Date: Saturday, 6th May 2023
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin A96 K063
Cost: From €43.87
The Ethics Of Inisherin
In this talk, Calum Neill (Edinburgh) will explore Lacan’s four propositions on ethics from his seminar on the Ethics of Psychoanalysis and seek to illustrate his arguments through Martin McDonagh’s 2022 film The Banshees of Inisherin. This will allow us to examine the question and pertinence of guilt and desire in Lacan’s consideration of ethics, and the particular use he makes of the concept of the tragic. Contemplating the characters of Colm and Pádriac and their various choices, Calum hopes to bring some light to the inconclusive conclusion of the film and to Lacan’s seminar.
Respondent: Carol Owens (psychoanalyst, author, and co-organiser of the Irish psychoanalytic film festival) will respond to Calum’s talk and facilitate a discussion with Calum and attendees.
Attendance in person and by Zoom welcome. NOTE: Registration is open for this seminar and also the upcoming seminar on autism with Leon Brenner (May 20th, see below). A discount is offered if registering for both seminars. See the tickets page for registration.
Bio: Calum Neill is Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis & Cultural Theory at Edinburgh Napier University, Director of Lacan in Scotland, and Editor of the Palgrave Lacan Series. He is the author of three books, including the forthcoming Jacques Lacan the Basics, the first entry level introduction to Lacan’s ideas. His work on trying to render Lacan accessible is also demonstrated in the Reading Lacan’s Écrits four volume collection of which he is one of the editors. His other two monographs, Without Ground (2014) and Ethics and Psychology (2016), are concerned respectively with thinking through the ethical potential in Lacan’s thought and the ethical ramifications of psychological thought.
Leon Brenner’s “The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language” (2020) makes a compelling case for the relevance of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the understanding and treatment of autism. Counter to both the cognitive and identitarian approaches, Brenner rigorously theorizes autism as a unique subjective structure and mode of access to language that sits alongside the classical Freudian structures of psychosis, neurosis, and perversion.
In this talk, Leon will present us to his understanding of autism as a “mode-of-being”. We will examine the etiology of autism from a psycholinguistic standpoint, paying special attention to the autistic relationship with the voice. Lacan’s psychoanalytic teachings on the voice and its role in establishing enunciative position will be explored in depth and shed light on the phenomenon of autistic individuals demonstrating clear language proficiency but not engaging in its enunciation.
The presentation will cover a range of psychoanalytic, philosophical, and anthropological approaches to autism, with the aim of providing a comprehensive understanding of this complex mode-of-being. While prior reading is not required, the talk promises to provide an insightful and nuanced exploration of the topic.
Bio: Leon S. Brenner (Ph.D.) is a psychoanalytic theorist and psychological counsellor from Berlin. Brenner’s work draws from the Freudian and Lacanian traditions of psychoanalysis, and his interest lies in the understanding of the relationship between culture and psychopathology. His book The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language (2020), is a bestseller in psychology in Springer publishing in 2021. He is currently a research fellow at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin and the Hans Kilian und Lotte Köhler Centrum (KKC) at the Ruhr Universität Bochum.
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