Liz Chalfin, Book of Days
Signifier and Unconscious
In his undertaking of the return to Freud, Lacan re-structures psychoanalysis linguistically, and thus makes psychoanalysis a science of the signifier.
This Chinese speaking seminar will focus on the concept of signifier based on the readings including Saussure’s initial conceptualization about ‘signifier’ and ‘signified’ and Lacan’s further reflection on the signifier, especially its profound relation to the unconscious. The seminar will also open the discussion towards the question about what practitioners could do with the signifiers in Chinese clinical context.
Ferdinand de Saussure, Selections from Course in General Linguistics
Jacques Lacan, The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud (Selected
Jacques Lacan, Selections from Seminar III
Jacques Lacan, Selections from Seminar XI
Tom Eyers, The ‘Signifier-in-Relation’, the ‘Signifier-in-Isolation’, and the Concept of the ‘Real’ in Lacan
Faculty: Ruonan Liu, Candidate Analyst of the School
Dates and Times: 8:30-11am Beijing Time, the Fourth Saturday of every month, from
September 2023-April 2024, no classes in December 2023.
Location: Online via Voov
Contact: Ruonan Liu at email@example.com or through WeChat account
Note: This seminar will be in Mandarin Chinese
Ruonan Liu is a licensed psychotherapist and counseling psychologist from China, currently
working in a university. He earned a master’s degree in therapeutic and counseling psychology
and continued with his academic research on Lacanian psychoanalysis and phenomenology for a couple of years. Ruonan’s clinical training includes psychoanalysis, Gestalt psychotherapy, trauma treatment and clinical supervision. Now he is being trained at the Lacanian School of
Psychoanalysis where he is currently in formation as a Candidate Analyst. He has a private practice in psychoanalysis located in Shenzhen, China.