Of the four discourses that Lacan conceptualized at the end of the 1960s, the discourse of the university has received less attention than its counterparts, possibly because it seems the furthest removed from clinical psychoanalytic practice. Nonetheless, if the discourse of the university privileges knowledge in an educational setting, and psychoanalysis is also what needs to be transmitted by way of theory to analytic candidates, then the survival of psychoanalysis is crucially conditioned by a critical consideration of how the discourse of the university may be employed to ensure the sustainability of psychoanalysis. In this lecture, I will explore four interlocking questions:

1. To what extent is the discourse of the university, as Lacan formalized it in 1969, still applicable to the distribution of places and functions in contemporary higher education?;

2. What, if anything, can psychoanalysis contribute to the dissection of current educational practices in the neo-liberal knowledge economy?;

3. Is there still a place for psychoanalysis within the neo-liberal university discourse?;

4. How can we ensure that the discourse of the university continues to inform and underpin the discourse of the analyst?

Day and Time: March 17, 2017, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Location: California Institute for Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street
Fee: $80 or school tuition, $40 for students