Wednesday, October 16
A morning shuttle will take us to Eranos, where our program will include presentations, conversations, and excursions. There will be mid-morning and afternoon refreshments, and a two-hour lunch break with a lavish buffet. A late afternoon shuttle will return us to Ascona.
Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and the
Symbol Without Meaning
with Safron Rossi
Joseph Campbell’s 1957 Eranos presentation, “The Symbol Without Meaning,” is a radical response to the ideas in Jung’s 1934 presentation “Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious.” The central theme is the problem of original experience of the archetypal realm and the meaning-making function that comes through inherited mythologies, symbolic traditions, and dogmas. This question about the function of inherited symbols and mythologies versus the experience of the new symbols applies to one of the epic questions of our day—what is the new myth that is emerging for the globe? While Jung and Campbell cannot tell us what it is, this lectures show a way of engaging the question by means of living the question.
Safron Rossi, Ph.D., is Curator of Collections at Opus Archives & Research Center, home of the Joseph Campbell and James Hillman manuscript and archival collections. She is also Associate Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching courses on mythology and depth psychology. Her writing and scholarly studies focus on archetypal psychology, the western astrological tradition, goddess traditions, and feminist studies.
Rereading Jung after The Red Book
with Sonu Shamdasani
Liber Novus, or Jung’s Red Book, published in 2009, shed new light on Jung and his life’s work. This seminar presents an introduction to rereading Jung after The Red Book—considering the works that came after, in the light of what preceded and gave rise to them, and through the mutual illumination of Jung’s private and public opus. Participants are asked to read The Red Book: A Reader's Edition and C.G. Jung: A Biography in Books prior to the program.
Sonu Shamdasani is Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including The Red Book, C.G. Jung: A Biography in Books, and, with James Hillman, The Lament of the Dead: Psychology After Jung’s Red Book (forthcoming in August, 2013).