Announcements

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2019 Lacan’s Écrits Conference 

11th-13th October 2019

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Duquesne University, Pittsburgh

Organized by the Duquesne Psychology Department

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Without doubt the foundational text of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Jacques Lacan’s Écrits remains, fifty years after its (1966) publication, an invaluable resource for how we might understand – and practice - psychoanalysis. As labyrinthine as it is enigmatic, Écrits is at once Lacan’s manifesto for what a Freudian psychoanalysis should be, and the condensed companion-piece to the first fifteen years of his weekly Seminar. 

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The publication, in 2006, of Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (translated by Bruce Fink), made Lacanian theory more accessible to the English-speaking world. And yet Lacan’s Écrits remains inexhaustible, an array of elliptical texts that invite multiple interpretations and interventions. The 2019 Lacan’s Écrits Conference will extend this tradition of exposition and engagement by hosting many of the world’s foremost experts on Lacan, and by exploring multiple perspectives on, and applications of Lacan’s Écrits.

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Call for papers:

Papers with a maximum length of 2000 words can be presented (15-20 minutes) and discussed. We invite papers focusing on:

•    Specific conceptual topics and texts from the Écrits

•    The clinical use of ideas from the Écrits

•    Themes from the Écrits in relation to philosophy, history, arts, literature, gender studies, psychology, politics, psychosocial studies, etc.

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Paper submissions (WORD format) should be between 450 and 500 words. Your submission should make clear the basic points you will discuss, as well as provide an overview of your overall line of argument. The first page of your submission should include your name, the submission title, institutional affiliation, phone and email. The second page of the submission should include your title and the 450-500 word proposal. 

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Panel submissions (WORD format) should contain all individual paper submissions in addition to an overall description of aims and thematic concerns of the panel. Submissions should also mention the panel chair (name, institutional affiliation, phone and email). Panels should be made up of between 3 and 4 papers, and should take no longer than 80 minutes (in total) to present. 

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Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted by April 1st, 2019, and will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be announced by May 1st, 2019.

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Suggestions for conference papers:

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•    The specific text(s) of Écrits should be foundational to the presentation.

•    Écrits should be taken up as “living” text, with the aim of extending its reach. Attempts at authoritative interpretation should be avoided.

•    Presentations that speak to "real-world" issues will be given special consideration. Concrete cultural, clinical, social, political, professional, and organizational problems and trends should be illuminated and brought into dialogue with theory. Papers that are more conceptual in nature, however, are still welcome.

•    The author should strive to speak in her own style, not Lacan’s, and should prioritize clarity and a spirit of engagement with the audience.

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Please send your proposals to: LacanConference2019@hotmail.com – mentioning ‘Paper Proposal 2019 Lacan Écrits Conference’ or ‘Panel Proposal 2019 Lacan Écrits Conference’ in the subject box.

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The second installment of the three volume Routledge commentary series Reading Lacan’s Écrits will be launched at the conference. This book, Reading Lacan’s Écrits: From to ‘On a Purpose’ to ‘Comments on Daniel Lagache’ (edited by Derek Hook, Calum Neill and Stijn Vanheule), will be available at a reduced rate to conference delegates. 

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Organizing committee: Yael Baldwin, Dan Collins, Bruce Fink, Derek Hook, Mike Miller, Calum Neill, Stephanie Swales and Stijn Vanheule.

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Confirmed keynote speakers: Patricia Gherovici, Todd McGowan, Calum Neill, Jean-Michel Rabate, Stephanie Swales & Stijn Vanheule.

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Recommended hotel:

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Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh (412 381 6687) when booking please note that you will be attending a Duquesne University Conference (‘Lacan Conference’) so as to qualify for discounted rate. Note: limited rooms are available, so please book ASAP!  See: https://www.cambriapgh.com/en-us

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For other hotels, see:

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https://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/undergraduate/visit-campus/hotels

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