Civilization in Transition: Jung’s Challenge to Culture in Crisis

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Topics: Archetypes, the Arts, Cultural Studies, Family and Intimate Relationships, Gender and Sexuality, Myth and Fairytale, Self and Self-Psychology, Shadow.

Civilization in Transition: Jung’s Challenge to Culture in Crisis

Jung urged a recognition of the power of the psyche to shape personal and social realities. His thought challenges us to reflect upon the perilous splits and precarious balances in our society and ourselves. The Civilization in Transition conference addresses issues such as the redefinition of gender identity and the nature of global dominance; the fate of feeling and empathy in an era of mass communication; the effect of economic development on the soul of the community; art as revelation and therapy; and the emergence of contemporary myth and symbol as healing potentials in culture.

This set contains the following lectures:

  1. The Soul in Exile – Marion Woodman
  2. Progress Without Loss of Soul – Theo Abt
  3. Sexuality as Identity – Ann Belford Ulanov and Barry Ulanov
  4. Shadows of the Female Self – Joan Chamberlain Engelsman
  5. The Ante Has Gone Up: The Conscience of the Post-Modern Artist – John Beebe
  6. Earth Fathers in the Collective Unconscious: A Transformative Archetype in Contemporary Society – Arthur Colman
  7. Necessary Other: Gender, Power and Love in Contemporary Relationships – Caroline Stevens

NOTE: John Beebe’s lecture includes 102 slides. Because he names most of them, we were able to find and include nearly all of the 102 images used. If the specific work of art or image could not be found, a similar one by the same artist was inserted in its place. They are included in the download.

© 1987 The Respective Speakers.
Ⓟ 1987 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.

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Abt, Theo

Theodor Abt, PhD from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich 1977, 1973-79 project leader of overall regional development concepts for two Swiss mountain regions. Since 1975 Jungian Analyst in private practice. 1983-88 member of the board of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich. Since 1990 Professor for Rural Sociology at the ETH. Since 1995, member of the board of the Research and Training Centre for Depth psychology according to C.G. Jung and M.-L. von Franz, Zurich. Since 1988, President of the Society of the Friends of the Royal Tombs of Egypt. His research focuses on the relationship of the outer world with the needs of the inner unconscious world. Of his many books in German, several have been translated into English: Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt. The One and the Many, 1982 (Paperback 1996); The Valley of the Kings: Horizon of Eternity, 1990; The Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I., 1991; History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction, 1999; Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, 1999; The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife, 1999; The Secret Lore of Egypt, 2001.

Beebe, John

John Beebe, MD, a physician specializing in psychotherapy, is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of Integrity in Depth, editor of C. G. Jung's Aspects of the Masculine, and co-author of The Presence of the Feminine in Film. He is the founding editor of The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (now titled Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche), and a was the first American co-editor of the London-based Journal of Analytical Psychology. An international lecturer is widely known for his work on psychological types, the psychology of moral process, and the Jungian understanding of film. Recently he has been engaged in training the first generation of analytical psychologists in China.

Colman, Arthur

Arthur D. Colman, MD is a psychiatrist trained at Harvard College and Medical School and U.C. Medical Center, San Francisco where he is Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry. He is a depth analyst trained at the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco where he is a member, founder and first editor of Connected Works, and former chair of its review committee. The author of 9 books on the human life cycle, healing, and scapegoating, he has contributed to many books, professional journals and popular publications on these and other subjects including ecstatic relationships, group consultation, leadership, the psychology of war, and the psychological aspects of music compositions and musical composers. He is also a coeditor of the influential Group Relations Reader I and II and a past president of the A.K. Rice Institute which publishes and distributes them. He currently divides his time between clinical practice, Analysis and consultation to leaders and organizations here and abroad.

Engelsman, Joan Chamberlain

Joan Chamberlain Engelsman is the author of The Queen's Cloak: A Myth for Mid-Life and The Feminine Dimension of the Divine.  

Stevens, Caroline

Caroline Stevens, PhD, NCPsyA is a Jungian Analyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, IL. She has contributed chapters to The Chiron Clinical Series, Psyche’s Stories, vol. 2, Mirrors of the Self, and Same-Sex Love and the Path to Wholeness.

Ulanov, Ann Belford

Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, LHD, PhD is Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion Emerita at Union Theological Seminary, and an analyst in private practice in New York City. She is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Analytical Psychology. With her late husband, Barry Ulanov, she co-authored six books, including Religion and the UnconsciousPrimary Speech: A Psychology of PrayerCinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; and Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus. By herself she is author of sixteen books, among which are The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space–Time BarriersKnots and Their Untying; Madness & CreativityThe Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness/Deadness in the Self; and The Functioning Transcendent. She is the recipient of many awards, among which are three honorary doctorate degrees, the Oscar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association for distinguished work in depth psychology and religion, and the Gradiva Award for Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality.

Woodman, Marion

Marion Woodman was a Canadian mythopoetic author, women’s movement figure, Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland., and was one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma. Her books include Addiction to Perfection and The Ravaged Bridegroom.



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