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) Flash Cartel: “From Subjective Emergencies to Urgent Cases”
Type: Virtual
Frequency: Bi-weekly

Date of initiation: December 2018

Philip Dravers (London, UK)

Trait of Work: “What is at Stake in the Formation of the Analyst Today? The Pass as a Pivot Between ‘Subjective Urgency’ and ‘Urgent Cases’“

E-mail: philipdravers@gmail.com

Adriane Barroso (Houston, TX)

Trait of Work: “Trauma and Subversion of the Time in Psychoanalysis“

E-mail: adrianebr@gmail.com

Jeff Erbe (New York, NY)
Trait of Work: “Urgency in the Space of a Lapsus”

E-mail: jeffrey.erbe@gmail.com

Yordana Hristozova (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Trait of Work: “The Impulse that Pushes the Subject to Hystoricize Himself [“s’hystoriser de lui-même”]“
E-mail: yhristozova@gmail.com

Plus One: Patricia Tassara Zarate (Valencia, Spain)

Trait of Work: “The Pass: Urgency and Sinthome”

E-mail: patriciatassara@gmail.com

2) Flash Cartel: "Constructions in Analysis" 
Date of Creation: September 2018 
Type of Cartel: Virtual  
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: Once a month 
Duration: 5 months 

Ines Anderson (Toronto, ON)
Trait of Work: "How the control affects the construction of a case?" 
Email Address: inesldea@hotmail.com 

Debora Nitkin (Toronto, ON)
Trait of Work: "The “blind” presence of the analyst"  
Email Address:  deboranitkin@me.com 

Carolina Robertson (Montreal, QC)
Trait of Work: “The impossible of transmission. One case”
Email Address: robertsoncarol51@gmail.com 

Carlos Rivas (Toronto, ON)
Trait of Work: "The logical course in constructing a case" 
Email Address: psicogestalt@gmail.com    

Plus one: Karina Tenenbaum (Miami, FL)
Trait of Work:  "How to construct a case” 
Email Address: ket316@gmail.com 

3) Flash Cartel: "Constructions in Analysis" 
Date of Creation: September 2018 
Type of Cartel: Virtual  
Proposed Frequency of Meetings: twice a month 
Duration: To determine 

Elizabeth Rogers (Atlanta, GA)
Trait of Work: “Analytic construction , something where there is nothing”
Email Address: elizabeth.rogers.1221@gmail.com

Lorena Hojman Davis (Houston, TX)
Trait of Work: “Construction of the case and desire of the analyst”
Email Address: lorena.hojman@gmail.com

Liliana Kruszel (Miami, FL)
Trait of Work: “The construction of the case from the point of the encounter
Email Address: lilianakruszel@gmail.com

Karina Tenenbaum (Miami, FL)
Trait of Work: “The construction of the symptom in a clinical case”  
Email Address:ket316@gmail.com 

Plus one: Domenico Cosenza (Milan, Italy)
Trait of Work:  "The clinical case between logical structure and modalities of Jouissance
Email Address: docosenza@tiscalinet.it


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

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

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

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

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

Plus One: 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

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

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? 

Elizabeth Rogers
City: Atlanta, GA 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

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

Plus One: Veronique Voruz

3) 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

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

 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 

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

Carlos Rivas
City: Toronto, ON, Canada
Trait of Work: "Possibilities of Psychoanalysis In Ontario in the 21st Century"
Email Address: psicogestalt@gmail.com

Plus One: Thomas Svolos
City: Omaha, NE, USA
Trait of Work: "Collective Logic in the 21st Century"
Email Address: tsvolos@radiks.net

4) General Subject: "The Analytic Act"
Type: Virtual
Date of initiation: March 24th 2018
Duration: One year

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

Alícia Foronda
City: Santa Barbara, CA
E mail:  aliciaforonda@gmail.com
Subject of Research: "Foundations of the Analytic Act"

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

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

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

5) 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

6) 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
City: Salvador
Trait of Work: The Opacity of Jouissance and Science
Email Address: marcelofveras@gmail.com

7) 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

8) 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

9) 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






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.