‘Raw Sex?’: An Exploration of the Political Potential of Lacan’s Non-conclusive Binary

Lecture by Calum Neill

The Lecture will explore Lacan’s reformulation of two of Freud’s key myths- that of Oedipus and that of the primal horde- and will show how Lacan fruitfully offers us a radically new conception of gender. This new conception not only contests the naturalism of the male/female binary, but unearths a radical political potential in our rethinking of sexuation which requires an unshackling from any identity politics.

Calum Neill, Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis & Cultural Theory at Edinburgh Napier University (Edinburgh, Scotland). Author of Jacques Lacan: The Basics (2023), Ethics and Psychology: Beyond Codes of Practice (2016), Without Ground: Lacan Ethics and the Assumption of Subjectivity (2014). Co-editor of the Palgrave Lacan Series and Reading Lacan’s Écrits and editor of Lacanian Perspectives on Blade Runner 2049 (2020). Host of the online monthly seminar Lacan in Scotland.

When and where?


Thursday, 19 January 2023, 6 pm
Lecture Hall 1 (Stromstraße 2)