2019 Lacan’s Écrits Conference
11th-13thOctober 2019

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Organized by the Duquesne Psychology Department

Call for papers deadline has been extended until May 1st, 2019

Without doubt the foundational text of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Écrits remains, fifty-three years after its publication, an invaluable resource for how we might understand – and practice— psychoanalysis. As labyrinthine as it is enigmatic, Écrits is at once Lacan’s manifesto for what a Freudian psychoanalysis should be, the condensed companion-piece to the first fifteen years of his weekly Seminar and a treasure trove of philosophical intervention, cultural critique, and polyvalent provocation.

The 2006 publication of Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (translated by Bruce Fink), made Lacanian theory more accessible to the English-speaking world. Yet Écrits remains an inexhaustible array of elliptical texts that invite multiple interpretations and interventions. This conference will extend this tradition of exposition and engagement by hosting many of the world’s foremost experts on Lacan, and by exploring multiple perspectives on, and applications of, these still-generative texts.


  • Papers will be a maximum of 2000 words, with presentation time of 15-20 minutes.
  • The specific text(s) of Écrits should be foundational to the presentation.
  • The Écrits should be taken up as “living” texts, with the aim of extending its reach. Attempts at authoritative interpretation should be avoided.
  • Presentations that speak to “real-world” issues will be given special consideration. Concrete cultural, clinical, social, political, professional, and organizational problems and trends should be illuminated and brought into dialogue with theory. Papers that are more conceptual in nature, however, are still welcome.
  • The author should strive to speak in her own style, not Lacan’s, and should prioritize clarity and a spirit of engagement with the audience.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS (WORD format) should be between 450 and 500 words. Your submission should make clear the basic points you will discuss, as well as provide an overview of your overall line of argument. The first page of your submission should include your name, the submission title, institutional affiliation, phone and email. The second page of the submission should include your title and the 450-500 word proposal.

PANEL SUBMISSIONS (WORD format) should contain all individual paper submissions in addition to an overall description of aims and thematic concerns of the panel. Submissions should also mention the panel chair (name, institutional affiliation, phone and email). Panels should be made up of between 3 and 4 papers, and should take no longer than 80 minutes (in total) to present.

PROPOSALS FOR PAPERS AND PANELS should be submitted by MAY 1st, 2019, and will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be announced by May 1st, 2019.

SEND proposals to: LacanConference2019@hotmail.com – Subject line: ‘Paper Proposal 2019 Lacan Ecrits Conference’ or ‘Panel Proposal 2019 Lacan Ecrits Conference.’


Reading Lacan’s Écrits, Vol. 2: From to ‘On a Purpose’ to ‘Comments on Daniel Lagache’
Edited by Derek Hook, Calum Neill and Stijn Vanheule, will be available at a reduced rate to conference delegates.

Seminar VI: Desire and its Interpretation
By Jacques Lacan, Translated by Bruce Fink, will be available.

Yael Baldwin, Dan Collins, Bruce Fink, Derek Hook, Michael Miller, Calum Neill, Stephanie Swales and Stijn Vanheule.

Patricia Gherovici, Todd McGowan, Calum Neill, Jean-Michel Rabate, Stephanie Swales & Stijn Vanheule.

Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh (412 381 6687). When booking, please note that you will be attending aDuquesne University Conference (‘Lacan Conference’) in order to qualify for the discounted rate. Note: limited rooms are available, so please book ASAP! See: https://www.cambriapgh.com/en-us
For other hotels: https://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/undergraduate/visit-campus/hotels

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