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Speech in Emptiness: A Theoretical and Clinical Discussion on Speech in Lacanian Psychoanalysis

"If, then, my talk was to be nothing more than a newborn's cry, at least it would seize the auspicious moment to revamp the foundations our discipline derives from language." -Lacan

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In his Rome Discourse, Lacan reveals the important role that speech plays in psychoanalysis. Speaking about the speech is a way to hear what psychoanalysis truly speaks about or emptily cries out.

In this Chinese speaking seminar, we will go through Lacan’s thought on speech, tracing the Heideggerian foundation for his distinction between empty speech and full speech, along with his further reflection on the emptiness and hole and its relation to the speech. Also, we will focus on the clinical techniques of punctuation and scansion to see how the speech functions in psychoanalytic practice.



Heidegger, M. Selections from Being and Time

Lacan, J. Selections from Ecrits

Lacan, J. Selections from Seminar I

Lacan, J. Selections from Seminar XXIV

Fink, B. Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique

Faculty: Ruonan Liu, Candidate Analyst of the School

Dates & Times: 8:30-11:00 AM Beijing Time, the Fourth Saturday of every month, from September 2022-April 2023, no classes in December 2022. 

Location: Online via Voov
Fee: 2000 Yuan (RMB) / $300 USD or School Tuition

Contact: Ruonan Liu at
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.


Tel: +86-180-3818-7355

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