2021 IAJS Seminar series

 N.B. March 18-21, 2021: IAJS Virtual Conference –Duquesne (time to register!)


                                                         April 2nd – 5th  : Susan Rowland

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))

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

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: srowland@pacifica.edu Susan Rowland (PhD): susanr183@gmail.com

                                                         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 (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 (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: https://essex.academia.edu/DavidHenderson

October: Giovanni Colacicchi

                                                                            C. G. Jung’s depth-psychological virtue ethics

Bio: Giovanni Colacicchi, PhD, is an Anglo-Italian philosopher, independent scholar and teacher in the humanities. He holds an MA in Theoretical Philosophy from the University of Florence and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex. Dr Colacicchi is the author of Psychology as Ethics: Reading Jung with Kant, Nietzsche and Aristotle (Routledge, 2021), has published reviews for Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche and The International Journal of Jungian Studies (forthcoming) and is a regular contributor to the cultural blog L’indiscreto. He lives in Ferrara, Italy, with his wife and son. Correspondence: giovannicolacicchi@gmail.com

Early November: Jason Wright

                                  The Necessary Fiction: Blakes Illustrations of the Book of Job, a communal descent myth for our fluid time. 


Abstract: One might argue that Job is the story of our time. One human being’s experience in the context of the whole and their community. William Blake condensed his entire myth into his great penultimate work ‘The Illustrations of the Book of Job’. John Linnell funded and supported Blake during this time and enabled his late flowering that produced this work. After 30 years using Blake’s illustrations as a descent myth with individuals and groups Jason Wright has described this process in a forthcoming book, The Necessary Fiction. He argues Blake’s Job can be understood not only to articulate the individuation journey but a more collective change. What he describes as a shift from a consciousness of exploitation to a consciousness of resonance. In his book he uses the ideas of Jung, Whitehead, Bohm and others to illustrate his thesis. The principle idea being a reception of life into becoming as Alfred North Whitehead describes in his post Platonic philosophy. As one might imagine Job receives Yahweh and indeed Blake perceives the divine as received and coincident with human experience. One might imagine this in Jung’s holographic understanding of The Self. 

Bio: Jason Wright is a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He trained with in London with The Association of Independent Psychotherapists ‘in the tension between Jung and Freud’. He also trained as a transpersonal therapist with the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology and in group work with Goldsmiths. He has worked in the field now for 30 years firstly developing a multidisciplinary project working with addicted people as a community, The CORE Trust and for the last 10 years a multi-disciplinary practice in central London, number 42, bringing practices together in dialogue. His primary interest is this dialogic frame for psychotherapy work and the formation of community to achieve it much inspired by the work of James Hillman and David Bohm. He has served on various institutional boards and continues to practice himself individually and in groups. 

                                                     November 27the (Saturday) -December 1 (Wednesday): 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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