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Freud’s Way: Founding Psychoanalysis

Contribution to CFAR public seminar ‘Freud’s work during the 1890s’, held at UCL on Saturday 6th October 2018.

In this article, we will discuss a certain period of history that led to the formation of psychoanalysis. It was the last decade of the nineteenth century, the 1890s, which made the bible of Freudian psychoanalysis. Fifteen years after the “Caesar of Salpêtrière” (Charcot’s) Tuesday lectures in Paris, and the outcome of ten years of observation and experimentation with patients, and five years after Freud’s famous dream of Irma, The Interpretation of Dreams was published.

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What is the Unconscious?

Contribution to CFAR public seminar ‘The Unconscious’, held at UCL on Saturday 19th January 2019.

What was Lacan’s contribution to Freud’s second topic? What is referred to as the unconscious in Lacanian orientation? In this article, we will briefly discuss the concept of the unconscious based on Lacan’s work during the 60s and 70s in order to approach the above questions.

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Testimony: A Resident of the World

This article is published in JCFAR 2019 and will be available soon.

The question of “history” will be approached from two different perspectives in this paper: the history as every individual’s description of life and the subjective history as the history of the parlêtre (Lacan, 1975). The former concerns any individual(s) in singular or collective form, while the latter focuses on the particularity of each subject’s self-created history.

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Memento: “I have this condition …” Psychosis and the Past

The full text of this article will appear as a chapter in my upcoming book: Memento: a Testimonial Journey

In this article we will approach the question of self-creation in a psychotic subject in relation to the remembering and forgetting of past history. The full text of this article will appear as a chapter in my upcoming book: Memento: a Testimonial Journey.

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The Position of the Analyst

Contribution to the Lacan-Jung Dialogue ‘Position of the Analyst’, held at Middlesex University on Saturday 2nd December 2017. The full text of this article will appear as a chapter in my upcoming book: Memento: a Testimonial Journey

Lacan’s trajectory of approaching the question of “the position of the analyst” starts with Hegelian thoughts on the Other’s desire. Then, he opposes the idea of transference and the so-called counter-transference before his 11th seminar in 1964. A few years later, on the effect of psychoanalytic training and the analyst of the school, we have “The proposition of the analyst of the school 9th Oct 1967”. Eventually, he designed “la pass” – a process through which to find a way of understanding the position of the analyst. He never put forward a theory on the position of the analyst as what it is, but rather as what its function is. The analyst is (1) a subject who occupies such position to (2) function at the level of (3) the Real unconscious.

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