NIDA Lacan Study and Reading Group

Date/Time: 26 Feb 2020 - 26 Feb 2020

The Lacan Reading Group gather every month to study Lacan’s principle theories and their application to a broader understanding of texts, art, drama, literature, philosophy, and aesthetics.

In its regular two-hour forums, the group will create a space where the learning, discussion and transmission of Lacan’s works became part of ongoing global scholarly debates. Post-structuralist responses to Lacanian theory, especially by Kristeva, Irigaray, Cixious, Derrida, Foucault, Delueze and Guattary, and Butler (and so on in a multidisciplinary context) are part of the group’s research interest areas. The group is open to all and recommended for postgraduate students across humanities, writers and artists, and academics interested in Lacan and his theories.

The Lacan Reading Group is run by Dr Ehsan Azari, who teaches a postgraduate course for students of Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) at NIDA.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday 26 February, discussing An Introduction to Seminar V: (Part iv)

6–8pm monthly  
The next month's date is selected as a group at the end of each lecture which will be published on this page
Tutorial Room 3, NIDA
Attendance is free and open to all with no booking required


For any queries, please contact Dr Ehsan Azari via or 0402 440 637.

Past Materials

January 2020An Introduction to Formations of the Unconscious: (Part-III)
December 2019An Introduction to Formations of the Unconscious: (Part-II)
November 2019A Reading of Lacan's Seminar V: Formations of the Unconscious (Part-I)
October 2019Duras and the Poetics of Writing Feminine Desire in The Lover
September 2019Barthes Between Literature and Lacan: The Pleasure of the Text
August 2019Lacanian Aesthetics and Four Paradigms of Literary Criticism
June/July 2019The Double in Literature: The Case of Dostoevsky
May 2019T. S. Eliot: The Poet as Theorist
April 2019Lacan and Feminist Debates: Irigaray and Cixous
March 2019The Wolf-Man: A Melodrama in Psychoanalysis
February 2019Hysteria and Imaginary Identification: the case of Dora
January 2019 How Kant Meets Sade
December 2018 The Body and Performance
November 2018Lacan and Hegel
October 2018Lacan's Three Concepts: The Imaginary, the Borromean Knot, and the Gaze
September 2018Derrida, Psychoanalysis and Lacan: From Resistance to Love
August 2018Gilgamesh: The Epic of the Subject and the Other
July 2018The Function of Saussurean Linguistics in Lacanian Psychoanalysis
June 2018Lacan and Visual Art (Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh and more)
May 2018The Uncanny, Uncanniness and Paranoia in Freud and Lacan
April 2018Blade Runner: A Lacanian Textbook Case
March 2018Lacan and the Theory of Four Discourses
February 2018Interpassivity
January 2018The Logic of Fantasy
December 2017Lacan on Sexuation
November 2017The Gaze and Picture
October 2017Negation: Between Freud and Hyppolite
September 2017The Mirror Stage and Negation
August 2017Lacan's Conceptual Aporias
July 2017Religion and its Triumph
March 2017The Imaginary: Field of Specular, Lure, Seduction & Alienation