In Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States: Betwixt and Between Borders, Elizabeth Brodersen and Pilar Amezaga bring together leading international contributors to analyze and interpret the psychological impact of contemporary border crossing – both literally and figuratively.
The chapters in the book originate from presentations given at the joint IAAP/IAJS conference in Frankfurt am Main, 2018 on the theme of ‘Indeterminate States.’
We hope you will find the content rich and stimulating, as an example of the joint, creative collaboration between our two associations: IAJS and IAAP.
With warm regards and sincere thanks,
Liz and Pilar
Co-editors of the joint IAAP/IAJS Frankfurt conference material.
Each chapter included assesses key themes, such as migration, culture, gender and identity formation, through a Jungian lens. All the contributors sensitively explore how creative forms can help mitigate the trauma experienced when one is forced to leave safety and enter unknown territory, and examines the specific role of indeterminacy, liminality and symbols as transformers at the border between culture, race and gender. The book asks whether we are able to hold these indeterminate states as creative liminal manifestations pointing to new forms, integrate the shadow ‘other’ as potential, and allow sufficient cross-border migration and fertilization as permissible. It makes clear that societal conflict represents a struggle for recognition and identity and elucidates the negative experiences of authoritarian structures attached to disrespect and misrecognitions.