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Animus, Psyche and Culture: A Jungian Revision is a contemporary account of Carl Jung’s concept of the contra-sexual psyche, its potencies and threats, and its individuating telos.
Sulagna Sengupta’s work encapsulates her journey with Jungian psychology, a critical part of which was uncovering Jung’s history with India. The contra-sexual animus finds a special place in Jung’s work and also in Sengupta’s journey – its discovery, manifestation, development and integration in the author’s inner world.
Oral Historian and author, Dr. Indira Chowdhury will dialogue with Sengupta to locate the nuances of this journey, the animation of Jung’s psychological ideas in contemporary world and the unique positioning of Jung’s work between cultures that facilitates emergence of new knowledge. Their conversation will explore the ways in which Sengupta discovered previously ignored archival material on Jung’s travel to India, her own journey with Jungian concepts and how she gained insight into their relevance to contemporary life in India.
Sulagna Sengupta is a Jungian scholar and cultural historian based in Bangalore, currently working on a Jungian reading of the Indian epic The Ramayana, at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, U.K. Her first book, Jung in India (2013), traced Carl Jung’s history with India for the first time in an original archivally researched work of history. Sulagna teaches and lectures worldwide on psyche and culture, and is editorial member of several Jungian journals. Her second book, Animus, Psyche and Culture: A Jungian Revision (2023) has been selected as one of seventy-five unique innovations of Indo-Swiss collaboration in 2023, a year that marks seventy-five years of Indo-Swiss partnership in arts and science. Sulagna’s website is: https://jung-india.org
Indira Chowdhury, writer and oral historian, has recently retired from the Centre for Public History at the Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bengaluru, a centre she founded in 2011. Prior to this she was professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. A PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, her book, The Frail Hero and Virile History (Delhi, OUP, 1998) won the Rabindra Puraskar in 2001.
Indira is a founding member of the Oral History Association of India. She was President of the Oral History Association of India (2013-2016) and President of the International Oral History Association (2014-2016). She blogs about oral history and memory at http://theoralhistorian.com