Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan

Online author’s talk: Sergio Benvenuto in conversation with Dany Nobus

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16 March, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Join psychoanalyst and author Sergio Benvenuto for a discussion of his latest book Conversations with Lacan: Seven Lectures for Understanding Lacan with psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author Professor Dany Nobus.

Conversations with Lacan brings a unique, non-partisan approach to the work of Jacques Lacan, linking his psychoanalytic theory and ideas to broader debates in philosophy and the social sciences. In his work, Sergio Benvenuto demonstrates how it is possible to acknowledge the value of Lacanian concepts without necessarily being defined by them.

In accessible, conversational language, Benvenuto provides a clear-sighted overview of key ideas within Lacan’s work, situating them at the apex of the linguistic turn. He deconstructs the three Lacanian orders—the Symbolic, the Imaginary, and the Real—as well as a range of other Lacanian concepts, including alienation and separation, and the Lacanian doctrine of temporality. Arguing that criticism of psychoanalysis for a lack of scientificity should be accepted by the discipline, he also suggests that the work of Lacan can be helpful in re-conceptualizing the role of psychoanalysis in the future.

Sergio Benvenuto is a Psychoanalyst in Rome, Editor of the European Journal of Psychoanalysis, and Researcher in the Institute of Sciences and Technologies of Cognition at the Italian Council for Scientific Research in Rome. He is also director of the Elvio Fachinelli Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis.

Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London, Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and former Chair and Fellow of the Freud Museum London. In 2017, he was awarded the Sarton medal for his outstanding contributions to psychoanalytic historiography.

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16 March
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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