The Extraordinary IAJS 2021 Online Seminar Series EXPLODES THE IMAGINATION

On behalf of the IAJS Board of Directors, I am pleased to share with you our “work in progress” 2020-2021 IAJS Seminar Series including list-serve discussion and/or Zoom meetings as noted.
Sheltering in Seattle,
Robin McCoy Brooks,IAJS Online Seminar Chair2020 and 2011 IAJS Online and ZOOM Seminar series
 December 3-7, 2020: Danielle Presenter and Steve Meyers

Engaging with Art and Jung

Abstract: This seminar has been arranged in response to the IAJS survey earlier this year, recent list discussions about engagement with art and artists, and a suggestion by Rachael. It is being facilitated by list member Steve Myers, who has arranged for a guest artist from outside the list – Danielle Poirier – to present some of her work in an engaging way. Danielle will be joining the list for the duration of the seminar. There are two papers to read prior to the seminar. The first is a report by Steve of his reaction to one of Danielle’s paintings. It is recommended that you read this paper first. The second paper is an introduction by Danielle to herself and some of her art. This contains various artworks and some exercises/questions to help you engage with it. You don’t need to consider all the art in depth; you can focus on just one or two works, as you wish. The seminar will consist primarily of an exploration of your reactions to the art and responses to the various questions that are posed. We therefore ask – no matter how little or how much interest or experience with arts that you have – that you engage with the art and share your responses and thoughts on the list. There is no pre-determined ‘lesson’ from this. Let’s just see where the various pieces of art take us – which may be in several different directions simultaneously.

BioDanielle Poirier: Danielle is from Montreal and worked as a trainer in corporate settings from the 1980s until very recently. She not only became a qualified user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, but also a qualifying of such users in Canada. Twenty years ago, she developed an interactive, multi-media software package called The Magnificent 16. It was based on interviews with different psychological types, aimed at introducing the variety of each type’s experiences. Danielle developed a deep interest in Jung from an early stage of her career and has presented at many conferences in the MBTI/typological community on Jungian topics. She is currently going through the process of retiring from corporate work and is an emerging artist. She has just completed her BFA at Concordia University, which afforded no opportunity to explore the psychological aspects of creativity, nor to dialogue with the unconscious. Danielle is now starting to work as an independent artist at a studio in Montreal, where she now has much greater freedom to incorporate Jungian ideas into her art.

BioSteve Myers’: Steve is a semi-retired consultant in team and leadership development. He has a Masters in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies, and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies that focused on a Jungian theme. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex, and a newly-elected board member for the IAJS. Steve has created a video introducing typology – – which was originally designed for Mathew Mather’s “Jung and Art Therapy” course in Ireland but is now starting to be used in other institutions. Danielle was the art consultant for that video, producing a range of suggestions to help select two pieces that illustrated the creative style of each of the function-attitudes.
See PDF materials for this seminar below

January 16, 2021: Stanton Marlan

C. G. Jung and the Alchemical Imagination 
Passages into the Mysteries of Psyche and Soul

In a one hour and half ZOOM meeting, Stanton will discuss the introduction of his new book titled above. About the book copyright 2021: Stanton brings together writings which span the course of his career, examining Jungian psychology and the alchemical imagination as an opening to the mysteries of psyche and soul. Several chapters describe a telos that aims at the mysterious goal of the Philosophers’ Stone, a move replete with classical and postmodern ideas catalysed by prompts from the unconscious: dreams, images, fantasies, and paradoxical conundrums. Psyche and matter are seen with regards to soul, light and darkness in terms of illumination, and order and chaos as linked in the image of chaosmos. Marlan explores the richness of the alchemical ideas of Carl Jung, James Hillman, and others and their value for a revisioning of psychology. In doing so, this volume challenges any tendency to literalism and essentialism, and contributes to an integration between Jung’s classical vision of a psychology of alchemy and Hillman’s Alchemical Psychology.

Bio: Stanton Marlan, PhD, ABPP, FABP is a Jungian analyst, President of the Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts, and an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University, USA. He has a longstanding interest in alchemy and the psychology of dreams.

February 19th – 22, 2021: Stephen Farah

Zoom discussion and list serve correspondence

Applied Jungian Psychology –  Jungian education in a virtual world

Over the course of the last decade The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies (CAJS) has focused on the dissemination of Jungian based educational programmes beyond the scope of its traditional structures, specifically analysis and academia. Over the course of the last seven years these educational programmes have been increasingly delivered virtually to a global audience. This initiative has reached many thousand non-traditional students, who would, under other circumstances, be denied access to this body of work. More recently, over the last three years, with the Jungian and post-Jungian Clinical Concepts Programme and in 2020 launching the Jungian Film and Music Schools, we have reached a wide cross section of both lay and professional students, including an increasing number of analysts. My presentation will attempt to share  how we have done this navigating a very fine line in attempting to reach a wider audience without dumbing down the educational process, the etymology and conceptualisation of “psycho-education” as we conceive of and deliver it and what we have learnt from extensive engagement with students on the minefield of Social Media and education delivered via virtual platforms.

Bio:Stephen Farah is the co-founder of and senior lecturer at The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies South Africa. He is an executive member of the International Association of Jungian Studies.  Stephen holds an honours degree in analytical philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand and a master’s degree in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex. Stephen’s areas of interest include psychoanalysis, film, the philosophy of language, consciousness, individuation, and the simulation hypothesis.

–  March 18-21, 2021 IAJS Conference –

April 2nd – 5th, 2021: Susan Rowland

Online discussion format with ZOOM (10am on Sat 5th April -6pm in London).

The Feminine in Research: Jungian Arts-Based Research (and Transdisciplinarity)
(with more from Jungian Arts-based Research and the Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico (2021))

Bio: Susan Rowland (PhD) is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California where she co-Chairs the MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative life. Previously Professor of English and Jungian Studies at the University of Greenwich, UK, she has published extensively on Jung, literary theory, gender, myth, literature and detective fiction. Her books include, Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002); Jung as a Writer (2005), The Ecocritical Psyche (2012),  Remembering Dionysus(2017) and Jungian Literary Criticism: the Essential Guide (2019). Founding chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS) in 2003, Susan lives in California with digital literary artist, Joel Weishaus.  Email: Susan Rowland (PhD):

April 23-30, 2021: Sulagna Sengupta

Animus: A Concept Revisited 

 This will be a chapter and a lecture from my forthcoming book by Routledge. I would like to hold this seminar in two mediums – a written chapter and a recorded lecture, both shared on the list serve where I will take questions for discussion. Please note that the lecture recording will not have a discussion component. All discussions will be in written format on the list serve where I will respond to members’ questions through the week – Friday to Friday. I will send you an abstract and a full chapter by March 2021.

Bio: Sulagna Sengupta is a Jungian scholar based in Bangalore, India. She is the author of ‘Jung in India’ published by Spring Journal Books, USA in 2013. Sulagna is currently doing her PhD in Jungian Studies at the University of Essex, U.K working on the Indian epic The Ramayana. She is a member of the editorial board of IJJS (International Journal of Jungian Studies). This seminar is based on her forthcoming book titled, ‘Animus: A Concept Revisited to be published by Routledge in 2021.  

 May, 2021 (TBD): Elizabeth Brodersen

Taboo, Shamanism and Jungian Psychoanalysis

Summary of Chapter 8: “Taboo, Shamanism, and Jungian Psychoanalysis’
Liz is presenting chapter 8 from her book ‘Taboo Personal and Collective Representations, Origin and Positioning within Cultural Complexes,’ Routledge, 2019, now in paperback. This chapter discusses rites of passage that lead to a new development status. Such rites take place in secluded darkness, similar to working with unconscious processes at night-time through dream work. Within this dark and invisible frame, one enters into the liminal night-time taboo journey of transformation, analogous to the sun as it sets in the west and disappears into the darkness of the ‘other’ side. I explore the colour black as a night-time colour of invisibility. It is not considered negative, but as a potential space to be explored in the unconscious to find what is not yet realised in consciousness. Blackness itself, as described by Hillman, has many shades: there is black that recedes and absorbs; black that dampens and softens; black that sharpens and etches; and black that shines with effervescence. From the analysis of black and the role of Hades in the land of the dead, as the tabooed hidden hider, I examine the role of shamans who undertake the difficult symbolic journey to restore lost or stolen soul aspects of the self, using the work of Rasmussen, Eliade, Levi-Strauss, Merchant and others on shamanism. I give two examples of this imaginal fete and compare their journey to the ‘land of the dead’ with the work of psychoanalysis, in particular, Jungian analysis in uncovering and integrating difficult taboo emotions.

Bio: Elizabeth Brodersen, Ph.D. was born and brought up in South Wales, UK. and is an accredited Training Analyst and Supervisor at the CGJI Zürich (IAAP, SGAP, AGAP) where she holds regular seminars. She received a BA (comb. hons.) from Birmingham University, UK; an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a doctorate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Essex University, UK. After completing her training to become a Jungian analyst at the CGJI Zürich in 2008, Elizabeth works as a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Germany and Switzerland and is former Co-Chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS). Her publications include Laws of Inheritance, A post Jungian study of twins and the relationship between the first and other(s), Routledge, 2016; a co-edited publication with Dr Michael Glock Jungian Perspective on Rebirth and Renewal: Phoenix Rising, Routledge, 2017, and is author of the research monograph Taboo, Personal and Collective Representations, Origin within Cultural Complexes, Routledge, 2019. Her latest co-edited publication with Pilar Amezaga from the joint IAAP-IAJS conference material held in Frankfurt am Main is entitled Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States, Betwixt and Between Borders, Routledge, 2020.

July 2021 (early): David Henderson

‘Deleuzian amplifications of analytical psychology.’ 

 One one hour Zoom session, followed by a couple of days of IAJS list-serve discussion email ending with a final one hour Zoom session.

Bio: David Henderson, PhD, is a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association. He is a lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is organiser of the Comparative Psychoanalysis Research Group in the department and co-convenor of the Jung/Lacan Research Network. Publications:

November 27th -December 1, 2021: Paul Attinello

HIV / AIDS, Personal / Political, Illness / Death

Bio: Paul Attinello is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice and a senior lecturer in music at Newcastle University, who has also taught at the University of Hong Kong and as a guest professor at UCLA. He received his PhD from UCLA and analytic diploma from the C. G. Jung-Institut in Zürich. He is published in numerous essay collections, journals, and reference works, writing on contemporary musics, the culture of AIDS, and philosophical and psychological topics. He is co-editor of collections on the Darmstadt avant-garde and on music in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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