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is pleased to announce a Clinical Study Weekend held at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA Saturday and Sunday, 8 – 9 October 2011


Jacques Lacan’s Seminar 24:

Love is the Failure of the Unbewoops

(L’insu que sait de l’une-bévue, s’aile à mourre)

Registrants for the study weekend will receive a privately produced English translation of the seminar.

Speakers will include:

Dan Collins (Buffalo), Patricia Gherovici (Philadelphia), Liz Monahan (Dublin), Dany Nobus (London), Eve Watson (Dublin)

The format will include speakers’ presentations and roundtable discussion.

“Long ago, I happened to say, imitating a famous painter, ‘I don’t seek, I find.’ At the point I’m at now, I don’t find as long as I don’t seek.”

Lacan, Seminar 24

Seminar 24 (1976 – 1977) comes quite late in Lacan’s career, and many who are unfamiliar with his work in this period may be put off by the dense wordplay of the seminar’s title and its abstruse discussions of topology. But in many ways, the “late Lacan” is surprisingly straightforward. In this seminar, Lacan provides a kind of condensation and summation of his late work. The tone is often conversational and intimate. In addition, Seminar 24 is one of Lacan’s most clinically relevant seminars, with important remarks on of psychosis, neurosis, and interpretation. Participants on the APW study weekend will have a opportunity to discuss the clinical worth of Lacan’s late work.


The early registration window for APW’s Study Weekend on Lacan’s Seminar 24 closes on August 31st. Registration fees for the weekend are $180 until August 31 and $220 after August 31. All registrants will receive a copy of Seminar 24 in English. To register, go the registration page on APW’s website ( Just fill out the online registration form and click on “submit.” Payment option 1: Click the “Buy Now” button to be directed to PayPal to pay by PayPal or credit card. Payment option 2: If you’d rather pay by check, simply fill out the online form and click “submit” so that we have your information; then, mail a check for your registration to:

APW PO Box 281 Buffalo, NY 14224

Once we receive your paid registration, we’ll send you a copy of Seminar 24 translated into English.


The weekend of 8-9 October will be a very busy one in Pittsburgh with many events going on. We recommend that you book your accommodations early. Two hotels we recommend are both within walking distance of Duquesne:

The Pittsburgh Marriott City Center 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh


Doubletree Hotel and Suites One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh



The sessions for the study weekend will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. The morning session will run from 9:00 to noon and the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. On Saturday morning we’ll ask participants to gather at 8:30 for registration.

Saturday, 8 October

9:00 - 12:00 Dan Collins “Chomskyan Sentences”

Dan will argue that the title of the seminar is not—or not simply—Joycean, but is rather Lacan’s answer to the Chomskyan habit of creating sentences to show the difference between deep structure and surface structure. Chomsky’s sentences rely on semantics to reveal grammar while Lacan’s do the opposite. Reflecting upon the seminar’s comments on poetic interpretation, Dan will discuss the clinical implications of Lacan’s approach.

2:00 - 5:00 Eve Watson with Liz Monahan (respondent)

“Making Psychoanalysis More Scientific:

From the Tragedy of Myth to the Knotting of the Symptom”

Eve will trace Lacan’s move away from the Freudian unconscious to what he designates as the specifically “Lacanian unconscious” that he refers to in “The Inauguration of the Clinical Program” as he moves from the Freudian Oedipal myth to the notion of the sinthome. Eve will also focus on textual points in Seminar 24 where Lacan underlines this move and trace them in his earlier work, in particular in Seminars 9 (Identification) and 17 (The Other Side of Psychoanalysis). Liz will respond to Eve’s presentation.

Sunday, 9 October

9:00 - 12:00 Patricia Gherovici “Fail Better: Lacan’s Symptom”

Patricia starts with Lacan’s idea of the unconscious as failure or insuccess so as to explore Freud’s failures as well. She tackles the notion of failure via Beckett and Blanchot in order to underline Lacan’s originality when he moved from the symptom to the sinthome. The sinthome is a way of failing but of “failing better” (Beckett). Patricia traces the move from Oedipus to the sinthome and surveys its main practical uses in the clinic. The sinthome can separate a child from a mother or a subject from its symptom without the direct intervention of the father/phallus.

2:00 - 5:00 Dany Nobus “Once They Were Poets:

The Function and Field of Sonority and Meaning in Psychoanalysis”

Dany will explore the very last pages of the seminar, in which Lacan states that he’s not enough of a poet, in relation to the notion of “lalangue” and the significance of meaning for the end of analysis.

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