Psyche and Imagination

A Multidisciplinary Academic Conference of
Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies
IAJS & the University of Greenwich, London : July 6-9, 2006

We are planning to publish selected conference papers. In addition the conference will feature the first British production of An Oedipus by Armando Nascimento Rosa, and have its own art exhibition, ‘Psyche and Imagination’ curated by Rachael Steel.


Objectives of the Conference 

The aim of this international conference is to bring together scholars of Jungian and post-Jungian Studies, as well as Jungians and post-Jungians working or interested in all areas of cultural representation, to present and debate current academic research within a multidisciplinary framework. To this end, participants are asked to explore the rich and imaginative depths of the psyche within a scholarly context. Therefore the conference welcomes proposals from all areas of cultural representation that are relevant to Jungian and Post-Jungian studies. We particularly welcome proposals that interlink traditional disciplines. For most current information see :

Pre-Conference Workshops

We also welcome you to participate in pre-conference workshops, which shall take place on Thursday afternoon. These workshops are principally teaching events of general interest, and are aimed at enhancing the objectives of the conference by enabling greater discussion and debate with established Jungian scholars. These sessions are free to registered conference participants and places will be reserved to those on a first-come-first basis. Pre-session reading material will be available for all workshops (details of this will be announced as soon as possible on the IAJS website: The themes of the workshops are as follows:

Don Fredericksen : Jung and Film
This workshop will consider the use of film making as a means of gaining psychological depth, with emphasis upon filmmakers whose work should be better known to Jungians, and who presents us with richly varied opportunities for interpretation. It will involve screenings, discussion, and descriptions of methods of analysis, biblio-graphic and archival resources.

Don Fredericksen is Director of Undergraduate Studies in Film at Cornell University and a Jungian psychotherapist. Recent publications include Bergman’s Persona (2005), Why Should We Take Jungian Film Studies Seriously? (Spring #73,2005), and The Condition of Being ‘In Between’ in Anthropology, Jungian Depth Psychology, and Film (Studie Filmoznawcze #26, 2005).

Renos Papadopoulos : Academic Approaches to the Relationship between Analytical Psychology and Current World Events
This workshop will create a forum to examine the phenomenon of this upsurge of interest in this relationship. It will not be a place to voice claims about this relationship but to identify the imaginings behind such claims and to address the methodology that can make such claims be of academic merit.

Renos Papadopoulos, Ph.D., is professor at the University of Essex, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst, and systemic family psychotherapist. As consultant to the United Nations and other organisations he has worked with refugees and other survivors of political violence in many countries. He is the founder and director of the Masters and PhD programmes in Refugee Care that are offered jointly by the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic.

Robert Segal : Jung and Myth
The term ‘Jungian’ is so commonly associated with myth that it sometimes seems as if to study myth is to be a Jungian. Not so in fact. By considering not only other psychological approaches to myth, including Freud's, but also anthropological, sociological, and other non-psychological approaches, this workshop will seek to figure out just makes an approach Jungian.

Robert Segal is Professor of Theories of Religion at the University of Lancaster. He teaches and writes on theories of myth and theories of religion. He is the author of The Poimandres as Myth, Joseph Campbell, and most recently Myth: A Very Short Introduction. He is the editor of The Gnostic Jung, Jung on Mythology, The Myth and Ritual Theory, Hero Myths, and the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion.