The contra-sexual animus is a twofold entity, with a masculine other in a feminine self–a notion that has been in Indian culture since ancient times. Jung’s relationship with India spanned many decades of the 1900s and includes not just his psychological enquiries of Indian texts and religious philosophy, but also many decades of correspondence from the 1920s to 1961, as well as a historic trip to India in 1937-38 to attend the Silver jubilee celebrations of the Indian Science Congress. Jung’s empirical and scientific work on the unconscious and his long career as a psychoanalyst in the West blended seamlessly with his interests in Eastern knowledge traditions–a combination that rendered his work unique, as it affirmed the wisdom of ‘the other’.
This lecture-presentation will highlight Carl Jung’s psychological interests in India and deliberate on his pioneering notion of the animus. It will illustrate the significance of culture, gender and feminine subjectivity in the unfolding of the animus in the unconscious psyche. The talk will highlight key contents of the book and the significance of culture in formulating notions of consciousness. The book is available for purchase here and here.
Author, ‘Animus, Psyche and Culture: A Jungian Revision’
Sulagna Sengupta is a Jungian scholar and cultural historian with more than two decades of experience in the field of analytical psychology education and research. Sulagna has researched in the Carl Jung archives at ETH, Zurich, Centre for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard University, and in state and national archives of India, specialising in Jung-India history, culture and psyche. She has taught in Jung institutes in Zurich, Pacifica and Boston. Her first book Jung in India, to be republished soon, traced for the first time Jung’s long and substantive history with India over many decades. Sulagna is currently working on a Jungian interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK. Animus, Psyche and Culture – A Jungian Revision is her second book, published by Routledge, UK.