Rik Loose Seminar


Saturday February 23, 2013 – 10:00 to 12:30
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

“Addiction as a Contemporary Symptom but not Without Classical Foundations”

In this seminar we will look at some of the classical foundations for a clinic of addiction basing ourselves on Freud and Simmel. We will then look at addiction in modern times through the prism of Lacan and then argue on that basis that in a certain sense addiction epitomizes contemporary symptomatology. Special attention will be paid in this seminar to the changed status of the object in modern culture and in Lacan’s work and we would hope to demonstrate how this changed status is relevant to our clinical work with addicts.
Rik Loose was Head of the Unit of Psychoanalysis and Director of Post-Graduate Studies in DBS School of Arts from 1993 till 2007. Currently he is a senior lecturer in DBS School of Arts and practices psychoanalysis in private practice. He is an member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP) and the New Lacanian School (NLS). He is a member of the Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation of the New Lacanian School (ICLO-NLS), a registered practicing member of the Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI) and a registered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). He was also a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Lacanian Studies (JLS), a member of the editorial board of Lacunae and Psychoanalytische Perspectieven and was a member of the editorial board of The Letter till 2005. He has published articles on topics such as psychopathology, addiction, science and Joyce. In 2002 he published a book called The Subject of Addiction: Psychoanalysis and the Administration of Enjoyment.
All seminars in the A.P.P.I. Clinical Seminar Series 2013 and 2014 will be based on the theme of Symptoms of the Contemporary Clinic(For further details contact Eve Watson at 087 9678965 or Mary Barry at 086 7849145)
APPI Members €20, Non-Members €25, Students €10