DANY NOBUS: TRANSPOSITIONS OF THE IMAGINARY: THE LACANIAN FETISH AS A THRESHOLD BETWEEN OBJECT AND SIGNIFIER

Lacan’s 1956-1957 seminar La relation d’objet is generally regarded as his most trenchant critique of the object-relations movement in psychoanalysis, especially in its distinctly French elaborations by Maurice Bouvet. However, the seminar also contains Lacan’s first thorough investigation of the variegated manifestations of the object within the dynamic relationships between the Real, the Symbolic and the Imaginary. In this lecture, I shall demonstrate how this investigation prompted him to reconsider the libidinal status of the fetish, as well as Freud’s classic theory of fetishism, and how Lacan’s innovative outlook on fetishism invites reflection upon the very notion of ‘relationality’, insofar as the fetish blurs the boundary between the signifier and the object.

Day and Time: March 16, 2017, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Location: California Institute for Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street
Fee: $80 or school tuition; $40 for students.