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Two lectures and case conference with Alain Vanier, MD, PhD and Catherine Vanier, PhD

May 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lacan’s Objet a  (A. Vanier)

Abstract: This presentation introduces a less well-known dimension of Lacan’s thinking in the United States: that of the object a. The function of the object a is critical clinically, in Lacan’s understanding of fantasy, in transference, with respect to the place of anxiety, affect, and late capitalism.

Bio: Alain Vanier is a psychoanalyst practicing in Paris, a member and president of Espace Analytique. He is the author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture, most recently in English: « Winnicott and Lacan : A Missed Encounter ? », in The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, vol LXXXI, N° 2, New York, Juillet 2012 ; “The object between mother and child: From Winnicott to Lacan,” in Between Winnicott and Lacan: A Clinical Engagement (Lewis Kirshner ed., New York – London, Routledge, 2011) ; « Fear, Paranoia and Politics », in The Psychoanalytic Review, vol 97, No 2, New York, Guilford, April 2010 and Lacan (trans. Fairfield, 2000) published by Other Press (New York). He is Emeritus Professor of psychopathology and Psychoanalysis and the Director of graduate studies at the University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7, where he was at the head of the Centre de Recherches Psychanalyse, Médecine et Société (C.R.P.M.S.).


Premature Birth and the Role of the Psychoanalyst (C. Vanier)

Abstract: From her extensive clinical experience as a psychoanalyst working with medical staff and parents in a neonatal intensive care unit, Dr. Catherine Vanier discusses and demonstrates how a psychoanalytically informed approach can inform the work and understanding of the effects of premature birth on a baby and their family. To understand the psychological complications of neonatal resuscitation, we first have to try to see how a baby’s psyche is constituted. This leads to questions about the place of the child in the parental fantasy and about the effects of hospitalization on the child at the beginning of his life.  Dr. Vanier demonstrates the invaluable power of psychoanalytic thinking as it informs our understanding of a child’s experience from the beginning of life.

Bio: Catherine Vanier is a psychoanalyst in Paris; member and past président of Espace Analytique, head L’École Expérimentale de Bonneuil-sur-Marne; faculty, Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association; author (as Catherine Mathelin), Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: “The Broken Piano » Other Press 1999 New-York, and as Catherine Vanier  « Premature Birth »  Karnak books 2015, Londres.


Please note:  A. Vanier’s presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m. and C. Vanier’s presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m.



Regular Cost-$25

APS Members-$20


EUPI Candidates-No charge


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May 2, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Emory Brain Health Center
12 Executive Park Dr. NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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