The Graph of Desire with Alain Vanier at Après-Coup

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Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

The Graph of Desire
Alain Vanier

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8:30 pm–10:00 pm
Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:30 pm– 8:30 pm

The School of Visual Arts
136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Lacan’s construction of the graph of desire logically presents the various operations that characterize the relation of the subject to the Other. Starting from the articulation of language, Lacan addresses identification, desire, phantasm, the drive, and lack in the Other.

Suggested Readings: Lacan, Seminar V, Les Formations de l’inconscient, 1957/58; Seminar VI, Le désir et son interprétation, 1958/59; “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire” (1960), Écrits.

Alain Vanier is a psychoanalyst and a psychiatrist in Paris and a member of the Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association faculty. He is a full professor at the University of Paris Diderot–Paris 7, and the director of graduate studies at its Research Center for Psychoanalysis, Medicine, and Society. At the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris he directed a lecture series on “Psychoanalysis, Art, and the Image.” He is the author of many articles on literary and artistic creation; among his numerous psychoanalytic studies, which have appeared in English as well as French, is his monograph Lacan, published in the U.S. by the Other Press.

Attendance fee: $20 per session; for students with ID: $10 per session.
Attendance is free for members of Après-Coup as well as for the
faculty and students of the School of Visual Arts.

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