Lacan Today Conference

September 2024, Ghent University Belgium;

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Welcome to Lacan Today Conference 2024

We are delighted to invite you to LACAN TODAY, a conference dedicated to the academic exploration of Jacques Lacan's work and its profound impact on the realms of clinical practice, philosophy, cultural studies, and interdisciplinary research.

What we will discuss:

  • The various ways in which the work of Jacques Lacan is used and discussed in academic disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, cultural studies, social work, literary critique, and film studies. Special interest will be given to interdisciplinary studies engaging with Lacanian psychoanalysis.
  • The qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual methodologies used in the study and application of Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • The use of Lacanian psychoanalysis in academic and cultural critique.
  • Academic and cultural critiques of Lacanian psychoanalysis.
  • The diverse ways Lacanian psychoanalysis is employed in clinical practice, including individual therapy and institutional settings.
Who Should Attend:

This conference is designed for scholars, practitioners, and researchers in the fields of clinical psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, humanities, critical studies, and interdisciplinary studies. It provides a unique platform for individuals interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis with other disciplines. An additional social networking event will be organized for PhD students.

Keynotes by
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    Jamieson Webster 
  •  Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. She teaches at the New School for Social Research and is on the board at Pulsion Institute. Her most recent book is “Disorganization and Sex” (Divided, 2022).
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    Russell Grigg 
  •  Russell Grigg is a member of the Lacan Circle of Australia, the New Lacanian School and the École de la Cause freudienne. He practices as an analyst in Melbourne, Australia.
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    Evi Verbeke
  • Evi Verbeke is a visiting professor at the University of Ghent, department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting. She also works at De Wadi, an assisted living facility in Merelbeke for people with persistent mental suffering, and has a private practice for psychoanalysis in Ghent. She’s the author of ‘psychiatry adrift: on power, ethics and resistance’ (Routledge, 2024).

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    Dany Nobus
  • 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. He has published on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis, the intersections between psychoanalysis, philosophy and the arts, and the history of ideas, with special reference to the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. Recent books include Critique of Psychoanalytic Reason: Studies in Lacanian Theory and Practice (Routledge 2022), Thresholds and Pathways between Jung and Lacan: On the Blazing Sublime, edited with Ann Casement and Phil Goss (Routledge 2020), and The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s ‘Kant with Sade’ (Palgrave 2017). In 2017, he was the recipient of the Sarton Medal of the University of Ghent for his outstanding contributions to psychoanalytic historiography. He is currently working on a new, in-depth biography of Jacques Lacan.
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    Derek Hook
  • Derek Hook is a Professor and Clinical Supervisor in Psychology at Duquesne University. He began his analytical training in London, at the Center for Freudian Analysis and Research. He is the author of 'Six Moments in Lacan' (2017), 'A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial' (2011) and '(Post)apartheid Conditions' (2013). Along with Calum Neill, he co-edits the Palgrave Lacan Series, and along with Stijn Vanheule and Calum Neill he co-edits the landmark 'Reading Lacan's Ecrits' book series. In addition, he is also the co-editor of Lacan and Race (with Sheldon George). He maintains a YouTube channel including many lectures on Lacanian psychoanalysis.
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    Sophie Marret Maleval
  •  After teaching as Professor of English Literature, Sophie Marret-Maleval is now Professor at the Departement of psychoanalysis, Paris 8 University, Head of the Department, Head of the research team « La section clinique » EA 4007, psychoanalyst, member of the ECF, NLS and WAP. 
  • She published several books, including: 
    • Lewis Carroll: de l'autre côté de la logique,
    • L’inconscient aux sources du mythe moderne, les grands mythes de la littérature fantastique anglo-saxonne, and
    • Purloined Letters (including "The Purloined Picture," "Transference Reveals the Truth of Love," and "The Littoral Condition: A Reading of Lituraterre")