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Jacques Lacan:Chronology

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Below is a brief chronology which lists some of the major events in Lacan's
life. This chronology has been compiled on the basis of the information
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;1935 * Marc-François Lacan is ordained priest. ;1936 * Lacan presents his paper on the mirror stage to the fourteenth congress of the IPA at Marienbad on 3 August. He sets up private practice as a psychoanalyst.;1938 * Lacan becomes a full member of the SPP, and his article on the family is published in the Encyclopédie Française. After Hitler's annexation of Austria, Freud leaves Vienna to settlein London; on his way to London he passes through Paris, but Lacandecides not to attend the small gathering organised in Freud's honour.;1939 * Thibaut, the second child of Lacan and Marie-Louise, is born in August. On 23 September Freud dies in London at the age of eighty-three. After Hitler's invasion of France theSPP ceases to function. During the war Lacan works at a military
hospital in Paris.
 ;1940 * Sibylle, third child of Lacan and Marie-Louise, is born in August. ;1941 * Sylvia Bataille, estranged wife of Georges Bataille, gives birth to Judith. Though Judith is Lacan's daughter, shereceives the surname Bataille because Lacan is still married to Marie-Louise. Marie- Louise now requests a divorce. ;1945 * After the liberation of France, the SPPrecommences meetings. Lacan travels to England where he spends five weeks studying the situation of psychiatry during the war years. Hisseparation from Marie-Louise is formally announced.;1947 * Lacan publishes a report o of his visit to England.;1949 * Lacan presents another r paper on the mirror stage to thesixteenth IPA congress in Zurich on uly.;1951 * Lacan begins giving weekly seminars in Sylvia Bataille's apartment at 3 rue de Lille. At this time, Lacan isvice-president of the SPP. In response to Lacan's practice of using sessions ofvariable duration, the SPP's commission on instruction demands that heregularise his   practice. Lacan promises to do so, but continues tovary the time of the sessions.;1953 * Lacan marries Sylvia Bataille and becomes president of the SPP. In June Daniel Lagache, Juliette Favez-Boutonier and Françoise Dolto resign from the SPP to found the Société Française dePsychanalyse (SFP). Soon after, Lacan resigns from the SPP and joins the SFP. * Lacan opens the inaugural meeting of the SFP on the 8 July, where he delivers a lecture on 'the symbolic, the imaginaryand the real'. * He is informed by letter that his membership of the IPAhas lapsed as a result of his resignation from the SPP. In SeptemberLacan attends the sixteenth Conference of Psychoanalysts of the Romance Lan- guages Languages in Rome; the paper he writes for the occasion('The function and field of speech and language in psychoanalysis') istoo long to be read aloud and is distributed to participants instead.* In November Lacan begins his first public seminar in the Hôpital Sainte-Anne. These seminars, which will continue for twenty-seven years, soon become the principal platform for Lacan's teaching.;1954 * The IPA refuses the SFP's request for affiliation. Heinz Hartmann intimates in a letter to Daniel Lagache that Lacan'spresence in the SFP is the main reason for this refusal.;1956 * The SFP renews its request for IPA affiliation, which is again refused. Lacan again appears to be the main sticking-point.;1959 * The SFP again renews its request for IPA affiliation. This time the IPA sets up a committee to evaluate the SFP's application.;1961 * The IPA committee arrives in Paris to interview members of the SFP and produces a report. On consideration of this report,the IPA rejects the SFP's application for affiliation as a membersociety and grants it instead 'study-group' status pending further investigation.;1963 * The IPA committee conducts more interviews with SFP members and produces another report in which it recommends thatthe SFP be granted affiliation as a member society on conditionthat Lacan and two other analysts be removed from the list of traininganalysts. The report also stipulates that Lacan's training activityshould be banned for ever, and that trainee analysts should be preventedfrom attending his seminar. Lacan will later refer to this as his'excommunication'. Lacan then resigns from the SFP.;1964 * In January Lacan moves his public seminar to the École Normale Supérieure, and in June he founds his own organisation, the École Freudienne de Paris (EFP).

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