The Holy of Holies: A Re-enactment of Lacan's Lost Lecture

Date: Monday, October 11, 2010, 10–11:30 am
Location: The S1 Institute, via F. Crispi 80, 80121 Naples
FREE. No RSVP necessary.

In December 1967 in Naples, Jacques Lacan famously chose not to present the formal lecture he had prepared on the topic of "The Mistaking of the Subject Supposed to Know," delivering instead a ranging improvisation on this crucial theme in his teaching. The actual text of the lecture-not-given has never been disclosed, though it has long been thought that it would shed invaluable light on Lacan's conception of the relationship between the fantasy of knowledge imputed to the Other and the dream of wholeness. This lost fragment of Lacan's oeuvre functions as what the psychoanalyst Jacques-Alain Miller calls the "holy of holies, the room […] where mystery dwells."

Recently discovered archival material has once again made it possible for the lecture to be delivered. Please join Cabinet magazine as we enter the sacred room, and hopefully traverse this powerful fantasy with the help of distinguished actor Giuseppe Mancante, who will deliver the reconstructed lecture.

Though free, attendance at this event is strictly limited to 740. Please arrive early to be assured of a seat.

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