Ecstatic Ancient/Archaic Thought and analytical psychology, an inquiry

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Ecstatic Ancient/Archaic Thought and analytical psychology, an inquiry

  1.    1. Emmanuela Bakola – ‘Staging interiors in Greek tragedy’ – 

Seeing the invisible: interior spaces, the unseen, and the Erinyes in the Oresteia’;

Bio:  Emmanuela Bakola is based at University of Warwick initially as Leverhulme Research Fellow and from January 2016 as Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature. She is originally from Greece, and has been based in London since 2000.

  1. Helena Bassil-Morozow: Loki Then and Now: the Evolving Story of the Trickster

The mischievous and dangerous Loki, an Icelandic god, is a classic example of the trickster figure.

Bio: Helena Bassil-Morozow is at Glasgow Caledonian University, a lecturer in Media and Communication, Department of social Sciences, Media and Journalism.

  1. Paul Bishop – (Professor, University of Glasgow, Dept Modern Languages (German) – Ancient thought, Jung and Klages
  1. Alan Cardew: Antiquity and Anxiety: Psychoanalysis and the Judgement of the Past 

What can account for Freud’s anxieties about visiting Rome and Athens, and Jung’s physical inability to travel to Rome ‘the smoking and fiery hearth of ancient culture’?  Was the greatness of the classical ideal as developed by German classicists from Winckelmann to Nietzsche, simply too imposing to be faced?

Bio: Dr. Alan Cardew is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Myth and the Unconscious at the University of Essex, a Member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, and a Member of  the Foro Di Studi Avanzati in Rome. At Essex he was Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and Director of the Enlightenment.

  1. Martyna Chrzeschijanska

he presentation will focus on relation between the theme of sacrifice in Ancient Greece and contemporary understanding of the process of individuation and other similar models of personality/self-development. I will propose to discuss the meaning of sacrifice as it appeared in rituals and mythology of Ancient Greece in the context of contemporary psychological theories.

Bio: Martyna Chrzescijanska –presently is a student of Refugee Care at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, graduated from Cultural Studies and Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. She has been in the training of analytical psychology since 2011 (in Poland, PTPJ in co-operation with IAAP). Recently approved for PhD studies in Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Warsaw (commencing in October 2016).

  1. Terence Dawson: ‘One China [i.e. One Nation]’ as archetype

‘One China[i.e. One Nation]’ as an archetype with reference to one of the best-known classics of Chinese literature.

Bio: Terence Dawson is an associate professor and currently head of the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is interested in the application of Jungian theory to literature and other art forms, especially of the long Romantic period. His publications include The Effective Protagonist in the Nineteenth Century British Novel (Ashgate 2004) and, co-edited with Polly Young-Eisendrath, The Cambridge Companion to Jung, 2nd edition (CUP 2008).

7.Nadi Fadina Proposal: Gender Axiom 

The quests for real masculinity and femininity, as well as an illusive androgynous wholeness, have been present in humanity’s discourses and cultural products since early times. Greeks and Romans, medieval clergy, pro-feminist Russian thinkers of the XIX century, psychoanalysis and analytical psychology present us with interesting views on our gendered identities.

bio: Nadi Fadina, PhD, is a London-based media entrepreneur and cultural academic, investigating gender politics of totalitarian regimes and new democratic societies constructed through a prism of ancient fairytales. As a film industry executive, Nadi also holds an MA in International Cinema. She is a member of Psychology and Moving Image International (PAMII). Nadi teaches a diverse range of film subjects at Goldsmiths University of London and University of Bedfordshire. Her co-edited book is The Happiness Illusion – How the Media Sold us a Fairytale (Routledge 2015).

8.Scott Farrington 

Dionysus, Pentheus, and the Theatergoer: Split Psyches as a Model for Audience Response:

Bio: Assistant Professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, USA.  I am a participant in the Philadelphia Lacan Study Group, curated by Patricia Gherovici.

  1. Randy Fertel: 

Title: Improvisation, Trickster, and the trans-heroic mastery of time: Harvard classicist Gregory Nagy argues that the classical hero – like Achilles – is untimely, unseasonal (‘hero’ derives from ‘Hera’ – timely, seasonal).

Bio: Harvard Ph.D in English and American Literature (1981), Dr Fertel has taught at Harvard, Tulane, and the New School for Social Research. ‘A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation’ (Spring Journal Books, 2015) explores art that claims to be improvised. It includes chapters on The Homeric Hymn to Hermes, The Odyssey, and Jung’s Liber Novus.

  1. David Henderson: The varieties of ecstasy

Ecstasy is variously described in the philosophies and theologies of late antiquity and the patristic period. Proclus, Plotinus, Gregory of Nyssa and Pseudo-Dionyius each present distinct concepts of ecstasy. It is unlikely that any of these theories had a substantial influence on Jung, but It is possible to identify parallels in his theory and technique. Reference to the thought of Bataille can further contextualise the discourse of ecstasy.

Bio: David Henderson, PhD. is senior lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University. He is a member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists. Publications include: Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis: Pseudo-Dionysius and C.G. Jung (Routledge).

  1. Raya Jone: The stream of desire: Jung’s concept of psychic energy  

ABSTRACT: Jung’s theory of psychic energy differs from Freud’s notion of libido in ways that bring Jung close to field physics and Gestalt psychology as well as to Bergson, but nevertheless carries vestiges of the hydraulic metaphor.

Bio: Raya A. Jones, Ph.D., is a Reader in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Jungian Studies (2003-2009) and chaired the IAJS Second International Conference in 2009. She is the author of ‘Personhood and Social Robotics’ (Routledge, 2016), ‘Jung, Psychology, Postmodernity’ (Routledge, 2007) and’ The Child-School Interface’ (Cassell, 1995), editor of ‘Jung and the Question of Science’ (Routledge, 2014), ‘Body, Mind and Healing after Jung’ (Routledge, 2010), and co-editor of ‘Jungian and Dialogical Perspectives’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), ‘Cultures and Identities in Transitions’ (Routledge 2010) and ‘Education and Imagination’ (Routledge, 2008). She has published numerous journal articles on Jungian and postmodern approaches to the self.

  1. . Hamutal Minkowich: 

Theorising an Ancient Unconscious: Bringing Jung into the Picture?

Artemidorus is neither a physician nor a philosopher but his work has a distinct therapeutic dimension and might be historicised better in light of modern therapeutic approaches to dreaming.

Bio: Hamutal is completing a PhD (UCL Classics) on dreams in Herodotus. In addition to an MA in Classics he also holds an MRes in Language and Cognition (UCL Psychology and Language Sciences).

  1. Catriona Miller : The Sumerian Underworld and Jung

The Sumerian Underworld and Jung

In the story of Inanna and Enki, the goddess Inanna visits the god at his temple Eridu, which is described as being in the abzu (an underworld, watery abyss). … inscribed as early as 2000 BCE and the ideas were no doubt current centuries earlier and  it considerably predates the Greco-Roman mythology

Bio: Dr Catriona Miller is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University where she teaches TV script writers and media students.  She publishes in the field of film and television studies, with a particular interest in Horror, Cult TV and Science Fiction genres from a Jungian perspective.  She is currently working on a joint book The Heroine’s Journey: Female Individuation on Screen for Routledge

  1. Ben Pestell:  Ecstatic terror and the Oresteian individual in society

Should we see the protagonists of Greek tragedies as psychologised characters or personified forces?

Bio: Ben Pestell holds a PhD from the University of Essex on divine contact and mythical thought in the Oresteia of Aeschylus. He serves on executive committee of the Centre for Myth Studies at Essex. He is co-editor of ‘Translating Myth’ (Legenda, 2016), and has published on Aeschylus and contemporary classical reception.

  1. Constance Romero:

Abstract: Jung and Dionysus or Whatʼs Individuation got to do with Dionysus?

Bio: Constance Evans Romero, LPC, LMFT is a practicing Jungian Analyst in the Greater New Orleans area. She is a Senior Training Analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and on the teaching faculty of the New Orleans and Florida Jung Seminars. She has a professional background in Theatre Arts and lectures nationally on topics that explore the interface between Depth Psychology and the Arts.

  1. Mark Saban ‘The Figures Speak Because They Want to Speak: A Dionysian perspective on Analytical Psychology

bio:Mark Saban is a senior analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists.  He recently co-edited (with Andrew Samuels and Emilia Kiehl) Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology, Routledge 2016.  Recent papers include: ‘Jung, Winnicott and the Divided Psyche’ Journal of Analytical Psychology, Volume 61 Issue 3, June 2016, ‘Two in one or one in two? Pushing off from Jung with Wolfgang Giegerich’ Journal of Analytical Psychology, Volume 60 Issue 5, November 2015.

  1. Richard Seaford –

ON A JUNGIAN ACCOUNT OF EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY: This paper is the response of a non-Jungian Hellenist to the strengths and weaknesses of Edward Edinger’s Jungian account of early Greek philosophy.

Bio: RICHARD SEAFORD is emeritus professor of ancient Greek at the Unversity of Exeter. He is the author of numerous papers and books on Greek drama, Greek religion, Greek philosophy, Greek society, and on the interrelation between them.

  1. Yulia Ustinova

Ancient psychotherapy? Fifth-century BC Athenian intellectuals and the cure of disturbed minds

Bio: Yulia Ustinova is  Associate Professor at the Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel. My current research is entitled “Mania: Alteration of Consciousness and Insanity in Greek Culture.” My publications on Greek religion and culture include The Supreme Gods of the Bosporan Kingdom: Celestial Aphrodite and the Most High God, Leiden (Brill, 1999) and Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind. Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth(Oxford University Press, 2009).

  1. Zsuzanna Varhelyi: [1]Reading Epictetus with Freud and Jung: Stoic interiority and perfection

Bio: Varhelyi is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University. She has published extensively on Roman social and religious history, a monograph on the religion of senators in the Roman empire and an article on PTSD among Roman soldiers. She is currently working on a monograph, tentatively entitled The Others of the Self, a social history of the development of selfhood in imperial Rome.