Cartels are small workgroups that allow each cartelisand to research their own question regarding a shared theme. It is a primary mode of psychoanalytic study within the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). Thus the cartel, supervision, and personal analysis are considered the three pillars of analytic formation. In his “Founding Act,” Lacan designated the cartel as a vital organ of the School, one of two lungs, along with the pass.

We are all subject to not wanting to know, which Lacan called the passion of ignorance. Cartels offer the possibility of mobilizing desire to go beyond this passion. Lacan chose the signifier cartel for its Italian root, cardo (hinge), with its polyvalent meaning of openness to surprise and discovery, against the inertia of closed groups, and transfer of the cartel work produced out into the School, through written texts or presentations. The Plus-one pursues their own question, but also supports the others, addresses whatever challenges arise, and ensures the cartel’s hinge function in relation to the School.

Permutation is essential to the cartel’s function, so cartels are dissolved after 1-2 years (flash cartels are shorter than 1 year). Each cartelisand or Plus-one may decide to create a “work product”, a written text to be submitted for publication or presented at an event of the School (see “Cartel Events” section below).

The official cartel publication of the New Lacanian School (NLS), 4+one, can be found here.


To create a cartel it takes a desire to work on a question or subject of interest. You need 3-5 cartelisands (4 is best) and a Plus-one. Meetings can be in-person or online. The cartel decides on a theme, trait of work (each one chooses their own topic related to the theme), and structure (modality, frequency, duration). Then the cartel must be registered by the Plus-one with the NLS directory (see “Cartel Declaration” below), and is knotted when the work begins.

If you are interested in participating in a Cartel, please complete the form below. For assistance connecting with others or a Plus-one, contact the Lacanian Compass Cartel Delegate, Jeff Erbe at



Cartels must first be declared and registered by the Plus-one to the New Lacanian School (NLS) using this form.

For cartels that include at least one member of Lacanian Compass, we request the Plus-one complete the form below to be included in our list of active cartels.



Once a cartel has completed its work and has been unknotted, we request the Plus-one to inform the Lacanian Compass Cartel Delegate by writing to


* Below is a list of current cartels that include members and associates of Lacanian Compass. These cartels have been declared to the New Lacanian School. You can find the complete list of current NLS cartels on their website.

LACANIAN COMPASS CARTELS | Updated: June 5, 2023

1. What is the relation between anxiety and object petit a?

René Rasmussen (plus-one)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Phallus, enjoyment and castration

Francine Danniau
Ghent, Belgium
Anxiety as a path which envisions the real

Maria J. Lopez
Coral Gables, FL, USA
Anxiety in a case of psychosis

Janet Haney
London, UK
The phallus and anxiety

Yordana Hristozova
Sofia, Bulgaria
The clinic of obsession and the Object a

2. Delusions

Mary Dimou (plus-one)
Kifisia, Greece
Father’s names and father’s function. The “Odyssey” of the missing signifier.

Maria Cristina Aquirre
New York, NY, USA
Madness and delusions

Jared Elwart
Yorkville, IL, USA
Temporary madness, i.e., the use of psychoactive drugs

Farideh Eisavand
Tehran, Iran
Delusion as a veil to the real

3. Anxiety and discontent

Malka Shein (plus-one)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Theoretical Constructions of monde/im-monde

Batuhan Demir
Istanbul, Turkey
Anxiety and fantasm

Renata Teixeira
Miami, FL, USA
Capitalism and democracies

Robyn Adler
Tasmania, Australia
Manipulation of the image sinthome and the end of analysis

Estefany Florez Orrego
London, UK
Anxiety and digital culture

4. School and transmission

Alexandre Stevens (plus-one)
Brussels, Belgium
What transmission is possible?

Renata Teixeira
Miami, FL, USA
A child and knowledge

Jeff Erbe
Bridgeport, CT & New York, NY, USA
Formation with a school

Cristina Rose Laurita
Princeton, NJ, USA
Erosion of childhood

Julie Mountcastle
North Haven, CT, USA
Who am I in the process of learning?

5. Reading Seminar XXIV

Natalie Wülfing (plus-one)
Berlin, Germany
The status of the imaginary

Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff
Brooklyn NY, USA
Cut and hole

Aino-Marjatta Mäki
London, UK
Consistency, conjunction, hole

Duane Rousselle
Guawahati, India
Sex as a way of speaking

Anna De Filippi
Houston, TX, USA
Poetry, interpretation

6. Reading Seminar 25

Florencia Shanahan (plus-one)
Dublin, Ireland
Desire of the analyst and analytical act in Lacan’s later teaching

Nancy Gillespie
Brooklyn, NY, USA
The use of equivocation and writing otherwise in analysis

Véronique Voruz
Paris, France
Transmission by resonance

Elizabeth Rogers
Atlanta, GA, USA
Writing and the body in the last Lacan

Robert Buck
New York, NY, USA
With no moment to conclude is there now only the momentum to consist?

7. Reading ‘The One All Alone’

Jorge Assef (plus-one)
Cordoba, Argentina
Demonstrate the real

Thomas Svolos
Omaha, NE, USA
The One and the Other

Anthony Stavrianakis
Paris, France

Maria Cristina Aguirre
New York, NY, USA
The One all alone and satisfaction

Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff
Brooklyn, NY, USA

8. Jouissance and Repetition

Jose Armando Garcia (plus-one)
Miami, FL, USA
Repetition and iteration in today’s clinical experience

Elisa Acosta
East Brunswick, NJ, USA
Repetition, extimacy and their implications for the clinic

Cristina Laurita
Princeton, NJ, USA
Clinical dimensions of jouissance and repetition

Guida Diaz Marroquin
Houston, TX, USA
Repetition and discursive jouissance in today’s clinic

Milena Peréz
Miami, FL, USA
Phallic jouissance and repetition

Sheila Bravo
Cooper City, FL, USA
Jouissance and repetition in today’s clinic

9. Singularities

Jose Armando Garcia (plus-one)
Miami, FL, USA
Why did the particular triumphs over the singular?

Alicia Foronda
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Fragility of the symbolic and possible arrangements today

Leticia Lopez
Washington DC, USA
Singular beginnings in Analysis

Anna Alcala
Camarillo, CA, USA
What can Analysis offers as new? From the eclectic to the singular

Juan Felipe Arango
Miami, FL, USA
Neurosis today

10. From the Unconscious to the Real

Domenico Cosenza (plus-one)
Milan, Italy
Contemporary symptoms and the orientation to the real in the late Lacan

Fernando Castrillon
Berkeley, CA, USA
Experiments in psychoanalytic transmission via excursions with and through ecological discourses

Jimena Marti
San Francisco, CA, USA / Mexico City, Mexico
Sense and nonsense of psychoanalytic discourse in front of the contemporary modes of jouissance

Thomas Marchevsky
San Francisco, CA, USA
The symptom and sinthome in relation to the capitalist discourse

An Bulkens
Chico, CA, USA
The body and the imaginary in the late Lacan

11. End of analysis and Pass

Jorge Assef (plus-one)
Cordoba, Argentina
Paradoxes of the pass

Alicia Arenas
Miami, FL, USA
The object at the end of analysis

Isolda Alvarez
Miami, FL, USA
The real of satisfaction in the end of analysis

Juan Felipe Arango
Miami, FL, USA
The function of passeur

Amal Wahbi
Montreal, Canada
From the paradoxes of the pass to the exit of analysis (la sortie de l’analyse)

12. Approaching Lacan
Plus-One: Alicia Arena
From Symptom to Sinthome

Adam Fisher
Beyond Oedipus, General and Sexual Orientation

Gabriella Hyatt
Name of the Father, Figure of Law

Daniel Genoves
Obsessive Neurosis in Lacan

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“The passage of the psychoanalysand to becoming a psychoanalyst has a door of which this remainder that brings about their division is the hinge, for this division is nothing but the division of the subject, of which this remainder is the cause.”

Jacques Lacan, Proposition of 9 October 1967 on the Psychoanalyst of the School

Like a Lacanian cartel, this event is without precedent. On the one hand there is the structure of the cartel, its assembled components, and on the other, there is the experience of each one, which awaits enunciation. There is no privileged position in a cartel, only those who choose to work with others. Sometimes a cartel functions—reading, speaking, writing—until its conclusion. Sometimes it may fail to knot, or stumble on the non-functioning of its parts: declaration to the School, the plus-one, scheduling, absence of bodies in-person, etc. In each experience, one’s desire is at stake.

The Lacanian Compass Cartel Committee is making a space to talk about our cartel experiences. The committee is inviting former and current cartelisands to share how they were or were not touched by these encounters. This is an open forum, based on the belief that we can learn from listening to others’ experiences and articulating our own—both about when a cartel works, but also in the handling of obstacles. We invite all of you to turn on your cameras and join this lively and important conversation.