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Après coup of PIPOL 6
A Sunny Weekend in Brussels
There were lots of people -1300 delegates— at the Square Meeting Centre in Brussels, for the 2nd Congress of the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis, PIPOL VI, on 6 and 7 July 2013. The careful reception and preparation by Gil Caroz’s organising team favoured a rigorous exchange which demanded to be prolonged beyond a very precise timing.
On Saturday, in ten multi-function rooms, 120 speakers from many countries of the EuroFederation and the WAP (Argentina, Belgium (Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia), Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland) gave an overview of clinical practice in institutions or in the private practice of psychoanalysts. Each one-hour session, with a moderator and a discussant, was an opportunity to discuss two papers on a variety of subjects, in Italian, Spanish, French, Flemish and English. The general orientation was given under the title “The case, the institution and my experience of psychoanalysis.” Some trying to capture the logic of the treatment, the effects on the symptom, jouissance and interpretation, consequences of the evolution in the relations of the masculine and the feminine. Others testified to these consequences in the institutional clinic - always considered on a case by case basis-, as well as to the institutions themselves, their structure and their way of functioning.
On Sunday, the presentations concentrated in the plenary hall, with high quality simultaneous translations, to approach the evolution of the forms of desire and jouissance marked by an expansion of the feminine. The opening address by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Isabelle Durant, who articulated with precision her interest for the papers of this congress, was able to translate what she observed of political life in Europe, and its resistances and hopes for the place of women in contemporary lifestyles. The President of the EuroFederation, Gil Caroz, who welcomed her, found an opportunity to express to her the sentiment of a friendly relationship shared through the fights led since the Forum of Women, in Paris in 2010. The President of the WAP, Leonardo Gorostiza, introduced the presentations by recalling the orientation given by Jacques-Alain Miller through Lacan’s teaching.
The first session brought a precise light onto the clinic after Oedipus, through the feminine clinic (Eric Laurent), the decline of psychiatry (Miquel Bassols), and the institution when it gives place to the feminine (Alexandre Stevens).
Under the title “Lacanian Actions,” the original initiatives of three women — in Moscow, Yulia Akhtyamova, in Paris, Mireille Battut with La main à l’oreille, in Belgium, Nathalie Laceur, through the expertise oriented by the Lacanian clinic during a court trial- who showed their determination to displace conventional discourses by relying on their own experience of psychoanalysis.
As the guest speaker of the following session, chaired by Lilia Mahjoub and Jacques-Alain Miller, failed to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, Clotilde Leguil and Ben Verzele showed the link that is established between the analysand’s supervision and his/her interventions in cases received in institutions. At the risk of only hearing the echo of the effects on the analyst of the encounter with the patient, with emphasis on counter-transference, Jacques-Alain Miller noted the necessity, for the future, to go “to the bottom of the structure” in the analysis of a case.
The afternoon began with an intervention by Mitra Kadivar, two weeks after her visit to Paris, who recounted her journey in Teheran to promote the Freudian text and transmit her enthusiasm for its translation into Persian. Not without a humorous touch that her analytic formation has given her, she showed, under her chosen title, “A superb self-reliance,” the obstacles she faced on her pathway and the support she found from Jacques-Alain Miller, the Schools of the WAP, but also her fierce determination, achieving a transmission of the corrosive salt of the Freudian message within the Iranian society of her time.
Echoing their recent publications, Mercedes de Francisco, Philippe Hellebois and Stella Harrisson made some figures of the contemporary feminine resonate (“Hypermodern women”) through literature on “Love in the Feminine,” “Scandalous Women,” “News on Feminine Sexuality.”
The last session, Feminine Passages, gave the floor to four Analysts of the School (AS) — Hélène Bonnaud, Paola Bolgiani, Guy Briole, Araceli Fuentes — who were able to transmit to us that which, in their analyses, had shifted in relation to the body and the mother.
Jacques-Alain Miller, in a commentary of some sections of Lacan’s recently published Seminar VI, Desire and Its Interpretation, showed the mutation outlined by Lacan with regards to the place of the Other of language and the status of the object, still related to the image, but anticipating its real status through the formula of the fantasy introduced in the graph. The novelty of his reading has made us even more eager for his course to resume where these commentaries will unfold.
Gil Caroz briefly concluded these two intense congress days by thanking the many members of the organising team who impeccably assured the development of the Congress. He himself received a very long applause for the work he carried out over the last three years as head of the EuroFederation, before handing it over to his successor, Jean-Daniel Matet, elected the previous day by the General Assembly.
The hospitality and friendliness of the Belgian colleagues, from Friday evening around drinks, strengthen the affectio societatis, culminating in the soirée which brought the delegates together in this wonderful place that is the Albert Hall, and gave this congress a warm working atmosphere.
9th July 2013
Translation: Florencia F.C. Shanahan and Ian Curtis