Lacan Circle Cartels of the New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis


Lacan Circle of Australia Cartels

As Lacan observed in his adjunct to The Founding Act;

“The worst objection that can be made to Societies in their existing form is the drying up of work, manifest even in the quality, that they cause among the best of people. The success of the School will be measured by the production of work that is acceptable in its proper setting.”

A cartel is a small study and research group of 3 to 5 members who elect to work together. They choose a ‘plus one’ to lead and animate the life of the cartel, with an aim to produce a material output of high quality.

Participation in Lacan Circle cartels is free and open to anyone with an interest.

We encourages publication of each cartel’s work in several ways: its journal PsychoanalysisLacan; the publications of the New Lacanian School, such as The Lacanian Review and TLR Online; and presentations at Lacan Circle events

Cartels are intended to facilitate research and study in the Freudian Field; they are registered with the NLS via the LCA.

To enquire about Lacan Circle cartel activity or to join a cartel please contact David Westcombe.
Contributions by cartels or their members to the newsletter of the NLS cartels Newsletter 4+one are welcome.
To enquire about NLS cartel activity please contact Joanne Conway.
 and view the NLS cartel register here


NLS Cartel Information


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 organising 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.

Three to five people choose to work with each other 

For the creation of a cartel Lacan suggests three people as a minimum, five maximum, and in 1980 specified four as the ‘right measure’. Four is the reference participant 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”. See Founding 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 cartelisand 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 or to a knowledge taken from the group. It is rather a matter for each one, according to the moment of his relation to psychoanalysis, to submit 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 (See Jacques-Alain MillerFive Variations on the Theme of “Provoked Elaboration”) and hinder the appearance of a new knowledge for the subject.

The scansion is produced as an event of the cartel that concludes.





The Body and Its Discontents

Plus-one Astrid Lac
Sex, Sexuation and Sinthome
Member Robyn Adler
The Function of the Written
Member Jason Childs
Assaying Analysis: Genre and Jouissance
Member Henry Gardner
Another Round? The (W)hole and the One
Member Mandy Marano
The Developing Child / The Sexuated Subject and the Body of the Other





Plus-one Leon Brenner
The development of the differential clinic of the rim in autism
Member Kate Briggs
Member David Ferraro
Member Jonathan Redmond
The direction of the treatment
Member Noriaki Sato
Member Serena Smith





Plus-one Tim Themi
Perversion and Eroticism
Member Judith Beyer
Politics as père-version
Member Glenn Rutter
Member Ross Spencer
Member Fida Elian





Plus-one David Ferraro
Transgender, sexuation and 21st century capitalism
Member Eugénie Austin
Transgender/Woman, woman/transgender, within Lacan’s formulas of sexuation
Member S Brahnam
Transgender identity and the suicidal act
Member Nalinda Amarasiri Gunawardana
Post Freudian transgender as not-abnormal, not-pathological
Member Rosemary Overell
Psychoanalysis as a tool within trans* politics, hegemony and identity
Member Ross Spencer
Queer theory addressed to the big Other





Plus-one Russell Grigg
Interpretation as a performative
Member Mia Lalanne
The signifier: translation and interpretation
Member Barbara Milech
Interpretation as an act of love
Member Suzanne Smith
Interpretation and the imaginary
Member Jonathan Redmond
Interpretation and the object a




Lacan’s Seminar XXIV

Plus-one Natalie Wulfing
What is a new signifier?
Member David Ferraro
Is psychoanalysis what one would call an autism à deux?
Member Joanna Shemansky
The concept of narcissism in seminar XXIV
Member Grace Tarpey
Knowledge and the symptom
Member David Westcombe
Lacan’s use of topology in Seminar XXIV





Plus-one Russell Grigg
Transference and the real unconscious
Member Hanieh Moradi
Transference and the analyst’s desire
Member Joanne Manning
Desire and the discourse of the analyst
Member Nalinda Amarasiri Gunwardana
Transference and love
Member Eva Birch
Transference and jouissance





Plus-one Russell Grigg
Truth and jouissance
Member Eugénie Austin
Relational possibilities beyond the female side of sexuation
Member Cara Brough
Feminine jouissance
Member Milanda Matthews Love and the sexual non-rapport
Member Lenore Stephens
Sexuation outside identification


Our most recent Cartel Presentation Days were held during May 2021
Our next two Cartel Presentation Days will be held during November 2021
Visit our calendar here


4 + one quartreplusone is the journal of NLS cartel activity
It is published regularly
View the latest edition (February 2021) here