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Cartel Study Day

The cartel constitutes one of the three pillars of analytic training, along with personal analysis and supervision. Jacques Lacan proposed the cartel formula in his School as the basic organ for the elaboration of new knowledge.

Anyone interested in psychoanalysis can work in a cartel; which must have “at least three people, five at most, four being the right balance, plus-One.... " (1)

On the NLS website

you can find in the cartels section:

  • the form to declare your cartel, the thematic headings to register it, the form to register a cartel towards the congress of the NLS 2023, “Discontent and Anxiety in the clinic and in civilization”
  • the catalogue of existing cartels
  • basic texts on cartels
  • the 4+One Newsletter of cartels and the possibility to propose a text for the next newsletter

We invite you to the next working events on cartels, via zoom:

Saturday 18 February a French-speaking event, 3 pm to 5.30 pm GMT+1

Sunday 19 March an English-speaking event, 4 pm to 6.30 pm GMT

The NLS Cartels Commission is at your disposal for any questions at the following email address: [email protected]

Marina Frangiadaki, NLS Cartel Delegate
Mercedes Rouault, Linda Clarke and Markus Zöchmeister,
NLS Cartel Commission

(1) Jacques Lacan, “Founding Act,”, 21 June 1964.

Cartel Study Day 2022

Cartel Study Day

Lacan wanted the training in his School to hinge on three elements: personal analysis, supervision, and the cartel device, a group consisting of three or four, Plus-One. Lacan privileged the latter over seminars, lectures or other forms of formal teaching, as the proper tool of elaboration of a knowledge that suits a psychoanalyst.

In the cartel, cartelisands are called to put something of their unconscious at work and link it to the collective. They are personally implicated in the study and knowledge at stake in each of their chosen questions, but they are not all alone: a cartel is not a closed group, it is not without the Other of the School, which is why the knotting with the School at the start of a cartel matters so as to facilitate a knowledge distinct from that produced in a closed group.

In a cartel, knowledge remains incomplete, animated and in movement, not without subjective effects for each member who engages in this operation. Joining a cartel is open to anyone interested in Lacanian psychoanalysis and a point of entry to the working community of the NLS.

The NLS Cartel Delegate, Marina Frangiadaki, will help us explore some of these subjects. We will have a chance to listen to six cartelisands, sharing their work with us on the day. Our presenters will be: Eva Bailo, Maria Dimou, Alasdair Duncan, Janet Haney, Peggy Papada, and Amal Wahbi.

At the end of the event we will allocate time to answer your questions: joining a cartel, finding others, selecting a theme of study, school registration and anything else you want to know about cartels.

Click HERE to book your ticket now.

See you on the 15th of October at 2.00pm!

Sophia Berouka & Oriol Cobacho, LS-NLS Cartel Delegates

The Experience of the Cartel

Woman does not exist

What is this thing called "Cartel"?
The Cartel is an innovative way of studying in a group that the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan invented. It is the gateway to Lacanian psychoanalysis and to the School as it is its central organ and a device that makes psychoanalytic knowledge accessible to all rather than a select few. The Cartel offers an opportunity to work and discuss with peers, to produce something new and unique and thus contribute to the knowledge of psychoanalysis. With the Cartel, the School shows itself to be democratic, anti-authoritarian, putting at the center a desire for knowledge but from a position of docta ignorantia, that is to say, from an initial position of learned ignorance. 

The London Society of the New Lacanian School is organising an event around the experience of forming, working and being in a Cartel. With it, we aim at a wider audience: those who have been in Cartels already but also, and most importantly, at those who have never been in one but are interested in finding out more about it. We welcome anyone interested in getting a better idea of what Cartels are or simply a curiosity around psychoanalysis of a Lacanian orientation and its way of working. We encourage audiences from other disciplines that could make use of this unique device called the cartel to join us 

Three speakers will share their experience of being cartelisands, not from a theoretical perspective but through illustrating the singular learning effects that Cartels entail. We will try and capture something about the experience of the cartel for different cartelisands, as they pursue their personal theme of study with the help of others. Presentations will focus on the different components of the cartel experience: cartel formation, the day to day meetings, the role of cartelisand, the knowledge at stake in the cartel and the function of the plus one. Following these presentations we will open an informal space of discussion with questions from the audience. 

Come and join us on the 9th of July at David Game College in London!It will also be a great opportunity for people to express interest in forming a Cartel and get to know others who wish to do the same!

Cartels: Fixation and Repetition & “Woman does not exist"

Woman does not exist

Dear colleagues and friends of the London Society,

Two of the main themes we’ll be working on during 2021-2022 are the theme of next year’s NLS congress, Fixation and Repetition, and the theme of the Great International Online Conversation of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, “Woman does not exist”. As part of our preparations, we are organising an online reading of Lacan’s Seminar XX, Encore, details of which will be revealed soon!

We are encouraging everyone to form cartels on the above themes so that you can actively participate in their development by pursuing your own questions.

There are many resources available already so that you can start thinking about the question you might wish to pursue:

Find the argument of the NLS congress, by Alexandre Stevens, President of the NLS, here: and on our YouTube channel here:

The argument for the WAP’s International Conversation, by Christiane Alberti, chair of the “Grandes Assises”, is available in print and video form here:

For further assistance with cartel work, please contact the LS members responsible for cartels: Sophia Berouka, [email protected] & Oriol Cobacho, [email protected]

We look forward to a rich year of work around these exciting themes!

The Bureau of the London Society

Cartel Study Day
With Joanne Conway, NLS Cartel Delegate

2nd October 2021 (14:00-16:30)

NLS Seminar Series

When Lacan created his School in 1964, he also invented the cartel, one of the school’s basic organs and a device of formation. Far from any idea of hierarchy, anyone - newcomers, beginner analysts, experienced analysts - can form a cartel, since a cartelisand is simply someone with a desire to work on a question or subject of interest.

Three or four people, and the plus-one, all animated by a desire for work, choose a common theme, trait of work for each one, and structure (modality, frequency and duration). The function of the plus-one is there to support and orient the work around the project called ‘psychoanalysis’ through a process of ‘sustained elaboration’. It is very important that the cartel is registered with the NLS cartel catalogue, and is knotted when the work begins. The effects of this experience are palpable for those who undertake it, and it often leads to a singular production, a writing to be transmitted to the community that is the School.

In recent years, the Cartel Study Day has been inaugurating the series of activities of the London Society for the forthcoming year. Therefore, it is a great opportunity to attend this special event on the 2nd of October, not only for those who wish to work on a theoretical concept or a clinical question, but for anyone who is interested in Freud and Lacan.

Our presenters will be:

Ludmila Malischevski
Roger Litten
Juana Cavaliere
Evangelina Bailo
Scott Wilson
Catherine Alexandre

We will also have the chance to learn more about cartels in a question and answer session where you can ask any questions you have about cartels – chaired by Joanne Conway, the NLS Delegate for Cartels.
See you on the 2nd of October!

Registration is FREE and open to ALL


Sophia Berouka & Oriol Cobacho, LS-NLS Delegates for Cartels

Cartel Study Day
3rd October 2020, at 2pm via Zoom

Cartel Study Day

To register for this event please use the form on the Homepage.

Cartel Study Day

Cartel Study Day
With Frank Rollier, NLS Cartel Delegate

5th October 2019 (14:00-17:30)

Cartel Study Day

Are you interested in reading Lacan, working on a seminar, a theoretical concept or a clinical question? Are you new to the Lacanian orientation of psychoanalysis and want to find your way into learning more about it or studying it more methodically? Working with others in a cartel might be what you are looking for.

Lacan established the cartel device at the same time he created his School. What is it that makes the cartel so fundamental and central to our orientation?

To learn more about cartels join us for our special event on the 5th of October, about this Lacanian innovation and crucial device for the study of psychoanalysis.

There will be an opportunity:
a) to hear the product of various cartels and discuss the elaborations of cartel members:
“Time in Psychoanalysis” - Oriol Cobacho
"The Logic that Haste Determines" - Henrik Lynggard
“Psychoanalysis and Truth” - Nikos Skarvelis
“The Political Economy of Jouissance” – Scott Wilson

b) to learn more about cartels in a question and answer session on cartels where you can ask all that you ever wanted to know about cartels – chaired by Frank Rollier, the NLS Delegate for Cartels.

c) and finally, to hear an introduction to the NLS 2020 theme on Interpretation: from truth to body event, by Frank Rollier. This is a theme that we will be developing throughout the year, as we’ll be working towards the next NLS congress to be held in Ghent on 26 and 28 June 2020.

You can read the orientation text to the theme, by Eric Laurent, on the NLS website: as well as Bernard Seynhaeve’s argument which emphasizes that the analyst interprets with his body.

This is an opportunity to remind everyone that the start of the year is a great time to form a cartel. The plus-ones of cartels need to register new cartels, as well as those continuing for a second year, so that they can appear in the 2019 cartels catalogue. Plus-ones are invited to register their cartels on the NLS website using the cartel declaration form.

Please also keep in mind the « 4 + one », the NLS cartels’ Newsletter, the latest issue (No12) of which has just been published and you can find here. In this issue you will find the incisive and beautiful text Patricia Tassara presented to us here in London at our cartel study day last year, in which she speaks about the elusive function of the Plus One. « 4 + one » offers a fantastic opportunity to disseminate the work done in cartels.

To purchase a ticket for this event please click the link below:


Peggy Papada, Cartel coordinator & Secretary of the London Society
[email protected]


Cartel Day
6th October 2018 (2-6pm)

Are you interested in reading Lacan, working on a seminar, a theoretical concept or a clinical question?

Join us on 6th October to hear more about the work done in cartels, Lacan's methodological innovation and primary mechanism for the study of psychoanalysis in a way that introduces and sustains an awakening, insofar as each cartel member's desire for knowledge is called upon.

The study day consists of a highly varied programme of brief presentations whereby each participant will say something about the "bits of knowledge" they have gained via their work in their respective cartels.

The event will be chaired by Vincent Dachy, member of the London Society and the New Lacanian School.

We are delighted that Patricia Tassara, current Analyst of the School (AS) will be returning to London, to participate in our study day with a presentation on the role of the Plus one.

Towards the end of the day, there will be opportunities to form cartels, either towards this year's NLS theme Urgent! or other topics of interest and why not by "random draw" for those who dare to bet on surprise. Anyone who is interested in reading Lacan can participate in cartels.

Please contact Peggy Papada for any queries related to this event or to cartels overall at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there