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

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

Mary Watkins
January 14th, 2023 – Via Zoom

2 hour ZOOM
Presentation and discussion: 9-10 am (Los Angeles) / 12-1 pm (NYC) / 5-6 pm (London)
Workshop: 10-11 am (Los Angeles) / 1-2 pm (NYC) / 6-7 pm (London)
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 U.S. descendants of white slaveholders and inheritors of excess wealth who are 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.

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