Contemporary Symbols of Personal, Cultural, and National Identity : Historical and Psychological Perspectives
3rd - 5th July 2008
Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon
To be held in Zurich, Switzerland at ETH Zurich
Details about the program, registration and hotels as well as the hyperlink to the conference website will be posted at the end of February 2008.
The Third Multidisciplinary Academic Conference of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP : www.iaap.org) and the Second Joint Conference with the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS : www.jungianstudies.org) and co-sponsored by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich : www.ethz.ch/index_EN).
The Third Multidisciplinary Academic Conference of
the International Association for Analytical Psychology
(IAAP) (http://www.iaap.org/ )
the Second Joint Conference with
the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS)
To be held at :
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Where C.G. Jung was professor and where the Jung Archives are housed. Famous for its mathematicians and physicists (Einstein, Pauli), the ETH (pronounced Ay Tay Ha) is today one of the premier scientific institutions of the world. It is located next door to the University of Zurich on a hill overlooking the old city of Zurich and surrounded by a vibrant neighborhood of bookshops, restaurants, and small hotels. The ETH is in easy walking distance to downtown Zurich. There will be a banquet Friday night in the Zunfthaus zur Meisen, a historic building on the Limmat River.
Conference Theme and Objectives
This conference aims to explore the many and diverse ways through which scholarship and practice in analytical psychology and Jungian studies can contribute to today’s urgent debates about the role and impact of myths, symbols and powerful narratives in culture, national identity, and politics as well as personal life.
For example, modernity includes a profound suspicion of symbol and myth. How do explorations in Jungian studies and the practice of analytical psychology encounter the strong notion that myths and symbols are relics of the past, even while that past seems still to be with us (as some modernists allege) in the disturbing phenomena of fundamentalism? Can or ought cultural or political myths be defended or rescued from the abuses of power? What, indeed, is the connection between power, psyche and myth or symbol? What insights can analytic practice and Jungian studies bring to these topics, and how can they be of practical help in the fractured world, a conflicted nation, or a tormented psyche of today and tomorrow?
A particular aspect of research into culture, myth and symbol is the way that these can promote dialogues in the clinical settings of analysis and psychotherapy, both of individuals and of groups. Moreover, the conference is interested to hear of work applying analytical psychology and Jungian studies to organizations, the workplace, educational institutions, emergent groups and networks etc., across or within cultural and national boundaries.
Further details of the conference including a booking brochure will be posted on both websites as soon as possible:
Co-Chairs of the Conference Program Committee