The Asheville Jung Center is very pleased to announce an upcoming webinar based on the book series Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul under Postmodern Conditions hosted by the co-editors Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt. In this webinar they will bring in Christine Maillard to speak about her chapter from the unreleased third volume titled “Jung’s Subversive Christology in The Red Book and its Meaning for Our Times.” Join us on December 12th as we discuss the religious evolution in Jung’s Red Book.
Jung’s Red Book contains a discourse on religion that involves the core idea that a new religious era is dawning. This idea is present in all of Jung’s work, and distinguishes his project from Freud’s, who saw religion as an obscurantist impasse. Jung later asserted the presence of a “religious function” in the human psyche, enduring regardless of the changes affecting civilisation or society. The discourse of the Red Book on religion describes the crisis of Christian religious representations, a critique shared by many intellectuals in the context of early 20th century European civilisation. But Nietzsche’s “death of God” is here replaced by the advent of a new form of religious experience, involving a new image of the divine, the symbolic birth of a new “god” in the individual psyche. In this webinar we will discuss Jung’s Subversive Christology, as it is developed in Liber Primus and Liber Secundus, analyse the religious discourse in the Red Book in relation with the question of meaning (“Sinn-Widersinn-Übersinn”) and the notion of “spirituality” which occurs in Septem Sermones ad Mortuos in the third part of the book.
Christine Maillard is professor of German Studies and History of ideas at Strasbourg University and director of the interdisciplinary institution « Maison interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme–Alsace” (CNRS/Strasbourg University). Her main research fields are on the one side C.G. Jung’s work and history of psychological theories, and on the other side the reception of oriental cultures and religions (India, Persia, Japan) in german literature and culture from 18th to 20th Century.
She translated Jungs Red Book into French (2011) and published or co-published several books and numerous papers on Jung in French, German and English, so : Arts, sciences et psychologie. Autour du Livre Rouge de Carl Gustav Jung. Recherches germaniques Strasbourg 2011 ; (with Véronique Liard) : Pour une réévaluation de l’œuvre de Carl Gustav Jung. Recherches germaniques, Strasbourg 2013 ; Her last book is on Jung’s Red Book and especially on the Septem Sermones ad mortuos : Au coeur du Livre Rouge : Les Sept Sermons aux Morts. Aux sources de la pensée de C.G. Jung. Paris, Imago, 2017. Christine Maillard supervises several PhD thesis on Jung’s work at Strasbourg University. She is honorary member of International Association for Analytical Psychology.
Murray Stein, Ph.D., studied as an undergraduate at Yale University (B.A. in English) and attended graduate student at Yale Divinity School (M.Div.) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies). He trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich. From 1976 to 2003 he was a training analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, of which he was a founding member and President from 1980 to 1985. In 1989 he joined the Executive Committee of IAAP as Honorary Secretary for Dr. Thomas Kirsch as President (1989-1995) and served as President of the IAAP from 2001 to 2004. He was president of ISAP Zurich 2008-2012 and is presently a training and supervising analyst there. He resides in Goldiwil (Thun), Switzerland. His special interests are psychotherapy and spirituality, methods of Jungian psychoanalytic treatment, and the individuation process. Major publications: In Midlife, Jung’s Map of the Soul, Minding the Self, Soul: Retrieval and Treatment, Transformation: Emergence of the Self, and Outside, Inside and All Around. www.murraystein.com
Thomas Arzt, Ph.D., was educated in Physics and Mathematics at Giessen University (Germany). Research Assistant at Princeton University (USA) with the special focus on atomic, nuclear and plasma physics. 1988 Training and Certification in Initiatic Therapy at the “Schule für Initiatische Therapie” of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim and Maria Hippus-Gräfin Dürckheim in Todtmoos-Rütte (Black Forest, Germany). 2016 Training Program Continuing Education in Analytical Psychology at ISAP Zurich. Since 1999 President and Managing Director of Strategic Advisors for Transformation GmbH, an international consulting company for simulation technology, complexity management, and “Strategic Foresight under Deep Uncertainty” in Freiburg, Germany. He resides in Lenzkirch (Black Forest), Germany. Major publications: Various publications on Naturphilosophie in the context of Wolfgang Pauli und C. G. Jung: Unus Mundus: Kosmos und Sympathie (ed., 1992), Philosophia Naturalis (ed., 1996), Wolfgang Pauli und der Geist der Materie (ed., 2002). Editor of the German series Studienreihe zur Analytischen Psychologie. www.thomasarzt.de