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Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies

16th Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology


Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, June 27 through Saturday, June 30, 2018

Conference opens at 9:00 am on Wednesday, June 27 and closes with a Gala Banquet on Saturday evening, June 30.

Keynote Speaker: Fanny Brewster

JSSS Conference/Emerging Perspectives
June 27, 2018
Title:  Emerging: The Journey from Grievance to Grief  
How do we write not out of grievance but from and toward grief?  How do we transform our losses into art even as we sometimes wrestle with healing ourselves?
Laura McCullough, Author
A Sense of Regard:  Essays on Poetry and Race

We are entering a time in our Jungian collective when engagement with the cultural consciousness of Other becomes profound.  One aspect of this engagement is the emerging shadow of racism.  It is as if we, as American Jungians, have been in darkness able to see only dimmed stars.  As the stars of cultural consciousness emerge and grow brighter, we are able to see more of our racial selves.  Our gaze reveals the grievance of the Jungian Other, and the grief caused by racism that has lived in the American psyche. 

The culture of Other, created through poetry, is a bittersweet road of journeying that speaks of injustice and movements into grief. This presentation will use African American poetry, the voice of Other, in marking the steps of grievance to grief, and address what could lie beyond. What is possible?  How do we prepare to welcome a Jungian third, a transcendence that emerges and reaches beyond racism? 

Robert Frost said,  Poetry is about the grief.  Politics is about the grievance. As American Jungians we must embrace not only the grief, but also the politics, because this is how we have lived with Other all of our American lives.  This is our exceptional challenge, and invitation, as we seek to emerge from the shadow of racism that has historically enfolded American Psychology.   

This presentation invites our engagement as Jungians, creators and political beings: 
Make some muscle in your head, but use the muscle in yr heart. Amiri Baraka
When you go to thinking, make sure to bring your heart.  C.G. Jung


Wednesday, June 27
10:50-11:10John Dotson “The Body Poem”11:10-11:30Tricia Campbell “Alchemy and the Nigredo of Illness: The Body as an Alchemical Vessel for Transformation”

8:00-9:00 Registration
8:30-9:00 Welcome & Check-in
9:00-10:30 Panel 1 in Williamette
9:00-9:20 Lisa A. Pounders: “Her ‘Symbols of the Desert’: An Emerging Relationship Between Georgia O’Keeffe’s Bone Paintings and Alchemy”
9:20-9:40 Donald Moores: “Poe and the Romantic Psychology He Inspired”
9:40-10:00 Dennis Pottenger: ‘Between the Dusky Thighs of a Negress’: Slavery, Self-making, and the Art of Kara Walker
10:00-10:20 Discussion
10:30-10:50 Break
10:50-12:15 Parallel Sessions: Panel 2 in Williamette
10:50-11:10 John Dotson: “The Body Poem”
11:10-11:30 Tricia Campbell: “Alchemy and the Nigredo of Illness: The Body as an Alchemical Vessel for Transformation”
11:30-11:50 Greg Mahr & Jamie Sweigart: “Facilitated Emergence”
11:50-12:15 Discussion
10:50-12:15 Panel 3 in Astoria
11:50-11:10 Joe Lohmar: “A Comparison of Jungian and Interpersonal Neurobiology through the Lens of Differentiation and Integration”
11:10-11:30 Genevieve Honorico-Dobrovolskis: “Our Dirt: Compost as Shadow and Soil Remediation as Emerging Soul Restoration”
11:30-11:50 Cynthia Cavalli: “A Personal Encounter of Meaning in Synchronicity”
11:50-12:15 Discussion
12:15-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:25 Panel 4 in Williamette
1:45-2:05 Lisa Schouw: “Performance as an Embodied Location for the Emerging Psyche”
2:05-2:25 Bianca Reynolds: “Emergence Through Playwriting: Jung, Drama and Creative Practice”
2:25-2:55 Susan Rowland: “Emerging Arts-Based Research in Jungian Studies: Theory and Practice”
2:55-3:25 Discussion
3:25-3:45 Break
3:45-5:15 Wednesday Workshops
Williamette Maryanne Comaroto and Rebecca Pottenger: “#MeToo: Female Sexual Objectification, the Castration of the Feminine, and Cultural Transformation”
Astoria Joel Kroeker: “To Hear What Cannot Yet Be Seen: Musical Improvisation in Analysis and the Emergent Other”
Coos Bay Kate Eastwood Norris: “Welcoming Emergence Through Physical Comedy”
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