What is a Cartel?

A Cartel is the mode of working proposed by Jacques Lacan for psychoanalysts and those who want to study psychoanalysis. It is a working instrument to try to decrease the series of problems identified by Sigmund Freud on his work “Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego.” It is an artificial group that tries to defy what is essential to the human condition of the imaginary obscenity of the groups. Jacques Lacan proposed some basic but important organizing principles that take each one’s specific relationship to knowledge into account, which he can elaborate when it is a matter of unconscious causality.

Four people choose each other to work

For the creation of a cartel Lacan suggested four people being the ‘right measure.'  It is the reference number for the majority of cartels today.  Meetings happen at a rhythm that is decided between the cartel members, called ‘cartelisands.'

The ‘Plus-One’

The ‘Plus-One’ is chosen by the cartelisands and according to Jacques Lacan is the person “in charge of selection, discussion and the outcome to be accorded the efforts of each” (Foundation Act of the Ecole Freudienne de Paris, of the 21st June 1964). His function is crucial to support the work of each cartelisand with tact, to face difficulties and to maintain a distance between knowledge and truth.

The theme of Work

The creation of a cartel gives each one the opportunity to choose a theme of work called a 'trait': the reading of a seminar, the elaboration of a concept or of a case, the connection between psychoanalysis and other fields, etc. To each person’s trait, a common theme is added that becomes the title of the cartel, their subject of research and study.

Everyone’s own Product

The work carried out does not lead to a collective product of a knowledge taken from the group, because the experience of knowledge is subjective, personal and some way attached to a personal time and questions. It is rather a matter for each one, according to the moment of his relation to psychoanalysis, to emit what could be noted of what was modified in his relation to analytic knowledge.


A cartel cannot be forever, a cartel cannot last longer than one or two years. It is necessary for a time of conclusion allowing the avoidance of noticeable inertia in working groups that become eternal and hinder the appearance of new knowledge for the subject. The dissolution (conclusion) of the Cartel thus is an effort to avoid the consolidation of imaginary ties, which is the unconscious tendency of humans.

Juan Felipe Arango


Below is an official list of our Cartels.

Flash Cartels

Flash Cartel: "Preparation for the 2018 NLS Congress: In a State of Transference: Wild, Political, Psychoanalytic"

Type: Virtual
Date of initiation: March 6th 2018
Duration: Four months

1. An Bulkens (Chico, CA)
Trait of Work: "Transference and the Late Lacan"
E-mail: anbulkens@gmail.com

2. Anna De Filippi (Montreal, QC)
Trait of Work: "Transference and Listening"
E-mail:  ardefilippi@gmail.com

3. Renata Teixeira Da Silva (Dallas, TX)
Trait of Work: "Acting Out in the Transference"
E-mail:  renatastoppini.tex@gmail.com

4. Plus One: Jeff Erbe (New York, NY)
Trait of Work: "The Object of Transference"
E-mail: jeffrey.erbe@gmail.com


1) Subject of research: "Phallic Madness in the era of the One All Alone"

Date of Creation: 03/19/2017
Type of Cartel: Virtual
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Once a month
Duration: One year

Cartelisant 1

Name: Nancy Gillespie
City: New York, N.Y.
Trait of Work: "How can transference be established in the era of the One All Alone?"
Email Address: gillespie.nancy@googlemail.com

Cartelisant 2

Name: Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff
City: New York, N.Y.
Trait of Work: "How to understand the position of the analyst in a treatment of Ordinary Psychosis?"
Email Address: cyrus.saint@gmail.com

Cartelisant 3

Name: Judith Hamilton
City: Toronto, Canada
Trait of Work: "Clinical Case: His Ego has Risen"
Email Address: jehamilton@rogers.com

Cartelisant 4

Name: An Bulkens
City: Chico, CA
Trait of Work: "Limits, Borders, and Gaps of Identity"
Email Address: anbulkens@gmail.com

Plus one

Name: Alicia Arenas
City: Miami, Fl
Trait of Work: "Phallic Madness in the era of the One All Alone"
Email Address: arenasalicia24@gmail.com

2) Subject: 'The control in the analytical process'

Date of creation: June 2017
Type of Cartel: Virtual
Frequency: Every other week
Duration: one year

Plus One
Veronique Voruz

Cartelisant 1
Name: Karina Tenenbaum,
City: Miami USA
Trait of work: What do we control?
Email: Ket316@gmail.com

Cartelisant 2
Name: Amal Wahbi ,
City: Quebec, Canada
Email:  amal.wahbi.psy@gmail.com
Trait to work : «equivoque is all we have as a weapon against the sinthome (...) Interpretation operates solely through equivoque. There has to be something in the signifier that resonates» : How does this indication of Lacan allows us to review interpretation in the time of the parlêtre? 

Cartelisant 3
Name :Elizabeth Rogers,
City: Atlanta USA
Trait to work: How did the effects of a control allow the position of the analyst and the orientation of the treatment?
Email: elizabeth.rogers.1221@gmail.com

Cartelisant 4
Name: Nancy Gillespie
City: New York, USA
Email: gillespie.nancy@googlemail.com
Trait to work: How do the equivoque and the sinthome function in supervision? 

3) Subject of research: "Desire of the analyst"

Date of Creation: 10/29/2016
Type of Cartel: Mixed -in person and virtual-.
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Once a month
Duration: Two years

Cartelisant 1
Name: Carmen Navarro Nino
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: "Function of sustaining the analyst's
E-mail: carmennavarro11@hotmail.com

Cartelisant 2
Name:  Marianela Bermudez-Cuns
City: Miami, FL
Trait of work: "Psychoanalysis on children, its ethics"
E-mail: nelabermudez@sbcglobal.net

Cartelisant 3
Name:  Lorena Hojman-Davis
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: "Power and desire"
E-mail: lorena.hojman@gmail.com

Cartelisant 4
Name:  Adriane de Freitas-Barroso
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: "Cure and treatment in psychoanalysis"
E-mail: adrianebr@gmail.com

Plus one
Name: Valeria Ravier
City: São Paulo, Brazil
Trait of work: "Transference and power"
E-mail: vravier@gmail.com

4) Subject of research: “Desire. Love. Knowledge.”

Date of Creation: 09/02/2016
Type of Cartel: In person
Proposed frequency of meetings: Once a month
Duration: two years – max.
Cartelisant 1
Name: Carmen Navarro Nino
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: “Desire and knowledge, questions”
Cartelisant 2
Name:  Edgar Marin
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: “Confusius”
Cartelisant 3
Name:  Gabriela Depine
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: “Desire to know love”
Cartelisant 4
Name:  Grecia Parra
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: “Desire, love and knowledge: the question for punctuation”
Plus one
Name: Maurien Caron
City: Houston, TX
Trait of work: “Amorde(s)eo y el saber”

5) Subject of research: "Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century"

Date of Creation: December 2017
Type of Cartel: Virtual and partially in person
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Once a month
Duration: One year

Cartelisant 1
Name: Ines Anderson
City: Toronto, ON, Canada.
Trait of Work: "How can Lacanian Psychoanalysis survive in a therapeutic arena in the 21st Century?"
Email Address: inesldea@hotmail.com
Address: 235 Sherway Gardens Rd. Toronto ON M9C 0A2, Canada

Cartelisant 2
Name: Joan Guenther
City: Toronto, ON, Canada.
Trait of Work: "What is Psychoanalysis outside of the Clinic in the 21st Century?"
Email Address: joanguen@sympatico.ca 
Address: 84 Mavety St, Toronto Ontario, Canada M6P2L6

Cartelisant 3
Name: Batool Batalvi
City: Toronto, ON, Canada
Trait of Work: "The Impact of Lacanian Psychoanalysis in the Muslim analysands in the 21st Century" 
Email Address: batoolbatalvi@gmail.com
Address: 33, Charles Street, E, Suite#4001Toronto, ON M4Y 0A2, Canada

Cartelisant 4
Name: Carlos Rivas
City: Toronto, ON, Canada
Trait of Work: "Possibilities of Psychoanalysis In Ontario in the 21st Century"
Email Address: psicogestalt@gmail.com
Address: 506-79 Richmond St East, Toronto, ON, M5C 3A6, Canada

Plus one
Name: Thomas Svolos
City: Omaha, NE, USA
Trait of Work: "Collective Logic in the 21st Century"
Email Address: tsvolos@radiks.net
Address: 6910 Pacific St, Ste. 315, Omaha, NE  68132, United States

6) General Subject: "The Analytic Act"

Type: Virtual
Date of initiation: March 24th 2018
Duration: One year

1. Eduardo  Ysern (Orlando, FL)
E mail: ysern@gopafl.com
Subject of Research: “Desire and Jouissance in the Analytic Act”

2. Alícia Foronda (Sta Barbara, CA)
E mail:  aliciaforonda@gmail.com
Subject of Research: "Foundations of the Analytic Act"

3. Maria López (Miami, FL)
E mail:  lopez1251@bellsouth.net
Subject of Research: "Analytic Act in relation to the Psychotic and Autistic structures "

4. Julian Echeverri (Orlando, FL)
E mail: julianecheverry@aol.com
Subject of Research:  "The Analytic Act with adolescents"

5.Plus One: Alicia Arenas (Miami, FL)
E mail: arenas alicia24@gmail.com
Subject of Research:"The Analytic Act"

7) Transference and the Cut

Mercedes Acuna (Lacanian Compass)
1518 Caywood Apt B
Houston, Texas TX 7705 USA
00 1 (713) 852-7721
QUESTION: Enunciation and cut

Francine Danniau (Kring)
42 Onafhankelijkheidslaan
Gent 9000 Belgium
00 32 479 90 71 54
Francine Danniau <francine.danniau@skynet.be>
QUESTION: Equivocation and the cut

Marina Connelly
16 Quincy Street Cambridge
Mass  01238 USA
00 1 (617) 981-9623
Marina Connelly <connelly@fas.harvard.edu>
QUESTION: Prosody and the cut

Janet Haney, (NLS, WAP)
Flat 6 St Martin’s Court
Ullswater Road
London SE27 0AB
+44 7780 697160

Plus One: Pamela King
54 rue des Flots Bleus 13007 Marseille France
+33(0)6 2728-2860
QUESTION: The Cut as a Political Act



If you are interested in participating in a Cartel please write to cartels@lacaniancompass.com. Include the theme which you would like to study, your name, and location.