APPI AGM: 29.03.2019

APPI Annual General Meeting 2019
Friday 29th March 2019 at 7p.m.
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2,
D02 R598

Dreams and Sleep, Darian Leader Seminar: 09.02.2019


Saturday 9th February 2019
11.30- 14.30
Grand Canal Hotel, Grand Canal Street Upper, D04 X5X7

How and why do we sleep? What keeps us awake?

Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and author, weaves together cultural, social, economic and psychoanalytic influences in pursuit of the truth about insomnia

One in three adults sleeps badly. Sleeping pill prescriptions have increased dramatically over recent times. Bookshelves and browser histories are littered with experts promising to ‘fix’ our insomnia.

But is this so-called sleep crisis anything new? It seems our relationship to sleep has always been irregular and changeable, shaped by social conventions, commercial imperatives and personal psychologies. Beneath the headlines and the promised ‘cures’, it seems that there is no such thing as a perfect night’s sleep.

Darian Leader reveals the history and pathology of sleeplessness – from the industrial revolution to Freudian dream analysis to the fears around blue light on our phones. Along the way, he dispels the pervasive myths and anxieties around this most universal human experience.


Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and the author of Introducing Lacan, Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?, Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late, Freud’s Footnotes, Stealing the Mona Lisa, Why do People Get Ill (co-written with David Corfield), The New Black, What Is Madness, Strictly Bipolar, and Hands.

He practises psychoanalysis in London, and he is a member of the College of Psychoanalysts and a founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.


Photo Credit: Angus Muir

3 CPD points for attendance

Psychoanalysis in the Shadow of Dictatorship. 11.01.2019

dictatorshipFriday 11 January 2019
19:30 – 21:30 GMT

The Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, D02 E044 Dublin

Rafael Alves Lima is a psychoanalyst and member of the Laboratory of Social Theory, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (LATESFIP-USP), member of the Clinical Network of Jacques Lacan Laboratory (IP-USP), member of the Margens Clínicas collective which offers psychoanalytic assistance to victims of Brazilian State violence, and former member of the Testimonial Clinics project, with the Ministry of Justice of the Federal Government (Brazil). He is visiting the UK for three months from the University of São Paulo, where he investigates the history of psychoanalysis during the Brazilian military dictatorship. He is the author of (translated titles): “For a Foucaultian historiography for psychoanalysis: power as method” (Via Lettera, 2015). Organizer of “Clinicity: psychoanalysis between generations” (Juruá, 2015). Co-organizer of “For a revolutionary psychoanalysis: Otto Gross” (Annablume, 2018) and “Biopolitics and Psychoanalysis” (Via Lettera, in press).

Psychoanalytic theory and practice is located within contemporary socio-cultural discourse and operates in some kind of “relation” to political regimes. To help us think about this, Rafael will speak about the challenges for psychoanalysis of new authoritarian political regimes and recent trends towards populism. What are the effects for psychoanalysis of the decline of traditional forms of authority, traditional institutions, and the increasingly polemical and uncivil nature of public and political discourse? In Brazil, the current political situation has led to the grave situation in which Jair Bolsonaro has become President of the country and there are real threats that psychoanalysis in Brazil will inevitably have to deal with. The seminar will assess the role of authority and leadership, and the impact of socio-cultural and political changes on current and future practice of psychoanalysis, with a special analysis of the situation in Brazil.

2 CPD points awarded

Man Deserts: 10.11.2018.

mandesertsSaturday 10 November 2018
9.15am to 5pm
The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire (Martello Suite)

The EC of APPI are delighted to present ‘Man Deserts – Where Have All The Fathers Gone?’ This event will be co-hosted with IFPP. The conference will debate the propositions in Rob Weatherill’s book The Anti-Oedipus Complex, Lacan, Critical Theory and Postmodernism (Routledge 2017) and will consider the relevance of the symbolic father in contemporary psychoanalysis. The event will take place in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 9am to 5pm. We are pleased to welcome Dorothee Bonnigal-Katz, a psychoanalyst living and working in London, who will speak at the event.Dorothee recently presented a paper entitled From Machismo to Medusa: The Question of Masculinity and Maternal Omnipotence at ‘The Fragile Phallus’; an event at the Freud Museum in London which examined the notions of ‘fragile’ and ‘toxic’ masculinity. We are also delighted to have strong representations from APPI on our speaking panels and we look forward to a lively day of energetic debate and engagement.

Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz is a psychoanalyst and a translator. She is a member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, UKCP, CPJA and CP–UK. She is the founder and clinical lead of the Psychosis Therapy Project, a specialist psychoanalytic therapy project for people experiencing psychosis. Her work as a translator includes a number of psychoanalytic texts such as Dominique Scarfone’s Laplanche: An Introduction (2015) and The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious (2016). Her latest translation, Laurence Kahn’s Apathy, Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Patient recently came out in the New Library of Psychoanalysis series (Routledge, 2018).


Conference Timetable

The Clinic of Discreet Madness: 15+22 September 2019.


Saturday 15+22 September 2018
Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire
9am to 1pm, both days

In keeping with APPI’s two-year theme ‘Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century’ the Executive Committee and the Education Action Group are delighted that Marie Walshe has designed and will deliver a two part short course: “The Clinic of Discreet Madness: Working Psychoanalytically with Couples”.

  • Saturday 15 September 2018 – Theoretical component
  • Saturday 22nd September 2018 – Practical applications
  • 9am to 1pm
  • The Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Places are limited to 25 participants due to the workshop nature of the module
  • An early bird fee of €40 per participant per workshop applies until 10 August
  • €50 per workshop will apply after this date
  • CPD: The Executive Committee of APPI will award 4 CPD points for each workshop


Introduction to the short course
Despite Lacan’s oft-repeated assertion that ‘there is no sexual rapport’, the sexual couple in a stable relationship continues to be an enduring social phenomenon and ideal relationship for most subjects.   In addition to the couples formed by his analysands, various other relationships benefited from Freud’s discovery of the key psychoanalytic concepts of the unconscious, transference, repetition, and the drive, including, for instance, Little Hans’ parents and the parents of Dora.

The “discreet madness” of our analysands on the couch, whether Romeos or Juliets, is the focus of much of our work with individual subjects.  Working with the couple, both Romeo and Juliet together on the couch, requires a modulation of our work, a different set of acts.

Overview of the content of the module
This module will examine the clinic of the couple, the psychoanalytic foundation of that clinic, the typical symptoms and dilemmas presented.
It will include an introduction to the principles of other therapeutic applications including systemic, Bowenian and EFT therapy.

Who is the course for?
Practitioners wishing to extend their practice to working with couples who take this module will gain an appreciation of the difficulties to be faced in modulating their work to facilitate a dyad as the analysand. It is also designed for Practitioners who are already working with couples and who wish to upskill and acquire a CPD qualification. The module also offers an opportunity for practitioners working with young people to broaden their understanding of the working of this system as a symptomatic construct.


APPI Annual Congress: 24.03.2018

slider-congress-2018Saturday 24 March 2018.
DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
Registration, Coffee, Welcome: 9:45am – First Speaker: 10am
Admission: Members: €50, Students: €30, Non-Members: €60

Psychoanalysing Tragedy

Tragedy, Lacan said in 1959, is at the forefront of our experiences as analysts.  This explains for Lacan why Freud looked to tragedy (from Oedipus Rex to Hamlet) when considering the essentially tragic dimension of human desire. Lacan himself looked to Hamlet in his sixth seminar to illustrate and bring out as exemplary the conditions which frame the possibility of acting on one’s desire, the theme he further draws out in relation to Antigone in his seventh seminar.  His radical claim that living the bourgeois dream is not the index of a “successful” analysis challenged commonplace ideas about the objective of psychoanalysis involving getting rid of what is experienced as tragic for the subject for what it opposes to her/his happiness.  Happiness, Lacan pointed out, is a political issue, bringing to bear a specific tendency on the field of human relations and the social bond.  Tragedy, is articulated by Lacan in his seminar of ’59-60 with Aristotle, as catharsis, as purification, and the tragic dimension of psychoanalysis therefore involves the notion of a “crossing of the limits that we call fear and pity”.

In our time however, tragedy is mostly articulated with spectacles of horror, of atrocity, of violence: spectacles which “go viral” at the touch of a button.  Where once subjects could take their bearings by establishing the coordinates of their existence with each other at times of tragedy (e.g., recalling where they were when Kennedy was shot, when Marilyn was found dead, when John Lennon was killed, even when the twin towers were struck, etc., etc.,), now with the swift swipe of a fingertip a tragedy is replaced by a pop video or the smile of an unknown person’s child, or a kitten playing with a toy.

How can psychoanalysts think about tragedy now?

Is it still at the forefront of our experiences as analysts?

What is the consequence for 21st century citizens of the diminution of catharsis?

Keynote address Dr Olga Cox Cameron: “The worst is not so long as we can say ‘this is the worst’”(King Lear, Act IV, Scene I)

Image: Fulchran-Jean Harriet, ‘Oedipus at Colonus’, 1798 (detail).

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