Culture Machine (vol.15) ECONOMICS (and) THE POLITICS OF ATTENTION

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In this paper I deal with the subject of what is usually known as «discovery of the unconscious» atttibuted to Sigmund Freud. I establish, perhaps for the first time in our discipline, a contrast among «discovery», «invention», «production» and «creation» of psychoanalysis and its main concept: the unconscious, focusing my magnifying glass on Lacanian references to the differences separating them. Continue reading


En los días 27 y 28 de septiembre impartí un seminario en la ciudad de San Francico (California) al que fui invitado por la Lacanian School of the San Francisco Bay Area. (consultar el portal para precisar detalles del programa en inglés). Allí expuse mis concepciones sobre la teoría lacaniana de los discursos incluyendo al discurso del capitalista y el discurso PST de los que Lacan habló en su conferencia en Milán en mayo de 1972.
En los días 18 y 19 de octubre estaba previsto que dictaría un curso en la ciudad canadiense de Toronto (Ontario) organizado y convocado por la Asociación SPEAKING OF LACAN (comsultar el portal donde aparece el programa en inglés) sobre la categoría de ‘borderline’ y del estatuto del llamado ‘trastorno limítrofe de la personalidad’ en la clínica psicoanalítica. Por inconvenientes insalvables el curso no pudo impartirse pero quedó como saldo la redacción en inglés del texto que fue traducido por la infatigable y generosa compañera que es Tamara Francés. Oportunamente será incluido entre las contribuciones al psicoanálisis en inglés junto con otros textos inéditos en ese idioma

Curso en San Francisco, California

En los próximos días 17 y 18 de mayo dictaré en San Francisco (Ca.) un breve curso sobre temas que me atraen desde hace mucho y han interesado a los compañeros de la Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis of the the San Francisco Bay Area.

El día 17 aboradaré The invention of psychoanalysis con el siguiente argumento:

Nestor Braunstein, M.D. Mexico City
In this lecture Braunstein will articulate, perhaps for the first time in regard to psychoanalysis, four terms that can be useful in defining some essential aspects of the history, the theory and the practice of our discipline. These four terms dwell in the same neighborhood but at the same time they carry essential differences among them. To begin by ending the suspense, I will name them: Creation — discovery — production — invention.
As we can easily see, there is an element they share, something they have in common; they all belong to the same semantic field. In every case they refer to the emergence, or the appearing, of something new, something that is now present and was previously absent. The four of them are different ways of generating or engendering new “objects” whose nature can be ascribed to a vast variety of categories.


El sábado 18 el tema será On Memory: the Inventor

This seminar elucidates the question and function of memory from the perspective of repression, forgetting, the signifiers of death and their relationship to literature, history, philosophy, and the neurosciences. Braunstein argues that memory is a fiction that needs to be deconstructed.

Location:  CIIS, 1453 Mission, San Francisco, room 565
Saturday May 17, 2013 1-4 PM