Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique



Unless indicated otherwise all activities take place in:

Jan van Eyck Academie

Academieplein 1

6211 KM Maastricht

The Netherlands


7 October

Book launch

Georgios Papadopoulos: Towards a Critique of Money

Neda Firfova has designed the book and Yannis Stavrakakis has written the afterword. The book features artworks by Société Réaliste, Yuko Kamei, Nikos Arvanitis, Zachary Formwalt, Jean-Baptiste Maitre, Valentin Rurhy, Kay Walkowiak, Shogo Matsushiro, Axel Loytveld, Herve Graumman, Hadrien Dussoix, Donatella Bernardi, Wolfgang Fuetterer and No Wonder.

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Video room


5 October


Logical Time and Anticipatory Certitude III

We will conclude our discussion of Lacan's early piece and Badiou's use of it from T`heory of the Subject to Being and Event. Interventions by Luke Fraser and Alexi Kukuljevic




Reading group

The Formations of the Unconscious, lesson 14

Room 204



2 July


Erik Porge - The Generalized Symptom

Erik Porge is a psychoanalyst. He published numerous books and articles on Lacanian psychoanalysis, including his most recent Lettres du symptôme. Versions de l'identification (Erès, 2010)





Logical Time and Anticipatory Certitude II

We will continue the discussion on Alain Badiou's Peut-on penser la politique? Badiou wants to avoid the accusation of being an idealist and makes a reasoning analogous to Kant's: appearances have to be appearances of something – the Ding an sich – or else they would be appearances of nothing, which is absurd. In Badiou's thought of politics this becomes: the political is not an expression or a representation of the social (old Marxism), but, still, there must be a subject of the political, that is the masses and/or the workers. These are the dominated and Badiou, at least within the context of Peut-on penser la politique?, states that the subject of the political must be the dominated. In brief, Badiou offers a reasoning why there must a be subject of the political and, hence, does not end up in idealism. But it is not that clear why this subject has to be identified with the workers and the masses and, if one does so, how one escapes the trap of ‘old Marxism'.
Further on in the text he develops a logical problem that anticipates his later theses on subjectivity, time, event, act and future anterior in Being and Event. Therefore this seminar will discuss these pages, but also turn to a text by Jacques Lacan, Logical Time. It is clear that Badiou is inspired by this, as he also discussed this text in his Théorie du sujet. This will not only show how heavily Badiou relies on Lacanian psychoanalysis, but how strongly he has to misread or expand Lacan in order to articulate his philosophy of the event.




26 May

Seminar, in collaboration with After 1968

Logical Time and Anticipatory Certitude I




9 April

Deleuze workshop

in collaboration with After 1968 and After Hegel

With interventions by Vanessa Desclaux, Katja Diefenbach, Mladen Dolar, Dominiek Hoens, Alexi Kukuljevic, a.o. More info soon to follow


3 March

From phallus to object - close reading of passages from Seminar VIII


1.30-3.30 pm


3 February

"A hole in the Real" - Hamlet with Ophelia


10.00-12.00 am