PATRICIA GHEROVICI: TRANS-ALIVE-DEAD: SEXUATION’S ANTI-OEDIPAL DRIVE / THE DANGEROUS AIR CONDITIONER, THE DESICCATED BABY WHALE AND THE DELIGHTFUL OYSTER BISQUE: PRIVATION, FRUSTRATION AND CASTRATION IN THE CLINIC
“A whole new being.” My presentation explores trans desire not just as a wish to go beyond the gender binary but as a desire to overcome the limits of mortal existence. My title makes reference to Deleuze and Guattari because I believe that on the issue of transsexualism their position converges with that of the late Lacan. Using Lacan’s notions of sexuation and the sinthome, I challenge the pathologization historically enforced by psychoanalysis while proposing a clinical stance based on an ethics of desire that integrates death into the very core of being.
THE DANGEROUS AIR CONDITIONER, THE DESICCATED BABY WHALE AND THE DELIGHTFUL OYSTER BISQUE: PRIVATION, FRUSTRATION AND CASTRATION IN THE CLINIC
In his early Seminar IV, “The Relation to the Object”, Lacan offers a thorough critique of the field of object relations, and what to this day remain accepted notions of the “object” in psychoanalytic theory and practice, to better situate theoretical and clinical work wresting it from a notion of “frustration” that had found its wished-for home in satisfaction. In a trajectory that followed the invention of the objet a, Lacan elaborates a nuanced and differentiated negativity concomitant with the subject in psychoanalysis. He specifies that the objet a underlines the fact that not everything is “interpretable;” not everything is of the register of the signifier. In Seminar 23, he will say that “the unconscious is what one is” and that while language copulates with our bodies, the Real is not linked to anything at all.
In Seminar IV Lacan develops the mother as incomplete, what will become the A barred. This important and inaugural invocation of the object as lack could not be timelier to consider in our contemporary moment when satisfaction is a supposed given, youth is supposed as endless, and lack is foreclosed with gadgets. As we see more adult children than ever before, my presentation comments on three cases of adult “children” using Lacan’s early seminar.
Day and Time: March 2, 2018, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Location: California Institute for Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street
Fee: $80 or school tuition; $130 for both days; $40 for students