Call For Papers

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers will be a maximum of 2000 words, with presentation time of 15-20 minutes.
  • The specific text(s) of Ecrits should be foundational to the presentation.
  • Ecrits should be taken up as "living" text, with the aim of extending its reach. Attempts at authoritative interpretation should be avoided.
  • Presentations that speak to "real-world" issues will be given special consideration. Concrete cultural, clinical, social, political, professional, and organizational problems and trends should be illuminated and brought into dialogue with theory. Papers that are more conceptual in nature, however, are still welcome.
  • The author should strive to speak in her own style, not Lacan's, and should prioritize clarity and a spirit of engagement with the audience.

Paper Submissions

(WORD format) should be between 450 and 500 words. Your submission should make clear the basic points you will discuss, as well as provide an overview of your overall line of argument. The first page of your submission should include your name, the submission title, institutional affiliation, phone and email. The second page of the submission should include your title and the 450-500 word proposal.

Panel Submissions

(WORD format) should contain all individual paper submissions in addition to an overall description of aims and thematic concerns of the panel. Submissions should also mention the panel chair (name, institutional affiliation, phone and email). Panels should be made up of between 3 and 4 papers, and should take no longer than 80 minutes (in total) to present.

Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted by May 1st, 2019, and will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be announced by June 1st, 2019.

Semd proposals to: - Subject line: ‘Paper Proposal 2019 Lacan Ecrits Conference' or ‘Panel Proposal 2019 Lacan Ecrits Conference.'


Reading Lacan's Écrits, Vol. 2: From to ‘On a Purpose' to ‘Comments on Daniel Lagache,'
Edited by Derek Hook, Calum Neill and Stijn Vanheule, will be available at a reduced rate to conference delegates.

Seminar VI: Desire and its Interpretation,
By Jacques Lacan, Translated by Bruce Fink, will be available.


Yael Baldwin, Dan Collins, Bruce Fink, Derek Hook, Michael Miller, Calum Neill, Stephanie Swales and Stijn Vanheule.


Patricia Gherovici, Todd McGowan, Calum Neill, Jean-Michel Rabate, Stephanie Swales & Stijn Vanheule.