Dear IAJS Membership,
On behalf of the IAJS Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the coming IAJS Online Seminar with Kevin Lu that begins on November 6th and ends on November 9th 2020
This seminar will have an unusual twist in that in addition to Kevin’s online discussion presence he will also discuss his material with us live on a Zoom Meeting platform that will take place on Sunday, November 8th and will last an hour and a half. He envisions having an open discussion hinging on the assumption that those attending will have read the paper in advance and are there to discuss it and other related topics. Further,
Marisa Swank will moderate the Zoom Meeting.
The Zoom Meeting will start promptly at 7 am (PST) Seattle to 8:30 (PST), or 3 pm to 4:30 (GMT) London.
A Zoom invitation will be posted ahead of time.
Zoom Meeting is not the same as Zoom webinar. In Zoom Meeting with Kevin, you will be able to see each other and interact via chat function.
Below, you will find Kevin’s Abstract, Bio and paper (PDF)
With gratitude and grace in turbulent times,
Robin McCoy BrooksIAJS Online Seminar Chair
Title: Racial hybridity and race in analytical psychology
Abstract: This paper explores some possible contributions analytical psychology may make to theorising racial hybridity. Already a ‘hybrid psychology’, I suggest that analytical psychology is particularly well-positioned to speak to the specific experiences and challenges posed by multiraciality, despite Jung’s own problematic statements on the topics of hybridity and race. In particular, I critically reflect on the hopes, fears, and fantasies that have arisen with the birth of my multiracial children, which may in turn act as a springboard to greater depth psychological reflections on the unique and equally ‘typical’ experience of raising mixed-raced children. Such concerns have been articulated by others like Bruce Lee, who faced the challenge of raising multiracial children amidst a backdrop of racism in the Unites States. While this paper critically assesses possible ways in which racial hybridity may be theorised from a Jungian perspective, it equally argues that a Post-Jungian approach must reflect the flexibility and fluidity of hybridity itself.
Bio: Kevin Lu, BA (Hons) (University of Toronto); MA (Heythrop College, University of London); PhD (University of Essex), is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Jungian Studies and a member of Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Kevin’s publications include articles and chapters on Jung’s relationship to the discipline of history, Arnold J. Toynbee’s use of analytical psychology, critical assessments of the theory of cultural complexes, sibling relationships in the Chinese/Vietnamese Diaspora, racial hybridity, and Jungian perspectives on graphic novels and their adaptation to film.