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Call for Contributions


For the Clinical Study-day

(Parallel sessions)



Closing date: 25th of March 2019 


From Europe and beyond, practitioners of psychoanalysis, or those who orient themselves by its ethics, you who work in private practice, consultation centres, care institutions, or in the wider field of the humanities founded on the practice of speech: PIPOL 9 invites you to come and present your clinical work and its consequent effects.

You who make the hypothesis of the unconscious – in the true psychoanalytic sense of the term – you who think that the dimension of transference is essential to the therapeutic relationship, you who know something of the effects of the drive, we are waiting for you.

The brain, via neuroscience, is delivering little by little some of the secrets of its biochemical functioning, until recently unknown. No one is ignoring  this. Nonetheless, when cognitivism is knotted to the neurosciences in order to seize the field of the psyche, the emerging result is a new reductionist paradigm of the human.

By reducing the psychical to a duplicate of the organic, the affects to chemical processes, the brain to an information processing machine, the unconscious to non-conscious processes,  while isolating symptoms by means of statistical series and reducing them to the level of cognitive biases, the dimension of what we call the subject is eradicated from the parlêtre – this is how Jacques Lacan qualified the human species.

Technology’s new tools,  medical imaging and development of artificial intelligence, Big Data and the computing power of algorithms, have an increasing impact on life. New perspectives open up. Also, new alienations are produced.

Imposing itself in the so-called field of mental health, as well as in the so-called social sciences, a discourse without beyond is founded on the human, thus reducing the power of speech to suggestion and conditioning methods. Coaching, cognitive remediation, corrective methods, intensive pedagogies, development of mindfulness, protocolised and imposed fast care circuits, all exist as a promise for a brighter tomorrow of greater efficiency and increased potentiality, more than ever at the service of production, which has become the master-signifier of civilization.

Psychoanalysis isolates the symptom’s rebellious dimension against a reductionism of this part of the human which cannot be measured, which insists and reiterates all the more  as one does not want to know anything about it. Lacan pinned it as object a.

New symptoms are taking shape. These are all answers, protests that demonstrate the impossibility of one’s self-identity, the impasses of control and of self-management of emotions, thought, stress, anxiety and trauma.

The analytic orientation knows the over-determination of these symptoms by the effects of speech on the body. The unconscious is not a non-conscious, pre-existing memory. It is the emergence, in the very moment, of signs of this real which does not belong to the organism; signs that testify to what in one’s own conduct or intention escapes the I and the identifications of the subject, where one finds it difficult to recognize oneself as identical to oneself.

The interventions of the Parallel Sessions of PIPOL 9 will testify, by means of clinical cases, practices founded on the hypothesis of the unconscious – where the administration, seduced by its mission of population management, forces nowadays to embrace the aforementioned reductionist practices  and aims to strangle any practice that claims to keep its distances, by rendering them impossible.

Presenting our evidence, not by statistical series or global management, but on a one-by-one basis, we will thus produce, in vivo, a counter-expertise that will be situated, at the time of the subject.



                                                     Yves Vanderveken,

                                                     Congress Director


                                                     Catherine Lacaze-Paule,

                                                     Responsible for the Clinical Study-Day (parallel sessions)



Completed texts of your proposed papers can be sent, on or before midnight of the 25th of March 2019 at the latest, to the following addresses: lacazepaule@gmail.com and yves.vanderveken@icloud.com

They can be addressed to us in French, English, Italian or Spanish.

In order to have your paper considered please follow the following instructions:

Limit: 7500 characters including spaces

Word format: Arial 12 font, 1.5 line spacing.

File name: LANGUAGE NAME (for example: DUPONT-FRENCH)

Centred at the top of the first page: title of the paper and beneath that, your surname and first name, and the region in which you work.


Conditioning and desire – Medicalisation and Psychiatry – Neuro or subject – Body and Organism – Memory in Neuroscience and Memory in Psychoanalysis – Disorder or Symptom – Unconscious or Brain – Drive or Craving – Pedagogy or Sinthomisation – Child, Adolescent or Adult …


We refer you to the argument https://www.pipol9.eu/largument-du-congres-pipol9/ and the sections of the blog, which can also give an idea of some possible lines of work https://www.pipol9.eu


Translation: Raphael Montague

Editing: Polina Agapaki





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