The London Society
The London Society of the New Lacanian School
Cartel Open Day
Saturday 2nd November 2013
11.00am – 1.00pm
University of London Union
Malet Street, WC1E 7HY
The experience of working in a cartel is something particular to the field of Lacanian psychoanalysis. It is a format initially devised by Lacan himself according to what he understood as the core logic of psychoanalytic work.
Participation in a cartel is an eminently democratic way of getting to grips with Lacan's teaching. It does not depend on any hierarchy of knowledge, position or clinical experience. It does not depend on membership of any organisation. It is indexed simply on the interest that each one has in learning a little bit more about the work of Lacan.
Thus each person works on a theme of their own choosing. They find a few others who are interested in working with them in the same area and together choose one other, designated the plus one, to help facilitate their work.
The very framework of the cartel helps to shift the centre of gravity of the work from the question of knowledge to that of desire. It can thus be a most rewarding and productive experience for all involved.
It also happens to be a privileged entry point to the world of Lacanian psychoanalysis and to participation in the work of a Lacanian School.
At the start of our new year's activities the London Society of the New Lacanian School will be holding an open meeting of those who are interested in exploring this experience for themselves.
There will be a number of brief presentations by those already involved in cartel work, recounting their own experience of what is involved and something of what they have learned. There will be an opportunity to meet others interested in working in the same field and to discuss options for joining them in a cartel.
This year's seminar activity in the London Society and in the New Lacanian School more widely will be based around a reading of the newly published Seminar VI, Desire and its Interpretation (1958-1959).
The particular interest of this seminar, as highlighted in Jacques-Alain Miller's recent presentation at the NLS Congress in Athens, is that it is situated on the threshold of Lacan's move away from what we now know as the classical period of his teaching, opening up the questions that will culminate in his later work.
Our reading of Seminar VI will thus take its bearings from its position between Seminar V on the Formations of the Unconscious, the seminar that perhaps contains the most detailed formulation of the themes of the classical teaching, and Seminar VII on the Ethics of Psychoanalysis, which turns attention to the questions of jouissance and the real.
This also happens to be the period of Lacan's work that covers a broad spectrum of key texts in the Ecrits, ranging from the 'Instance of the Letter...' to the 'Subversion of the Subject ...', taking in the 'Preliminary Question...', the 'Direction of the Treatment...' and the 'Signification of the Phallus...', amongst others, along the way. It is clear then that there is ample scope within this period for choosing a productive theme of work on various concepts fundamental to Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Your choice of a theme of work does not of course have to be restricted to this register. It requires simply an interest in a question or a problem of your own that you wish to pursue and the opportunity to find some others who wish to work alongside you in the fertile field bequeathed to us by Lacan.
There is no charge for entry. Why not come along?