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Second Colloquium of the International TyA (Addictions Network). Barcelona 2018.


Saturday 31th March 2018, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona -CCCB-, Montealegre street 5, 08001, Barcelona 9.00-16.30.

The languages of the Colloquium will be Spanish and French (not English).

Colloquium Directors: Irene Domínguez and José Manuel Álvarez.

Coordinator of the International TyA Network: Fabián Naparstek.


“Connections and Disconnections in the Addictions”

From the beginning of our work of elaboration in the TyA, we have taken as our starting point J. Lacan’s suggestion with respect to drugs and the Wiwimacher[1]. This Lacanian suggestion has for a long time helped us to think the question of the addictions, especially within the framework of the neuroses. The thesis of rupture has marked an important period of our elaboration. J.-A. Miller has in fact used this thesis in order to orient us with regard to the jouissance of addiction[2]. We can say that this has been the first approach to the addictions according to the Lacanian Orientation elaborated by J.-A. Miller. However, J.-A. Miller has given us many references throughout his courses and different talks, colloquia and conferences. We can state that his first approach to the addictions finds itself framed by an elaboration concerning the phallus. However, we can indicate a second moment in which the central reference is no longer the phallus, but instead revolves around the object a. The age of the Theory of partenaire [3] brings us a new approach in which the addictions can appear as an a-sexual jouissance. We are dealing here with addictions as a kind of “anti-love”[4]. “The addictions ignore the sexual partner and concentrate on, dedicate themselves to, the a-sexual partner of surplus jouissance”[5]. It follows from this that we are not dealing with the phallus, although the notion of a rupture with the Other of love underlies this logic. Instead, what is at stake is the prevalence of the object a over the Ideal. However, in J.-A. Miller’s elaboration we can also find a third moment in which he no longer speaks of the particular addictions, but of addiction per se. In this case, it no longer centres on the phallus or the object a, but instead on the symptom in the terms of the last Lacan. In effect, in “The Being and the One”[6], J.-A. Miller returns to this question starting from the iteration of the symptom and addiction as the model of the symptom as such. We can say that we are dealing with a symptom that is separated from the Other and empty of meaning. This is why we also have here a notion of addiction as a mode of separation with respect to the Other; but in this case much closer to the practices of consumption in the field of the psychoses, although not only there.

Following this trajectory, we can say that in the elaboration on the ordinary psychoses and the clinical unclassifiables the notion of the thesis of rupture is also put into question. This thesis was framed in a discontinuous clinic, and especially by the notion of the phallus. However, it the perspective of a continuous and flexible clinic that allows us to think connections with and disconnections from the Other in the field of the addictions. This has allowed us to begin a work on the function of drugs in each case, and especially in the psychoses. In effect, we find practices of consumption that function as a connection with the Other or, on the contrary, as a disconnection. We see in this way that we face a new challenge in our field, that of the possibility of thinking the new and current practices of consumption from the perspective of the Lacanian Orientation, according to the different moments of our elaboration – given that these elaborations do not disappear – and starting from the possible new developments that the clinic provokes by being always ahead of us.

Fabián Naparstek


We make a call for group papers for every work group in the TyA network.

It would of course be good if every group in our network were represented.

Final date for the presentation of papers: 19/02/2018

Advance reservation: Irene Domínguez (irenecolocha@gmail.com), José Manuel Álvarez (josmail@wanadoo.es), tyabarcelona@gmail.com

Send papers to: Irene Domínguez (irenecolocha@gmail.com), José Manuel Álvarez (josmail@wanadoo.es) and FabiánNaparstek (fabiannaparstek@hotmail.com).

We wait for you!!!


[1] – Lacan J., “Clôture des Journées des cartels” (1975), Lettres de l’École freudienne de Paris, n° 18, april 1976.

[2] – Miller, J.-A.: “Para una investigación sobre el goce autoerótico”, in Sujeto, Goce y Modernidad, Buenos Aires, Atuel, 1993.

[3] – Miller, J.-A.: “La théorie du partenaire”, Quarto, n° 77, Bruxelles, july 2002. Miller, J.-A.: “El partenaire – síntoma” Los cursos psicoanalíticos de Jacques – Alain Miller. Barcelone, Paidós, 2008. Miller, J.-A.: “El síntoma charlatan”. Barcelona, Paidós, 1998.

[4]Op. Cit. Miller, J.-A.: “La théorie du partenaire”, p. 14.


[6] – Miller, J-A.: “The Being and the One”, The course of Jacques-Alain Miller, 2011, unpublished.