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LCA - Moses and Monotheism Close Reading - July - August

“It is not for nothing that Moses and Monotheism, like everything else Freud writes, is absolutely fascinating. If one is independent-minded, one can say that it makes absolutely no sense at all. We will speak about it again…”

Jacques Lacan, Seminar XVII


The series of essays that eventually coalesced into Moses and Monotheism are amongst the final writings of Sigmund Freud. He completed the manuscript in March 1939, it was published in August 1939, WWII was declared in September 1939, and he died later that month.


It is his most enigmatic work, little read and not often studied.


The LCA will read Moses and Monotheism closely over four 2020 winter sessions:



11 July

18 July

25 July

1 August


Presented online via Zoom

Line by line

10:00am to 1:00pm AEST

Free to register

Open to all

Convened by Russell Grigg



MSCP Winter School Online June-July 2020



  • Lifeforms - Lecturer: Dr Ben Woodard
  • A Human Geometry: The Films of Hal Hartley - Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe
  • Nancy Fraser: neoliberalism, identity politics, feminism and class struggle - Lecturer: Elise Addlem
  • Frantz Fanon and Achille Mbembe: The Legacies of Colonialism - Lecturer: Assoc Prof Peter Gratton
  • Heidegger’s Identity and Difference - Lecturer: Prof Andrew Benjamin
  • Philosophy and Protest - Lecturer: Margarita Varava
  • Proust among the Philosophers - Lecturer: Louis Klee
  • Forms of Rationalism and its Adversaries: Bridging The Gap betweenContinental and Analytic Philosophy - Lecturer: Andrea Giuseppe Ragno
  • An Introduction to Hegel’s Science of Logic - Lecturer: Dr Nahum Brown
  • A Genealogy of Citizenship - Lecturer: Dr Irene Dal Poz
  • The Last Days of the Dialectic: An Historical and Philosophical Introductionto the Early Badiou’s Politics - Lecturer: Dr Robert Boncardo



ASCP 2020 Conference - Bond - 9-11 Dec

The ASCP annual conference in 2020 will be held at Bond University, 9-11 December.


The link to the call for papers/conference webpage is:

The ASCP conference provides a broad intellectual forum for scholars working within, or in communication with, European philosophical traditions. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to continental philosophy in Australasia.  The 2020 annual conference seeks to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas inspired by the diverse traditions of European thought (such as phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory, hermeneutics, feminism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, and so on), and to consider the broad and rich ways that these traditions drive philosophical inquiry into key questions for Australasian and international society. In addition to the conference proper, there will be sessions on a range of issues for professional academia, run by senior academics from a variety of institutions. These include issues of equity and diversity, career advancement, and career planning for post-graduate students. We invite papers that explore any aspect of European philosophy broadly construed. 


Date for abstract submissions: 31st August 2020

Send your proposed abstracts (maximum 250 words) for papers, panels or streams, and a brief bio to



  • Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson (QUT)
  • Dr Simone Drichel (The University of Otago)
  • Associate Professor Ann Murphy (The University of New Mexico)

There will also be a plenary session honouring the work of Professor Alison Ross (Monash University)



The University of Queensland’s Women and Power Network, based in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and lead by Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch, is establishing a network of humanities scholars who research questions surrounding women and power. See: The network is generously providing funds to support interstate or trans-Tasman travel for a panel session for Australasian researchers on the theme of women and power at the 2020 ASCP conference. Preference will be given to panels that include researchers from different institutions. Suggested topics for panels are, but not limited to: 

Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, and other continental feminist and women philosophers on the subject of women and power.

Panels on topics related to women and power, such as women in politics, violence, including domestic violence, the #MeToo movement, and wage justice

A book panel on a new publication related to women and power

Please submit an abstract for your panel and then the abstract with an estimated budget and expression of interest to the ASCP conference organisers to  



The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) provides a bursary for a limited number of conference participants who are either students or under-employed early career academics, in recognition of the significant contribution of these members of the ASCP. The bursary is named for a dear colleague and founding member of the ASCP who died in 2016.

HDR students and ECRs who submit an abstract are invited to apply by completing the application form (see the button below) and sending it to Richard Colledge []. Bursary applications will be assessed by an ASCP committee on the basis of a range of considerations including applicants’ access to forums in which to present their work, their stage of candidacy/career, the distance of travel required to attend the conference, and equity and diversity considerations.

Please refer to for information about the bursary and eligibility requirements.


If you have any queries regarding the conference please write to



  • Daniel Brennan
  • Alison Taylor
  • Russell McPhee



LCA Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance - Parkville - 11-12 July - CANCELLED



The Lacan Circle of Australia presents:

International Conference: Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance

11 and 12 July 2020 at the Treacy Centre, Parkville, Melbourne


The semblants of sex come under scrutiny in analysis. This is because semblants sustain not only sexual identity but also the sexual encounter itself, taking the place of any possible sexual relationship.

On the male side, analysis reveals a desire sustained by phallicised semblants. As a man’s analysis progresses and he traverses his own particular fantasy, it is increasingly reduced to its bare elements. The phallic function and the underlying castration can become even more insistent, as Freud saw. He spoke of the rock of castration as an obstacle that a man encounters at the end of his analysis. This castrating effect of analysis is also indicated by how common it is for a man to express his phallic capacity in close synchronicity with his sessions—as if seeking to derive, post session, reassurance over his own potency.

For a woman, on the other hand, as the pathways of her desire unfold, she is inclined to encounter the inexistence of the Other and the futility of sacrifice. A woman’s scorn or cynicism can remind a man that his sublimations count for nothing where jouissance is concerned and that his attachment to his semblants is misplaced, since it bears no comparison to the real of jouissance. Women are closer to the real and also have a keener awareness of the fact that the phallus is a semblant. A woman’s desire naturally leads her to the barred A, whereas for the man the φ function is an obstacle to the reduction of the phallus to the status of a mere semblant.


Offers of papers on the above theme are welcome

The preference is for papers on clinical topics related to the conference theme

Papers on non-clinical topics will also be considered

Please send title and brief abstract for a 30-minute paper by Friday 14 February 2020 to

Note: Most of the events listed on the ASCP website are not hosted by the ASCP.  Events posted here are considered to be of interest to the Australasian continental philosophy community.

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