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Transmission and the Lacanian School: From Television to Radiophonie and Beyond

Psychoanalysis is a social bond that constitutes a space for the work of the subject of the unconscious.  In the aftermath of Lacan’s invention of the Passe, the psychoanalytic School is a result of this bond that engages in the transmission of the savoir, or knowledge, of the unconscious.  It stands or falls insofar as it sustains the guarantee of the lack in the Other and the defect of the signifier, and it is constructed and renewed on the basis of the work its adherents bring to transmit something of their experience within its frames (Palimpsest, seminar, teaching, cartel and reading group, Passage, and other forms). 


Lacan’s Television and Radiophonie raise questions regarding transmission in its relationship to psychoanalytic discourse and the speech of the subject of the unconscious.  The analytic experience concerns the truth of the subject of the unconscious (S1) and the savoir of its subject (S2) that is constituted in its experience and given place in the constitution of a new place in the social link through the act.  


This event is an occasion for reflecting on the plethora of Lacanian emissions in today’s contemporary media environment in order to better clarify and discern the ways in which the psychoanalytic School in the aftermath of Lacan’s return to Freud functions as a frame for transmission in the formation of the analyst in our contemporary societies.  It is an opportunity to work on the centrality speech takes in psychoanalytic transmission, and to the frames (the seminar, television, radio, podcast) that sustain it.


Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD; Diana Cuello, PhD; Marcelo Estrada; Ben Davidson, PhD; Annie Rogers, PhD; Bret Fimiani, PsyD.

Dates and Times:  Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 10 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time; Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 10 AM to 1 PM Pacific Time

Location:  TBD - Los Angeles, or online in the event of social distancing constraints

Fee: $300 / students $150, or School Tuition

Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD at (323) 930-9662 or 

Christopher Meyer, Ph.D. is Analyst of the School, Supervising analyst, and Faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis.  He is a member of the Freudian School of Québec, and a founding member of the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Québec.  He has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy located in Los Angeles, CA.

Email: Tel: 323. 930. 9662

Diana C. Cuello, PhD is an Analyst of the School, member of the Lacan school of psychoanalysis since 2018. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in 2011. Her interests include aesthetics and performance art, particularly with relation to dreams and their use in analytic clinical work. Diana is currently investigating the value of encountering castration provided exclusively by the limitations of the virtual medium. She is in private practice, aiming to provide a psychoanalytic experience over phone and video.

Marcelo Estrada, 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. 

Benjamin Davidson, Ph.D. is a faculty member and Research Analyst of the Lacanian School, and an Associate Dean of Students at Stanford University, where he has led seminars on Lacanian and Freudian analysis since 2010.  He maintains a private practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco, and is a co-editor and frequent contributor to the European Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Email: Tel: 650.704.8226 

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).

Bret Fimiani, Psy.D. is an analyst of the Lacan School of Psychoanalysis and a clinical psychologist. He works with people experiencing psychosis and extreme states in his private practice in Oakland, CA. He is the chairperson for the Northern California Chapter of the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis and he is a board member for the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network.  His research interests include the ethics of psychosis and the integration of clinical and peer models. His recently published book on psychosis is titled Psychosis and Extreme States: An Ethic for Treatment (2021, Palgrave-Macmillan).