Exploring depth psychology and the Female Self: Feminist Themes from Somewhere edited by Leslie Gardner and Catriona Miller

Book launch: 24th November

Exploring Depth Psychology and the Female Self: Feminist themes from Somewhere. (Routledge November 2020)

We are pleased to announce readings and a recording of the book launch on 24th November, as well as a flyer with discount to get hold of the book.

Drucilla Cornell and Karin van Marle were our speakers (find Drucilla’s talk and responses afterwards here: copy and paste the following link into your browser and download for best results):


For technical reasons, sadly, we were unable to record her colleague on the uBuntu feminist project in South Africa, Karin van Marle’s full talk; but she participated fully in the Q&A section and made her points then too.


Drucilla Cornell is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is a playwright and also launched The uBuntu Project in South Africa in 2003 and has been working with the project ever since. Professor Cornell’s theoretical and political writings span a tremendous range of both topics and disciplines. From her early work in Critical Legal Studies and Feminist Theory to her more recent work on South Africa, transitional justice, and the jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin, Professor Cornell continues to think through new and evolving issues in philosophy and politics of global significance. Her latest title, coauthored with Stephen Seely, is called ‘The Spirit of Revolution: Beyond the Dead Ends of Man’, and she has recently edited ‘Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg’ with Jane Anna Gordon, which is forthcoming


‘Rethinking Ethical Feminism’

‘The Contemporary Significance of Rosa Luxemburg’s Socialist Feminism’

Karin van Marle joined the Department of Public Law, University of the Free State in February 2019. Before joining the UFS she worked as professor in the Department of Jurisprudence, University of Pretoria for 20 years where she taught Jurisprudence on undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Numerous Doctoral and Research Masters have completed their studies under her supervision. She currently supervises students working in the field of critical jurisprudence, law and transformation and feminist theory. Van Marle holds the degree BLC (UP, 1991), LLB (UP, 1993), LLM (UNISA, 1996) and LLD (UNISA, 2000). Her research falls within the broad field of law and the humanities and involves critical theory, legal philosophy and jurisprudence. Her work on post-1994 jurisprudence engages with the crisis of modernity and a rethinking of law and legal theory along the lines of fragility, finitude and a ‘giving up of certitudes’. She is an ethical feminist and her research and writing are inspired by and embedded in feminist theory. She has published widely in national and international journals and books. She serves on the international editorial boards of Law and Critique, Feminist Legal Studies and the international advisory board of Legalities Journal. She is an adjunct professor at Southern Cross University, Australia and is Fellow at Stias (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.)

See the book flyer and discount https://drive.google.com/file/d1_Q4GnSs_PbRJHsmY1KWH_peb–pYYMPM



Greetings all – the volume is a collection of papers representing a broad constituency.

Our contributors are from India, California (by way of Phillipines), Latvia by way of California USA, Africa, from China and elsewhere – many ‘somewhere’ else’s. Arab and Indian women studying in the UK participated in the conference event and have contributed to the volume.

At the conference, stories and reports were of women’s secondary status everywhere, but also of ongoing activity to change societies were delivered and are reflected in the volume of papers. The analysis is of psychological issues – about agency, unconscious touchstones, domination and many samples of stories of misogyny, racism (closely aligned) which influenced mental and emotional health. But important ways of circumventing the problems were proposed. The papers in the book reflect a broad range of views.

Myths were used as a kind of ‘gateway’ (as Susan Rowland put it) provided by Jungian guidelines. Contrasting presentations of national myths of strong women and the roles and strengths they deployed to overcome cultural dilemmas inform the book as they informed the talk then.

Other persuasions of depth psychology fill out these papers: Winnicott, Klein and Lacan, as well as Freud and Jung are referred to.


Contributors and abstracts


Sexual Counter-Revolution: Sexism, Homophobia and the New Right

In the summer of 2017, a neo-Nazi group which calls itself the Nordic Resistance Movement marched in Sweden and Norway under the banner “Fight the gay lobby”. Based on their own writings, this paper will examine their sexual imagery and fantasies. They formulate their ideology as a reaction against the increased sexual and cultural freedoms of the last century. This forms part of a larger project of deepening the understanding of the links between sexism, homophobia and racism.Literature: Auestad, L. (2014) “Idealised Sameness and Orchestrated Hatred – Extreme and Mainstream Nationalism in Norway” in L. Auestad ed. Nationalism and the Body Politic : Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia. London : Karnac.; Auestad, L. (2015) Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice. A Psychoanalytic ånd Philosophical Enquiry into the Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Discrimination. London: Karnac. ; Borchgrevink, A. S. (2013) A Norwegian Tragedy. Anders Behring Brevik and the Road to Utoya. Malden, MA, USA, Polity Press.; Moss, D. (2003) “Internalised Homophobia in Men: Wanting in the First Person Singular, Hating in the First Person Plural” in D. Moss éd. Hating in the First Person Plural. New York: Other Press.; Sedgwick, E. K. (1985) Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire. Columbia University Press.; Young-Bruehl, E. (1996) The Anatomy of Prejudices. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Press.Biography: Lene Auestad (PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo) writes and lectures internationally on ethics, critical theory and psychoanalysis. Books include Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice: A Psychoanalytical and Philosophical Enquiry into the Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Discrimination, Karnac, 2015 and Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning, Karnac, 2017. In 2010 she founded the international and interdisciplinary conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics, (www.psa-pol.org) which continues to this day.


Negotiating a feminist identity and power in The Walking Dead

The recent popularity of disaster and apocalypse narratives, in particular zombie fiction, is indicative of both a fear of and a desire for social change, and allows a space in which the notion of gender can be re-imagined. In this paper, I will discuss this process via an analysis of a leading female character, Carol, in the television series The Walking Dead. I will explain how the chance to negotiate her own identity is directly linked to the development of her power and agency.First, I will explain how Carol starts out with an identity defined entirely by her relationship as a wife and mother. Then I will explore how the loss of those relational identities allows her to consider who she is and start to become that person. Next, I will discuss how her power and agency grow as the identity she constructs for herself becomes more and more consolidated. After that I will show how the threat of losing ownership of her identity leads her to suffer an emotional breakdown: she adopts an over-whelming persona when her group joins another group of survivors living in a camp of middle-class suburbia, where, Carol believes, people want women to be cheery, meek and domestic. Finally, I will show that she builds her feminist identity without having to lose the ‘feminine’ aspects of her personality. On the contrary, it is her maternal instincts and her love of caring for others that drive the power and agency she gains. The Walking Dead, rather than reinforcing patriarchal gender norms, as some researchers believe, is enabling women to negotiate their own identity, and, as a part of that process, to not merely access patriarchal power and agency, but rather to develop their own power and agency themselves.Biography: Emma Buchanan is a PhD candidate at the School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University. She completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Sheffield in 2013, in Modern Languages (German, Russian and Dutch), and she has worked as a secondary school teacher since. Her PhD is on gender roles and Jungian archetypes in The Walking Dead.


The Modern Ancients: The Intrinsic Feminism of Pre-Colonial Philippine Culture

In most colonised countries, there is a prevailing lack of pre-colonial knowledge attributed to subsequent cultural domination after the conquest (Freire, 1970). The Philippines is no exception. Research that looks into pre-colonial culture through the lens of feminism is even rarer. This paper begins an in-depth look into the imagery, idea and customs surrounding women before the Spanish colonization (1521-1898) and American rule (1898-1947). It seeks to show that the Philippines’ ancient culture was intrinsically and precociously feminist.In Philippine mythology, the creation myth is gender equal. The first man and woman simultaneously sprung into existence from equal halves of a bamboo tree (Demetrio, Cordero-Fernando, Zialcita, 1991). While in the 19th century Europe and the United States started to advocate for thewomen’s rights, early Filipino women had already exercised many rights for more than a thousand years. In Conscious Femininity, Marion Woodman wrote that, That “in feminine consciousness, the spiritual and the physical are two aspects of one totality” (Woodman 1993) was embodied by the archaic babaylan: a woman who was the healer, teacher of culture, spiritual head and political leader of a community (Nono, 2013).Biography: Mary Gayle Certeza-Narcida. A graduate of Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with Emphasis on Depth Psychology in Pacifica Graduate Institute. An advertising entrepreneur, author and publisher. Board Member of the Carl Jung Circle Center of the Philippines and member of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies in the United States. Country of residence is the Philippines.


Phantasizing about the Maternal Space: concept of psychotherapeutic space in depth psychology

The presentation will be concerned with how psychotherapeutic space is defined in depth psychology as feminine especially maternal space. This insight that the therapeutic space is maternal in nature is ubiquitous: temenos and ‘vas bene clausum’ were defined by Jung in terms of ‘feminine nature’ (CW12 para 257) and ‘womb of the mother’ (CW12 para 171); it is also used to describe the sandplay: ‘The aim [in sandplay] is to provide a maternal space or psychological womb, an emotional metaphor for the uroboric mother-child unit. In this safe ‘space’ healing of the inner child re-discovered, with all of its potential for creativity and renewal’ (Weintraub 1983 p 28) , it is known as ‘holding space’ (Winnicott) or a container (containing space) usually associated with the bomb or uterine space (Bion). The maternal space is also understood in terms of the reparation process, for instance. A. Stokes described architecture in terms of the reparation of the ‘destroyed mother’; Winnicott thought about objects in the transitionary space as used by the infant in the replacement of the absent mother. My presentation will discuss how depth psychology takes part in a broader discourse on femininity, especially defining femininity and motherhood by using concept of maternal space: passive, containing, safe and bounded. I will be especially interested in how, unconsciously, psychotherapy in its concepts reproduces some social images of femininity as private, safe and nurturing space, as opposed to social, political, ‘external’ world.Biography: Martyna Chrzescijanska – PhD student at Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies Department, University of Essex. Her research project concerns relationship between space and psyche(“Psychogeographyand Psychotherapy: Perspectives on Containment – Experience, Identity and Memory”). She has presented at several international conferences such as The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychology (Cape Town, 2017) The Evil of Violence in Post-modernity (Rome, 2016); Art and Psyche. Layers and Liminality (Sicily, 2015). She also works with young people as a tutor and support worker.


Antigone and the Rejection of Athenian Overreaching

It was during the enlightenment that interest in Sophocles’ Antigone increased dramatically. Two very different responses illustrate this. The first, a play by Vittorio Alfieri (1776), highlights the theme of tyranny; the second, a pedagogical novel by Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (1788), foregrounds the figure of Antigone. Hegel was twenty when the latter was translated into German. He described its heroine as “the heavenly Antigone, that noblest of figures that ever appeared on earth”. Shelley referred to her as an ideal with which he had fallen in love “in a prior existence”. And R.C. Jebb, an eminent classical scholar, described her as “the noblest, and the most profoundly tender, embodiment of woman’s heroism which ancient literature can show”. It is impossible to discuss Antigone without considering why the heroine should arouse such powerful feelings.This paper offers a fresh interpretation of the play’s dialogical nature. Its focus is on the relation between Creon and Antigone. It explores how Jungian theory helps us to better understand the relevance of Antigone to its audience, offers a fresh explanation of why Antigone has aroused such a powerful response, and explains why it is so misguided to identify with her.Biography: Terence Dawson has recently retired, after teaching English and European literature at both the top universities in Singapore for the best part of thirty years. He has a special interest in both music and the visual arts. With Polly Young-Eisendrath, he co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Jung (1997; 2nd ed. 2008). He is the author of The Effective Protagonist in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel: Scott, Brontë, Eliot, Wilde (2004), and articles on wide-ranging topics. He also serves as an associate editor of The International Journal of Jungian Studies.


A feminist investigation of trust and betrayal in ‘sexting’

The existing literature on teenagers’ involvement with ‘sexting’ largely stems from feminist perspectives. When the first attempts at regulating online child pornography showed that teenagers were largely responsible for the great majority of sexualised images depicting under 18 that were circulating on the web, it became apparent that often girls were those depicted in such images. Debates concerning the harms of such practice heavily focused on girls’ reputation, their free consent and the implicit abuse in the behaviours of boys. Current data though show a more complex dynamic, which involves matters of betrayal, self-confidence and trust. This presentation offers a reflection concerning the role of trust and betrayal in feminist literature and presents data from interviews with 16 year old girls and boys arguing that an important and often overlooked factor explaining the harmful outcome of ‘sexting’ is connected with the gendered impact of education strategies targeting risk taking behaviours.Biography: After working as probation officer in Switzerland to complete the training as clinical and social psychologist, Camilla moved to the UK to work on an MA in criminology. Her interests are now focused on issues pertaining to impact of legislation on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers. Jungian psychology interests have run parallel to her academic specialization, working on a PhD at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. Currently she lectures part time within a social science department and collaborates with the Department of Education of her home country to develop education strategies based on the findings of her research.


Gender similarity vs gender difference; why does it matter to us?

The question of whether gender difference is real or fake is explored in relation to Feminist and other discourses, pondering the fluidity or otherwise of conceptual and phenomenological takes on gendered experiencing. Perhaps these debates about ‘whether women and men are really different’ merely sustain unhelpful illusions by repeating patterns of socially constructed splits, based around patriarchal tropes about male and female roles and ways of being.However, there remains much we do not understand about gender identity formation, and of the seemingly intractable struggles of growing up as a boy, a girl, or other versions of gendered being; not to mention the difficult as well as creative dynamics of male – female adult relations. Alongside claims to authority on both sides of the argument about bodily sexed and neurological ‘differences’ between female and male, what often gets overlooked is the developmental and psychosexual aspect of ‘gendered development’.This thinking includes the possibility that maleness and femaleness carry broadly different patterns around such themes as continuity in time and space, and, experiencing of relationship. Here, depth psychology may have something of lasting value to inform current debates.Biography: Phil Goss is a Jungian Analyst (AJA, London) and Director for Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Warwick. Phil is author of Men, Women and Relationships, A Post-Jungian Approach: Gender Electrics and Magic Beans (Routledge, 2010), as well as of Jung: A Complete Introduction (Hodder and Stoughton, 2015). His other publications include chapters in the edited collections Education and Imagination: Jungian Approaches and Dreaming the Myth Onwards (both Routledge, 2008). His interest in gender is reflected in his paper Discontinuities in the male psyche (Journal for Analytical Psychology, 2006), and in his chapter on clinical themes and the masculine in the Psychotherapy and Alchemy (Routledge 2014) edited collection. Phil’s paper Wordsworth, Loss and the Numinous (Wordsworth Circle, 2012) was published from the conference he organised at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, in 2011. He also helped organise the Notion of the Sublime Jung-Lacan conference in Cambridge (2014).


My Grandmother, my heroine

As a child, my when-I-grow-up dream was to become a grandmother like my grandmother, the most powerful feminist in my entire tiny world. Although a cultural outsider within a patriarchal society, her soft voice nevertheless commanded respect. My grandmother, my gogo, whose skirt was so wide that it sheltered us from the misery thrown at us by social stereotypical discriminations. My ambuya who fought for our rights, she would gather us in her thatched hut, semi-lit by a home-made lamp and a dying fire, and open our eyes to who we were through folk stories, proverbs and metaphors laced with moral values, cultural and traditional hand-me-downs passed on from generation to generation. So, the logic for the future was to become a grandmother and command similar respect.Fast forward. I am now a grandmother in Surrey and a cultural outsider, but am I as powerful as the feminist old lady in the thatched hut in Chivhumudhara village of MutemachaniKraal? That is the question I plan to explore. Will you relate to my old feminist grandmother and recognise your own imagoes of strength that you internalised – grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers or any other forceful personality that crossed your path? That is the question to be thrown at you to explore.Biography: MJ Maher is a group analyst in private practice in London. She teaches trainee counsellors in London and has taught on a two-year Foundation Course in Group Analysis in Rwanda. MJ is a community psychiatric nurse and the author of Racism and Cultural Diversity: Cultivating Racial Harmony through Counselling, Group Analysis and Psychotherapy (Karnac, 2012).


Still in search of the heroine: becoming Queen

Thirty-six years ago, in an exploration of women’s novels and quest myth narratives from a largely Jungian point of view, Annis Pratt noted ‘growing up female [seems to mean] a choice between auxiliary and secondary personhood, sacrificial victimization, madness and death’; [Pratt Archetypal Patters in women’s fiction, Indiana University Press, 1981 p 36] and continued, ‘when a rebirth journey is attempted, the reward of personal power makes the conquering hero a cultural deviant.’ [ibid p 168]. A fate that does not affect the ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’ posited by Campbell in 1949, were the returning successful hero marries the princess and rules over the kingdom.In this paper, I will explore two fictional narratives, one modern, one ancient, which tell the story of the heroine’s rise to power. I will consider the character of Claire Underwood in the Netflix drama, ‘House of Cards’ (2013 ongoing), who ended series 5 as President of the United States, and compare her trajectory with the Sumerian myth ‘Inanna and Ebih’ where the ancient goddess Inanna [definitively not a goddess of the domestic sphere] encounters an entity which refuses to give her due respect.The comparison will demonstrate the difficulties and compromises of enacting female power within patriarchal culture, whilst offering a glimpse of the story as it might exist beyond the constraints of a dominant patriarchal norm.Biography: Catriona Miller is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University where she teaches television script writers and media students. She publishes in the field of film and television studies, with a particular interest in Horror, Cult TV and Science fiction genres from a Jungian perspective. She is currently working on a joint book, ‘The Heroine’s Journey: Female Individuation on Screen’ for Routledge.


Earth, Ecology and the Feminine: Furrows in a Ploughed Earth

Jung had a deep and intuitive approach to earth and ecology. He wrote about psyche and earth being interconnected but he did not articulate this vision scientifically. His notions about an earth-linked psyche and the life he adopted in Bollingenbased on this vision were uncommon in the dominant scientific world he lived in and are closer to thoughts and traditions found in ancient cultures. On the other side, despite putting forward distinctive notions about the psyche and its unconscious gendered aspect, his views on women are sometimes flawed by their essentialist overtones.In bringing these themes together, this paper meanders into an uneven terrain. It takes off from Jung’s imagination of an archaic earth and explores the notion of feminine in it, bringing three cultural extracts from India that symbolize the feminine in relation to psyche and earth. I attempt to examine these, first in specific myths from the Indian epic Ramayana, second, in instances from India’s contemporary ecofeminist movement and third, in my own encounter with the notion of an ecological psyche. In bringing these examples together, I offer a counter-narrative about the feminine, its idealization and stereotyping in culture and ecology, showing instead the transpersonal nature of the archetype and its role in symbolizing psyche and the ethical dilemmas contained in it. Jung held a delicate middle ground between mind and earth and I suggest that the symbolization of feminine in Indian earth narratives opens us to alternate ways of knowing and living through the psyche that in essence is distinct from established forms of knowledge and modes of being in modern culture.Biography: Sulagna Sengupta is a postgraduate in English Literature and an independent scholar of Jungian Studies, based in Bangalore, India. She is the author of ‘Jung in India’,published in 2013 by Spring Journal Books, USA.


The Jouissance of “Nasty Women”: Daring to Re-possess Dynamic Feminine Desire in a Dangerous World

“Such a nasty woman…” —Donald J. Trump, in response to Hillary Rodham ClintonI will address the restrictive and, at times, straight forwardly misogynist connotations of C.G. Jung’s thinking in relation to women and feminine sexuality in a couple of ways. First, I will suggest the figure of Baubo, who appears in the myth of Demeter and Persephone, as a kind of disruptive and potentially subversive antidote to Jung’s classically patriarchal reduction of the feminine to that which is used by and for men. I will argue that Baubo, as archetype, represents a bawdy, playful and autonomous erotic energy that serves to inspire and return the feminine subject to herself, perhaps following and in response to her violation and repression within a one-sided culture.Secondly, I will explore the analyst and author Claire Douglas’ reflections on the “Dynamic Feminine” as a version of what might emerge psychologically, socially and physically as women become more fully attuned to their own image, allowing the object that is oneself to inspire desire and gratification (as opposed to the shame, self-loathing and abjection that are conditioned in, carried by and trafficked among women). I will cite a case study involving three patients that I feel represents an image of the potential power, pleasure and disruption, in the sense of the French feminist use of the term jouissance, of a Baubo-like energy within and between women. I will argue that this awakened expression of erotic vitality and connection serves the female subject’s process of individuation, individually and collectively, though it is inevitably contaminated by her socialization as “Woman” (Man’s “Other”) and invariably exposes her to violence (psychological and/or physical) by the individual and collective “masculine” that she effectively disrupts. I will consider the inherent paradox and messiness of articulating and embodying dynamic feminine desire from within a symbolic system that not only precludes women’s voices but punishes them for attempting to speak.Biography: Laura Camille Tuley, PhD is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. She has contributed to the New Orleans Review, Mothering in the Third Wave, Art Papers, Hypatia, the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy and Iris and is the co-editor of Mother Knows Best: Talking Back to the Experts


The Peony Pavilion as a picture of sexual individuation of Chinese Women

The Chinese opera The Peony Pavilion tells us a story that a young girl who had a dream to have sex with a young man in the garden of her own house, died after the dream, became a ghost to court the man in her dream and came back to life with his assistance. By amplifying this story, I argue that in typical Chinese romantic stories, women have always played an active role in the relationships, and Chinese people have realized that sexual desire of women was not aroused by men, but by their own nature. Women are not the object of desire, but the subject of it. They had their sexual power. Because of this knowledge, Chinese women have been oppressed for many years and forced to serve their power for the family instead of for themselves. Therefore, Chinese women have spent many years to fight against such oppression.The heroine of the Peony Pavilion is a young girl standing against her father’s will and finding her own sexual autonomy. The story shows a popular theme in typical Chinese romantic stories for women. They could not choose their own husbands, but if they fought to death then they could get free as a ghost, then, maybe love would bring them back to life. Through this process of death and rebirth, they could earn their freedom and achieve their own sexual individuation as an independent individual.A clinical case of a patient of mine whose main complaint was about her sexual problems with her husband illustrates how the similar theme merges in a contemporary Chinese family. Through her work with me, she tried to find her own autonomy. However, even today, this is still quite difficult and painful for a young Chinese woman.Biography: Currently, Huan Wang is a Ph.D candidate in University of Essex, and her research is on the femininity and masculinity in romantic relationships in contemporary China. Her study is mainly from Jungian and Post-Jungian perspectives, and focuses on how young Chinse couples have been affected by traditional values, Westernization and One-child policy. She was a psychotherapist for five years in the clinic department of a hospital in Wuhan, a city in China, and collected many clinical materials on couple issues from previous work. At the present, her research interests mainly focus on the effects of political interventions on relationships within families, and how to address the individual position in a collectivism setting.Convenors and Contributors-at-large:

GARDNER, LESLIE (co-convenor) Co-editor with Frances Gray, and author of chapter ‘Explorations in the poetics of the feminine pronoun’ in Feminist Views from Somewhere (Routledge 2017); earlier books Rhetorical Investigations: GB Vico and CG Jung (Routledge 2015), House the wounded healer on television co-edited with Luke Hockley, The Ecstatic and the archaic: an analytical psychological inquiry co-edited with Paul Bishop, and other chapters and articles. She is a Visiting Fellow in Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex where she gained her PhD. Director, founder, international literary agency, Artellus Limited.

GRAY, FRANCES (co-convenor)Frances Gray holds a PhD in Philosophy and Women’s Studies from Australian National University. She was Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of History Philosophy Classics and Religion, University of Queensland. She is the author of many volumes including Jung, Irigaray, Individuation: Analytical Psychology and the Question of the Feminine (2007), Cartesian Philosophy and the Flesh: reflections on incarnation in analytical psychology (2012) and Jung and Levinas: an ethics of mediation (2015) all published by Routledge. Her articles, chapters in books, and reviews have appeared internationally. Her current research is in hierarchical relations in religious systems and the ontological implications of belief.

ROWLAND, SUSAN – contributor-at-largeChair of MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. As writer on Jung, literary theory, gender and the arts, she published Jung: A Feminist Revision (Routledge 2002) and other books including Jung as a Writer (Routledge 2005) and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Complexity Evolution and Jung (Routledge 2012), and Remembering Dionysus (Routledge 2016)  among other works. She was founding Chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies 2003-2006, and now teaches Shakespeare, gender theory, The Red Book, ecocriticism and Jung. Recent projects include a book on goddesses in mystery fiction and another on literary theory in James Hillman and Jung.


Call for papers

Call for papers: ‘Feminist Views from Somewhere’
Feminism is not one thing or another; it is a way of being in a world of multiple perspectives. Following the publication of ‘Feminist Views from Somewhere’ (Routledge 2016) we now propose a conference which will explore, in greater breadth and depth, the themes of our edited collection. The conference will be held in London at the Amnesty International building in Shoreditch on July 6, 2018.

We invite feminist scholars with an interest in depth psychology, psychoanalysis, and their off-shoots, to participate in a day of exploration, discussion and critical analysis. We are interested in furthering links between feminist epistemologies, jurisprudence, ecology literature and linguistics.

We welcome concise proposals relevant to this general outline, from researchers in the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. Talks should be around 15 mins – 20 mins. Please email us at feministviewsfromsomewhere@gmail.com by the 20th October 2017 (extended). We will confirm acceptance of successful proposals by 30th November, 2017. We intend to run the day as a series of panels, with early evening event afterwards. Concise presentations will allow us to have multiple inputs.

We look forward to hearing: Leslie Gardner (University of Essex) and Frances Gray (University of Queensland)

Co-endorsed by the International Association for Jungian Studies, Confederation for Analytical Psychology,  and the Department of Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic Studies (University of Essex)