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Welcome to No Subject, a free online encyclopedia for information related to Lacanian psychoanalysis.

It is written collaboratively by an active and growing community of users.

The information is organized in the form of a hypertext, a cross-referential database with non-linear navigational structure.

This "prevalence of the text ... makes possible the kind of tightening up" that for Jacques Lacan "leaves the reader no other way out than the way in."[1]

No Subject is concerned only with providing this "way in".

Please visit the Community Portal to get involved or the help page to learn more about the site. Feel free to ask questions in the forum.

No Subject is a free encyclopedia of Lacanian psychoanalysis that was inaugurated during the summer of 2006 by User:Riot Hero, and is the product of an active and growing community of users. Like most wikis, it is designed to be a collaborative effort and virtually every page of the archive can be edited by our registered users. As of December 2006, there were 2,602 articles within the No Subject wiki. For helpful information on how to get involved, consult the community portal.


It is a project openly inspired by Wikipedia.

It is a collaborative project that aims to provide a comprehensive encyclopedia.

It is a collaborative project to create an accessible encyclopedia and reference for information related to Lacanian psychoanalysis.

(It is an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and a discussion forum)

It aims at creating an online encyclopedia covering all aspects of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

It aims at building the largest online knowledge base for Lacanian psychoanalysis.

It was launched in September 2006 as a source of information pertaining to Lacanian psychoanalysis.

All the text in the wiki is released under the GNU Free Documentation License and to be able to edit the articles, visitors must register with the website.

The project was launched in September 2006.

Editing is restricted to logged-in users.

No Subject uses the mediawiki wiki software.

The software used for this task is MediaWiki, developed originally for the Wikipedia project.

It is an internet website and wiki, dedicated to articles about and discussion of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

It is one of the largest and most active wikis on the internet.

It is maintained by the community and is a wiki, written collaboratively by volunteers: anyone with a web browser and an Internet connection can create and edit articles, although editors must be logged in (anonymous edits are not allowed).


The most popular section of the site are the forum where users can share their knowledge and experience. Newcomers to the world can ask questions and experts can offer advice.

Topics include...

Currently available forums fall into the following categories.

Riot Hero

Despite its growth, it is still essentially run by one person -- owner and founder Mark Olynciw aka Riot Hero -- with help from a team of moderators.

As Jacques Lacan wrote, such "prevalence of the text ... makes possible the kind of tightening up [that] leaves the reader no other way out than the way in."[2]

Welcome to No Subject, a free online resource for information related to the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy and politics.

No Subject is a community-driven website where visitors come not only to acquire knowledge but also to share their own in a collaborative manner.

Anyone who visits the website is invited to contribute (by adding, removing articles, correcting information, etc.) by simply clicking on the "Edit" tab in the article that one wishes to improve.

Thus, the articles presented here are continually edited and improved over time, often involved in intense discussion, debate and argument.

Visitors should take a few moments to read the tutorial before contributing to this website.


The website, organized in the form of a hypertext -- distinguished by a prevalence of the text in the sense that this factor of discourse will assume ... a factor that -- "makes possible the kind of tightening up ... in order to leave the reader no other way out than the way in."[3]

The intention is to provide an accessible "way in" to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory.

by offering an intelligible introduction to the texts of

--- The articles are intended to guide the visitor in his or her own interests and to facilitate his or her own studies, and are thus cross-referenced with links to other relevant articles, external websites and reference materials.


The short glossary below is not intended to provide adequate definitions of concepts. To do so would be quite alien to the nature of Lacan's work, which is peculiarly resistant to interpretation of a static, defining kind. Though rooted in Freudian psychoanalysis, Lacan's concepts have evolved over the years to meet the requirements of a constant reformulation of psychoanalytic theory. They are best understood, therefore, operationally, at work in a number of different contexts. However, some of the terms do call for comment, if only by way of introduction. [...] In certain cases, however, Lacan has preferred that a term be left entirely unglossed, on the grounds that any comment would prejudice its effective operation.

written in a clear, immensely readable, systematic style

no subject provides both a thorough and clear presentation of the basic lacanian concepts and the most insightful and innovative attempt so far to apply them to the study of contemporary social and political phenomena

jacques lacan has emerged as one of the most influential thinks in psychoanalysis and continental philosophy today.

while he is mostly acnowledged for his impact on semiotics, film and gender studies

no subject is dedicated to a systematic exploration of the relation between lanian thought and contemporary political analysis both in terms of theory and concrete applicaiton

a straitforwrd and systematic assessment of the importance of lacan's categories and theoretical constructions for concrete political analysis

demonstrates the immense potential of lacanian thought to invigorate our consideration of the politicla and will be of interest ot all who seek to further their understanding of modenr politics and democrayc