Monday, August 19th 2013

Aksel Haaning Aksel Haaning, (1959 -), magister artium in Medieval Latin from University of Copenhagen (1992); Ph.d. (2000), now Associate Professor in Intellectual History and Science Studies at the University of Roskilde, Denmark. His research is focused on the Philosophy of Nature, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, religious movement in the Middle Ages and the spiritual traditions later on as well. since 2008 he has specialised in Jungian History and Jungian Studies, and the discovery of the unconscious 1800-1950; he is currently working on a major book on how and why Jung decided for the study of alchemy and he hermetic philosophy.

9:15 – 10:30 Aksel Haaning: C.G. Jung’s quest for “Aurora consurgens” and the unnoted manuscript at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. The diagnosis of the modern mind in the 1930s and the discovery of alchemy. Moderator: John Beebe (CGJISF)

Abstract: In the 1930’ies Jung was eagerly studying the alchemical philosophy in order to heal the modern psyche from alienation and from forgetting the past. He discovered, and decided to publish, the unknown manuscript entitled Aurora consurgens. My lecture will make a presentation of a new manuscript of the text from The Royal Library in Copenhagen, and try to answer, why this text takes such a pivotal place in Jung’s later work. The main focus of my lecture however, will be at Jung’s diagnosis of the modern psyche in Europe between the World Wars, and try to explain, why the studies of alchemy in Jung’s view could be so important for a more healing future development – a central point in Jung’s later studies. This, I think, is about origins, innovations and controversies.
Aksel Haaning has published several books in Danish, including Naturens lys. Vestens naturfilosofi i højmiddelalder og renæssance ca. 1250-1650, 1998; 2001; [The Light of Nature. The Philosophy of Nature from the high Middle Age to the Renaissance], Middelalderens naturfilosofi. Naturens genkomst i filosofi, digtning og videnskab ca. 1100-1250, Danish 2009 [The Philosophy of Nature in the Middle Ages. The Return of Nature in Philosophy, Poetry and Science 1100-1250] and the popular Den kristne mystik – fra middelalderens verden, Danish 2011) [Christian Mysticism in the Middle Age], which includes chapters on spirituality and history of religion.


Gustav Bovensiepen, MD, Cologne, Germany. Jungian analyst for adults, children and adolescents, trained at the Jung-Institute in Berlin. Co-editor of Analytische Psychologie and on the editorial boards of some German and international psychoanalytic journals. Author of numerous clinical papers and award-winner of two analytic awards and active in the training of analysts and child analysts. In the last years my main clinical interest is focused on problems of symbolization and on different mental states of the analyst in the analytic situation. This interest meets very well with my since 15 years lasting active passion for Argentinean tango. I am still not sure about what is more difficult: to become a good enough analyst or a good enough tango dancer. 

11:00 – 12:00 Gustav Bovensiepen (DGAP): Der analytische Prozess als Spiel wechselnder Perspektiven im Analytiker. The analytical process as a playing of changing perspectives in the analyst Moderator: Verena Kast (SGAP, AGAP)

Abstract: Probably beyond transference and counter-transference I assume there is also a rich “non-analytic” mental activity in the analyst’s mind. We seldom speak or publish about this mental activity. I propose to handle all those “thoughts” (e.g. phantasies, imaginations, images, etc.) in a more playful way or attitude; to play with our thoughts we gain more different perspectives to look on the analytic material and on the intersubjective field and we become a psychic lively object for the patients’ mind, which is so necessary to grow emotionally. In a modern analytic psychotherapy with patients of a broad spectrum of Self related problems we must develop a high flexibility of mental perspectives or vertices. From infant observation and developmental research we know how important e.g. the perspective is, from where the baby is looking at the mothers face and vice versa. Perspectives of the analytic process could be the spatial perspective, the rhythm of close and far, the dynamic of presence and absence and the “look ” or perspective on images. The imaginal and pictorial thinking is important for the Jungian approach but it has its pitfalls and sometimes inhibits analytic thinking. To enlarge our traditional Jungian symbolic handling of images, pictures and icons I will refer also to modern theories of iconology. My main hypothesis is that if we develop a more flexible and playful analytic attitude in our thinking in the analytic situation we enlarge the possibilities to create mental links: in the analysand, in the analyst and within the analytic couple and this – hopefully – will further the emergence of meaning. For illustration some clinical vignettes will be presented.