Call for papers

The Scientific Committee for the Rendez-vous

To members of the IF-SPFLF

Dear Colleagues,

The date is approaching for our next Rendez-vous in Paris, July 25-27, 2014, on the theme of the paradoxes of desire. So it is time to think about establishing the program.

Friday, July 25, will be devoted to a study day of the School, organised by the CIOS, and Monday, July 28, to the Assembly of the IF and of the School.

Speaking specifically of the Rendez-vous, it will be divided into three half-days of plenary sessions and a half-day on Saturday afternoon with five simultaneous sessions. Thus there will be between 18 and 24 papers in the plenary sessions, and between 30 and 40 in the simultaneous sessions. Those who wish to offer a paper must do so by sending the title and argument in half a page to Marc Strauss, Convenor of the RV, at, before December 15.

You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt that will assure you that your proposal has been received.

The Christmas period will be a good time for reflecting on the composition of the whole, and towards the middle of January, the Scientific Committee will make their responses known.

We remind you of the sub-titles of the general theme:

I Desire, this incarnated aporia

This expression of Lacan in “The Direction of the Treatment” indicates that desire, the effect of the signifier, is not articulated without taking into account the body and the jouissance that marks it, on the side of its lack, castration, and also on that of the remainder, the drive. The different clinical structures must find a way of organizing themselves from this relation.

II New desires

Our times are characterized by an offer of multiple satisfactions that seem deregulated with regard to the master signifiers that were still current in Freud’s time. What is the impact of modernity on the place of desire in the subjective economy, in its link with that which takes on the mask of a mad jouissance?


III The names of desire

With Lacan’s reconsideration of the signifier which is no longer cause of the cut with jouissance but which is in itself jouissance, desire takes on a new dimension, bound to the saying. Desire is no longer then desire for recognition, nor uniquely the desire of the Other, but takes on a singular value for the parlêtre. The course of an analysis, right up to its end, thus demands a redefinition.


IV What is it to interpret desire?

If desire is its interpretation, this point assumes conditions that respond to those of its constitution. The psychoanalyst, through the transference, is thus inseparable from the very definition of the unconscious, and is included in the structure of desire. In order to intervene effectively, the psychoanalyst’s desire must have other co-ordinates, those that he has taken from his own analysis.

In anticipation of your proposals,

Yours sincerely,

Marc Strauss