7:00-8:30pm @CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave, Room 9204)
“The Unconscious and the Brain: Nothing in Common”, by Yves Vanderveken

NPAP (40 W 13th St, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:15 INTRODUCTION: Maria Cristina Aguirre  

10:15-11:30 LECTURE: “Why the Brain Does Not Know the Drive”, Yves Vanderveken

11:30-12:30 CASE PRESENTATION: Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff
Discussant: Ruzanna Hakobyan

12:30-2:00 LUNCH


Lacanian Compass is excited to welcome special guest, psychoanalyst Yves Vanderveken, for a three-part event in NYC! As director of the upcoming PIPOL 9 conference in Brussels, July 13-14, 2019 ("The Unconscious and the Brain: Nothing in Common"; for the Eurofederation of Psychoanalysis, Yves will be working with us on the theme: "The Lacanian Unconscious: A No-Brainer". The program and bibliography are below.

$60 (Saturday Program)
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2:00-3:00 LECTURES: Jeff Erbe & Ruzanna Hakobyan
Discussant: Maria Cristina Aguirre

3:00-4:00 CASE PRESENTATION: Amal Wahbi
Discussant: Nancy Gillespie

4:00-4:30 COFFEE BREAK

4:30-6:00 ROUND TABLE: Fred Baitinger, David Lichtenstein, Alex Lloyd, Gryphon Rue
Discussant: Yves Vanderveken

*Lacanian Compass/NLS/WAP Members Only*
Location TBA

10:00am-1:00pm “How One Becomes a Psychoanalyst?”
Presentation/Discussion: Yves Vanderveken
Lacan, J. “Yale University, Kanzer Lecture”, Scilicet n 6/7, 1975, 7-31.


Vanderveken, Y. “The Argument,” PIPOL9: The Unconscious and the Brain: Nothing in Common, 2018.

Blog for PIPOL9: The Unconscious and the Brain: Nothing in Common, 

Freud, S. “The Unconscious” (1915). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XIV, Vintage: London, 159-215

Lacan, J. “The Freudian Unconscious and Ours,” The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, Ed. J.-A., Miller, Trans., A. Sheridan, W.W. Norton: New York & London, 1998, 17-28.

Lacan, J. “Geneva Lecture on the Symptom” (1975), Analysis, Issue 1, 1989, 7-26. HERE

Lacan, J. Television (1973). Ed. J.-A. Miller, Trans., D. Hollier, R. Krauss, & A. Michelson, W.W. Norton: New York & London, 1990.

Laurent, É. “Neural Plasticity & the Impossible Inscription of the Subject,” Lost in Cognition, Trans. A.R. Price, Karnac: London, 2014, 17-34.

Laurent, É. “Uses of the Neurosciences for Psychoanalysis,” The Symptom, Issue 11, Spring 2010. 

Miller, J.-A. “Everyone Is Mad,” Culture/Clinic 1, Eds. J.-A. Miller & M. Jaanus, University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 2013, 17-42.

Miller, J.-A. “Habeas Corpus,” The Lacanian Review, Issue 3, Spring 2017, 94-100.

Miller, J.-A. “The Unconscious and the Speaking Body,” Hurly-Burly, Issue 12, January 2015, 119-132.


Yves Vanderveken is a psychoanalyst in Brussels. He is a member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP), the New Lacanian School (NLS, of which he was president between 2014- 2016), and of the École de la Cause freudienne (ECF). He is currently the Director of the upcoming European Congress of Psychoanalysis (PIPOL 9: “The Unconscious and the Brain: Nothing in Common”). Author of numerous articles in psychoanalysis, he teaches psychoanalysis in Belgium and is the Clinical Director of an institution for psychotic children. He has over 20 years of experience working with psychotic subjects in institutions.

Maria Cristina Aguirre PhD, is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. She is a senior psychologist at Elmhurst Hospital Center. She is President of the Lacanian Compass, group associated to the New Lacanian School (NLS), one of the seven schools of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). She is secretary of the Executive Committee of the NLS. Director of the Lacanian Compass New York site. She is editor of the LC Express, digital journal of the Lacanian Compass. She is Analyst Member of the School (AME) of the New Lacanian School (NLS), Nueva Escuela Lacaniana (NEL), and the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychoanalytical Medicine (APM). She is frequently invited to teach and give lectures in many countries of Europe and America.

Frederic Baitinger is a PhD candidate in the French Program at the The Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he is about to defend (the 21st of March actually) his dissertation, The Subject of Jouissance, under the direction of Professor Royal S. Brown. His areas of specialization include French literature and visual culture, with a focus on Avant-Garde literature and visual art, French theory, continental philosophy, postcolonial studies and psychoanalysis. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, a member of the International Association of Art Critics, and an active participant of the Lacanian Compass, an associated group of the New Lacanian School (NLS). Finally, he is the co-translator, with John Wallace and Azeen Khan, of many texts from Jacques-Alain Miller, published in The Lacanian Review

Jeff Erbe PhD, MSc, is a psychoanalyst and licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. He is a member of Lacanian Compass, the New Lacanian School (NLS), and the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). He earned his Masters in psychodynamic developmental neuroscience from University College London, the Anna Freud Centre, and Yale University. His previous work focused on the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience.

Nancy Gillespie is an analyst in private practice. She is a member of the Lacanian Compass, the New Lacanian School, and the World Association of Psychoanalysis, and is an Editor for The Lacanian Review: Hurly Burly. She has a PhD in Literature and Psychoanalysis from the University of Sussex in the UK. Her most recent publications are entitled “Resonance and the Difference Between Polysemy and the Equivoque,” “Love and Ordinary Psychosis: A Portrait of an Athlete as a Young Man,” and “Posthuman Desire: The One-all-alone in Her, Ex-Machina, and Lars and the Real Girl.” Her ongoing research on poetics and Lacanian analysis is featured in her publication Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics, a special issue of Open Letter.

Ruzanna Hakobyan is a psychoanalyst in Montreal. She is a member of the New Lacanian School (NLS) and the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). She is Secretary of the NLS and Vice-President of NLS-Quebec. She teaches in the NLS-Quebec Clinical Study Program and has authored numerous articles translated into different languages.

David Lichtenstein PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. He is Editor of DIVISION/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, Co-Founder of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association, Faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, adjunct faculty at the CUNY Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and Co-editor of the recent book The Lacan Tradition (Routledge, 2018).

Alex Lloyd is a Principal Engineer at Google, where he is a technical lead on Google’s storage infrastructure system Spanner. His software orders Google’s data using distributed consensus, and by exploiting time as a universal referent.

Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff LCSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Brooklyn. He is a member of Lacanian Compass, the New Lacanian School (NLS), and the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). He is the Managing Editor of The Lacanian Review (TLR), international journal of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He also serves as the Assistant to the Director of Clinical Services at an outpatient mental health clinic in Manhattan.

Gryphon Rue is a composer-performer, songwriter, and curator in the field of audiovisual culture whose work spans electroacoustic music and multimedia projects. Rue performs in the duo Rue Bainbridge, which intersects expanded cinema with improvised music in a dynamic response to specific sites and audiences. Rue Bainbridge are the recipients of the inaugural Nam Jun Paik and Shigeko Kubota Video Art Prize (2019). Rue coproduced and co-curated the Alexander Calder Foundation’s 12-hour projects—continuous programming in non-traditional locations of cross-generational and cross-disciplinary works such as film, sound, static art installations and performance. Rue is currently working on his first book, Strange Attractor, developed from the namesake exhibition in 2017 at Ballroom Marfa in Texas. Strange Attractor explores the uncertainties and poetics of networks, environmental events, technology, and sound. The book begins with the premise that our lived experience and the intimacy, vastness, and interconnectedness of financial and psychological abstractions are intertwined yet irreconcilable. 

Amal Wahbi is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist (DESS, Diploma of higher specialized studies in clinical psychology and psychopathology of psychoanalytical orientation, France). She has worked for several years as a clinical psychologist in mental health institutes (Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal, Louis H Lafontaine Mental Health University Institute in Montreal). She was formerly a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and is currently a member of NLS-Quebec in Montreal. She works in private practice.