Marie-Hélène Brousse and Véronique Voruz
(Interview published in Lacan Quotidien, n°579, 3rd may 2016)
Lacan Quotidien: So a new English journal is being published under the title The Lacanian Review, and it is subtitled Hurly-Burly. Marie-Hélène Brousse, you are the Chief Editor. But these titles are already familiar to the English speakers of the WAP.
Marie-Hélène Brousse: Yes, The Lacanian Review takes over from Hurly-Burly, an excellent journal in our field. It continues it, but it also expands its remit. The wonderful title Hurly-Burly, borrowed from Macbeth’s witches, had an inconvenient: it meant the Journal was categorised on the web among the many publications dedicated to Shakespeare Studies, and was not visible as a Psychoanalytic Journal. The Lacanian Review will come up more easily for those that want to keep up with Lacan Studies, both within the WAP and outside of it. So it is the title we chose with Jacques-Alain Miller.
LQ: Who is The Lacanian Review destined to?
M-H B: It remains the journal of the New Lacanian School (NLS), a School which carries out the objectives of the WAP in Europe – except for France, Spain, Italy and French-speaking Belgium – and whose network comprises of many affiliated groups in and outside of Europe: as such, its members and the members of affiliated groups receive it. It also becomes the Anglophone journal of the World Association of Psychoanalysis as a whole. And that’s new. The first issue is in press, and already, at the WAP Congress in Rio, many English-speaking colleagues who work in universities showed their interest in contributing to the promotion and dissemination of the journal. Our aim is dual: on the one hand, we will present the work of the NLS and of the WAP to an Anglophone readership. On the other, we will broaden our readership to include intellectuals and clinicians that make up the enlightened opinion and whom we can attract to the Lacanian orientation.
LQ: In what formats is the journal available? Digital or paper?
M-H B: Both! It is already accompanied by a newsletter: The Lacanian Review Online. LRO is short, light, incisive, and targeting current affairs. It comes out every Friday. It is edited by France Jaigu.The Lacanian Review properly speaking has a similar format to Hurly-Burly for the paper version but it also comes with a brand new digital version, interactive. The latter is so convenient to travel and work on the move, to carry out rapid searches on specific themes. The Journal will have two issues a year, and each issue will be thematic. Each theme will be chosen in relation to issues that agitate our world, and will be broached in different ways, for example through interviews with scholars or specialists in other disciplines, or in-depth research articles, or shorter pieces by WAP colleagues. There is also a section entitled “Formations of the Analyst”, which we will broach starting with contrôle in its articulations and differences with “supervision”. We hope to start a dialogue with analysts in other traditions, in particular when it comes to the epistemology of the formation of the analyst that takes place through contrôle. The section we called “Reduction” will be dedicated to the work of Analysts of the School (who have been nominated through the procedure of the pass): at the Miami Symposium in 2013, our colleagues from English-speaking countries had been enthused: they discovered, through these testimonies, what a Lacanian analysis was – for the most part, they did not know what it was, or at least not like that. Finally, there is an institutional section, which contains texts by the president of the WAP, or by authors he or she chooses, which advance the research programme of the WAP, and of the NLS. The NLS continues to occupy a very important place in TLR, as it is the School from which we will derive our clinical knowledge. So we will also publish a few cases, with the required caution.
LQ: How and when can we subscribe?
M-H B: Now! On ecf-echoppe.com! There are three modalities: a subscription to paper copies, a subscription to digital copies, or a subscription that includes both. The latter modality is very attractive financially, for a small extra amount you can take it with you everywhere! The first issue is called Oh my God(s)! and deals with gods and religions, a theme which dominates our recent history. It contains many exciting pieces, including a new text by Jacques Lacan, and two pieces by Jacques-Alain Miller available in English for the first time here.
LQ: Véronique Voruz, you are the managing editor of The Lacanian Review: can you tell us a bit more about the first issue, available in the coming days?
V V: The theme we chose for the issue is Oh my God(s)! We chose to pluralise it because we are at a time at which monotheisms encounter globalisation, and so, consequently, the One must compose with the Multiple. Faced with this particular configuration of the religious discourse, and following the attacks that shook a number of countries, we thought that the theme of religion was pressing. So on the one hand, we translated a number of enlightening texts in our orientation: a conference by Jacques Lacan, Religions and the Real, strikingly perceptive for our present, and two key texts by Jacques-Alain Miller, which articulate the question of truth with that of the force of discourse. On the other hand, we also chose to interview intellectual figures in the English-speaking world to generate a dialogue between our orientation and what is spoken of in the Anglophone world, to which the journal is destined.
LQ: Will you follow a similar editorial line for the next issues?
V V: Absolutely. This is what makes TLR distinct from Hurly-Burly, which was essentially designed to collect and disseminate the work produced in our orientation and our congresses. It was the vessel of our orientation in English. Now, the journal continues to transmit the work internal to the WAP, but its issues are also conceived, starting from a specific theme, to orient the analytic discourse in relation to pressing questions in the Anglophone discourse.
LQ: So this is a major feature of the new Journal?
V V: Yes. In this perspective, we will try to always include a dialogue between personalities in the English-speaking world and the Lacanian Orientation. In each issue, a section called The dialogue formalises one such exchange. For instance, in issue 1, we have interviewed Diarmaid MacCulloch, a well-known Oxfordi Professor who specializes in theology and the history of religions, and we asked Professor Denis Crouzetii, an eminent Professor at the Sorbonne, to react to Professor MacCullouch’s answers. We were very interested to get the contrasting views of two world-famous specialists of the history of religions on religions today, and their crises.The invitation to dialogue is a modality we will continue to use, it is emblematic of our editorial policy.
i Diarmaid MacCulloch, professeur d’histoire de l’Église à l’université d’Oxford, est l’auteur de plusieurs livres reconnus mondialement dont Silence: A Christian History (London Allen Lane, 2013, Penguin, 2014) et A History of Christianity : The First Three Thousand Years (London Allen Lane, 2009, Penguin, 2010), traduits en italien et espagnol.
ii Denis Crouzet, professeur à la Sorbonne, auteur notamment de Les Guerriers de Dieu : La violence au temps des troubles de religion (vers 1525-vers 1610) et de Dieu en ses royaumes : une histoire des guerres de religion (Champ Vallon, 2005 et 2008 respectivement).
The Lacanian Review – Hurly Burly No1 :