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Programme of Studies 2017 – 2018

AUTUMN TERM 2017

Seminars are held at The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT

It is essential to book seminars in advance – at the latest by the weekend before the seminar.

 

1. THE EMBODYING OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY THROUGH WORK: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MYTH OF HEPHAISTOS TO CREATIVITY, CIVILISATION AND PSYCHOLOGY

Dr Spyros Karvounis

Date Thursday 21 September

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered: Fairy Tale and Myth, Individuation, Alchemy, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology, Post-Jungian Theory and Practice

The story of Hephaistos is the story of the embodied emergence of consciousness in human beings. On the one hand, this manifestation is consciousness; on the other, it is a concrete manifestation as fire: the energy that drives civilisation from the burning of wood to atomic energy. We will follow the notion of creation as it emerges in consciousness, language, and civilisation, and how creation through work transforms the psyche by providing it with a sense of itself through the manifested experience of beauty and love. Finally, we will discuss the concepts of coagulation and fixation as two alchemical aspects in creation along with the inevitable psychological wounding it causes to the creator.

Reading:

Edinger, E., The Mysterium Lectures: A Journey through C. G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis, Toronto: Inner City Books (1992), pp. 13-41

Kerenyi, C., The Gods of the Greeks, London: Thames and Hudson (1951), Chapter VII: pp. 118-123 and Chapter IX: pp. 155-156

Kugler, P., ‘The Phonetic Imagination’, in Spring 1979: An Annual of Archetypal Psychology and Jungian Thought, Dallas, Tex.: Spring Publications (1979), pp. 118-129

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 14, Mysterium Coniunctionis, §§ 41, 43, 47-50, 117, 129-132

 

2. SERBIAN MYTHOLOGY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Svetlana Zdravkovic

Date Friday 22 September, Saturday 23 September

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered: Fairy Tale and Myth, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The presenter will discuss the topic of mythology within the field of analytical psychology. Special emphasis will be placed upon Serbian mythology and the most interesting psychological images connected with it. Relations will be established between different complexes and archetypal images (Shadow, Anima, Animus, Persona, Self, etc.). The lecturer will connect images from Serbian mythology with her analytical work with patients. During the workshop, images arising in the seminar will be explored through active imagination (working with clay).

Reading:

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 9ii, Chapters I-IV: ‘The Ego’, ‘The Shadow’, ‘The Syzygy: Anima and Animus’, and ‘The Self’, §§ 1-67

Campbell, J., The Power of Myth, New York: Doubleday (1988), Chapters 1 and 2

Jung, C. G. (ed.), Man and His Symbols, London: Aldus Books (1964), Chapter 2

Alister, I. and Hauke, C. (eds.), Contemporary Jungian Analysis, London and New York: Routledge (1998), Chapter 9

 

3. BEHIND FORBIDDEN DOORS: IMAGES OF ARCHETYPAL DEFENCE IN BELA BARTOK’S OPERA BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE

Tia Kuchmy

Date Thursday 26 October

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered: Fairy Tale and Myth, History of Neurosis, Psychopathology, Fundamentals

When the image of a door appears in a dream, it invites us to open it. But when should a door not be opened? Taking the vivid musical imagery of Bartok’s opera as a starting point, what lies behind each of the seven doors in Bluebeard’s castle will be examined with reference both to Perrault’s gruesome tale and to Donald Kalsched’s Trauma and the Soul. Subtle differences between repression, deeply structured archetypal defence, and personal and archetypal shadow will be explored. It will be suggested that the eerie castle of the opera may in fact be an image of the tortured psyche of the composer himself.

Reading:

Perrault, C., The Complete Fairy Tales, ‘Bluebeard’, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009)

Kalsched, D., Trauma and the Soul, Hove, UK and New York: Routledge (2013)

 

4. ‘FITCHER’S BIRD’: IMAGES OF INDIVIDUATION

Jane Bacon, Elizabeth Gordon and Richard Lanham

Date Friday 27 October, Saturday 28 October

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered: Psychopathology, Individuation, Fairy Tale and Myth

Following on from ‘Bluebeard’ (Seminar 3), we will be immersing ourselves in the Grimm version of that same tale. ‘Fitcher’s Bird’ shows us what happens in the terror of the magician’s bloody chamber with its rituals of dismemberment and death. How can such a situation be resolved? An in-depth reading of the tale, movement and art-making will allow us to explore the journey of redemption from both masculine and feminine perspectives.

NOTE: Please wear clothing suitable for moving and art making.

Reading:

Brothers Grimm, The Complete Grimms’ Fairy Tales, 2nd Edition, London: Routledge (2002)

Franz, M.-L. von, Individuation in Fairy Tales, Boston and London: Shambhala (1990)

Additional Reading:

Carter, A., The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, London: Gollancz (1979)

Dieckmann, H., Twice-Told Tales, Asheville, N.C.: Chiron (1978)

Pinkola Estés, C., Women Who Run With the Wolves, London: Rider (1992)

 

5. MYTHOLOGY: MYTHS OF BEGINNING

Sarah Halford

Date Thursday 23 November

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered: Fairy Tale and Myth, Individuation, Dreams, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The aim of the seminar is to explore creation myths of several traditions from a symbolic perspective. In light of the myths, examples of ‘initial dreams’ at the beginning of analysis will be discussed. 

Reading:

Eliade, M., The Sacred and the Profane, San Diego and London: Harcourt Inc. (1987)

Franz, M.-L. von, Creation Myths, Boston: Shambhala (1995)

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 9i, 'The Psychology of the Child Archetype', §§ 259-305 

 

6. EXPLORING DREAMS: IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE

Ann Shearer and ffiona von Westhoven Perigrinor

Date Friday 24 November, Saturday 25 November

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered: Dreams, Individuation, History of Neurosis, Psychopathology, Fundamentals, Other Contemporary and Psychoanalytic Theory

For Jung, dreams were a 'spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious.’ Ever since Freud's ground-breaking publication of The Interpretation of Dreams at the start of the twentieth century, depth psychologists have been mining dreams for understanding of what lies below the threshold of the waking mind. But do all dreams share a basic structure and are they all to be approached identically? This seminar explores different ways in which Jung and others have understood the dream and its interpretation, and offers the opportunity to work on dreams together.

Reading:

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, ‘On the Nature of Dreams’, §§ 530-569

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 16, ‘The Practical Use of Dream Analysis’, §§ 294-352

Freud, S., 'Revision of the Theory of Dreams' and 'Dreams and the Occult' in New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, New York: W. W. Norton (1995)

Additional Reading:

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 4, ‘The Analysis of Dreams’, §§ 64-94

Jung, C. G., Dreams, London: Routledge Classics (2001). This paperback collects all Jung's essays on dreams.

Berry, P., 'An Approach to the Dream' and 'Defense and Telos in Dreams' in Echo's Subtle Body: Contributions to an Archetypal Psychology, Thompson, Conn.: Spring Publications (2008)

Franz, M.-L. von and Boa, F., The Way of the Dream, Boston: Shambala (1988)

 

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