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SAVE THE DATES! Upcoming IAJS Online Seminars

January 24-February 1, 2019

We are honored to present Erik Goodwyn, MD to kick-off the 2019 online seminars. Erik will present an unpublished paper titled “Archetypal Origins:  Biology vs Culture is a False Dichotomy.” An Introduction and Paper will be posted to the list serve one week prior to the start of the online seminar.

Abstract:  The question of whether or not archetypes are transmitted biologically or culturally is wrongly posed and has hampered progress in Jungian thought regarding archetype theory.  Considerations regarding psychological development show that some contents of the human psyche are, strictly speaking, neither biologically nor culturally derived. Examples are given, and the question becomes, how does this fact affect archetype theory?  The present essay examines this question in depth.

Bio: Dr. Goodwyn graduated scholar of the college with a B.S. in physics and mathematics at Western Kentucky University, went on to get a M.S. in anatomy and neurobiology at the University of Louisville where he co-authored several journal articles in cancer cell research. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an M.D. and went on to psychiatric residency training at Wright State University. He was an officer in the Air Force for seven years. He is now faculty for the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry. He received the Abe Heller Essay award two years in a row for essays on psychodynamic theory and neuroscience and has published numerous journal articles which have generated scholarly debates among top theorists in Analytical Psychology (Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol 55, no 4: pp. 502-555) from the United States, England and Australia. He has also published articles on the dreams of soldiers in combat zones, and articles combining archetype theory with cognitive anthropology and folklore studies. His book The Neurobiology of the Gods (Routledge, 2012) has been well received by PsycCritiques and scholars in several diverse fields.

May 17-19, 2019 (three days)

Sharon R. Green, Jungian Psychoanalyst will present her chapter entitled “Lacan:  Nachträglichkeit, shame and ethical time”.  The chapter appears in the award-winning book, Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy edited by Ladson Hinton and Hessel Willemsen.

Abstract: This paper explores a basic dilemma of human temporality at the heart of the psychoanalytic endeavour – we make decisions and take actions throughout our lives without the possibility of knowing the results of these actions in advance. We can have good intentions as we anticipate a particular outcome, but with no certainty of that outcome. Additionally, events and circumstances come upon us unexpectedly, sometimes irrevocably shattering our most intimate sense of who we are and how we understand the world. With every failed attempt, unintended consequence, or bungled action, our lack of mastery and control is revealed to both ourselves and to others. We feel mortified by the shame of our incompleteness, our ontological lack, making shame the constant companion of temporality.  We are so caught up in the flow of time that we rarely contemplate the full significance of our temporal conundrum, and yet how we understand the nature of temporality and shame underlies our assumptions about the goal and end of psychoanalytic treatment. Starting with Jacques Lacan’s revision of the Freudian concept of Nachträglichkeit, this paper addresses the idea of ‘ethical time’ – assuming responsibility for our actions without any guarantee of the outcome of those acts, while bearing our ontological shame.

Bio:  Sharon R. Green, Jungian Psychoanalyst, is a member of the IAAP and a founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology (www.nsanpsy.com).  Sharon has been a clinician for over 30 years. Currently, she has a full-time private practice of psychoanalysis and clinical consultation in Seattle, WA.  Sharon enjoys teaching and writing – her current interests include philosophy and ethics, sexuation and sexual difference, and the impact of the current political/historical crises on the practice of psychoanalysis.

June 21-24 (four days), 2019

Sue Austin, PhD will present a two published article set titled “Working with chronic and relentless self- hatred, self-harm and existential shame: a clinical study and reflections”

Abstract: In this seminar Sue will discuss two of her papers which were published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology in 2016 entitled “Working with chronic and relentless self- hatred, self-harm and existential shame: a clinical study and reflections” parts I and II. The first of these papers was jointly awarded the JAP’s Fordham Prize for 2016 (see https://thejap.org/the-michael-fordham-prize). These papers explore some of  the theoretical and experiential reference points that have emerged in  my work with people whose relationship to their body and/or sense of self is dominated by  self- hatred and (what Hultberg describes as) existential shame. The first paper focuses on self-hatred and the second paper focuses on shame. The second paper continues the discussion of the clinical material introduced in the first paper in the light of Jung’s and Laplanche’s emphasis on experiences of unresolvable, non-pathological ‘foreignness’ or ‘otherness’ at the heart of the psyche. Images, metaphors, elements of clinical experience, and working hypotheses from a number of analytic traditions are used to flesh out this exploration

Bio: Sue Austin, Ph.D. and member ANZSJA, works in private practice in Sydney and is a training analyst with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts. She specializes in working with adults who have eating disorders and/or disorders of the self (i.e., people whose experience of subjectivity is abject) and her practice comprises general analytic work with adults and supervision of clinicians in Australia and internationally. Sue has run numerous clinical workshops and seminars in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the USA, and has published several clinical papers and a book.

October 23-31, 2019

Daniel Burston, PhD. will be our final seminar presenter for 2019. Daniel will present an unpublished paper titled “Nietzsche, Postmodernism and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion”.

Abstract: This (unpublished) paper represents chapter two of my forthcoming book, tentatively entitled Against the Grain: Critical Reflections of Psychology, Politics, Philosophy and Faith. It addresses the role that the concept of truth (with a small “t”) plays in our inner, interpersonal, vocational and political lives, the importance accorded to a truth loving disposition by Plato, and the diverse motives that underscore the different forms of “untruth” – errors, illusions and lies. It then examines Nietzsche’s efforts to debunk our conceptions of truth as a legacy of Platonism, his theory of réssentiment (and self-deception), contrasting Nietzsche’s hermeneutics of suspicion – which foreshadow the ideas of many postmodern theorists – with those of Marx and Freud. 

Bio: Daniel Burston is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and politics of psychology, psychoanalysis and psychiatry, and is particularly interested in the ways and areas in which these disciplines overlap or intertwine with politics, philosophy and religious belief.