Facing Multiplicity : Montreal 2010 : August 22 - 27
A cornerstone of analytical psychology is the notion that multiple realities and multiple selves co-exist within a unified Unus Mundus. These diverse dimensions of world and psyche impact directly on subjective experiences of self and other, attachment and separation, spirituality, nature and culture. We carry this perspective into every aspect of our lives. Our appreciation of multiple perspectives, realities and expressions of self seems to be a common denominator which unites us as analytical psychologists.
In choosing this theme, the Program Committee would like to honour this perspective and provide a forum for discussion and exchange on the question of multiplicity at different levels: archetypal, theoretical, clinical, training, political, imaginal, spiritual, environmental, artistic and cultural. The logo for the Congress, an image from the artist Anca Colbert based on Albrecht Dürer’s Armillary Sphere, captures the essence of the multiple within the whole. The creation of the Armillary Sphere, a woodcut from 1525, contributed to a new understanding of perspective in geometry and was part of the Renaissance movement. The sphere, composed of seven circles and divided into both light and dark, is impacted by the twelve winds depicted by clouds. The twelve winds correspond to the twelve points on the compass, which encircle the globe in the fashion of the IAAP. The interplay of the twelve winds upon each other and upon the whole will influence the direction of the sphere.
This is the first time the IAAP Congress will take place in Canada, and Montreal provides an ideal setting to explore the theme of multiplicity. As the largest city in the province of Quebec, the only French speaking enclave in North America, Montreal is a multicultural centre where the French culture and language are both enriched and challenged by its multi-ethnic composition and by the overpowering presence and influence of the English language and North American culture. Québec and its culture is a hybrid and unique combination of old Europe and modern North America sculpted into its actual form by the many winds that have blown since its founding a mere 400 years ago.