In Form: Seminar

In Form: Seminar

InForm: Seminar is an informal and (hopefully!) informative seminar delivered in a podcast format. The content of the seminar will focus on the ongoing process of the formation of an analyst, and on what it is like to live and work analytically. The seminar is delivered by Neil Gorman, who is a practicing Lacanian Analyst and an Associate Professor at the Aurora University School of Education & Social Work. InForm: Seminar is a companion to the InForm: Podcast, which is a podcast of informal and informative conversations and interviews Neil Gorman does with other members of the analytic community.


November 7, 2022 52 mins

In this podcast episode, I cover chapter 2 of Lacan's Seminar XI: The Four Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis. 
When we read this chapter, we will see Lacan start to cover the unconscious in this chapter. The main focus is on talking about the Freudian unconscious, and some time is spent covering the unconscious that is "structured like a language" (i.e., the unconscious as Lacan thinks of it at this moment in his teaching)...

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In this episode of InForm: Seminar, I respond to some listener questions and talk a bit more about the difference between psychoanalytic training v. psychoanalytic formation. I also say more about treating the real with the symbolic. 

All this content will probably not make much sense if you have not listened to episode 003. 

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There is a lot in this session/chapter of the seminar. What stands out as essential to me during this reading is three related threads. In this podcast, what I hope to do is explain these main points to you in a way that helps you engage in your own reading of the seminar. 

I'm not going to go into a lot of depth here. Rather, I'm going to try to point out what stands out to me as noteworthy and comment on these things. 

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  1. I'm offering a reading, my reading, not the reading of Seminar XI. 
  2. Lacan's seminar was originally spoken. It was not a written text. So, even though I'm reading a written text, this writing is based on someone speaking extemporaneously. I think this makes it different than a text that someone wrote. 
  3. When Lacan was teaching (i.e., speaking extemporaneously) about psychoanalysis, he would not always talk in a clea...
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This is the first episode of what I hope will become a somewhat regular thing that I do. It is called InForm: Seminar, and it will be a companion to InForm: Podcast. However, unlike InForm: Podcast, which is always a conversation between at least one other person and me, InForm: Seminar will be just me talking (maybe teaching?) about some aspect of psychoanalysis. 

In this episode, I go into detail about why I'm making InFo...

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