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Mark Tobey, Sharp Field

S2: A Feminist Meets Lacan in a Techno-Scientific Dungeon

Discerning that the master in Lacan’s four discourses is patriarchal and commands the subject to enjoy surplus jouissance, this seminar will take a careful gaze at the capitalist discourse as regressively matriarchal. Conjoining Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, topology, semiotics, and the exodus of a joke, this presentation will examine leading signifiers in Western culture; namely, pornography, technology and science. 

*Discretion advised: this seminar will contain nude images related to Cantarini’s collaboration and curatorship with artist Pablo Corral Vega.

Faculty: Maria Liza Ahearne PhDc and Maria Cantarini

Date & time: Friday, October 22, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm PST

Location: California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA Online via ZOOM available.

Fee: $100, $40 for Students

Contact: For more information and registration, please contact Ahearne directly:

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María Líza Ahearne, LMFT, PhDc has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her dissertation thesis focuses on the discrepancies between the transmission of Lacanian psychoanalysis in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in the United States. Ahearne is a candidate analyst and faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco and maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She is fluent in English and Tango.


tel: 415. 580. 1639

Gerardo Arenas, PhD has a PhD in nuclear physics, a master’s in psychology and a degree in cinematography. He is a member of the Escuela de la Orientación Lacaniana (School of the Lacanian Orientation in Psychoanalysis, where he has taught since 2007) and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. He also teaches at the Oscar Masotta Institute and in the master’s program in the Psychoanalytic Clinic of the University of San Martin. Arenas is the author of multiple books, including A Practical Way to Feel Better and the recently published Pasos Hacia una Economia de los Goces (Steps Towards an Economy of Jouissances, Grama 2017), among others. He is also a translator of Lacan’s work in Spanish, namely Seminar VI (Paidós 2014) and Seminar XIX (Paidós 2012). Arenas is a psychoanalyst in a private practice in Buenos Aires, where he also serves as an external supervisor of four hospital services, and provides consultation to clinicians throughout South America, Mexico and Europe.


tel: 54911 3690 4980 

Maria Cantarini’s artistic name is Maria Blanco and she is a professional Argentine tango dancer, instructor and choreographer. She has traveled around the world performing, teaching at dance congresses and as a juror for competitions. She performed at distinguished venues such as the International Women’s Forum, Latin Grammy’s, Lincoln Center and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. She has developed a dance method called Tangonetics and is applying it to a broader spectrum of fields beyond the dance community.

Cantarini is currently based in Buenos Aires studying for her Art Curatorship degree. She works for the National Association of Contemporary Art Galleries and is writing and curating a book on sexuality that includes photograph by Pablo Corral Vega.