The Institutional Unconscious

Lacan Salon presents a Clinical Seminar III

“The Institutional Unconscious”

Facilitated by Hilda Fernandez, MA. RCC

8 sessions from January 12 to May 25th, 2019

Fortnight Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

with the kind support of SFU Institute for the Humanities and the Lacan Salon.

SFU Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC 

This seminar is an open invitation to learn how to read ways in which the unspeakable/traumatic unconscious appears and disappears in institutional practices, by mapping the positions that speakers and their interlocutors occupy in language and the terms of exchange materialized in the social relation they sustain.

Following Lacan’s theory of the four discourses (1969-70) we will interrogate those intrapsychic/intersubjective conditions at work within an institution, hoping to develop a critical understanding of the underpinning dynamics of discursive modalities that constitute different ways of making social bond, such as: master-oppressor, hysteric-protestor, university-scientist, analyst-revolutionary, and capitalist-reification.

This seminar is designed to advance questions about institutional practices and thus it will work best if you have an interest in developing a critical positionality within an institutional practice, such as clinical, educational, artistic, community development, etc. 

We invite case presentations of own embodied practice, so we work on notions that have an impact on our direct experience, rather than just developing an empty theoretical sophistication.


All these Seminars took place on unceeded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.