Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association
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The Child and Language
Catherine Vanier

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

From birth to death human subjects are beings of language. They are immediately taken hold of, taken up with and by the words of the Other, before they've even had a chance to speak themselves.

Using clinical examples we will examine how children gain access to the word, and the traumatic consequences that follow, as much in normal conditions of young children's lives as in psychoanalytic treatments.

Suggested Readings Freud: Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood (1910). Lacan: Seminar IV, 1956-57, La relation d’objet. Mannoni, Maud: Le nommé et l’innommable (1991). Vanier, Catherine: Premature Birth: The Baby, the Doctor and the Psychoanalyst (2017).

Catherine Vanier practices psychoanalysis in Paris. She is a member of Espace Analytique, heads L’École Expérimentale de Bonneuil-sur-Marne, and is a faculty member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. Besides her many books in French, she has published in English (as Catherine Mathelin) Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: The Broken Piano and (as Catherine Vanier) Premature Birth: The Baby, the Doctor and the Psychoanalyst (1917, Karnac Press).

Location: Online via Zoom. Registration details to be announced.

Fee: $30. For students with ID: $20.

2 CE credits will be offered. Specific information will be posted at the time of the event.