Our speakers and their topics
2018 NEWS RELEASE:
Lindsey Harris of the Summer Course planning committee writes:
Exciting new developments are in hand, as our guest speakers explore the theme of “Images of power and the power of images” for the 2018 Summer course. A talk will be given on each of the four mornings 6th – 9th August. Our three guest speakers – Patricia Skar, Jocelyne Quennell and Michael Vannoy Adams – have thought carefully about how they wish to address the theme. Their presentations sound fascinating. See below for a glimpse of who’s who, and what their chosen topics are.
We are delighted that Michael Vannoy Adams will come especially from New York to give two presentations at Hothorpe Hall. His first talk is “Just Imagine”. Imagine Narcissus with an iPhone camera taking a “selfie,” loving the image, and posting it on Facebook. How are images so powerful? Do they have power over us, or do we give power to them?
Michael’s second talk is called “Uncensoring the Imagination”. He says “If images had no power, there would be no First and Second Commandments……. An orgy in the desert so enrages Moses that he grinds the golden calf to dust. Is iconoclasm an answer to the question of idolatry?….” Michael will emphasize the radically transformative value of images, and will challenge us with an Image Association Test. For him, Jungian psychoanalysis is an opportunity to exercise and explore the imagination. He will be demonstrating how to evoke and engage with vitally important images, how to interpret them accurately, and how to experience them immediately and intimately through the Jungian method of active imagination.
Michael Vannoy Adams D.Phil. is the author of four books, most recently For Love of the Imagination (Routledge 2014). He is a clinical associate professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, and the recipient of three Gradiva awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He earned a D.Phil. at the University of Sussex (1976), where he studied as a Marshall scholar. <www.jungnewyork.com>
Our other two speakers are equally eminent in their fields, and we are delighted that they also can come to speak at Champernowne.
Patricia Skar will be coming from Switzerland to speak to us on “The Power of Music: Eros, Order and Individuation”. She will explain how playing and listening to music can open us to feeling as well as a sense of inner order, facilitating the individuation process. From her perspective as a musician and Jungian analyst, she will explore the links between analytic and musical processes through Jungian concepts such as the archetype and complex, and describe with case examples her method of using music improvisation as active imagination within analysis.
Patricia Skar, BMus, MFA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Thun, Switzerland, and a senior analyst in IGAP, London. She began writing on music and analysis in her Jung Institute-Zurich diploma thesis: Music and Analysis: Contrapuntal Reflections (1992). Since then, she has practised analysis in Ireland, England and Switzerland, and lectured widely in a variety of clinical and academic settings. Her published articles focus on the relationship between music and analysis and the connections between Jungian psychology and the new sciences. <www.patriciaskar.com>
Jocelyne Quennell’s talk is intriguingly named “The Self is Honey for all Beings”. She believes that engaging with the power of images can restore, heal, or even transform a person’s life. This will be an opportunity to explore how the potency of the image itself can nurture and rejuvenate our sense of Self, values, principles and purpose, in catalysing profound and meaningful change.
Jocelyne Quennell is an eminent Integrative Arts Therapist in UK. She was formerly Principal of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education IATE, as well as previous Course Leader for the Sesame training in Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She is currently Director of the Wellbeing Faculty at IATE, developing multi-disciplinary and therapeutic approaches to wellbeing for children, young people, families and communities grounded in creativity and human relationship. <www.wellbeingeducation.org>
We are delighted with our line-up, and look forward to hearing all these presentations in August!