VII International Encounter of School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field "Orthodoxy and Heresy - Knowledge in psychoanalysis"


Every two years, on alternating sides of the Atlantic, an International Encounter  brings together the members of the IF and the School around a theme decided upon at the previous Rendezvous.

Before each Rendez-vous, some preparatory works are sent out on the members’ distribution list and published on the site. The contributions presented during the RV are published electronically in the Journal Héterité.

Each Rendez-vous is an opportunity for bringing together the assemblies of the IF and the School, with the goal of adapting our orientation and function on the basis of our acquired experience and evolving circumstances.



From orthodoxy as just – or true – opinion[1] to heresy as a singular choice of ‘the path by which to capture the truth’[2], we can conceive of psychoanalysis on the basis of the various knowledges that it mobilizes in experience and in its transmission. 

In Lacan’s teaching, knowledge [savoir] is not univocal. There is the knowledge emanating from the unconscious-language, the ‘knowledge without subject’, textual knowledge, referential knowledge [3],  theoretical knowledge, clinical knowledge, the know-how, the enjoyed knowledge, the ‘know how to do there with’… 

A reflection on the knowledges that are at stake in psychoanalysis would enable a rethinking of the analytic experience, from the bond between analysand and analyst to that between the passant and the cartel of the pass, as well as the experience of the School and the elaborations developed there. How does the theoretical knowledge present itself in the clinic? How does the knowledge transmitted by the passant returns to the School through the formalization of a singular experience? How to render transmissible what of the knowledge on the real becomes settled in the experience? 

Thus we hope to question the diversity of knowledges that traverse our practice, taking into account the not-all and the impossibility that the real introduces in it. How to extract from all this an orientation without converting it into a dogma and without making of the non-dogma a dogma? As Lacan proposed, by ‘being a heretic in the right way’ [4]. 

Beatriz Maya and Elisabete Thamer

Secretaries of the ICG (America and Europe

[1] Lacan, J. (1973) “L’étourdit”. Scilicet 4, Paris, Seuil, p. 41.

[2] Lacan, J. (2016) The Seminar, Book XXIII, The Sinthome. Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA, USA, Polity Press, p. 7.

[3] Lacan, J. (2001) “Première version de la ‘Proposition du 9 octobre 1967 sur le psychanalyste de l’École”. In Autres écrits, Paris, Seuil, p. 580.

[4] Lacan, J. (2016) The Seminar, Book XXIII, The Sinthome. Op. cit., p. 7.