The Lacanian Compass sponsors and supports the formation of Cartels in the United States for the study of psychoanalysis. Any group of three to four people, with a Plus-One, may declare a Cartel. To declare a Cartel, please review the information at the bottom of this page.
What is a Cartel?
A Cartel is the original mode of working suggested to psychoanalysts and those who want to study psychoanalysis. It is a working group that relies on several organizing principles that were defined by Jacques Lacan and 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 three people as a minimum, five maximum, with four being the ‘right measure’. In 1980, he specified the number four. 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’ 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: 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 theme a common theme is added that becomes the title of the cartel.
Everyone’s own Product
The work carried out does not lead to a collective product on a knowledge taken from the group. 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 being able to be modified in his relation to analytic knowledge.
A cartel cannot last longer than one or two years. Its necessary conclusion allows the avoidance of noticeable inertia in working groups that become eternal and hinder the appearance of a new knowledge for the subject. The scansion is produced as an event of the cartel that concludes. [from the website of the NLS]
Cartels in the Lacanian Compass
Ines Lara de Anderson is the Cartel Coordinator for Lacanian Compass. If you have any questions about Cartels or you wish to declare a Cartel to the Lacanian Compass, please contact her at email@example.com.
To declare a Cartel, email Ines Anderson the following information:
- title of the Cartel
- members of the Cartel (name, address, phone, email address)
- Plus-One (name, address, phone, email address)
- specific work theme for each member of the Cartel