138 et seq.
(4) Miller, J.-A., Causa y consentimiento, op. cit., p. 139.
(5) Miller, J.-A., Causa y consentimiento, op. cit., p. 138.
(6) Lacan, J., The Seminar, Book XXIII, The Sinthome, Polity, 2016, p. 216.
(7) Miller, J.-A., L’Orientation lacanienne, L’Un tout seul, lesson of 2nd February 2011. Unpublished.
(8) Lacan, J., Seminar XXI, Les non-dupes errant, lesson of 19th February 1974. Unpublished.
ESCUELA DE LA ORIENTACIÓN LACANIANA (EOL)
30th EOL Annual Congress: “The Feminine Out-of-Gender”
The Lacanian Feminine
The feminine is a notion forged by Jacques Lacan, resulting from a path that began with Sigmund Freud but did not stop with him. Freud named the “rock” against which the analysis of every speaking being crashed, “rejection of the feminine”. Lacan elucidated this Freudian impasse, driving psychoanalysis to the field of jouissance: beyond the Oedipus, the phallus, the father.
The Name-of-the-father, on which the male-female binary was supported, has “vanished”, the multiplicity of genders has entered the field of sexuality. Gender is not a psychoanalytical concept; it is not accountable as one of its shibboleths. The analytical discourse clarifies the logic of the signifier multiplication at stake, which is the print of its march. Culture inspires techniques of life that emanate from its discontent, one of them, always valid, is to classify. How does the notion of gender take part in this?
Out of is a broken bridge between the feminine and gender. A Lacanian expression that introduces a new space, neither interior nor exterior, that refers to another topology.
From the Other of Classifications to the One-of-the-Body
From a Lacanian perspective, both the classical binary male-female and the never-ending list of genders offered by the Other of language, are signifiers, semblants, failed attempts to symbolize the real of sex. Lacan proposes to elucidate this failure of language putting it in relation with the jouissance of the body. In the ‘70s, he approaches the issue of sexual difference in a distinct way, as compared to other disciplines, but also different from psychoanalysis itself, when he displaces sex: from the field of the Other of language and his classifications to the Lacanian field of jouissance.
With his “formulaes of sexuation”, Lacan distinguishes two sides marked by two logics: the universal of All-phallic and that of the not-all; with two regimes of jouissance, the phallic and the feminine. The feminine jouissance, ‘supplementary’ to the phallic (but not complementary), cannot be symbolized, it cannot be measured, and doesn’t respect boundaries. The bodies of the speaking beings are distributed on these two sides, regardless of their anatomy and gender.
The Real of Motherhood
Lacan is the first psychoanalyst who highlighted the gap between the signifiers mother and woman. His position is clear: “being a mother” is not all of the phallic order. His formalization of the “Desire-of-the-Mother”, as well as his illuminating reading of Hamlet, make it possible to locate the actual crime of this tragedy, that a woman may desire something beyond her husband and child, or even more, that motherhood may not be a wish. The analytic practice discovers the effects of the Lacanian feminine on maternal love. What maternities could be invented in each analysis?
The Lacanian feminine evades the signifying logic and makes it possible to locate the hatred of otherness. Lacan did not cease to reveal that the supposed “feminine masochism” is a masculine fantasy. At one extreme, we can verify this thesis in the expansion of feminicides, a trait of our time. What is the impact of the analytic operation on the multiple forms that they the rejection of the feminine takes?
The Feminine, the Language and Lalangue
To elaborate the feminine, out of the symbolic and the imaginary, Lacan makes a passage from the signifier to the letter. Such passage values “the function of writing” and the analytic operation of reading. At the same time, it introduces a radical disjunction between language and his notion of lalangue. From this perspective, we are interested in elucidating the operations introduced by the “inclusive language”.
For Lacan, at the end of his teaching, it is about going against language in favor of lalangue, aiming to the particular poetics of the unconscious. What are the transformations that language and the relationship with writing undergo throughout an analysis, for each analysand?
The Anti-Segregative Sinthome
The feminine produces major consequences for psychoanalysis. It constitutes a direct antecedent to the Lacanian concept of the sinthome. In an analysis, the perspective of the sinthome allows each speaking being to leave the dream of the universal, to access their sinthomal identity, incomparable and singular, different from the so-called “gender identity”.
Going through the second century of existence of psychoanalysis, and with thirty years of annual Congresses at the Escuela de la Orientación Lacaniana, on the way to the Great International Conversation of the WAP, we set out to investigate the Lacanian conception of the feminine and its consequences in analytic practice, in the reading of the impossible of the analytic group, and also, in the possible contribution of psychoanalysis to the discourse of civilization.
Adela Fryd, Miguel Furman, Marta Goldenberg, Raquel Vargas, Daniela Fernandez (Plus One)
Translated by Cecilia González& David González
Read the original untranslated argument at http://jornadaseol.ar/argumento-a/
L’ÉCOLE DE LA CAUSE FREUDIENNE (ECF)
Argument for the 51st Study Days
THE END OF THE NORM-MAL(E)?
From the spontaneous revolt of the #MeToo movement, to the new fields of academic study that deconstruct the “normative identity” of the universal human (detecting therein “male, white, heterosexual hegemony”), head-on attacks on “the norm-mal(e)” have taken over public space and debate. This insurrection is a sign of the unbearable that patriarchy now inspires. It should be noted that Lacan had made it clear, as early as 1972, that the “norm” was above all ” norm-mal(e)” . Are we in the process of seeing the agony of the patriarchal and phallic order, whose decline Lacan had already diagnosed in 1938, come to an end before our eyes ?
This norm-mal(e) corresponds to what psychoanalysis has articulated as the Law of the Oedipus complex and Lacan pinned down as Name-of-the-Father, operator of the normalisation of the subject’s desire through the effect of castration. But following the thread of jouissance that overflows all norms, Lacan soon moved beyond the Oedipal fiction whose prohibition strives to cover the impossible linked to what, in sexuality, makes a “hole in the real” .
If the Name-of-the-Father is the principle of order and norm for a subject, we understand better why Lacan comes to pluralise the Names-of-the-Father: there exists a variety of modes of treating jouissance and of Borromean knotting. The so called “normality” is purely relative to the way in which each subject defends against the real, by his recourse to the established discourses or by his own inventions. Thus, in modernity, we witness a “lesser effectiveness” of the male norm and a “pluralisation of S1s” that goes as far as “their pulverisation” .
LIFTING THE VEIL
The famous Freudian primacy of the phallus, at the heart of misunderstandings with the feminists, is a way to say that nothing inscribes in the unconscious an essence of the masculine or the feminine. The only marker of sex is the phallus, which is the same for all speaking beings, although it functions differently in different cases. The definitions and usages of the phallus are multiple: image, object, signifier, semblant, function. It is the discourse that sets up this part of the body as a symbol of power, and confers on the phallic meaning a scope that extends far beyond the male organ as the seat of a privileged jouissance.
UNIVERSAL AND NOT-ALL
According to Lacan, in terms of situating themselves in sexuation subjects have a choice: either totally inscribed in the phallic function, on the side of the closed set of men or not-all, on the side of women, with access to an Other jouissance, infinite and supplementary.
The male norm thus refers to the universalist and uniformising logic of the “for all x”, that of the army of similarities outlined by Freud. Phallic jouissance, model of the jouissance of the One, at its core autoerotic and disjointed from the Other , is far from being exclusive to men, because “women are free”  to devote themselves to it. The refusal of femininity and the defences against the hole of the feminine can be found in any speaking being. Virility is a fantasy that seeks to fill in castration (-φ) with the object a .
Conversely, the one whom the phallus “encumbers”, “can also situate oneself on the side of the not-all” . This flexible distinction between “the so-called man or woman portion”  of speaking beings will lead Lacan to go beyond all binarism, by orienting himself towards the sinthome as a purely singular mode of enjoyment.
Our egalitarian and democratic era is characterised both by the masculinisation of women within an all alike and by a devaluation of the masculine induced by the crisis of the paternal function . In the era of the “Other who does not exist” , virilities are now conjugated in the plural. The contemporary upheavals of the symbolic order produce “a growing disorder of sexuation” , a colour chart of men, more or less women’s colours .
Our century is also the century of the feminisation of the world, of the not-all and of the generalised and claimed a-normality. The singular solutions of the Ones-all-alone and the arrangements by communities of jouissance crystallised into identities prevail over a universal mode of treatment. In response, the senseless multiplication of normative regimes engendered by science and capitalism imposes a new order, “made of iron” , where the numerical norm prevails.
The deconstruction of traditional reference points has given rise to a revival of masculinist movements, whose fiercely misogynistic hatred and totalitarian ambitions are unleashed, sometimes violently, against the undisciplined not-all.
TRAVERSING AND “KNOWING HOW TO DO IT”
Lacan situated psychoanalysis on the reverse side of the master discourse as a radically subversive praxis, foreign to whatever standards they may be. The 51st Study Days of the School of the Freudian cause (École de la Cause freudienne) propose to put to work these questions that run through our daily clinic, where each subject, with or without the male norm, tries to symptomatise jouissance outside the norm. We will be able to hear how the experience of an analysis pushed to its conclusion allows the traversing of the aspiration to virility constitutive of any fantasy, leading each speaking being to isolate and re-seize his intimate programme of jouissance, opening him up to the dimension of the not-all.
By Damien Guyonnet & Aurélie Pfauwadel, Directors of the Study Days 51
Translated by Peggy Papada
Originally published here: https://journees.causefreudienne.org/les-quatre-arguments/
1. Lacan J., “L’Étourdit”, Autres écrits, Paris, Seuil, 2001, p. 479. Not available in English
2. Lacan J., “The Family Complexes,” Semiotext(e) 4, no. 1, 1981.
3. Lacan J., “Spring Awakening,” Analysis 6, 1994, p. 33.
4. Miller J.-A., “Lacanian Orientation. The disenchantment of psychoanalysis” (2001-02), course taught under the auspices of the Department of Psychoanalysis, the University of Paris VIII, lesson 22 May 2002, unpublished.
5. Cf. Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XX, Encore, Edited J.-A. Miller, Trans. B. Fink, New York & London, Norton, 1999, p. 9.
6. Ibid., p. 71.
7. Cf. Miller J.-A.,“Lacanian Orientation. The One all alone (2011), course taught under the auspices of the Department of Psychoanalysis, the University of Paris VIII, lesson 9 February 2011, unpublished.
8. Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XX, Encore, op.cit. p. 76.
9. Ibid., p. 80.
10. Cf. Miller J.-A., « Bonjour Sagesse », La Cause du désir, n° 95, 2017, p. 84.
11. Cf. Laurent É., Miller J.-A., “Lacanian Orientation. the Other that Does not Exist and its Ethical Committees.” [1996-97], course taught under the auspices of the Department of Psychoanalysis, the University of Paris VIII, unpublished.
12. Miller J.-A., “Presentation of the Theme of the IXth Congress of the World Association of Psychoanalysis”, A real for the 21st century, Scilicet, NLS, Paris, 2014, p. 34.
13. Cf. Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XXIII, The Sinthome, Edited J.-A. Miller, Trans. A.R. Price, Cambridge: Polity, 2016, p. 97.
14. Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XXI, « Les non-dupes errent », lesson of 19 mars 1974, unpublished.
LACANIAN COMPASS (NLS)
CLINICAL STUDY DAYS 14: ‘WHAT REAL AT STAKE?’
“The real invented by Lacan is not the real of science,
it is a contingent real, random,
in as much as the natural law of the relation
between the sexes is lacking.
It is a hole in the knowledge included in the real.”
“A Real for the 21st Century”
Here we are again! Preparing ourselves for the next Clinical Study Days 14, this time the invitation is to work on that Lacanian notion that we call the Real . . . but which one?
We used to have the reference to truth as a counterpart to the real. Later in his work, however, Lacan oriented us in a direction in which we no longer need the notion of truth as a counterpart to make the real exist. The real ex-sists on its own, and—as Clotilde Leguil indicates—Lacan called it “the real of psychoanalysis, which is not that of science or history, but that of trauma and the drive.” 
The pluralization and fall of the Name-of-the-Father compelled us to rethink our own clinic, our principles and our ethics. Jacques-Alain Miller invited us to explore another dimension of psychoanalysis in “A Real for the 21st Century,” and our proposal is to keep that invitation open. This time we have been forced, by another real, to reinvent our practice and do reinvent our way to make a School.
What language reveals once and again is its impossibility regarding the real. Even though the real at stake will depend on the singular coordinates of each subject, we do know that the real is expressed by what is not absorbed into discourse, falling under the modality of the impossible. The real is always unbearable, but how does it present itself?
That is the question that we invite you to work on. When someone knocks at our door and asks for analysis, it is not because they have everything in order, or they are in the happiest moment of their lives, usually it is quite the opposite. In some singular way for each subject presenting to a psychoanalyst, the real has come up in its own way to the speaking being:
- Is it about a trou-matic event?
- Is it a real related to the experience of the body, or something at the level of lalangue?
- Is it a real coming from the Other that doesn’t exist?
- Is it about the particularity of a moment in which something was touched, disorganized or fractured at the level of the symptom, or the fundamental fantasy, or even at the level of jouissance?
- What about the real in psychoanalysis with children?
- What could be said about the real of science expressed in the effects of technology versus the real in nature, and how the speaking being is affected by it in one way or another?
- During the contingency of COVID-19 or any other circumstances in which a psychoanalytic session takes place through a device: How do you manage to touch the real, when the session is conducted with a technological device and not in person? What inventions and maneuvers must the analyst make in order to maintain the analytic experience as psychoanalytic, and not just on the therapeutic level?
We, psychoanalysts, are aware of the real, aware of its lawless condition, as the real “implies the absence of any law. The real has no order.” One could say it has a meaningless core, always un-grasped by language, as Lacan points out when he says “language is not itself a message, but rather is only sustained by the function of what I’ve called the hole in the real.”
Jacques-Alain Miller states that “The real, understood in this way, is neither a cosmos nor a world, it is also not an order: it is a piece, an a-systematic fragment, separated from the fictional knowledge that was produced from this encounter. And this encounter of lalangue and the body does not respond to any prior law, it is contingent and always appears perverse.”
These are some of the questions that will guide our work over the next year in preparation for our Clinical Study Days. We invite you to hold these questions to orient the case presentations, as well as other submissions related to these issues, and the following discussions that we will have during the Clinical Study Days 14. These coordinates will be our guideline and will help to orient our work when trying to distinguish: What Real at Stake?
By Isolda Alvarez, CSD14 Chair
& Council of the Lacanian Compass
 Leguil, C. (2019) “Truth, Post-Truth, Real” The Lacanian Review, Issue 7/Spring. New Lacanian School, Paris, p. 52.
 Miller, J-A. (2014) “A Real for the 21st Century” Scilicet. New Lacanian School, Paris, p. 33.
 Lacan, J. (1975-1976) “On What Makes A Hole in the Real” Section I: The Spirit of the knots. Seminar XXIII, The Sinthome. Ed. Polity, USA. 2016, p. 22.
 Miller, J-A. (2014) “A Real for the 21st Century” Scilicet. New Lacanian School, Paris, p. 33.
Escuela de la Orientación Lacaniana – EOL – Córdoba Section XXIXth Study Days:
Psychoanalysis caused a scandal in its time – as Freud himself acknowledged – by questioning popular opinions on sexuality. Not only did it unequivocally separate sex from genitality and reproduction, but it also stated that the object is what is most variable about a drive. “The object is not necessarily something extraneous: it may equally well be a part of the subject’s own body, something fitted to make satisfaction possible.” As Freud stated in his early works, the sexual drive and the sexual object are not welded together. “The sexual drive is in the first instance independent of its object: nor is its origin likely to be due to its object’s attractions.” . In fact, Freud did not believe that there was an innate disposition in human beings towards a predetermined object in the sexual bond. From this starting point, it was necessary to explain how someone became fetishist, homosexual, heterosexual, etc.
Based on the prevalence of the father and the logic of the phallus, Freud approached the Other sex by considering that in all speaking beings it [the Other sex] eludes both the logic of the phallus and the paternal incidence. He did so by emphasizing what he called “bisexuality”, which, he says, “comes to the fore much more clearly in women than in men”, even though it concerns both.
However, and here lies the Freudian dilemma, this phallic-castrated logic leaves out that which concerns separation, which involves not only the fantasy and the object a, but also that Other from whom we are radically separated.
Lacan soon focuses his formulations on the fall of patriarchy, which has prevailed in the West for a long time. He asked women analysts about this silent jouissance, rebellious to the Name of the Father, because he considered (and he was speaking to psychoanalysts) that “there is no hope for an Occidentalized. 
The “Occidentalized” subject is he who has interpreted the contingency of trauma in the Western way. This happens after Lacan comes back from the East. Now he proposes other ways of interpreting trauma. In fact, he finally breaks away from the Freudian and patriarchal unconscious and moves towards a real unconscious. He ends up attributing to Freud a “prostration before the phallus” and religion.
At the same time, Lacan anticipates the fall of the patriarchal conception and its effects on sexual practices and on the identity each person adopts with regards to gender. A transition from the binary prêt-à-porter gender of the Oedipal structure to the multiplicity of subjective and singular decisions regarding sex. Singularity that differs from the jouissance of today’s civilization at a social level. As J.-A. Miller clearly stated recently: “The One is dead, long live the Multiple!” this dynamic, according to Lacan’s logic of the “not-All”, pertains to the feminine position, and prevails everywhere in civilization, at least in ours.
Gender issues “play an important role in the evolution of traditions… they breathe inspiration into the legislation in several countries…they say something very profound about our present day.”
The enigma of feminine jouissance, opaque to meaning, confronted psychoanalysts with the “rejection of femininity”, which is woven into its specific entanglements. Thus, when Lacan approaches the issue in the seventies, he draws from Freudian texts what he calls “Freud’s saying”, including its oscillations, and situates his own saying within the borders of a Real which makes a hole: “There’s no such thing as a sexual relation.” There’s no such thing as a sexual relation, but there is a relation that is sexuated, a signifying relations between parlêtres.
Given that language impacts and leaves its marks on the body, this is no longer about the Freudian “bisexuality”, but that the other sex is always the Other, feminine, both for men and women. “Facts of discourse.” They are not founded on biological sex, but on modalities of jouissance. Moving away from Freud, Lacan states that to be oriented by the “not-All phallic”, we need to grasp “the antagonism between jouissance and semblant, and that sex does not define any relationship between speaking beings. In his Seminar XX, Lacan will say: “The Other, in my terminology, can thus only be the Other sex.”
In order to stress the disjunction between jouissance and semblant (phallus, Name of the Father), we need to place the littoral between knowledge and jouissance, between center and absence so there is a chance to take a turn towards the literal: the letter of the sinthome.
Miller, in his Course of 2011 stresses the Lacanian “Oneism”, because Lacan overturns binarism by affirming that “the two of them do not merge into One, nor is One founded by the two of them”, and highlights the abyss that separates the One from the Other. That Other that does not exist, “a Real of the One-all-alone, there where the relation would be said.”
“There is only One,” Lacan compellingly affirms. He will follow this notion in his latest seminars drawing on the nodal nature of the Borromean knot.
The Other of the opposite sex remains the Other, a hole. And it is because of this Real that jouissance “as such” ex-sists. Every analysand knows well enough how each one fills this hole, and he may or may not consent to what there is not and adjust to what there is.
Finally, J.-A. Miller will say that the concept of gender has touched a sensitive aspect of our current culture and its discontents. Moreover, he stresses the value of the master signifier because it names such discontent. However, this concept is constructed – especially by Butler – with the use of a deformed psychoanalytic vocabulary. This is “a misuse of terms borrowed from Lacan and many others.” Thus, we have the challenge of placing what psychoanalysis of the Lacanian Orientation proposes, and the contribution it can make to the current debate in our civilization.
Scientific Committee: Cristina M. de Bocca – Fabián Naparstek – Mariana Gómez
Translated by Veronica Lassa
 Freud, S. (1915 ) Instincts and their Vicissitudes. “The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.” Volume XIV. London. The Hogarth Press, p. 122.
 Freud, S. (1905 ) Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, “The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.” Volume VII. Second edition. Second reprinting. London. The Hogarth Press, p. 148.
 Freud, S. (1927 – 1931). Female Sexuality, “The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.” Volume XXI. London. The Hogarth Press, p. 225.
 Lacan, J. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XVIII: On a Discourse that Would Not Be a Semblant.” Unpublished.
 Miller, J.-A. (2021). Ouragan sur le «gender»! https://lacanquotidien.fr/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LQ-925.pdf
 Ibidem, p 135.
 Ibidem, p 34.
 Lacan, J. …Or Worse: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XIX (1971-1972). Edited by J.-A. Miller. Translated by A.R. Price. Cambridge: Polity, 2018.
 The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: On Feminine Sexuality. The Limits of Love and Knowledge. Encore 1972-1973 (1999), Book XX, New York and London, W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, p. 39.
 Lacan, J. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XVIII: On a Discourse that Would Not Be a Semblant.” Unpublished.
 Miller, J.-A. (2014). What is the real? Translated by A. Alvarez. Lacanian Ink 43/44, 14-29.
 Lacan, J. …Or Worse: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XIX (1971-1972). Edited by J.-A. Miller. Translated by A.R. Price. Cambridge: Polity, 2018.
THE SEXUATION OF CHILDREN
6th Study-Day of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Child
13th March 2021
The origins of modesty by Morgane Léger
Can we speak of an emergence of modesty in a subject? Where does modesty have its origin?
In Seminar “RSI”, Jacques Lacan evokes a film brought by Jenny Aubry which illustrates the concept of the mirror stage. He is interested in the gesture of the child which facing the mirror passes his hand in front of the “phallus, or perhaps its absence,”  a gesture which produces an elision. “There is something here whose link is somehow primordial in relation to what will later be called modesty, but which it would be excessive to mention at the so-called “mirror” stage. 
Lacan already evokes this gesture, a prelude to modesty, in his seminar Anxiety: “If there is something that concretises this reference to the non-specularizable dimension that I pointed up last year, that it’s this little girls’s gesture, her hand quickly passing over the gamma of the junction where her belly meets her thighs, like a moment of giddiness faces with what she sees.” Modesty as a veil placed on the phallus or its absence, finds its origin in this giddiness and this movement of elision which makes a hole in the jubilatory image of the mirror.
A few months later, the child begins to experience an affect different from that of jubilation. Around two and a half, three years old, s/he becomes sensitive to the gaze of the Other, to his presence, to a remark he might make. The child may blush, show embarrassment, want to hide. The phallic lure begins to take shape.
This new affect seems to be concomitant with the emergence of articulated language and with the use of the “I”. The child begins to experience “the dimension of shame” as “the hole from which the master signifier arises” . By creating the neologism of “(h)ontology” , Lacan indicates to us that being and shame do not go one without the other. If shame is first – fundamental shame of being – modesty thus comes second, to corporise shame by localising it on the phallus, which will then have to be veiled.
Romans distinguished between modesty of body (pudor) and modesty of feeling (pudicitia). Pudor and pudicitia are related to each other. Modesty is not only modesty of the body, a veil that hides the phallus at the same time as it phallicizes the body. Modesty also concerns speech: its efficiency leads the subject to not say everything that comes to mind. It is at the same time an effect of repression and also a semblant adopted by the society, a semblant by which the subject accepts or not to be duped.
Contrary to the contemporary superegoic push-to-say, which Jacques-Alain Miller underlined with the term “complex of saying it all” , modesty is situated on the side of well-saying, taking into account the fact that there is no relation between the two sexes which could be said. Modesty is a veil over a real impossible to say.
Working in a crèche, I witnessed the embarrassment of a three-year-old girl. Having recently become the older sister of a baby who was breastfed by her mother, this little girl was playing on the section with a baby she was discreetly pretending to breastfeed. A childcare worker said to her: “I saw you breastfeeding your baby”. The little girl immediately stops playing and goes into hiding. The adult’s statement produces shame by revealing the secret place that this little girl was beginning to develop in order to go through the questions about sex, the birth of a baby, maternal desire…
In his seminar Desire and its Interpretation, Lacan returns to the constitution of the subject of the unconscious as correlative to the distinction between the “I” [je] of the statement and the “I” of the enunciation. The subject puts to the test [the dimension of not wanting to know anything about it] against the backdrop of the idea that the Other knows all about his thoughts, since at the outset his thoughts are, by their very nature and structure, this Other’s discourse. The discovery that the Other knows nothing about his thoughts, which is factually true, inaugurates the pathway by which the subject develops the opposite requirement that lies within the unsaid. From there, he will have to find the difficult path by which he must implement the unsaid in his being, going so far as to become the sort of being with which we deal – namely, a subject who has the dimension of the unconscious”. 
These three logical times overlap in the young child: 1) the child has the idea that the Other knows everything about his or her thoughts. 2) Contingency leads the child to discover that this is not the case and that the Other ignores the content of his or her thoughts. It is there that the first unspoken words, “lies” and precious secrets will emerge. We are at the beginning of modesty. 3) By that which Lacan calls a difficult trick, the young child will have to make the unsaid, the secret space, pass onto the unconscious. This is the stage where the distinction is made between the “I” of the statement and the “I” of the unconscious, that is, the advent of repression and the establishment of modesty.
Lacan indicates in this session: “The object is something that props the subject up at the precise moment at which the subject has to face, as it were, his existence. The object, is something that props him up in his existence in the most radical sense – namely, in the sense in which he exists in language. […] for what is propped up by this object is precisely what the subjects cannot reveal even to himself.”
Can we hypothesise that the small objects with which the young child around the age of three or four secretly fills his or her pockets are an attempt for him to support his being in what is most intimate to him or her?
The beginnings of modesty are in the child the secret and the hiding place, but also the choice of small objects, precious for the child, sometimes judged incongruous by the adult: these are so many ways, for the young child, to build little by little his private space which will pass later on onto the unconscious. It is up to the adult to acknowledge this space, by respecting the child’s intimacy and not devaluing the precious dimension of this little veiled nothing.
Translated by Peggy Papada
Originally published in https://institut-enfant.fr/zappeur-jie6/origines-de-la-pudeur/ on February 9th, 2021.
1 Lacan, J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XXII, RSI, lesson of 11th March, 1975, unpublished.
3 Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book X, Anxiety, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. Adrian R. Price, Polity, Cambridge, 2014, p. 202.
4 Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. R. Grigg, Norton, NY, London, 2007, p. 189.
6 Ibid., p. 180.
7 Miller, J-A. “Vous avez dit bizarre ?”, Quarto, n°78, February 2003, p. 11.
8 Lacan J., The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book VI, Desire and its Interpretation, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. Adrian R. Price, Polity, Cambridge, 2019, pp. 83-84.
9 Ibid., pp. 84-85.
10th AMERICAN MEETING OF PSYCHOANALYSIS OF THE LACANIAN ORIENTATION
22nd INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF THE FREUDIAN FIELD
THE NEW IN LOVE. CONTEMPORARY MODALITIES OF BONDS
Preparation is part of the meeting. Just like with a romantic date, the best is carefully chosen: the place, the images, the colors, the theme. That which will be memorable for those attending.
In the image of the poster we present to you, threads are intertwined, tightrope walkers holding on to the edges, they travel the rope on their unicycles over and over again; and in between, they meet others who as well, come or go, but of course, all aware that the journey as such has consequences. The analyst-funambulist, why not.
The city of Santiago de Chile, adorned by the imposing Andes mountains as backdrop, will be the meeting place. Our colleagues from the NEL Santiago, together with the Scientific and Organizational Committees, have already stepped into the loop and begun the juggling and cartwheels to prepare our meeting.
Lizbeth Ahumada Yanet
President of the 10th ENAPOL
Translator: Carolina Vignoli / Reviewed by: Aliana Santana
On the theme of the XVIII Congress of the SLP The Real of Sex
Two words, two extraordinary concepts of psychoanalysis for the theme of SLPCF 2021.
Sex: Sigmund Freud approaches it via childhood, thus inciting a cultural scandal. Of course.
On the other hand, in the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality he points out the “polymorphously perverse disposition”  of infantile sexuality. Sex and sexuality are disjointed and articulated using a new logic. The genital, already evident in Freud’s theories, points to the new, an opening, with the culture that informs the subject of the unconscious, to the transmission of the psychoanalysis itself.
Its baton will be given to the female, introducing a new setback to science and, with it, to the real. Binary sexuality increasingly in crisis with the advent of the manipulation of bodies on both the scientific and the capitalist sides requires everyone, as Ones-All-Alone, to make do with their subjective solution regarding sexuality.
Real: another concept forged by Lacan, beyond the meaning it takes from common language, in which real and reality are mostly equivalent. The Real unfolds from reality: it is placed on the side of jouissance, whereas reality is ordered on the Imaginary and the Symbolic side.
Throughout his teaching, Lacan, rereading Freud, works to give him a place in the Real, Symbolic, and Imaginary ternary. He goes so far as to say that it, the real, is without law and, being devoid of sense, “… has no order” . He also states: “It is to the very extent that Freud truly made a discovery … that it may be said that the real is my symptomatic response. To reduce this response to being symptomatic is also to reduce any and every invention to the sinthome” . In Seminar XXV, The Moment to Conclude, at the time of his last teaching, he will say: “… the Real does not cease to be written. It is indeed by writing that forcing is produced [… ] , it must be said, how would the Real appear if it were not written?” . Then the real produces “the hole […] this is what we are reduced to, as regards what it is, this sexual relationship, to realise it all the same” .
Today, more than ever, in the pandemic condition that has affected all of us, without exception, no one excluded, the theme is given so that the community of psychoanalysts of the SLP will do something to articulate it, each from their place, close to the foreign intimacy that inhabits them and according to their style. The clinic is the compass that compels us to write and testify. It will be knotted with the political and epistemic declinations.
Sex: it refers us to Lacanian biology, not without Freud. Lacan, in this regard, precisely in Seminar XIX, which the Italian analytical community of SLPCF is celebrating in its recently published Italian translation, states: “That sex is real is not to be doubted in the slightest [..] What is at issue when sex is involved is the other, the other sex, even when one prefers the same ”.
Real: Lacan, in his interview with Emilia Granzotto for the magazine “Panorama”, said: “I call a symptom everything that comes from the real. And the real is everything that doesn’t work out, that doesn’t function, that gets in the way of man’s life and the affirmation of his personality. The real always returns to the same place, and that’s where you’ll always find it, with the same semblances. Scientists assert that nothing is impossible in the real […] they […] are unaware that their position is untenable” . In the same interview, Lacan responds to the interviewer’s question about the nature of anguish: “It is something that is situated outside our bodies, a fear, but a fear of nothing that the body, the mind included, can provide a reason for. In short, the fear of fear! A lot of these fears and anxieties, at the level at which we perceive them, have something to do with sex” .
“The real of sex” is the theme that puts us to work in these times, between 2020 and 2021. We left behind a theme: “Fears?”, without being able to celebrate the XVIII Congress 2020.
Certainly, it will be included in this year’s work, not without leaving a hole, working in the analytical training of each to get rid of the plugs that never cease being produced in order to plug the hole imprinted by the lack of the sexual relationship, we can… scilicet.
After all, doesn’t the subject arise precisely from the fault, from the interval between S1 and S2? An intermittence, indeed, that arises from a lost object. The flash that Lacan makes us imagine in his 1966 conference in Baltimore : the neon of a luminous sign that marks time, that comes and goes in the mist of dawn. I love this photo he gives us!
It will be a sustained work for SLPCF. Let them light up and turn off so many little ones that indicate the time that flows in the dense mist, to be fended with determined desires for the making of a new day for the transmission of psychoanalysis, both at the level of speech and of the analyst’s desire.
Let us be sustained by our intimate, subjective, real cause, by the Analysts of the School in function.
The teachings of the Pass will support this instrument of transmission that is the School, decomposing it permanently, with the hole of knowledge surrounded by those edges of the real of which they testify.
We know that Lacan underlined, to those who told him he was a poet, that he was a poem.
I read as a poetic verse the passage that Lacan leaves in the interview with Emilia Granzotto, and thus I make a point: “Analysis pushes the subject towards the impossible. It tries to get the subject to consider reality as it really is, in other words imaginary and entirely devoid of sense. While the real, like a voracious bird, does nothing but feed on meaningful things, actions that have a meaning” .
This passage gives me the taste of poetry that is erased, written on the edges of shoreline on which, intermittently, the wave washes off its signifiers, its metaphors and metonymies, its verses; remains of jouissance: nothing.
President of the SLP
 S. Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905), in The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VII (1901-1905): A Case of Hysteria, Three Essays on Sexuality and Other Works, p.191.
 J. Lacan, The Sinthome. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan. Book XXIII, Polity Press, Cambridge 2016, p. 118.
 Ibid, p. 113.
 J. Lacan, The Moment to Conclude. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan. Book XXV, lesson of 10 January 1978, unpublished.
 J. Lacan, Les non-dupes errant. The Seminar. Book XXI, lesson of 12 February 1974, unpublished.
 J. Lacan, … or Worse. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan. Book XIX, Polity Press, Cambridge 2018, p. 134.
 J. Lacan, Freud Forever: An Interview with Panorama, in «Hurly-Burly», n. 12, 2015, pp. 18-19.
 Ibid, p. 21.
 J. Lacan, Of Structure as the Inmixing of an Otherness Prerequisite to Any Subject Whatever. Available at: https://www.lacan.com/hotel.htm
 J. Lacan, Freud Forever: An Interview with Panorama, op. cit., p. 18.
The Psychoanalytic Approach Oriented by the Autistic Rim
by J.-C. Maleval
The hypothesis of R. and R. Lefort on the existence of a specific subjective autistic structure, different from that of psychosis, the introduction of the concept of rim by E. Laurent, the developments advanced on in the books The autist and his voice and The battle of autism, all these works have contributed in the Lacanian field to initiating an approach to the treatment of the autistic suffering by taking support on the evolutions of the rim. This is a radically new perspective since it considers the autistic objects as dynamic inventions and not as pathological objects. Self-therapies of autistic people frequently testify to the intense investment of one or more objects, concrete or imaginary, thanks to which they constructed themselves and opened up to others. For many of them it was a double (animal, imaginary companion, brother, sister, etc.), for some other it was cartoons, in some cases it was a specific interest, and in others an original invention, etc.
In the more severe forms of autism, the transference is hindered, while attempts to induce it often trigger aggressive reactions, especially if these attempts are too direct. However, it is now well established that the autist does not seek to cut himself off from the world by shutting himself up in a shell, he strives to go towards the world and towards others, but by following his own way, which passes through the mediation of a securing object. The handling of the transference must take this into account. The developmental pathway within the spectrum of autism regularly involves a fall of the first autistic objects, and a distancing from the doubles, so that the emptying of the rim leads to its reduction to a specific interest. This logic, punctuated by successive losses, does not correspond to that of an increase in information, but to that of a treatment of jouissance by means of cuts.
The ACF in Midi-Pyrénées continues on Saturday February 6, 2021, as part of its Exchange Seminar, the cycle of conferences of Jean-Claude Maleval, with a videoconference on the question of “The Psychoanalytic Approach Oriented by the Autistic Rim” . J.-C. Maleval is a psychoanalyst, member of the ECF and the WAP, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Rennes 2. The debate will be moderated by Jean-François Cottes, psychoanalyst member of the ECF and of the WAP, Director of CERA, and members of the cartel of the Exchange Seminar, Cécile Favreau (ECF, Director ACF-MP), Eduardo Scarone (ECF), André Soueix (ECF), Vanessa Sudreau (ECF), Florence Nègre (ACF-MP).
In just a few years the Fake has invaded the concrete language that people speak . It denounces a truth, marking its inconsistency, and refers to the idea of a counter-truth in a system of denunciation like a set of Russian dolls: each truth would be a Fake in which another truth, also Fake, would hide, and so on… The Fake then testifies to an immoderate need to give meaning, an ultimate meaning, an absolute truth, to tell truth upon truth which leads to the most delusional conspiracy theories.
We must recognise that the truth is suspect. How can we forget all the massacres that have been carried out in the name of Truth? There is therefore a paradox: the truth that the word ‘Fake’ covers. On the one hand, there is the idea of the purity of truth, a truth One, which would exclude all the others and lead to the worst. On the other, there is absolute relativism: there is no truth, there is the temptation to eliminate every notion of truth, returning us to an inconsistency of the Other.
This paradox is heard in what Jacques-Alain Miller said: “As soon as one assumes the Other’s shenanigans, there is no fact that cannot be explained, including the absence of fact. You object that the evidence is lacking? Well, it’s because it has been subtracted. Even with delirious interpretations, the conspirator dispels the mysteries. He shows you in his own way that the real is rational. In other words, he simulates scientific knowledge.” 
Lacan held both ends of this paradox in order to give a reading of the truth in a way that can orient us today. For psychoanalysis, truth, the love of truth is first of all support of transference and allows the establishment of the subject supposed to know. It takes a long analysis for the subject to hear his own truth as lying, or as a beyond of the truth, locating its fictional status in the analysis and the importance of the semblants as a response. Therefore, for psychoanalysis, Truth, like Woman, does not exist. It is constructed one by one, singularly, in a work of elaboration under transference, so that at the end of analysis, these fictions are detached. There is therefore an ethics of truth. “The beginning, which is organized in the psychoanalysis of the subject, finds its end diagonally, in the psychoanalysis of the parlêtre. The question of the meaning of desire and truth finds its answer of satisfaction, which supposes that the shimmering of truth is extinguished and its mirage vanished.” 
Lacan does not orient himself from the true, but from the sexual non-relation in light of which meaning, the object a, language itself… are semblances, elucubrations: the truth is lying truth. So it is not the same delusion, the one triggered by the inconsistency of the Other, and which can be identified, at the end of analysis, by the encounter of a subject with this point of the non-existence of the Other.
The Question of School (Question d’École) invites you to question the status and paradoxes of truth in the age of the Fake.
Laurent Dupont, President of the ECF
Argument: “Question d’École 2021”, videoconference, 23 January 2021.
1.Cf. Lacan, J., “Of Structure as an Inmixing of an Otherness Prerequisite to Any Subject Whatever” (1966), The Structuralist Controversy, ed. Richard Macksey and Eugenio Donato, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1970, p. 188.
2. Miller J-A., “As soon as we speak we plot”, Le Point, 15 December 2011; available online at https://tinyurl.com/y3c73olu
3. Miller, J.-A, “Psychanalyse en immersion” (2008), La Cause du désir, no. 106, November 2020, p. 30.
Conversation EOL 2020: TRAUMAΣ
The trauma has already happened and there is no going back. We analysts give it a place, both in psychoanalytic treatment and also in specific encounters that we sometimes offer in particular circumstances.
The theme that guides the work of our Conversation, navigates through the waters of psychoanalysis in intention as well as in its extension. These notions, as Lacan points out, maintain a horizon of knotting among themselves,  that is, the position obtained in the intention also makes it possible to orient oneself in the extension.
The signifier trauma‒whose diffusion was driven by psychoanalysis itself‒ has permeated contemporary discourse: it is used to explain as much as it is imagined that it prevents.
The broadening of the scope of scientific discourse has precipitated the generalized use of the dimensions of cause and effect with the consequence of determining what will become traumatic.
As it becomes a more transparent and commonsense notion, what we call trauma in psychoanalysis becomes more enigmatic.
Therefore it is essential to locate what it is for us that makes an event acquire the value of trauma.
In its various aspects, it is a theme that runs through the history of psychoanalysis. This was founded at its birth, before 1900. Lacan continues to evoke it until the end of his teaching in 1980.  The last teaching from which we still have to continue to draw consequences to orient ourselves today to a problem that is more than current.
Whereas Freud reads trauma diachronically, Lacan uses the axiom of the sexual non-rapport to establish his synchronic formula. “Somehow this gives us the axiom of trauma, and does not allow us to know when, how or with whom the trauma occurred or will occur …” 
It was Freud who introduced him to psychic traumatism. From the trauma of seduction as an incident that actually occurred and its abandonment—which gives rise to the foundation of psychoanalysis as such—to the traumatic dreams of repetition as an example of the failure of the pleasure principle and the location of the death drive as an intrinsically human horizon, trauma is linked to the irruption of a jouissance.
Of course, one might ask what kind of jouissance it is; is jouissance itself traumatic?
Once detached from psychic causality, Lacan operates by wrinkling the trauma and articulating it with the signifiers hole (trou), human and symptom. He then speaks of troumatisme,  of troumains  and of what sintraumatizes.  We have here three aspects, which at the same time articulate with each other, and can guide our task.
This year, the totally unprecedented global phenomenon has a name: COVID-19. It produced an unprecedented perforation in all discourses.
We are faced with an event that, on the one hand, questions us about the current status of the concept of trauma, and on the other, about the tools that we have to read the different modes of response that are appearing, both collectively and individually.
It is precisely on the hole of the trauma, in the place of that real, that the fundamental fantasy as a screen tries to cover that very first traumatizing encounter and, at the same time, the founding of the parlêtre. In a second round, something will be traumatic when its impact is such that it breaks or tears apart that screen. This fantasmatic screen functions as a veil and, at the same time, as an obstacle to make use of what each person finds there as an answer, since it is from that gap that the symptom will emerge as a response to the trauma of the real.  This point opens up a renewed interest in the notion of the symptom as a singular invention in the face of the structural hole. A place where “one invents what one can.”  The testimonies of the AS [Analysts of the School] can be a privileged place to seek out traces of the singularity of these inventions.
There is, of course, no pre-established treatment in the clinic in intention, but neither is there in extension. Faced with the hole created by the trauma, it can be healing to be able to restore the fabric of meaning that was present in its irruption. However, at the same time that it is proposed to the parlêtre to communicate the traumatic experience, we know that by structure he will experience the limits of communication, barred S.
At this point, we ask ourselves: if it is not by way of meaning, how does the analytic act play its part with respect to trauma? In what way does the notion of trauma deeply question how we are to understand the analytic operation?
We await, then, the contributions of each analyst, one by one, from which we can carry out a work of collective elaboration.
Nicolás Bousoño, Irene Greiser, Esteban Klainer and Débora Rabinovich
Mirta Berkoff (Plus one)
Translated by Isolda Arango-Alvarez
Reviewed by Maria Cristina Aguirre & Jeff Erbe
Image by Alicia Leloutre
This argument appears in the original in Spanish at: http://uqbarwapol.com/conversacion-eol-2020-trauma%cf%83/
1. Lacan, J.: “Proposition of 9 October, 1967 on the Psychoanalyst of the School,” trans. Russell Grigg, Analysis, no. 6 (1995): 1-13.
2. Lacan, J.: “Le malentendu : Dissolution, séminaire du 10 juin 1980,” Ornicar? no. 22/23 (1981) : 11-4.
3. Miller, J.-A., Causa y consentimiento, Paidós, Bs. As., 2019, p. 138.
4. Lacan, J., Les non-dupes errent: Seminar XXI, lesson of 19 February, 1974, unpublished.
5. Lacan, J., Le moment de conclure: Seminar XXV, lesson of 17 January, 1978, unpublished.
6. Lacan, J., The Sinthome: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XXIII, ed. Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. A.R. Price (Cambridge: Polity, 2016), 124.
7. Miller, J.-A., “On die wege der symptombildung” in: Freudiana 19, ELP, Barcelona, 2001, pp. 7-56.
8. Lacan, J., Les non-dupes errent: Seminar XXI, unpublished.
The Feminine Uncanny. Saying the Unsayable
A feminine fable
By Marcelo Veras
The Future in Times of Coronavirus – The New Normal?
26th June 2020 – 19h [Spain]
The beginning of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus has placed the authorities in the position of decreeing the State of Alarm, which has implied the restriction of rights and a situation of confinement that has been dragging on for more than two months. The certain possibility of getting sick and of dying, together with the demand for social distancing due to the possibility of being infected or infectious -which turns the other and each one into potential contagion- introduce modifications in the social bonds, plunging citizens into bewilderment and anguish. On the other hand, the inability to go to the workplace and the loss of jobs have increased poverty and exclusion. One of the worst economic crises is looming, envisaged to be even greater than that of 2008.
Although at the moment deconfinement has begun, nothing suggests that it will be simple and that it will not involve setbacks. Sustained and globalized uncertainty is another of the feelings that hits the bodies given the difficulty for words to give a credible meaning to the situation. The bet is placed on science finding a vaccine and a treatment that prevents the virus from attacking. But subjective times do not coincide with those of science. You have to wait longer than you wished.
In this context, voices emerge that predict a post-pandemic world very different from the current one. Authors like Zizek think that the virus has placed a bomb on the waterline of capitalism, a question that is unclear and therefore central for us to think about. For her part, Naomi Klein estimates that the defenders of an absolutely cyber world, where bodies and presence would no longer be necessary, are finding their golden opportunity. Let’s be attentive to what happens in education and medicine where this idea gains maximum strength. And in teleworking. Do not lose track either of what the alarm / exception States have shown to lovers of population control: it is possible to impose the monitoring of people through mobile phones in order to end the pandemic: totalitarianism blossoms? In turn, the attack on the planet by the voracity of “always more” could be at the origin of the situation we are living.
All these questions, which introduce new forms of discontent in civilization, are framed by the concern for the future and in this new born signifier: “the new normal” which, like a mantra, we hear every day coming out from the screens. If we tune our ears and isolate it from the common sense imposed on it, we can hear its sinister tint. Hence the questions that arise from the title of the debate that we propose: what is to come? What is the “new” that is announced? What is it that it’s trying to be “normalized”?
Carlos Fernández Liria, philosopher
Mónica García, physician and and regional deputy (CAM)
Luis García Montero, poet and director of the Instituto Cervantes
Argument – Part 4
By Caroline Leduc
The current feminist debates are crystallised around a difficulty proper to our time which concerns the alterity of the sexuated bodies, whatever their gender. As Jacques-Alain Miller already discovered in 2004, the sexual non-relation became a common truth in the current discourse: “the relation between the two sexes is going to become more and more impossible ”; “the non-existence of the sexual relation has precisely, today, become obvious,” to the extent that “the master signifiers no longer manage to make it exist.”  Therefore, it is also a crisis of semblants and more specifically a crisis of the phallic semblant. The phallic trait once operative between the sexes appears broken and phallic desire becomes a monster. The phallic gift which could be a consolation to castration no longer has its symbolic effect but it henceforth tends to take the colouring of abuse. It is the break-in of jouissance for all – revealing for each his jouissance One separated, isolated, orphaned, that is to say, without Other. The phallus, once instrument of a singular desire subjectivising the signifying alienation, is reduced to being nothing more than an index of the contingent violence through which the registers of the Other and the One are originally separated. A rejection of the Other agitates our times.
Sexual abuse exists, and it has always existed. Psychoanalysis of the Lacanian orientation claims that the emergence of sexual desire in the body of a subject has a structural effect of traumatic otherness, whether or not an abuse has occurred in reality. The sexual always separates something with a crash. It is the ravaging otherness of the sexual desire of an other which prematurely sexualises the body; and this can be the disturbing otherness of one’s own body moved by an always premature sexual desire. Psychoanalysis bets that it is from this very point of real of which it appeared that one is the object, that a response can be invented – that of the subject itself.
The structural abuse that sex inflicts on our bodies was previously hidden. It was not talked about. Censorship had the function of maintaining the established order, of veiling this scandal by means of the fictions that ordered and regulated the rapport between the sexes. With the metoo phenomenon and its still very powerful consequences, it turns out that the feminist discourse of our time meets the deductions of psychoanalysis. There are nevertheless differences between these two discourses. Psychoanalysis proposes to free oneself from the mortifying consequences of the abuse by taking into account an impossible which is discovered and experienced in a long analytical treatment; long because discovering it and then using it first requires to have exhausted the suffering. It is indeed impossible to enjoy the body of an other. This is the meaning of Lacan’s aphorism: there is no sexual relation. Even within a consensual relationship, the partner is added to a jouissance which is that of one’s own body. This addition is a fiction – for example, that of love. If we can desire the participation of a partner, it will nonetheless be a “means” to our jouissance; if the jouissance of an other is imposed on us, the horror resides in what is revealed to us in being reduced to a means of the other’s jouissance without the support of a fiction.
So what remains are the blows of this real of the jouissance One on the imaginary, the stakes of which swell, producing the scattering of the old imaginary and symbolic categories of sexual roles, as well as the sign of solitude of each turning in circles around the symptomatic capture of his or her jouissance. It is therefore understandable how sexual abuse precipitates into the ravages of an incestuous imaginary: “sexual rapport, there is none, but it is not obvious, there is none, except incestuous one.” The way out through speech in a psychoanalysis is to consider one’s “symptom as a question mark in the sexual non-relation.” 
The work on the theme of our Study Days aims to obtain an Aufhebung of what these contemporary phenomena denote as impasse, which restores their precise place in what is transformed in discourse. Which are the effects of this modernity on the politics of treatments? To orient oneself, it is about situating in a differential way the bad encounter with the sexual in terms of structure and in its contingent appearance.
Translated by Peggy Papada
Argument – Part 2
Translated by Peggy Papada
Argument – Part 1
Still Dreaming? / La Cause Du Désir
EDITORIAL – FABIAN FAJNWAKS
THE ONE-BLUNDER OF THE DREAM
The title of this issue highlights the place we give to the interpretation of dreams, 120 years after the invention of psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud. What use do psychoanalysts make of the dream, since Jacques Lacan taught us to consider the unconscious in its real dimension, as the one-blunder [l’une-bévue] which is neither to be deciphered nor interpreted?
The dream and its interpretation do not occupy the same place at the beginning and at the end of an analysis – this is the common thread running through this issue, like the one that the artist Salvatore Puglia could sew on the Roman ruins of the cover. There where it is a question of first giving consistency to the meanings present in the dream so that the subject hears the equivocation of the signifiers which determine it, the progress of the cure reveals behind these same linguistic articulations a real element present in the ‘One’ of the surplus-jouissance that is satisfied in it.
The dream thus approached as an accident, a cut, no longer harbors meanings to be revealed in the signifiers that give it body; it limits itself – like the haikus studied by Roland Barthes in The Empire of Signs – to show something that is taking place, a phenomenon: to indicate “that”.
Freud’s drive-based unconscious [inconscient pulsionnel], present in his second topography, is reduced at the end of an analysis to the radical and impossible to reabsorb cut produced by the encounter with jouissance in its pictorial formations. Some dreams evoked here by the Analysts of the School testify to this. The signifiers of the dream come to dress the reality of the One of jouissance, whether it is the traumatic jouissance that marks the body, or that of the troumatisme that sexuality implies for all speaking beings. The cases published in the clinical section demonstrate in an original way what use can be made of dreams in clinical practice, even and especially with young speaking beings! The intervention of the analyst is modified, as is the place of interpretation, reduced to the equivocations that homophony, grammar and logic – as Lacan indicates in L’Étourdit – allow to produce. It is the unconscious itself that becomes interpreter, deciphering the enigma of the pure contingency involved in the encounter of the body with jouissance.
“We don’t wake up: dreams keep desire alive,” Lacan tells us in the 1974 note published in this issue. This statement has its weight and thwarts the initial idea, developed in his first seminars, that one wakes up to continue sleeping. In this same note, Lacan situates death on the side of awakening, as being a dream of life: “Life is something quite impossible which can dream of absolute awakening. It is on the side of awakening that death is situated.”
An original reading of the interpretation of dreams is offered to us by Marie-Hélène Brousse who approaches it as a text which covers -with its signifiers- that which escapes language and marked the body in its traumatic eruption. More otherness therefore, but the manifestation of the jouissance of the body which makes itself heard through the signifiers of the dream. A new orientation thus takes shape thanks to this text, which places the One-all-alone of jouissance in the contingency that supposes “the random accident that is the living body without the Other.”
This perspective allows us to define the “bit of real” present in the symbolic differently than the Freudian Unnerkannt, the unknowable of the dream, found by Freud at the bottom of Irma’s throat: it is no longer an inlay of the real in the signifier of the narrative, but rather of how this real shows its nose in the dream. This perspective then adds a new articulation between the symbolic dimension of the narrative of the dream and the real which it comes to cover over, going beyond the more well-known Freudian perspective of the “navel of the dream.”
The testimonies occurred at the end of the analysis and in the “beyond the Pass” turn out to be invaluable here to verify this relation that the dream has with the real. The dream bordering the real of jouissance, giving it form, giving it body through its signifiers, while metamorphosing it: this is indeed the dream from the perspective of the real unconscious, of the one-blunder.
The event that was the 49th Study-Days of the School of the Freudian Cause finds an echo in this issue, with Delphine Horvilleur’s intervention, who brilliantly demonstrated to us that the practice of reading and the letter does not just belong to the domain of psychoanalysis; with the interview that took place, after reading his manifesto, between Paul B. Preciado, François Ansermet and Omaïra Meseguer; and finally with a fascinating article by Éric Laurent on the failed encounter between feminism and Lacan’s proposal “There is no sexual relation.”
Like “th’Esp of a Rev,” art is not to be interpreted, it makes it possible to border the real that inhabits the one who creates it, through a fictional or pictorial construction, thus the drawings of François Matton by which these pages are scanded. The approach of an analysis resonates with that of the artist, this is what is heard in the voice of Jeanne Balibar who intensely circumscribes her “knowing-how-to-do with the hole” in her acting profession, and in “that voice that speaks to us,” watched over by composer Betsy Jolas.
It is clear that the reveries proposed by the civilization of excess and its behavioral regulations do not succeed in silencing this other approach to the dream opened by the Freudian practice, re-enlightened by Jacques Lacan. So, are you still dreaming?
 Laurent É., “The Réveil (Awakening) from the Rêve (Dream) or th’Esp of a Rev”, orientation text for the 12th Congress of the WAP “Dream. Its Interpretation and Use in Lacanian Treatment”, Buenos Aires, 14-18 December 2020, available online.
The Unbearable of Childhood
Interview with Éric Laurent by Raquel Cors Ulloa – Part 1
RCU: We are with Éric Laurent, who has kindly accepted the invitation for the XI NEL Study-Days, to be held on October 23, 24 and 25 in Bogota, whose title is “The Unbearable of Childhood”
Firstly, thank you for honoring us with your presence at the NEL and secondly, I’d like to take the opportunity to ask you: what does the title of these Study-Day evoke for you? Because, in my view, it proposes a re-reading of the concept of childhood, which is not always limited to the clinical work with children, but refers too to the drive demands [exigencies] proper to childhood sexuality. That is, the childhood sexuality that inhabits the speaking-being and which psychoanalysis is responsible for dignifying.
EL: Good. In this question there are already the elements of the answer that you give to it, distinguishing the two aspects. On the one hand, childhood as a moment, a time that a subject goes through and, on the other hand, as something that never gets traversed, that remains, that is deposited; a mode of demand [exigency] of what was at that time and which does not disappear, which remains as a demand. So, in these two slopes we have versions of the unbearable.
What I expect from this Congress is precisely a kind of aggiornamento, a way of thinking again about these two aspects, childhood as a moment and childhood as this insurmountable exigency of what childhood sexuality was.
To re-read all this with Lacan’s later teaching, of course without forgetting everything that came before, but with this interesting play of re-reading what it was, with Jacques-Alain Miller’s fundamental article on “The Paradigms of Jouissance” as model; in so far as it is precisely a fundamental instrument to approach childhood, a way of reading childhood as a time, a moment, and how jouissance is localised, the famous, let’s say, polymorphous jouissance, which in childhood takes on the form of not being centred in phallic jouissance but descentred. Childhood as, precisely, the reminder that jouissance is never finally unified, there is no ganze Sexualstrebung (whole/total sexual tendency) as Freud said, re-read by Lacan. There is no unification; there are these drives called (you said it) partial drives and there is phallic jouissance that actually comes to have an incidence on them, but never on the side of unification.
An effort must always be made to re-read, let’s say, the children’s clinic or the clinic of childhood, based on this necessary dispersion of jouissances, in the plural. This allows us to make a further effort to read what was ordered on the side of the symbolic, of the relationship of the infans subject with the symbolic and his encounter with the symbolic Other. At the same time, this is done on the imaginary side. To emphasize the three consistencies of the Real, the Symbolic and the Imaginary, but in a more egalitarian way, approaching the children’s clinic from the perspective of the knots is fundamental. Indeed, the title “unbearable” emphasizes, of course, this touch of Real that must always be reintroduced in our approach to the clinic of childhood.
Transcription: Alejandro Góngora (NEL-Santiago) Translation: Florencia F.C. Shanahan
XXthClinical Conversation of the ICF-E
Beginnings of Analysis With the participation of Jacques-Alain Miller
Barcelona, 7th and 8th March 2020 / Chaired by: Gustavo Dessal and Estela Paskvan
Directing one’s steps towards the consulting room of an analyst opens the possibility of inserting and lodging the body in a new circuit. This will no doubt be a memorable event in one’s life if the encounter proves to be, retroactively, the moment of incorporation into the analytical discourse through the “painful mystery for himself” , his symptom, the authentic impulse for formulating a demand.
The reception by the one who embodies the symbolic function inaugurated by Freud must be respectful of the only fundamental precept that should orient his responses, the principle of abstinence. In this way he will be able to put in suspense everything that could compromise the preservation of the empty place where someone can make his voice heard without being compared to anyone else.
Psychoanalysis promotes the right of one alone, says Miller. It is the right to a deviation experienced as such, not measured against any norm. A dividing line between false or true psychoanalysis is thus established, depending on whether one takes norms into consideration or not, whatever reason might be invoked to justify them: experience, orthodoxy, psychopathology, any norm leads to psychotherapy.
The formation required to provide that singular hollow able to lodge the speech of the sufferer has been obtained by a “severe asceticism” through which the analyst deciphered his own mystery, the mystery of the speaking body. But talking about mystery could induce the idea that it is hidden somewhere and should be revealed. Hence Lacan’s insistence: There is no initiation!, understood as the science of jouissance. Moreover, Lacan states, analysisis is an anti-initiation.
 Jacques-Alain Miller, Un comienzo en la vida [A beginning in life]. Synthesis. Madrid. 2003. p. 13.
The Feminine Uncanny Saying the Unsayable
by Esthela Solano-Suárez
Towards “Question d’Ecole” - Paris, 1st February 2020 Register here: https://www.causefreudienne.net/event/puissance-de-la-parole-clinique-de-lecole/ Published in French in L'Hebdo-Blog 189, New Series, 19th January 2020.
The Unbearable of Childhood
[…] During our next NEL Study-Days, childhood [infancy] will not be limited to the challenges that the clinic with children confront us with, since if we refer to its etymology, infans means without voice and, in this sense, the resonances with the muteness of the drive are clear; a drive which psychoanalysis is however responsible for listening to in its insistence, as well as for dignifying the ways in which each one lives it.
Thus, the unbearable of childhood finds a fundamental reference in the unbearable satisfaction of the drive associated with displeasure. It is on this unpleasant drive jouissance that the superegoic jouissance will come to settle, initially linked to disgust and shame. Sigmund Freud, at the beginning of the second of his “Three essays on Sexuality”, formulated a universal law that would be present “for all” children: the existence of a sexual drive. In the face of this universal – according to their drive exigency, typical of child sexuality – the singularity of the real of the drive of each one will be inscribed, one by one.
If psychoanalysts are interested in childhood –which is not always correlative to the period of childhood–, it is because the clinic teaches us that what disturbs the chronological and integral idea of the adult, is precisely because something of that infans –which does not yet have words – embodies the real. Consequently, the investigation of infantile neurosis disturbs: the old, the young, the adolescent, the child, and why not the psychoanalyst too, if he clings, as a subject, to the idea that the child is the structure, as Lacan points out. Indeed, once childhood emerges in the analytical experience, that which escapes the Symbolic, the Real, is verified.
On the other hand, helplessness (Hilflosigkeit), the helplessness that determines the absolute dependency of the human cub on the Other of language, leaves indelible marks on the parlêtre, which as such constitute himself as a response to the founding trauma, trauma inscribed in the meeting between the body and lalingua. If the trauma is the incidence of lalingua on the speaking being, where rather than the specular body what is at stake is the body as an surface for the inscription of jouissance, then it is from that trauma that the traces lalingua which language fails to name will be detached.
Excerpt of the Argument by Raquel Cors Ulloa, President of the XIth NEL Study-Days 2020
28th Study-Days of the EOL
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE UNCONSCIOUS… STILL
“The supposition of the unconscious is necessary and legitimate, we possess numerous proofs of its existence … parapraxes, dreams and psychic symptoms” (Freud, “The Unconscious”, 1915, SE 14, p. 159, translation modified)
Gabriela Basz and Mónica Gurevicz Directors of the Study-Days
Translated by Roger Litten
Daniela de Camargo Barros Affonso Orientation Committee Translated by Gary Marshall
The Discordance Between the Sexes in the Light of Psychoanalysis
Translated by Roger Litten
“WOMEN IN PSYCHOANALYSIS” 49th Study-Days of the ECF
Translated by Janet Haney and John Haney
Text established by Hervé Damase with Frédérique Bouvet, read by the author. Translated by Janet Haney and John Haney
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The “Preface to the English-Language Edition” of Seminar XI is a three-paged text that Lacan wrote in 1976 as an extension of his Seminar, The Sinthome; Miller even considers it to be this seminar’s last lesson. This short text is a new way of taking up his “Proposition” on the pass. It is for this reason that Miller considers it to be, in some way, Lacan’s last will and testament.
When he brings up the pass again at the end of his teaching, Lacan no longer uses the signifier “subjective urgency”, but that of “urgent cases”.
Other signifiers are also not found in this text. While “transference” finds its algorithmic definition in the 1967 “Proposition”, this signifier is nowhere to be found in the later text. And for good reason, for in his very last teaching, the subject supposed to know is itself thrown into question. The subject supposed to know is the hypothesis of the Freudian unconscious, the transferential unconscious. In this final text, the signifiers “knowledge”, “subject supposed to know” and “transference” no longer appear. In this regard, Miller points out that he prefers that we say that we come back from one session to the next because ça pousse, “it pushes”, ça urge, “it urges” rather than because of transference.
Knowledge is no longer there because Lacan no longer believes in it. He considers knowledge to be only a semblant, a hare-brained lucubration about lalangue.
On the other hand, while knowledge produces nothing but lies, we find another signifier, that of “lying truth”. And instead of the signifier of transference we find “these urgent cases”.
Admittedly, urgency here is, on the one hand, just as in 1967, what presides over the analysis, what presides over transference. In the analytic situation, the psychoanalyst is this person, this quelconque or “whomsoever” who embodies this place of address for analysands – these speaking beings that “run” after the truth – the one who agrees to “pair” with these urgent cases. We meet an analyst when we are in a state of urgency. But, on the other hand, Lacan takes an additional step that goes beyond transference; there is another urgency. In analysis, there is always urgency, there is always something that pushes, that urges, that presses and that is beyond transference, even if one takes one’s time or lets it drag on. Urgency is something that presses the parlêtre. Something of the order of “the urgency of life”, as Dominique Holvoet magnificently emphasized in his teaching as an AS.
“This indicates that there is a causality operating at a deeper level than the transference, one that Lacan characterizes as a level of satisfaction insofar as it is urgent and analysis is its means.”
We run after the truth, says Lacan; this is what happens in free association, but truth cannot be caught by the signifier.
What is urgent for Lacan at the end of his teaching – the analytical urgency, that which pushes theparlêtre – consists therefore of running after truth, of pursuing the truth that harbours the real. But this truth cannot be captured with words. The urgency in question is the attempt to catch hold of a truth that can never be reached. This race to pursue the truth that we never can catch is what provides the satisfaction of these urgent cases, of the speaking bodies. This is why one can say that analysis is the means for this urgent satisfaction.
Satis, etymologically the Latin “enough”, constitutes the root of the signifier “satisfaction”, the “it is enough” of the pass. Consequently, satisfaction comes in two modalities: that of satis – “it is enough”, and that of a new way of knowing how to do with one’s real, with the non-resorbable jouissance.
In this final text, Lacan no longer says “the psychoanalyst derives his authorisation only from himself”, because the subject produced by free association is thrown back into question. Instead, he emphasizes what is urgent, the impulse that pushes the subject to “hystoricize himself” [“s’hystoriser de lui-même”], namely to hystoricize himself without making a pair with his analyst. As you can see, in the very last Lacan, at the Archimedean point of the pass, what is at stake is urgent. The pass is done via the urgency of life.
Translated from the French by Philip Dravers
From the Argument towards the NLS Congress 2019