Holism: possibilities and Problems: plenary speakers and titles – September 8th – Sunday 10th 2017

EHP logo 1aThe conference organising committee is delighted to present the following abstracts on behalf of its plenary speakers.

George Hogenson:

“Symbols of Wholeness—Mandalas and Labyrinths as Manifestations of Cosmic Structure”

George Hogenson teaches in the Analyst Training Program at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and supervises trainees in the program. He regularly lectures on Jung’s theories in the United States and Europe, and writes on the theory of archetypes, synchronicity, and the role of symbolism in the life of the individual. His work on the nature of archetypal imagery resulted in his being invited to present the Caroline and Earnest Fay Lectures at Texas A&M University in 2011. In addition to his work as a teacher and analyst, he is on the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and on the editorial board of The Journal of Analytical Psychology to which he has contributed numerous articles.

Christian Kerslake:

“The Whole and the Dyad: Jung, Deleuze and Plato’s Unwritten Doctrines”

Christian Kerslake is the author of Deleuze and the Unconscious (2007), Immanence and the Vertigo of Philosophy: From Kant to Deleuze (2009), and a number of articles on modern European philosophy. His most recent publication is ‘Marxism and Money in Deleuze and Guattari’s Capitalism and Schizophrenia’ (2015). He is currently a Tutor at the Mary Ward Centre, London.

Harald Atmanspacher:

“Exceptional Experiences in Decompositional Dual-Aspect Monism”

Harald Atmanspacher is a senior scientist and staff member at Collegium  Helveticum, University and ETH Zurich, since 2007. After his PhD in  physics at Munich University (1986), he worked as a research scientist  at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics at Garching  until 1998. Then he served as head of the theory group at the Institute
for Frontier Areas of Psychology at Freiburg until 2013. His fields of  research are the theory of complex systems, conceptual and theoretical  aspects of (algebraic) quantum theory, and mind-matter relations from  interdisciplinary perspectives. He is the president of the Society for  Mind-Matter Research and editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary  international journal “Mind and Matter”.

Inna Semetsky:

“One, Two, Three… One: The Edusemiotic Self”

Inna Semetsky has a PhD in educational philosophy preceded by an MA in counseling psychology and Grad.Dip.Ed. She published 10 books including “Deleuze, Education and Becoming” (2006), “Re-Symbolization of the Self” (2011) and “The Edusemiotics of Images” (2013) and has a contract with Routledge for a new book “Learning with the Unconscious”. In 2000 she received the Kevelson Award from the Semiotic Society of America for her paper “The Adventures of a Postmodern Fool”. Her book “Edusemiotics” (2015, co-authored) received the Book Award from the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. She has numerous book chapters including in the 2016 volume “Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion” as well as in international handbooks. Her papers appeared in Educational Philosophy and Theory, Zygon, Semiotica and other journals. She serves as a chief consultant to the recently established Institute for Edusemiotic Studies (Melbourne). She is also a long-time Tarot reader.

Joe Cambray:

“From Rhizomes to the Adjacent Possible: Towards a Transformation of Symbols”

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D. is the Provost for Pacifica Graduate Institute; he is Past-President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; has served as the U.S. Editor for The Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on various editorial boards He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; and former President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst now living in the Santa Barbara area of California. His numerous publications include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe and a volume edited with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology. He has published numerous paper in a range of international journals.

Joshua Ramey:

“Holism and Chance:  Markets & Meaning Under Neoliberalism”

Joshua Ramey is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College.  His work includes The Hermetic Deleuze:  Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (2012).  He is co-editor of Speculation, Heresy, and Gnosis in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion:  The Enigmatic Absolute (2016) and co-translator of François Laruelle’s Non-Philosophical Mysticism for Today’s Use (forthcoming).

Paul Bishop:


Paul Bishop is William Jacks Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Glasgow and his research has focused on the history of ideas in general and the German intellectual tradition in particular. His most recent publication is On the Blissful Islands: With Nietzsche and Jung in the Shadow of the Superman (Routledge, 2016) and, aside from his interests in translation and in the use of languages for business, he is currently working on an introductory study on the thought of Ludwig Klages.

Christina Sjöström:


Christina Sjöström has a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies. Her thesis, titled Searches for Self: Personal and Spiritual Transformation in Jung’s Psychology and Holistic Spirituality, presented a nuanced conceptual comparison between the search for an essential self as described by Jung and various influential proponents of holistic spirituality. Concurrently with completing her thesis, she trained as a counsellor and currently works in private practice. She is a long-term student of yoga and recently completed a training to become a yoga teacher. She uses her clinical and academic understanding, as well as classical yogic texts and concepts, to inform her in designing transformative yoga classes.

Megumi Yama

“The concept of kami in Shintō and Holism: Psychotherapy and Japanese literature”

Megumi Yama, PhD, is a professor in Depth Psychology and Clinical Psychology at Kyoto Gakuen University, Japan. She also works as a clinical psychologist and engages in training analysis mainly based on Jungian principles. Her interest is images and words; what is taking in the invisible silence? She is trying to deal with this theme by exploring clinical materials, formative art, myth and Japanese culture. Her publications include To the Depth of words (Seishinshobo, 2003). She has a book chapter in Jungian and Dialogical Self Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Her papers have appeared in Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, The Journal of Analytical Psychology and other journals.

Richard Berengarten (UK)

On the first evening of the conference (Friday 8 September), internationally acclaimed poet Richard Berengarten will talk about and read from his latest volume of poems Changinga monumental 450-poem homage to the Chinese divinatory and philosophical text, the I Ching.  Changing was described by the Fortnightly Review as “a culmination of Berengarten’scareer. His vision of the world is holistic, as is the vision of the world on which the I Ching is founded. Everything meshes seamlessly together – including thought and words – into an organic continuum”

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