La psychanalyse et le politique

XLVIII. Sigmund Freud Lecture by Colette Soler

In French language - with translation in English and German


Welcome: Monika Pessler, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna (in English language)

Introduction: Viktor Mazin, Freud's Dream Museum, St. Petersburg (in English language)


Online via Zoom, Saturday, May 8, 2021, 5 pm (CET)


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Psychoanalysis and Politics

(Lecture in French language)


There is a politics of psychoanalysis. It dates back to Freud and is defined by the aims of the psychoanalytic cure. All other political questions derive from it, in particular the one of its influence on the general discourse. When Freud arrived in New York with Ferenczi, he thought that psychoanalysis would bring »the plague«, for Lacan, it is subversion; but the question of its function is still unresolved. And then there are the divisions, different currents, the multiple apples of discord that all raise the question of what is left of political unity of … the psychoanalysis.


La psychanalyse et le politique

(Conférence en français)


Il y a une politique de la psychanalyse. Elle date de Freud et se définit par les finalités propres d'une cure psychanalytique. Toutes les autres questions politiques en découlent, celle notamment de son incidence dans le discours commun. Freud arrivant à New York avec Ferenczi pensait que la psychanalyse y apportait « la peste », pour Lacan elle est une subversion, mais la question de sa fonction est toujours en suspens. Et puis il y a les divisions, les courants divers, les pommes de discorde multiples qui posent la question de ce qui reste d'unité politique à … La psychanalyse



Colette Soler holds a French university agrégation in philosophy and has a diploma in psychopathology and a doctorate in psychology. She was trained by Jacques Lacan and was a member of the École freudienne de Paris and later a founding member of the Champ lacanien and its École Internationale de Psychanalyse after the secession from the Association mondiale de psychanalyse (AMP) in 1998. She has been practicing psychoanalysis since 1975 and teaches in Paris as well as at a number of forums of the Lacanian Field; in addition, she gives lectures all over the world. She has written around three hundred articles and fifty books which were published in several languages. Her main works translated into English are: What Lacan said about women, Other press, New York, 2006; Lacan—The unconscious reinvented, Karnac Books, London, 2014; Lacanian affects. The function of affects in Lacan's work, Routledge, New York 2016; and Lacan reading Joyce, Routledge, New York 2018.


Colette Soler est agrégée de l'Université française en philosophie, diplômée en psychopathologie et Docteur en psychologie.  Formée par Jacques Lacan, elle fut membre de l'École freudienne de Paris puis à l'origine des Forums du Champ lacanien et de leur École internationale de psychanalyse après la scission de l'AMP en 1998. Elle pratique la psychanalyse depuis 1975, l’enseigne à Paris ainsi que dans les divers Forums du champ lacanien et donne des conférences un peu partout dans le monde. Auteur de quelques trois cent articles, d'une cinquantaine de livres publiés dans diverses langues, ses principaux ouvrages traduits en anglais sont : What Lacan said about women, Other press, New York, 2006; Lacan—The unconscious reinvented, Karnac Books, London, 2014; Lacanian affects, The function of affects in Lacan's work, Routledge, New York 2016 und Lacan reading Joyce, Routledge, New York 2018.



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