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Topics: Complexes & Complex Theory, Society & Culture.
Conflict and Collision: The Cultural Complex in Public Life
“The fate of the world does not hinge on the thread of the individual psyche…Perhaps each injured culture needs to learn how to drink to the dregs its own complexes, as well as those of its neighbors, allies and enemies.” -Thomas Singer, MD
In a world of escalating polarities, conflicts and collisions are emerging in many realms of public life, including politics, race, religion, gender, and economics. This interdisciplinary symposium will explore how the concept of the “cultural complex” can help us understand how our deeply held beliefs and emotions serve our basic identity needs for belonging within the individual psyche as well as within group life. The presenters will explore cultural complexes in contemporary American life through image and example.
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The symposium Conflict and Collision: The Cultural Complex in Public Life includes the following lectures:
- Civilization Still in Transition: Psyche in the World – Thomas Singer, MD
- The Culture of a Political Conflict: Up Close and Uncomfortable – Boris Matthews, PhD, LCSW, NCPsyA
- Shadow and Healing: The Power of Story – Rinda West, PhD
- Preoccupied: Collective Psyche, Individuation, and The Eight Stages of Social Movement – Ken Butigan, PhD
- Panel Discussion moderated by Ashok Bedi, MD
Thomas Singer, MD is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst who lives and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written and edited many books, including Who’s the Patient Here?, A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Fever, The Cultural Complex, Ancient Greece/Modern Psyche, The Vision Thing, Psyche and the City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern City, Initiation: The Living Reality of An Archetype and most recently, Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia. Dr. Singer currently serves as the Series Editor for the Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Culture Series of Spring Book Publications and is active on the board of National ARAS.
Boris Matthews, PhD, LCSW, NCPsyA graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, and maintains a practice of analytical psychology in the Milwaukee and Madison, WI, areas. He is particularly interested in working with persons who recognize need to develop a balanced adaptation to the “outside” and to the “inside” worlds, work that involves awareness of the individual’s psychological typology. Dreams, active imagination, and spiritual concerns are integral elements in the analytic work, the ultimate goal of which is to develop a functioning dialog with the non-ego center, the Self. He serves as the Director of Training of the Analyst Training Program, regularly teaches classes for analytic candidates, and conducts study groups in Madison as well as by video conference.
Rinda West, PhD earned her PhD at the University of Leeds (England) in English literature. She has taught at the University of Chicago, Oakton Community College, and Canterbury Christ Church University in England. Her book, Out of the Shadow, explores paths to healing the rift between humans and nature in Western culture. She is currently a landscape designer in Chicago, specializing in native plants and family-friendly gardens.
Ken Butigan, PhD teaches in the field of peace, justice and conflict studies at Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University, and is on the staff of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. For thirty years he has been an organizer in a series of social movements, from those addressing homelessness, the nuclear threat, freedom for East Timor, and US war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of Pilgrimage Through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site (State University of New Work Press).
© 2012 The Respective Speakers
℗ 2012 CG Jung Institute of Chicago