2013 JSSS Conference

– Psyche and Society: The Work of the Unconscious – Next International JSSS Conference in Chicago, IL.

Psyche and Society: The Work of the Unconscious

12th Annual Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology

Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies

Wednesday, July 24-Saturday, July 27, 2013


Deadline for Proposals has been extended: December 31, 2012

The title of this conference, Psyche and Society: The Work of the Unconscious grows out of the themes and concerns of the 11th annual conference of JSSS (Affect and Action). During the conference the diverse nature of Jungian scholarship was explored and celebrated. One of the challenges which emerged was how the scholarly and felt concerns which emerged when considering social issues from a psychological perspective could be both contained and utilized.

What is our psychological and intellectual responsibility here? Indeed is it sensible to separate these two aspects of our lives? One of the distinctive qualities of analytical psychology is the way in which it holds together the individual and the collective, the personal response and the social responsibility.

We have to realize, quite dispassionately, that whatever we fight about in the outside world is also a battle in our inner selves. In the end we have to admit that mankind is not just an accumulation of individuals utterly different from one another, but possesses such a high degree of psychological collectivity that in comparison the individual appears merely as a slight variant. How shall we judge this matter fairly if we cannot admit that it is also our own problem? Anyone who can admit this will first seek the solution in himself.  This, in fact, is the way all the great solutions begin. (CW18: 927 Marginal Notes on Wittels: “Die Sexualle Not,” 1910)