Call for papers
Call for papers
Cal for papers
for the simultaneous clinical sessions of Pipol 6
The force of the simultaneous sessions
The simultaneous sessions of the second European Congress of Psychoanalysis, PIPOL 6, entitled « The case, the institution and my experience of psychoanalysis » will host a crowd that does not speak as one voice, but with a multiplicity of singular enunciations. So, in accordance with the era After Oedipus, we are interested in the diversity of the psychoanalytical practice in Europe to the extreme of one by one. This particular type of crowd where each one endeavors to define what differentiates it absolutely from any other, is the base of our « material force ».
The psychoanalyst’s institution
For the psychoanalyst, the institution is a discourse, that is, a mode of social tie that the analyst establishes in the places where the psychoanalytical act unfolds. Behind the couch, the analyst establishes a serious relationship with « another scene », supports the hypothesis that the mistakes of speech « mean something », and handles the equivocal of the signifier to produce effects of truth. Beside these three poles: the unconscious, the supposed subject of knowledge and interpretation, the setting instituted by the psychoanalyst has the particularity of leaving empty the place of the master so that the subject can deposit his/her own master signifiers.
Outside of the office, the psychoanalyst is not outside of the psychoanalytical discourse. Analysts and analysands who work in « mental health » institutions carry their discourse with them. Whether master or knowledge is embodied there is just one more given that the practitioner of psychoanalysis has to take into consideration in calculating the action. Moreover, this presence of the master and of knowledge exposes the analyst to cases rarely encountered in private practice. Indeed, the disoriented subject, the non-dupe, the one who can’t rhyme the enigma of his/her existence to any signification whatsoever, comes to find in this presence a sort of social tie, a discursive alternative that fastens to the signifier, procuring identifications and supporting the being.
Behind the screen of language
But for the psychoanalyst, the institution is confined neither to an alienation-producing machine, nor to a mechanism for solidifying identifications. Once the subject has found appeasement in a discursive setting that is supported by the common language, psychoanalytically oriented practitioners make an effort to defend the singularity that resists the code of the Other. They try to read the lalangue that precedes the subject’s speech; a letter that allows for a symptomatic tie to be made that does without the institution as incarnated by the master.
When the One-all-alone meets an other
We know, since PIPOL 5, that the case presented in our congresses does not exist as such2. It’s the practitioner’s construction, and the practitioner is present there like Velázquez in Las Méninas. It remains to be known whether this presence is that of the practitioner’s phantasm, ideals, identifications, or if on the contrary, it is the practitioner’s most intimate style, determined during the traumatic encounter of the signifier with the body. From the moment the practitioner’s own most private singularity begins to echo in the experience of psychoanalysis, he/she can carve out a place and handle the singularity of the subject speaking to them. That’s saying that the work done in institutions begins with what the psychoanalytic experience teaches the practitioner about his/her most authentic relationship to the real. This relationship to singularity and to the real, relieved of its defenses allows, according to the case, the re-enforcement of the subject’s fastening to the institutional Other when necessary or, supporting the subject’s work of the letter, an elaboration of the lalangue, in order to border the enjoyment that invades the subject3.
We invite practitioners of psychoanalysis in Europe to speak as practitioner-analysands, while tying together: the case, the institution and the practitioner’s experience of psychoanalysis. Those of you who wish to participate as speakers during the simultaneous sessions are asked to illustrate a clinical event, showing how your experience of psychoanalysis allowed you to operate with the case and the institution, while taking the real into account as the support for your action.
To conclude, be reminded of our mobile definition of the institution. The analyst transports the discourse where ever like a suitcase and installs it wherever he/she may be, with the ethic that consists in quashing the universal with the singular4. It aims at the point One-all-alone that escapes the institution. In consequence, all our colleagues are invited to participate in the simultaneous sessions of PIPOL 6, even if their institution is limited to the private practice5.
All the simultaneous sessions will take place on the first day of the Congress, that is Saturday, July 6th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Papers may be presented in any of the five languages retained for the Congress: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. They may be addressed at present to Laura Petrosino, Secretary of the Simultaneous Sessions, (firstname.lastname@example.org), and to Gil Caroz (email@example.com). Deadline for papers is midnight, April 16th. The papers selected, considered as a work in progress, will receive the benefit of « mentors » so that each speaker can get a feel for the Other and refine their work before the Congress.
Some technical indications for papers:
- Total number of signs, spaces included must not exceed 9000 (15 minutes speaking time)
- Font type: 12 point, Times New Roman
- Document Format: Document Word 97-2003
- Name of document: NAME-LANGUAGE (example: COHEN-ENGLISH)
- Centered, at the top of first page: Title of your paper, and underneath it, your last name followed by your first name
EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis
Translation: Julia Richards
1 MILLER J.-A., « Vers PIPOL 4 », Mental n°20, février 2008.
2 MILLER J.-A., « Parler avec son corps », Mental n°27/28, septembre 2012.
3 CAROZ G., « Introduction to the simultaneous clinical sessions of PIPOL 6 », PIPOL NEWS 2, 01-11-2012
4 LACAN J., « Lituraterre », Autres écrits, Paris, Seuil, 2001, p. 16.
5 BASSOLS M., « Présence de l’institution dans la clinique », PIPOL NEWS 4, 13-11-2012