Reading Groups

If you are interested in joining any of the reading groups listed please contact the organiser at the email / mobile listed. Please note some groups are currently open and invite new members.

If you are an organiser of a reading group not listed we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please send details to Mary Barry at [email protected].

Online reading group (using Zoom)

Reading Group Open

Organiser: Mou Sultana

The main aim of the group is to provide continuous development for the reading group members and connecting Freudian and Lacanian theories to our everyday clinical work. The group is open for the moment and invites new members.

Contact Mou Sultana: [email protected]  – 086 2541086

“Studies on Hysteria?”

Reading Group Open

Organiser: Nadezhda Chekurova

Saturday 19th of September, 2020 at 19:00 on Zoom

To register please send an email to [email protected] or call Nadezhda at 0877823871)

‘And I can give no better advice to anyone interested in the development of catharsis into psycho-analysis than to begin with Studies on Hysteria and thus follow the path which I myself have trodden.’

Sigmund Freud, Studies on Hysteria (1893–1895)

All welcome but please read Studies on Hysteria SEII


Reading Group Open

Organisers: Shelia Power and Rik Loose

The idea of a cartel first appeared in Lacan’s Founding Act 1964, it is one of the lungs of the school of psychoanalysis within the Lacanian orientation where crucial work and study of psychoanalysis takes place. The cartel takes each one’s singular relationship with psychoanalysis into account both consciously and unconsciously which indicates a kind of knowledge that operates within psychoanalysis a knowledge that is based on the logic of the not-all.

A cartel consists of people who choose to work together, a minimum of three and a maximum of five (including the plus-one). Lacan specifying that four is the preferred number. The theme of the cartel can be related to the next NLS Congress: “Bodily Effects of Language” to be held in Ghent by zoom on the 22-23 of May, 2021, or PIPOL 10 Congress: European Federation of Psychoanalysis: “Wanting a child? Desire for Family and Clinic of Filiations” Brussels 3-4 July 2021 by zoom, or any theme one wishes to work on.

The cartel works without a hierarchy or a master-as the knowledge at stake in it cannot be claimed by one or other person in its totality-on a project of their choice and, in this way it is a response to Freud’s logic of the collective. Although texts will be read and concepts elaborated, the cartel is more a speaking group rather than just a reading group. Within the overall theme of the cartel each selects their own trait or theme centered on psychoanalysis and advance from their own place or questioning that is proper to each.

The group selects a plus-one who is someone who will encourage one’s singular relationship to psychoanalysis to produce a piece of work. This work can be presented at the inter-cartel day. The plus-one is in place for the duration of the cartel, a minimum of one year and a maximum of two. Cartels rotate in order to avoid inertia and identifications within the roles. The rotation of the plus-one together with individual traits guard against any standardization of work and knowledge.

One does not need to be a member of ICLO to form or be part of a cartel, what is necessary is that there is a dedicated desire to work within the Lacanian orientation. Cartels meet at a rhythm that is decided between the cartel members, today with Covid 19 a lot of meetings are held virtually, once restrictions are lifted meetings can be held with bodies or a mix of the two. An important advantage of virtual cartels is that it allows for working with others in different countries.

As in previous years we invite everyone interested in forming or joining a cartel to contact Rik Loose or Sheila Power at [email protected]

“Freudian Trauma in the Modern Clinic”

Reading Group Closed at present

Organiser: Gerry Byrne

Gerry Byrne is the representative and the group is closed.

RBI Reading Group

Reading Group Closed

Meeting: last Sunday of the Month

Where: Leeson St., Dublin 2

Cartel – Lacan’s Seminar XXIII (le Sinthome)

Reading Group Closed

Organiser: Tom Conlon

The group is closed to new members