Two ZOOM Seminars June 20 and June 28 with online discussion from the 20th – 29th.
June 20:Anti-Semitism and Zionism in C.G. Jung and His Inner Circle
This two hour ZOOM seminar addresses the anti-Semitic attitudes expressed in Jung’s publications, public utterances and personal correspondence from 1910-1939 and the ways in which they were experienced and addressed by James Kirsch and Erich Neumann. Burston will explain his classification/description of Jung as a “high-brow/low-intensity” anti-Semite, one whose disastrous falling out with Freud dramatically intensified his anti-Semitic sentiments during this period of time. He will also ponder Jung’s angry denial of his anti-Semitic leanings, and steadfast refusal to retract and/or apologize publicly for any of his actions or utterances at this time.
June 27: Lingering Shadows and Beyond
This two ZOOM hour seminar will explore some of the events that led up to and followed the Lingering Shadows conference convened at the New School in 1989 to address Jung’s problematic attitudes and behavior. The conference conveners – Aryeh Maidenbaum and Stephen Martin – organized the event in the hopes that more searching reflection on this score would open up a deeper, more meaningful dialogue with Freudian (and post-Freudian) analysts who routinely dismiss or belittle Jung and his contributions to analytic theory and practice. We will try to assess what progress has been made in that direction, and address some of the positions taken and questions asked by conference participants in light of recent advances in scholarship. In this segment, Burston will also invite seminar participants to reflect on the following questions: Why is there no significant body of Jungian theory and research on the subject of anti-Semitism? Why is there no literature on how to address anti-Semitism in the clinical setting? And what, if anything, can be done about?
Both Zoom seminars will be posted on the IAJS list-serve shortly following their live (virtual) presentation for those who are not able to attend. Open discussion about the seminars will be conducted on the IAJS list-serve from June 20th – 28th. A ZOOM invitation for each seminar (20th and 27th) will be posted prior to each.
Daniel Burston is an Associate professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh who specializes in the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry and psychology, and the ways in which the mental health disciplines overlap and co-mingle with religion, philosophy and politics.
He is the author of The Legacy of Erich Fromm (Harvard University Press, 1991), The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D. Laing (Harvard University Press, 1996), Psychotherapy as a Human Science (with Roger Frie, Duquesne University Press, 2006), Erik Erikson and the American Psyche: Ego, Ethics and Evolution (Jason Aronson, 2007) and A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern (Karnac, 2016). His most recent books are Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Postmodern University (Palgrave MacMillen , 2020) and Anti-Semitism and Analytical Psychology: Jung, Politics and Culture (Routledge, 2021)..see below…