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Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow

Four Doors into Ethics in Psychoanalysis

We propose to speak about ethics in psychoanalysis in four meetings this year in our function as the President and Vice President of the School- in order to build a guarantee of the lack as a new social link with the Analysts and Members of the School.  One of us will bring a new and unknown text or question to start each meeting as a way to catalyze a conversation on ethics that neither of us prepares ahead of time.  Our purpose is to open a space for what is unknown and unanticipated.  After a time when each of us has spoken and gone as far as possible with one another, we will invite others in the meeting to join us in the work of unfolding ethics in a psychoanalytic School.  What does that mean?  We invite each participant to take the position of the analyst, an open position that pays attention to spoken details in order to hear something unsayable, something beyond what was said.  We ask you into this ethical position, whether or not your formation has brought you to that point, as you respond to us and to one another. 


Our intention is to create a space for members to participate in building a new social link in the Lacan School. We offer four doors into ethics that support the creation of further spaces in our School for the ceaseless working of the unconscious in the clinic and all aspects of our practice.


Marcelo Estrada and Annie Rogers

Open to School Analysts and Members only.

Please register one week prior to each meeting to obtain a zoom link to the meeting.

Faculty: Marcelo Estrada and Annie Rogers

Meeting Dates/ Time:  Friday, October 22 and Friday, December 3, 2021; Friday, February 11, 2022, and a time to be designated in the Days of Assembly in May 2022.  The first three Friday meetings will all take place via Zoom from 10:00 to 11:30 am, Pacific Time.

Where: On Zoom, with registration. Please register one week prior to each meeting to obtain a zoom link to the meeting.

Contact:  Marcelo Estrada at or Annie Rogers at

Fees:  No fee.

Annie Rogers, Ph.D. Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., is Analyst, Faculty and Supervising Analyst of the Lacanian School of San Francisco. She is also Associate Member of the Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland and Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dr. Rogers has a psychoanalytic practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University; a Whiting Fellowship at Hampshire College; and an Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs; she is the author of A Shining Affliction (Penguin Viking, 1995) and The Unsayable (Random House, 2006), in addition to numerous scholarly articles, short fiction, and poetry. Her most recent book is Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (Karnac Books in 2016).

Marcelo Estrada, M.A. Analyst of the School, Supervising Analyst, Designated Scholar of the School Psychoanalyst, Current President and Chairman of the Board of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, Founding Member and Faculty of the School. Has been teaching Lacan and Freud for more than twenty years. Private practice and also provides consultation and supervision.