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How Psyche Speaks

Drawing on cinema, the arts and humanities, leading international scholars discuss how the psyche influences life and work. 

Through engagement with imagination, metaphor and myth, this seminar will explore the language of the archetypal world. We will focus upon the way the work of James Hillman extended Jung’s understandings into an archetypal perspective—a way of seeing the world that allows us to perceive these deeper forms. We will discuss the different modes of this archetypal perspective and apply these modes to the events and significances that impact our lives. The goal of this work is what Hillman described as soul-making—a process by which life and work deepens into meaning.

The first day of the seminar, led by Dr Glen Slater, will set out the critical elements of an archetypal perspective. Through use of film clips, discussion of contemporary events and writing exercises, we will learn to listen to the language of the psyche. The second day of the seminar, led by Dr Safron Rossi, will take up the role of mythic figures and mythic moments, showing the way gods and goddesses still shape our lives, if only we have the eyes to see and the ears to listen. Together the two days will show the confluence of archetypal and mythic ways of knowing.

Event start date 9am, Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Event end date 5:00pm Sunday, September 24, 2017



Event starts
Saturday 23 September, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 24 September, 2017
The Heritage Room, University College, University
Venue Address
40 College Crescent Parkville, VIC, 3052 Australia

Melbourne, Parkville

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