Number 1, first year
Editor: Angelina Harari
You are online with the new publication of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP).
Its name, Mondō is the inspired idea of its editor, Angelina Harari.
The last word on this title is given to us by Jacques-Alain Miller, thanks to his fortunate discovery its Japanese source. In Zen Buddhism, the two kanji (問答), which make up mondō, in fact mean question and answer when separated but, when put together: dialogue, conversation. Let’s not forget the bar over the “o” that lengthens the “o” sound – Mondooooooo… – as if to draw a perspective, a line on the horizon marking the desire to endure that animates psychoanalysis. Our wager is that Mondō will index itself on this same horizon and endure.
Its orientation. Mondō is the online dispatch of the WAP. Not just any institution, then! This psychoanalytical institution of Lacanian orientation, young at thirty, created to give its framework to the real at stake in the productions of analysts. Mondō is inspired by this ambition. If a response is to be given, it is only valid as a response to the real.
Its destination. Mondō is in dialogue with each of the seven Schools recognised by the WAP. A translinguistic anthology, with a change of focus for each issue, according to current events. A conversation about the life of the institution held viva voce and then written down. What is at stake is to grasp the life of the Schools, on the spur of the moment, oriented not by a professional association, but rather by the analytic session as an experience, in accordance with the model of the School One. In short, the School as a locus of knowledge waiting to be read and realised. The School as instituting the analytic discourse, at each crucial moment.
It is thus entirely logical that Mondō should begin its panorama of the Schools with the École de la Cause freudienne and its most vivid actuality – defining the wager of a new regulation of the pass. Returning to the pass has created an event by producing a cut within the automaton of the institution.
Its readers. Anyone interested in psychoanalysis in the world, anyone with a taste for good encounters with the unconscious, anyone who feels concerned with Lacanian opinion.
Mondō as Mondial. It is a compass, in a time when uprooting and delocalisation are gaining ground, when globalisation is a de-worlding. In such a context, it is no small thing that an institution with a planetary scope should be called, not international but world association [association mondiale]. A world that brings together psychoanalysts in the Lacanian orientation. A world conceived not as a totality, but as Dasein, carried by sense and its use of jouissance in the service of the analytic cause.
Translation: Philip Dravers
of the Schools
The ECF in progress
Angelina Harari – Hello to the ECF! First of all, I would like to thank you for your welcome and in particular for providing the place and the technical team for this interview. A warm welcome to Eric Zuliani, Anaëlle Lebovits Quenehen and Patricia Bosquin Caroz. Thank you for accepting the invitation of Mondo Dispatch, the online publication of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP), which is inaugurating its first issue with the École de la Cause freudienne (ECF) and the crucial question that is currently being played out in the institutional life of your School, concerning the pass. The text of this interview will be published in the section “Panorama of the Schools”, devoted to one School each time. Its content has been designed for a digital format. Mondo Dispatch contains two texts: the letter from the President of the WAP, in the form of an editorial, written by Christiane Alberti; and the “Panorama of the Schools”, which will publish an interview with one School per issue. I am addressing, respectively, the president of the ECF, the vice-president of the ECF and the plus-one of the ad hoc cartel of the Collège de la passe.
I am going to start by asking all three of you some crucial questions about the pass. In order to address the current state of the pass in the ECF, let’s go back to the recent convocation of the Collège de la passe, with about thirty people who met several times and examined the root causes of this crisis. What can you tell us about what gave rise to this crisis? Is the crisis over?
Éric Zuliani – First of all, I would like to say that, not having gone been through the pass myself, I almost literally plunged into this College at the beginning my mandate as president. I believe that the pass had been reduced, contracted, over the last few years, to a single thing: the testimony. It was precisely the testimonies that took place during the 51st Journées of the School that gave rise to the crisis, which was interpreted as such by Laurent Dupont in summoning the College. There was a second thing too, which was that the pass was very much cut off from the School. I had been the secretary of the School in the Directorate since 2014, I was due to become president in December 2021, and the pass, I only grasped it on the basis of the testimonies; I didn’t see the link that there was between the Directorate and the pass. And the whole work of the College – I’ll end on this point – consisted in taking the pass apart in order to review all the elements of its procedure, and there are many. This is what I can say about some of the mainsprings of the crisis of the pass.
Mathieu Siriot ( LWT technique manager ) | Thanos Bouris (LWT video Engineer)
Text and video subtitles translated by Philip Dravers and Peggy Papada
Live with the presidency
each member will be able to address the presidency directly
Mondō thanks the LWT translation teams (under the direction of Laurent Dupont).
Special thanks to Teresinha N.M. Prado, Sílvia Baudini, Isolda Álvarez, Pascale Fari.