The FREUD LACAN INSTITUTE (FLi) presents a conference on…. James Joyce’s Writing and Psychoanalysis

November 19th, 2022
09:15 - 17:20
Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), 86 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 

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The FREUD LACAN INSTITUTE (FLi) presents a conference on….


November 19, 2022 – In person & by live stream

Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), 86 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 

(Full conference program, abstracts and speaker biographies attached)


Katherine O’Callaghan (U. Mass, Amherst), Jean-Michel Rabaté (Penn U., Philadelphia), Joseph Nugent (Boston College), Joseph Valente (Univ. of Buffalo)


Sean Kennedy (St. Mary’s, Nova Scotia), Barry O’Donnell (Dublin), Ivana Milivojević Slote (Dublin), Dan Collins (Buffalo, NY), Pauline O’Callaghan (Dublin), Isaac Slone (NY), Ahmad Fuad Rahmat (Malaysia), Daniel Bristow (Cambridge, UK)

SPECIAL LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE of The Seas Between, ULYSSES 2.2 Adrian Crowley (guitar, electronics, keyboards, vocals), Sharon Phelan (vocals), Matthew Nolan (guitar, electronics, keyboards)

The conference is organised by the Freud Lacan institute in conjunction with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), and with the support of APPI, the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), and features a special live musical performance of The Seas Between (see below for description of the original composition of The Seas Between, Ulysses 2.2).

Registration via Eventbrite (2 ticket types: in-person and live stream):

Registration for in-person attendance will be on a first-come first-serve basis as the conference room accommodates a maximum of 60 people. Lunch and tea/coffee is included in the conference fee and will be served by the Commons Café at MoLI. Those unable to attend in person will have the opportunity to attend the conference via live streaming which will be managed by the MoLI Digital Curator. Queries: [email protected]** 7.5 CPD points will be awarded by APPI.

Conference Description: The conference marks the centenary of the publication of Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses (1922), described as “the most dangerous book” and the “novel to end all novels.” The conference brings together psychoanalysts, academics, scholars, students, and all interested in the writing of Joyce and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice to explore the lasting importance of Joyce’s literature, how and why Joyce’s writing is important to psychoanalysis, and why the work of Joyce continues to both reflect and make a deep impression on the contemporary psyche. The conference takes place in the Old Physics Theatre and Saloon at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), the former home of University College Dublin and Joyce’s alma mater, and will offer a range of talks, panel presentations, discussions, debate, and live music performance. The conference will address the following themes:

– Why Read Joyce: The Significance of Joyce’s Writing as Textual and Reading Practice?

– Joyce’s Writing and its Relationship to Language

– Joyce’s Symptom: Creativity, Inventiveness, and the Artist

– The Role of the Senses and Sonority in Joyce and a Psychical Factor

– Exile, the Foreign, and the Domain of the Unconscious


9:15-9:30        Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Eve Watson, Course Director FLi

9:30-10:30      Panel 1: The Mourning, Depressive, and Marginal Subject 

Pauline O’Callaghan, Isaac Slone, Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

10:30-11:15    Keynote Speaker: Katherine O’Callaghan

“Farfalling”: The Temporal and Spatial Distances of James

Joyce’s Ulysses

11:15–11:45    Morning Coffee Break

11:45-12:45    Panel 2: Joyce, Tolkien, and the Lacanian Sinthome (Symptom)

Barry O’Donnell, Dan Collins, Ivana Milivojević

12:45-1:30      Keynote Speaker: Jean-Michel Rabaté

“Joyce Among the Heretics:  Bruno, Joyce and Lacan” 

1:30-2:30         Lunch and Live Music with The Seas Between, Ulysses 2.2

                        (Matthew Nolan, Adrian Crowley, Sharon Phelan)

2:30-3:15         Keynote Speaker: Joseph Nugent

“The Joyce Sensorium”

3:15-3:30         Short Break w/ Live Music with The Seas Between, Ulysses 2.2

3:30-4:15         Panel 3: Religion, the Political and the Unconscious  

Daniel Bristow, Sean Kennedy

4:15-5:00         Keynote Speaker: Joseph Valente

“Mamafesta: Joyceance and the Law of the Mother”

5:00-5:20         Closing Discussion and Conference Close