Revisioning Jung & the Healing Power of the Symbol in Art

2 hours 6 minutes



This lecture is part of the symposium The Healing Power of Art in Everyday Life. Purchase the full symposium for 30% off individual titles!

Topics: Active Imagination, Archetypes, Art and Art Therapy, Film, Religion and Spirituality, Technology.

Revisioning Jung and the Healing Power of the Symbol in Art

Dr. Susan Rowland’s talk explores Jung’s notion of the symbol in art as an opening to the psyche of healing energies. She offers new perspectives on how this symbol connects us to nature in ways that renew the myths structuring consciousness. By giving examples from specific works of art, the paper also explores how practicing art and doing therapy can support each other in trying to heal fractures in persons and in the wider culture.

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Learning Objectives
This video will help you describe Jung’s idea of the symbol in the context of the arts, gender and ecology

© 2013 Susan Rowland
℗ 2013 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Rowland, Susan

Susan Rowland, PhD is associate Chair of two hybrid programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute: MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life & PhD Program Jungian and Archetypal Studies, where she teaches courses on “Jung in Context”, “Mythopoetic Imagination” and “The Red Book and Active Imagination.”  Author of seven books on Jung, literary theory, gender and ecology, her latest work is The Ecocritical Psyche (Routledge 2012), which argues for a symbol embodying a reciprocal relationship with non-human nature. Previously Professor of Jungian Studies at the University of Greenwich, London, she was founding Chair of the International Association of Jungian Studies 2003-6.



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