With Desire: Symposium

The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture (CNPC)


What is the calamitous effect of achieving what we desire? What happens in the aftermath of actually getting what we ‘want’? Are we ever satisfied? Is satisfaction what we are after? Or is it the pursuit that we desire? In the process of achieving satisfaction, what are we obliterating? Maybe we don’t know what we want, and is that so… terrible? Or is it that we can’t get it, and if we do, we don’t want it anymore. Why is there so much pain in not having… not filling… not naming… dreading?


9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15 – 11:15


Panel 1 – Desire in language 

Beau Molnar, “Working With Desire: Gender Ambiguity in Sex Work Memoir”

Elena Basile, “A Scene of Intimate Entanglement, or, Reckoning with the ‘fuck’ of Translation.”

Kathleen Saint-Onge, “Dolto & the Dream-work of Words”

11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30


Panel 2 – Economies of desire

Kristine Klement, “Feminine desire beyond Maternity in Todd Haynes’ Carol”

James Penny, “Desire, Fetishism, and the Digital Machine”

Sheena Yates, “The Analyst’s Desire, Interrupted”

12:30-1:45 Lunch Break (No Host) with film screening – A special screening of “Gabey and Mike: A Jewish Summer Camp Love Story”, A film by Stephanie Markowitz and Alexis Mitchell
1:45 – 2:45


Panel 3 – Queer futures

Melissa Nesrallah “We Are Not A Conquered People”: A Tribe Called Red as Radical Hope, Queer Futurity, and Musical In(ter)vention”

Dina Georgis, “The Queer Desire of Hope”

Ricky Varghese, “Endings: Desire and the Queer Child”

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Panel 4 – Tormented by desire

Trish Salah, “desire incognito, or on going to ground”

Lindsay Barton, “The Violence of Reverie: An Exploration of Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’”

Agniezska Gozlan, “Strained by desire; The violence of conflict”



$20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Payment can be made by Cheque or eTransfer and made payable to The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture. If paying by eTransfer, please email registration details and payment to agozlan@gozlanpsych.com. If paying by cheque, please mail registration details and payment to:
The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture
507 Davenport Road,
Toronto, ON M4V 1B8

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In Excess: Film Screening of Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’

The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture presents In Excess: Film Screening of Steven McQueen’s film ‘Shame’. Click on link to event.

This event is FREE, and all are welcome! Following the screening will be a short discussion led by Fadi Abou-Rihan PhD.

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7pm-9:15pm.
Media Commons Theatre,
3rd Floor Robarts Library
130 St. George St.

Join us afterwards for a drink and conversation at Harbord House, 150 Harbord St.

Fadi Abou-Rihan, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice since the late 1990s. He has presented and published widely on trauma, depression, grief, sexuality, and clinical technique. He has previously taught at the University of Toronto in Psychoanalytic Studies and Philosophy.

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On Demand

Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture is pleased to invite you to, ON DEMAND, the first event in a series that playfully bring a psychoanalytic concept in conversation with aesthetic and intellectual engagement. Click on link to event.

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Logic of Fantasy reading group

Next meeting: 7-9pm, Tuesday 23 February, Seaton Village Starbucks meeting room, corner of Dupont and Christie, Toronto.


All welcome; discussion focused on second lesson of seminar.

Email jamespenney@trentu.ca for more information.

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A Daylong Clinical Seminar with Bruce Fink

Lacan Toronto presents a daylong clinical seminar with Bruce Fink.

at Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
from 10:00am to 4:00pm
on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Click here to see full details.

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Reading Group – Lacan Toronto

I’d like to convene a reading group in the New Year pivoting around Lacan’s Seminar XIV: The Logic of Fantasy. Please see attached a brief introduction to the seminar written to give those unfamiliar some idea of its contents and significance.

The date and time of the first meeting (to be confirmed) is Tuesday, January 19th from 7pm to 9pm. Suggestions of venues that will not require payment are most welcome! We will likely meet biweekly.

For questions or expressions of interest please email jamespenney@trentu.ca with the subject heading Logic of Fantasy. If interested I’d encourage you to get in touch asap in order to facilitate confirmation of the logistics and to get the plan in motion. Click here for more details.

Best wishes, and in the hopes of seeing you in the New Year,

James Penney

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Art and Memory at the Borders

You are invited to participate in a workshop exploring the role of art and memory at the borders of Canadian military history and globalization on Thursday March 19, 2015, 1-4pm, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 143.  Click here for full details.

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