The 2023 IAJS Online/ZOOM Seminar series as it stands today. 

Dear Membership,

Be especially aware of our first offering featuring Mary Watkins on January 14th, 2021 – just around the corner!

We wish you a peaceful and contented holiday season.

The IAJS Seminar Committee

2023 IAJS Online/ZOOM Seminar series (thus far)
January 14: Mary Watkins

 Individuation and Racial Reparations: A Lecture, Discussion, and Workshop

2 hour ZOOM:
Presentation and discussion: 9-10 am (PT, LA time)
Workshop: 10-11 am (PT)
Feel free to come only to the first part or stay for both.

While aware of the brutal history of white European colonialism and racism, Jung did not attend to how acknowledgment and redress of historical and present harms to others is part of the work of individuation. When white people take stock of how their ancestors’ and their own racialized privileges have impacted people of color, feelings of shame and reparative actions may emerge. Drawing on experiences of descendants of white slaveholders in the US committed to racial reparations, a developmental pathway to repair will be outlined and its possible intersections with individuation will be considered.

In the second half of our time together, interested participants will be invited to explore their own relationship to ancestors and to becoming an ancestor for their descendants.

Bio: Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she co-founded the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program and its Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies Specialization.  She is the author of Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons, as well as the author of Waking Dreams, Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues. She is co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation, Talking with Young Children About Adoption, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a co-editor of “Psychology and the Promotion of Peace” (Journal of Social Issues, 44, 2). She studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and was a member of the early archetypal psychology group. She has taught and developed liberation psychology for the past three decades.
Bio: Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she co-founded the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program and its Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies Specialization.  She is the author of Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons, as well as the author of Waking Dreams, Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues. She is co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation, Talking with Young Children About Adoption, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a co-editor of “Psychology and the Promotion of Peace” (Journal of Social Issues, 44, 2). She studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and was a member of the early archetypal psychology group. She has taught and developed liberation psychology for the past three decades.

 February 4: Paul Bishop  

What is so vital about vitalism? Ludwig Klages, C.G. Jung, and why “the point of life is life”

 Two hour ZOOM (1 hour presentation, 1 hour Q & A): 4 pm London time

 This seminar examines the curious relationship (or rather the curious lack of a relationship …) between two thinkers, living in Switzerland at the same time but on different sides of Lake Zurich: C.G. Jung in Küsnacht and Ludwig Klages in Kilchberg. We’ll begin by trying to uncover the occluded tradition of vitalism (or Lebensphilosophie) in German philosophy, before considering in more detail the life and works of Ludwig Klages – a thinker who once described himself as “the most plundered author of the present age.” Yet it could be argued that Jung, far from “plundering” the work of his neighbour on the other side of the lake, conspicuously ignored him for the most part. Why was this? Next we shall turn to examine some of the “signature concepts” of Klagesian philosophy, which demonstrate striking affinities with — yet significant differences from — key notions in Jung’s analytical psychology. Can Jung and Klages help mutually illuminate each other, and in what sense can they be said to validate the principle once articulated by Goethe that “the point of life is life”? This seminar aims to showcase the fascinating thought of an unjustly forgotten thinker and explore the differing ways Jung and Klages drew on (and, in turn, shaped) German intellectual life in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The seminar includes a Q & A session, and questions, discussion, and debate are very much encouraged.

Paul Bishop is William Jacks Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Glasgow, UK. After studying at Oxford and (for a year) at Harvard, Paul has lived and worked in the great Scottish city of Glasgow for nearly three decades. He is interested in all aspects of German culture and thought, in tracing the progression of ideas through time, and in uncovering links between German culture and the concepts of psychoanalysis, with particular emphasis on analytical psychology. His doctoral dissertation, subsequently published with de Gruyter as The Dionysian Self, examined Jung’s reception of the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche. Although he is currently researching the philosophy of Ludwig Klages, the publication of The Red Book and subsequently the Black Books means he keeps returning to Jung’s remarkably rich and fertile thought. He is the author of Reading Goethe At Midlife: Ancient Wisdom, German Classicismand Jung (2011; republished in 2020 by Chiron); Carl Jung [Critical Lives series] (Reaktion 2014); and other studies on aspects of Jung’s thought in an intellectual-historical perspective (published by Routledge). His most recent publication is Nietzsche’s The Anti-Christ: A Critical Introduction and Guide (Edinburgh University Press 2022).

March Sunday 26th: Valeria Céspedes MussoMarian Apparitions in times of war and conflict: a depth-psychological approach to understanding the emergence of the numinosum during periods of darkness.

 One hour ZOOM, not recorded

  Carl Jung is known for introducing concepts such as the collective unconscious and archetypes, but his legacy is one which also includes an openness to observing and understanding phenomena such as collective visions and the uncanny, an interest which can be traced back to his 1902 doctoral dissertation, “On the Psychology and Pathology of the So-called Occult Phenomena”. This openness allows us to explore and examine phenomena such as Marian apparitions. In my analysis of the Marian apparitions of Zeitoun that took place from 1968 to 1970, I offer an interdisciplinary methodological approach to investigate visions of the Virgin Mary stemming widely from the works of Jung and relies on theories of the psyche proposed by Jung and post-Jungians. Specifically, I draw on Jung’s theoretical model in Flying Saucers which offers a structure to analyze numinous objects as constellated material which emerges out of the collective unconscious. Studies of Marian phenomenology show that the appearances are usually accompanied by a concatenation of events such as social upheaval, economic crisis, and war. In this lecture, I present the findings of the application of this depth-psychological approach to the Zeitoun case including the existential crisis leading up to the appearances (i.e. 1967 Arab-Israeli War), the significance of the apparitions, and the integration of the numinous symbol by Egyptian society.  Valeria Céspedes Musso, Ph.D. is an independent researcher and is in private practice in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She received her doctorate in Psychoanalytic Studies in 2017 from the University of Essex, UK. Valeria is currently a Diploma candidate at the CGJI Zürich and a student member of the English Research Commission at CGJI Zürich, Switzerland. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, USA, and worked as a labor union organizer in Los Angeles helping workers form unions from the ground up. Valeria has published in the International Journal of Jungian Studies and is the author of Marian Apparitions in Cultural Contexts, Routledge, 2018; and The Mexican-American cultural complex: Accessing the depth-psychological problems due to challenges of assimilation in American Society in Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States: Betwixt and Between Borders, Routledge, 2020. She is currently undertaking research on the topic of Dia de los Muertos and the mourning rites of Americans of Mexican descent in Los Angeles.

May: Susan SchwartzThe Absent Father Effect on Daughters: Father Desire, Father Wounds

The absent father effect is a love story, but an unrequited one. Harm is done due to the presence of his absence, affecting a daughter—and the father–in body, mind, and soul. For many reasons, the father is an essential aspect of the psyche and significant for the daughter’s psychological and physical life expressed personally and culturally. Topics of the psyche affected by the absent father include the negative father complex, puella archetype and examining the dated concept of the animus. Paradoxically, the focus on the bleaker side of daughters and fathers’ relationship in order to shed light on the lack, symptoms and problems, as well as the repair and hope. Absence is a presence to be filled.

1. Understand the effects of the absent father from the perspective of Jungian analytical 
2. Discover how to recognize the negative father complex
3. Describe the absent father transgenerational issues and effects personally and culturally
1. Samuels, A. (1985). The Father

2. Zojia, L. (2018). The Father: Historical, Psychological and Cultural Perspectives
3. Jung, C.G. Collected Works 4. ‘The Father in the Destiny of the Individual’

Statement on clinical practice: The presentation brings awareness of the father figure as influential from the beginning of life as well as how he appears or is absent in the transference and countertransference.

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist is a member the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She has taught in numerous Jungian programs and presented at conferences, workshops and lectures in the USA and numerous other countries. Susan has articles in several journals and chapters in books on Jungian analytical psychology. She has a current book published by Routledge in 2020 entitled, The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds. Her next book also published by Routledge in 2023 is: The Fragility of Self in the ‘As-If’ Personality: Imposter Syndrome and Illusions in the Mirror. Her analytical private practice is in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA and her website is

 August: Leslie SteinThe Self and Political Action

 Professor Leslie Stein trained as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in New York and is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. His books include Becoming Whole: Jung’s Equation for Realizing God (Helios); Working with Mystical Experiences in Psychoanalysis: Opening to the Numinous (Routledge); The Self in Jungian Psychology: Theory and Practice (Chiron); Editor,Eastern Practices and Individuation: Essays by Jungian Analysts (Chiron); The Journey of Adam Kadmon: A Novel (Arcade New York). He is also on the Board of Directors of the Philemon Foundation. Professor Stein has had a life-long involvement in protecting mental health through urban planning and has advised governments and the UN as to how urban planning affects mental states.  He has written four books on that subject matter.

Autumn: Elizabeth BrodersenJungian dimensions of the mourning process, burial rituals and access to the land of the dead: Intimations of Immortality.

 This Zoom presentation celebrates the unique collection of comparative cross-cultural studies on the mourning process, burial rituals, access to the land of the dead, and intimations of immortality commissioned by Routledge due to be published in Summer 2023. The collection offers diverse Jungian cross cultural, interdisciplinary, depth psychological perspectives that have particular pertinence today with the unprecedented, unexpected loss of lives due to Covid-19, Aids and other environmental and political acts of terror, including the present War in Ukraine. The mourning process and proper burial rituals to symbolically accompany the dead through their journey to become ancestors cannot be performed due to social distancing, and the collective fear of contamination. Unmarked mass graves means that the bodies of the dead become isolated, abandoned and excluded, with their souls unaccompanied through a ritual mourning process that gives meaning and identity to their social value as ancestors. This collection of chapters attempts to accompany those who have died and offer comfort and signposts to the mourners and to the mourned. Covid-19, as one arbiter of death, also spotlights deeper partially unseen and untouched socio-economic inequalities imbued within poverty, war-zones, migration, racism and political dissidence that reflect cultural complexes attached to the mourning process and burial rituals bringing them out of the shadows.

Contributed predominantly by Jungian analysts and candidates trained at the C G Jung Institute Zürich, and includes seven members of IAJS, each chapter explores the multi-faceted, cross-cultural, psycho-social dimensions connected to death as the final rite of passage in life where the dead with the help of the living become ancestors in the land of the dead. The poet, William Wordsworth, in his 1807 publication ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood’ uses the phrase to explore the theme of the immortality of the child as father. The concept that humans have a soul or a double who lives on after death finds expression in indigenous beliefs and in religions worldwide. All give guidance on how the souls of the recent dead must be carefully guarded and accompanied during tripartite mourning rituals so that they arrive safely in the land of the ancestors. This Zoom presentation offers space to the seven IAJS contributors listed here alphabetically to present their work if they choose: Paul Attinello, Liz Brodersen, Robin McCoy Brooks, Erik Goodwyn, Jon Mills, Valeria Cespedes Musso and Susan Schwartz.       Abstracts and bios of the contributors above who wish to present will be sent nearer the time. 

Elizabeth Brodersen, PhD is an accredited Training Analyst, Supervisor and lecturer at the CGJI Zürich. In 2008, she received her diploma in analytical psychology from CGJIZ and in 2014, a doctorate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Essex University, UK. Elizabeth presently works as a Jungian Analyst and Supervisor in private practice in Germany and Switzerland. She is currently a member of the English Research Commission at the CGJI Zürich and a member of the programme committee for the CGJIZ 2023 conference in Küsnacht on the multifaceted theme of emotions: ‘I feel, therefore I am.’ Elizabeth is a member of the International Journal of Jungian Studies (IJJS) editorial board and an editorial board member of Brill’s Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies series. Her latest publications include the monograph Taboo Personal and Collective Representations, Origin and Positioning within Cultural Complexes, published by Routledge, 2019 and an edited book Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States, Betwixt and Between Borders, Routledge, 2020 with Pilar Amezaga.October: Hallie B. Durchslag  

The Collective Unconscious in the Age of Neuroscience: Severe Mental Illness and Jung in the 21st Century  

Hallie Beth Durchslag, PhD, LISW-S lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA where she teaches, writes, and maintains a private practice as a Jungian-based, psychodynamic psychotherapist. She began her career as a social worker in the arena of Community Development after earning a Master of Science in Social Administration (M.S.S.A) at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University (1999). Shifting toward a clinical practice in 2009, she earned her doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute (2015). Dr. Durchslag has an abiding interest in the complexity of what makes us both human and transcendent beings. Her research over the past 10 years has looked at this subject through the lens of severe mental illnesses and their physiological connection to Jungian theory. She has presented nationally and internationally on the subject, most recently with the CG Jung Foundation of Analytical Psychology in New York and the CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Her book, The Collective Unconscious in the Age of Neuroscience: Severe Mental Illness and Jung in the 21st Century (Routledge) was recognized as a finalist in the 2022 International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS) Book Awards (clinical category). Hallie maintains her commitment to the macro side of social work as the curator of The Anima Mundi Project, which looks at soul-based approaches to holistic personal development and community-building. She is a Past-President and current Honorary Board member of the Jung Educational Center of Cleveland.
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