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


Cartels are officially declared to the New Lacanian School (NLS). Below is a list of Cartels that include at least one member of Lacanian Compass.

Flash Cartels

1) Subject of research: "The Use of Dreams" 
Date of Creation: May 2019 
Type of Cartel: Virtual and partially in person
Frequency: once a month 
Duration: 10 months

Ines Anderson (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Trait of Work: “Dreams and the end of analysis” 
Email: inesldea@hotmail.com

Judith Herrera (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Trait of Work: "How do you get from the manifest content of the dream to its latent content" 
Email:  judithsaid@gmail.com

Natalia Rodriguez (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Trait of Work: "The use of dreams for individuals and in the analysis"  
Email: lianat9@hotmail.com

Carlos Rivas (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Trait of Work: "The articulation Simbolic, Imaginary, and Real in Dreams" 
Email: psicogestalt@gmail.com 

Plus one: Jose Armando Garcia (Miami Beach, FL)
Trait of Work: "Dreams in Psychosis and the literal interpretation" 
Email:  garja76@hotmail.com   

2) Flash Cartel: “Of, From and To the Dream”
Type: Virtual
Date of initiation: September 2019 

Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff (Brooklyn, NY)
Trait of work: “Dreams and the Death Drive”

Eduardo Ysern  (Orlando, FL)
Trait of work: “Irruption of the Real in the poem and the Dream” 

Paula Lazarem (Knoxville, TN)
Trait of work: “Symptom & Intermediate and Pass Dreams”

Renata Teixeira (Miami, FL)
Trait of work: “The analysand, an analyst and Dreams” 

Plus one: Maria Josefina Sota Fuentes (EBP; São Paulo, Brazil)
Trait of work: “Index of the Real in Dreams"

3) Subject of research: “Desire and Its Interpretation in the Contemporary Clinic”
Frequency: 1x/mo
Type: Flash (hybrid online and in person)

 Aino-Marjatta Mäki (London, UK)
Theme: Dream interpretation from the point of view of the contemporary clinical practice and the speaking body. 

Alasdair Duncan (London, UK)
Theme:JA MIller's proposal: "...this seminar should not be read merely as the testimony to a bygone era, but that perhaps we should find here some of the foundations of our approach. We might sometimes find how to endue our present-day clinical evocations with colour and precision." And to read the seminar with a view to contemporary clinical indications.

Fanny Gredin (London, UK)
Theme: To define more precisely what is desire and how it articulates itself with other important concepts such as fantasy, interpretation, anxiety,... and to learn how to make use of the graph of desire in relation to clinical practice.  

Mark Ranger (Southampton, UK)
Theme: Seminar VI.

Plus one: Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff (Brooklyn, NY)
Theme: Desire and castration.


1) Subject: 'The control in the analytical process'
Date of creation: June 2017
Type of Cartel: Virtual
Frequency: Every other week
Duration: one year

Karina Tenenbaum (Miami, FL)
Trait of work: What do we control?
Email: Ket316@gmail.com

Amal Wahbi (Montreal, QC, 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? 

Elizabeth Rogers (Atlanta, GA)
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

Nancy Gillespie (New York, NY)
Email: gillespie.nancy@googlemail.com
Trait to work: How do the equivoque and the sinthome function in supervision? 

Plus One: Veronique Voruz

3) Transference and the Cut

Mercedes Acuna (Houston, TX)
Email: mercedesacunavilla@gmail.com
QUESTION: Enunciation and cut

Francine Danniau (Ghent, Belgium)
Email: francine.danniau@skynet.be
QUESTION: Equivocation and the cut

Marina Connelly (Cambridge, MA)
QUESTION: Prosody and the cut

Janet Haney (London, UK)
Email: janetrhaney@gmail.com

Plus One: Pamela King (Marseille, France)
Email: pamelaking13@gmail.com
QUESTION: The Cut as a Political Act

4) The Black Hole: Effects of Jouissance in the Body and in Institutions
Date of Creation: 5/20/2018
Type of Cartel: Virtual
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Monthly
Duration: 2 years

Elizabeth Rogers (Atlanta, GA)
Trait of Work: One ——> Other ———> Other Sex: What can we see in the clinic and in culture that tells us something about the not-all in the era of the One-all-alone?
Email Address: elizabeth.rogers.1221@gmail.com

Gary Marshall (Omaha, NE)
Trait of Work: Anxiety in contemporary life.
Email Address: gmarshal@unomaha.edu

Neil Gorman (Palatine, IL)
Trait of Work: The role of the analyst & psychoanalysis away from the all seeing eye of the Other’s Panopticon.
Email Address: neilgorman@icloud.com              

Maria Cristina Aguirre (New York, NY)
Trait of Work: “The Black Hole of Jouissance in the era of the One All Alone”
Email Address: maria.cristinaaguirre@gmail.com

Plus One: Marcelo Veras (Salvador, Brazil)
City: Salvador
Trait of Work: The Opacity of Jouissance and Science
Email Address: marcelofveras@gmail.com

5) Subject of research: The Being and the One Date of Creation: 2017
Type of Cartel: In person
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Weekly
Duration: Two years

Jesse Fisk Cravens (Columbia, MO)
Trait of Work: Lacanian Theory
Email Address:  jessecravens17@sc.stephens.edu,

Peter Lang (Columbia, MO)
Trait of Work:  Miller’s Teachings
Email Address: prtlye7@mail.missouri.edu

Jack Stone (Columbia, MO)
Trait of Work: Ontology
Email Address:  stonej@missouri.edu

Plus One: Ellie Ragland (Columbia, MO)
Trait of Work: About the One
Email Address: raglande@missouri.edu

6) Cartel: “Clinical Work with Children in the Postmodern Era”
Type: Virtual
Duration: One year
Date of initiation: December 2018

Richard Reinhardt (Paris, FR)

Trait of Work: “Are All Children Psychotic? Review of Published Cases”

E-mail: rhreinhar@umich.edu

Ingrid Whicker (Orlando, FL)
Trait of Work: “Position of the Child as a Disruption of the Family”

E-mail: ingridwhicker@gmail.com

Gabriela de Moraes Ely (Philadelphia, PA)

Trait of Work: “Position of the Analyst in Children’s Clinical Work“
E-mail: gabimely.psico@gmail.com

Plus One: Liliana Kruszel (Miami, FL)

Trait of Work: “Notion of the Function of the Father as Père-Versión and as Object a”

E-mail: daliamer@aol.com

7) Cartel: “Body and Psychoanalysis”
Type of Cartel: Virtual
Created: February 2019
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Bi-weekly
Duration: One year

Carmen Navarro (Houston, TX)
Subject: Body and Dreams
E mail: carmennavarro11@hotmail.com

Patricia Lucinetti (Seattle, WA)
Subject: Reconstructing the Body
Email: patlu2002@hotmail.com

Julie Fotheringham (New York, NY)
Subject: The Place of the Body of the Analyst in the Session
Email: juliefother@gmail.com

Marija Krtolica (Brooklyn, NY)
Subject: Relationship between Symbolic and Real in the Body in Hysteria.
Email: mail:mkrtolica@msn.com

Plus One: Isolda Alvarez (Miami, FL)
Email: alvarez_isolda@yahoo.com

8) Cartel: “The Place of the Analyst and...”
Type: Virtual
Date of initiation: January 2019

Diana Cuello (Kingston, PA)
Trait: The place of the analyst: Transference and Jouissance

Neil Cornelius Gorman (Chicago, IL)
Trait: How has perverse capitalism shifted the experience of the clinic?

Leticia Lopez (Washington DC)
Trait: Transference beyond of the Subject supposed to Know?

Meera Lee (Pittsburgh, PA)
Trait: Psychoanalysis in the Bedroom: Kant with Sade

Plus one: Juan Felipe Arango (Miami, FL)
Trait: Lacan and Byung- Chul Han: The place of the analyst in the late Capitalist Discourse and The Big Data

9) Cartel: “What space for Dreams in the analytic experience and beyond?”
Type: Virtual
Date of initiation: March 2019

Anna De Filippi (Houston, TX)
Subject: « Dreams and the gaze »

Lindsay Maxson (River Forest, IL)
Subject: “Dream Discourse”

Rogelio Scott (La Jolla, CA)
Subject: “Arguments for dreams as formations of the unconscious and against their neurologization”

Marija Krtolica (New York, NY)
Subject “Dream language in dance-theater”

Plus one: Liliana Kruszel (Hallandale Beach, FL)
Subject: “Dream, the furtive way to capture the Being”.

10) Cartel: 'Formations of the Unconscious and The American Dream'. Towards the WAP 2020 Congress
Date of creation: March 2019
Type of Cartel: In person
Frequency: Twice a month
Duration: one year  

Adriane Barroso (Houston, Tx)
Trait of work: The American brain and the psychoanalytic unconscious

Pablo Bobbio (Houston, Tx)
Trait of work: The imaginary in the American dream

José Luis Harb (Houston, Tx)
Trait of work: Metaphors and metonymies of the unconscious

Sandra Lins (Houston, Tx)
Trait of work: Youth suicide

Plus One: Lorena Hojman (Houston, Tx)

11) Subject: “On the Clinic of Autism “
Date of Creation: February 2019
Type of Cartel: Virtual
Frequency of Meetings: Once a month
Duration: One year

Isabel Barata Adler (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Trait of Work: “The Direction of the Treatment in the Clinic of Autism”
Email Address: belbarata@gmail.com 

Reine-Marie Bergeron (Montreal, QC, Canada)
Trait of Work: “Why and how an object, like a mirror or computer is facilitating the exchange between non-verbal autistics and others”
Email Address: reinemariebergeron@icloud.com

An Bulkens (Chico, CA)
Trait of Work: “What can we learn from autism about lalangue and the written?”
Email Address: anbulkens@gmail.com  

Alicia Foronda (Felton, CA)
Trait of Work: “What can we say about the choice in autism?”
Email address: aliciaforonda@gmail.com

Plus One: Maria J. Lopez (Miami, FL)
Trait of Work: “The politics of Autism: clinical implications”
Email address: lopez1251@bellsouth.net


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