[UPDATE] "Jung’s Red Book: Confronting the Unconscious through Word and Image," SAMLA (November 5-7, 2010)

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Jung's Red Book: Confronting the Unconscious through Word and Image
In 1913, at a moment of personal and professional crisis, Jung began
recording a series of visions and fantasies in what would become an
extended "confrontation with the unconscious." The Red Book, newly
published last year after decades kept under a shroud of family secrecy,
is rife with all the chaos and horror one might expect an honest
accounting of the unplumbed depths of the human psyche to contain. The
book has another striking feature as well, however: it is visually
stunning. Comprised of flowing calligraphic text illuminated by richly
colored and densely symbolic images, it is on its own terms an aesthetic
object of great precision and beauty.
This panel welcomes papers that explore the visual dimension of
Jung's text in any aspect. Possible topics might include, but are
not limited to, the relations between textual/visual aesthetics and the
unconscious; the use of an essentially medieval literary form to
delineate a profoundly modern search for self; the practical importance
of creativity and design in charting the hidden landscapes of human
experience, such as those designated by the terms "unconscious,"
"psyche," and "soul"; the role of aesthetic expression in the
development of the human psyche; and the dynamic interplay between word
and image, including their interchangeability (i.e., text that functions
visually as image, and images that function narratively or
informationally as text). While this panel is particularly interested in
papers exploring The Red Book, other papers addressing Jung's work,
particularly the visual dimensions of his texts will also be
By July 15, 2010, please submit (e-mail preferred), one-page proposals
and abstracts, along with any requests for audio-visual support, to
Nicholas Miller, Loyola University Maryland, at nmiller@loyola.edu.

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