Important Dates in 2021 

 
 

Saturday January 16 - Dublin

Special Day on the Pass and

the Formation of the Psychoanalyst  

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Saturday May 22 & Sunday May 23 - Ghent

 

NLS Congress 2021

Bodily Effects of Language  

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Friday May 21 (evening) - Ghent

General Assembly

 

Information: accueil@amp-nls.org

 

 


 

Remarks at the General Assembly

of the New Lacanian School: June 27th 2020

 

  Alexandre Stevens



  

Dear Colleagues,

As I take up the presidency of the NLS, let me first tell you what a pleasure it was for me to work with the outgoing team.  Bernard Seynhaeve made the NLS take a decisive step towards what is the foundation of the school of Lacan, the formation of the psychoanalyst. This was demonstrated by the wonderful day in Ghent in September 2019 on the Pass and Interpretation

But I also want to emphasise the courage – I do not hesitate to use the word – that it took for him to decide to cancel the Ghent Congress that was to have taken place this weekend. It was a painful decision for the President, who put so much effort into this debate on interpretation. This deserves our respect.  

When Bernard asked me to be vice-president two years ago, I immediately accepted, delighted to be back with the NLS of which I had the opportunity to take up the presidency at its very beginning and this has allowed me to measure the tremendous progress that has been made, thanks to your hard work. From a school in formation, from the intense clinical debates of the beginning, from the first extensions of certain groups, to the situation of today which is that of a school that has fully embraced its function, the commitment to the formation of the psychoanalyst, without forgetting a wider extension. What a long way we have come.

The political orientation that I and the incoming Executive Committee plan to bring to the school can be summarised in a few words: continuity of our efforts to ensure the formation of the psychoanalyst. Two Analyst of the School (AS) are currently in operation in the NLS, Anne Béraud and Florencia Shanahan. A third AS, Dossia Avdelidi, nominated several months ago has yet to present her first testimony. She will be able to do so at the WAP Congress in Buenos Aires in December. But in order for her teaching to happen quickly in our school, with that of the other AS, we will organise an exceptional day on the Pass and the Formation of the Analyst.

I can already announce that this day will take place on Saturday the 16th of January 2021, in Dublin, Ireland, in the hope that the epidemic will no longer burden us at that time. The AS will also continue their teaching as they travel to the Societies, Groups and Initiatives. This teaching, in the form of seminars, is of course left to the freedom of the AS. I would remind you that it was agreed at the last meeting of the School Council that this teaching will be held under the title “The Pass in our School, the Teaching of the AS”.

 In speaking with many of you I noted that the debates on the “Questions of the School” raised a great deal of interest. So we will therefore continue and multiply such debates when a member of the Executive Committee visits you. Many topics can be addressed. The pass, the guarantee, cartels, and admissions of course, but also the topics that specifically concern this or that group, for instance issues related to distances in large countries or the pitfalls of insider-ism in smaller places.

We still have to discuss the presence of bodies. The confinement of the epidemic confronted us with the question of the use of internet communication in the absence of bodies. We will have to learn from the experience without succumbing to the ease of it. I was struck by your reaction to this situation, which allowed the school to remain alive despite the confinement. The zoom seminars in London, Dublin or Tel Aviv – and maybe in other places as well – have been an unexpected success. People from all over the world, sometimes from countries where we have never had any contact, have registered and followed our teaching. This opens up a new responsibility and it will certainly be necessary to think about ways of continuing this action without diluting psychoanalysis.

Formation in the school also rests on cartels. Lilia Mahjoub strongly insisted on this point during her presidency and this must continue to be a focus of work in the school. The cartel is the privileged place of elaboration for a few. It is also an enlightening place on the structure of the group if one reads the Founding Act[1] of the École Freudienne de Paris by Lacan, where he said that in the cartel “direction will not constitute chiefdom”. It is a useful to remember that it is a treatment of group phenomenon.

The question of admissions is also important for the seriousness of the school and the guarantee that the public finds when it addresses a psychoanalyst whose name is listed in our directory. We will therefore remain very demanding in the admission of new members. But it must be said that admissions to Groups and Societies are no less important since it should always be in a perspective towards the school.

I can assure you that the Executive Committee will look after each Society or Group and will ensure the development of the Initiatives, which do not have members because they are places where our involvement is at its beginning. We will travel there as much as it is useful.

We will also support all of the instruments which are used for the transmission of work by the various paper and online publications in the groups.

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Before announcing the venue and theme of our next Congress, I would now like to present the new Executive Committee.

Vice President, Daniel Roy is well known to many of you. He is from Bordeaux but he has been very active in the Eastern Europe Secretariat since the beginnings of the NLS. He has been closely involved with our Russian colleagues and it is thanks to his serious and assiduous work with our Bulgarian colleagues that the NLS was able to establish a Group in Bulgaria.

Secretary Els Van Compernolle, who until recently served as the President of the Kring and who was co-director of the Congress to be held in Ghent this year. I know her capacity for work and the tactfulness with which she deals with any difficulties that may arise.

As with the outgoing Executive Committee the secretariat will be shared with Ruzanna Hakobyan from Quebec, who has agreed to continue with the new team, about which I am very happy. She will mainly take care of the electronic mailing lists – she will continue to distribute NLS Press which shows the liveliness of all of our local teams. She will also be in charge of the new website as soon as it is in place, which should be imminent. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pamela King, who has worked very hard to bring it to fruition and who will continue to oversee the completion of the new website. This new website will be, I think, a remarkable tool. Maria Cristina Aguirre from New York is the president of the Lacanian Compass. She will also share the secretariat, as she did in the outgoing team, where she was mainly focused on internal reporting and contacts with other bodies.

Bruno de Halleux who is from Brussels, has agreed to take on the heavy and delicate task of the treasurer. He will look after our income and expenditure. He will be both the spur of our actions and the principle of limiting our excesses.   

Finally, we will have two cartel delegates: René Raggenbass, who is the current president of the ASREEP in Switzerland and Joanne Conway who is still, until tonight, the president of ICLO, our Irish Society. They will both put their energy, which I know is great, to develop work transference toward the school.

A Russia-Ukraine commission has been set-up with Bernard Seynhaeve and Ruzanna Hakobyan to help with the development of psychoanalysis in those countries. This is a region where the Foundation of the Freudian Field provides significant support for the organisation of seminars and financial support for the organisation of training courses and travel related to formation. I myself will co-ordinate our activity with Ève Miller-Rose for the Freudian Field. I want to thank her for her support for the work of our colleagues in the East.

I also intend to personally support the development of our Group in the United States, as best as I can. The NLS was originally founded to bring together the scattered groups in Europe and, more broadly, in the Anglo-Saxon world – that is the reason why our school is bilingual. It is therefore very logical that the Lacanian Compass is part of it, as is the Australian group. The United States is a very large country with its own style. We certainly remember the Freudian trap where the plague was reduced to an adaptive psychology. But today the introduction of rigorous Lacanian clinic and work of the school which seeks to orient itself on the real continues and develops there, about which we can be very happy and which we must support. Our American group is very active in the NLS. The new website is actually being designed with their assistance.

The review of the NLS, The Lacanian Review owes much to the work of our North American colleagues. It will continue under the formidable leadership of Marie-Hélène Brousse, together with the Lacanian Revue Online to which Florencia Shanahan devotes a lot of energy.

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Our friends from Ghent were deprived of the Congress this year. We have therefore decided that the next NLS Congress will take place in Ghent. It will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2021, with the General Assembly taking place on the evening of Friday the 21st of May. I wanted the theme to articulate both the body and language. Jacques-Alain Miller proposed the title “Bodily Effects of Language” [Effets Corporels de la Langue]. This title, precise and broad, has a certain originality, since it is the first time that we will speak of bodily effects, that is to be addressed in its various references. From the mortification of the signifier in the first stage of Lacan’s teaching, to the striking of the signifier on the body and jouissance effects in the later Lacan. In the clinic this covers the diseases of mentality [maladies de la mentalité] and body phenomena. It is also the body event, by which the title is inscribed in the continuation of the theme of interpretation, from truth to event.

Voilà.

We have therefore two important meetings this year: on the 16th of January in Dublin for a special day on the pass and on the 22nd and 23rd of May in Ghent for our Congress “Bodily Effects of Language”

Until Soon.

 

 

Translated by  Joanne Conway

 


[1] Available here: http://www.amp-nls.org/page/gb/59/fouding-act

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
Jacques Lacan founded the School of Psychoanalysis in order to offer an organization to those who followed him, analysts and non-analysts, with the aim of re-conquering the Freudian Field, which he embraced as his main task. By now it has become a "serious" experience in the Lacanian sense – an experience which causes series: The NLS the seventh School founded by Jacques-Alain Miller within the framework of the World Association of Psychoanalysis.