26 – 27 November 2022
Treacy Centre, Melbourne, and by Zoom.
Keynote address by Jorge Assef, and presentations by Lacan Circle members and associates.
“The madman is a dreamer awake” (Freud 1917); “The insane embody what we would be led to if we began to take things seriously” (Lacan 1956); and “Everyone is mad, that is, delusional” (1978). With these statements psychoanalysis announces its commitment to the dignity of the madness in each of us. For Jacques-Alain Miller this is a “a compass, an ultimate Lacanian compass” (2013).
In the context of 21st-century mental-health discourse, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and its love affair with diagnosis and pharmaceuticals, psychoanalysis offers us a way to engage with madness differently, as an integral part of the singular jouissance at the core of each speaking being.
Can we trace a thread of properly psychoanalytic madness? This might take us through President Schreber’s flamboyant delusion, Lewis Carroll’s “nonsense” yet entirely meaningful prose, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Lacan’s real unconscious, the sinthome, and Jacques-Alain Miller’s ordinary psychosis. How does this history of dignified and brilliant madness inform contemporary psychoanalytic thinking for both analyst and analysand? If we are all mad, what are the consequences for our clinic and practice?
A 1-Day Workshop hosted by the MSCP
The Immanence of Truths is the final volume of Alain Badiou’s Being and Event trilogy, which sets out the core of his metaphysics of truth. The central claim of this new book is that truths in the domains of art, science, politics and love have something that touches on the absolute, enabling them to transcend the local and historical conditions from which they are produced. To develop this theory of the absolute, Badiou draws on a part of the mathematical theory of sets called the theory of large cardinals which explore the different forms of infinity in the mathematical universe. Badiou sees within these results a theory of the infinity of truths as that within a truth procedure which allows it to go beyond the finitude specific to a given world. When this occurs, something finite is produced which nonetheless carries the mark or index of the absolute and infinite in it, which Badiou calls a work. With this metaphysical framework in place, Badiou then sets out what a work is in each of the four truth conditions, and how they are indexed to the absolute.
Broadly following the structure of the book, this one day workshop aims firstly to present and discuss the major themes and concepts of Badiou’s theory of the absolute nature of truth processes, including the absolute, the infinite and finite, ‘recouvrement’ and a work. The second half of the day will explore the theory of works in relation to each of the specific truth procedures, having a speaker present and discuss Badiou’s ideas, and then a respondent to react to these claims, in order to frame a more polemical discussion of the consequences of this book.
Convened by: John Cleary, Ali Alizadeh, Caitlyn Lesiuk.
Date: Friday the 28th of October.
Location: Masson Theatre (Chemistry Building), The University of Melbourne. A live stream will also be available.
Speakers include: John Cleary, Justin Clemens, Caitlyn Lesiuk, Jon Roffe, Bryan Cooke, Antonia Pont, Russell Grigg, Ali Alizadeh, Robyn Adler, Eloise Mignon, Daniel Lopez.
Thurs October 13 - Sat October 15, 2022
Host Institution: Texas A&M University
The Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy annual conference is scheduled for October 27th to 30th, 2022 at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. We invite submissions on any theme relevant to the broad concerns of Continental Philosophy. However, this year’s conference will highlight work on the theme of Continental Philosophy in dialogue with diverse global traditions.
Confirmed plenary speakers include Yoko Arisaka (University of Hildesheim), Bret W. Davis (Loyola University Maryland), Grégori Jean (Université Côte d’Azur), and and William Paris (University of Toronto).