The cartel is an original mode of group work, organised by the principles defined by Jacques Lacan. It consists of three to five members (ideally four), called cartelisands. The structure of cartel is linked to the structure of the Borromean knot, which is formed by three registers and the sinthome. In the same way cartel consists of four members Plus One, who moderates the group work.
A cartel is essentially a study group, and plays an important role in psychoanalytic training. However, participation in cartels is open to all, in order to encourage exchange between different disciplines. The objective of the cartel is not a collective work, but the publication of individual articles. Permutation of cartels happens in one year’s time (two at the most).
By organising work in small cartel groups Lacanian psychoanalytic organisations avoid the effects of massification, and the role of the Master/University discourse. Cartel members are invited to keep a distance between knowledge and truth, while taking into account their own subjectivity.
Cartels of the Slovenian Association for Lacanian Psychoanalysis:
● Anxiety as pure cut
● Epistemological cut
● Aspects of short-term analysis
● Conditions of psychoanalysis and the Slovenian socio-cultural space
● Lacan’s clinical cases
● What does hysteria teach us?
● From Joyce to the sinthome