The Journal has long harboured an ambition to host a conference in New York, which, with its unique ambience and wealth of culture, is unquestionably one of the great cities of the world. Moreover its tradition of welcoming innovative approaches in the arts extends through to the psychotherapeutic community as well; so in what better setting could we choose to explore our conference theme - Dissociation: Trauma and the Self.
Our workshop presenters and plenary speakers - who will include Don Kalsched, Donnel Stern, Coline Covington and Margaret Wilkinson - will be offering a diversity of approaches that contextualize, explore and critique what our Jungian orientation contributes to this field. Jung’s early interest in complexes and subsequent focus on archetypes, particularly their inclination toward personification and autonomy, led the way in studies of dissociation. More recently, conceptualizations of an unrepressed unconscious are making an important contribution to this ongoing debate and have again brought Jungian perspectives on the ‘not yet conscious’ to the fore.
Dissociation is then a theme with a rich Jungian history and a general contemporary pertinence. We do hope all those planning to attend will also give close consideration to our ‘Call for Papers’ page. The ambience of these Journal conferences is always very inclusive, and our Editorial Committee looks forward to considering workshop presentation proposals from all quarters.
Helping us anticipate what we hope will prove another memorable Journal conference is the reassurance of having secured a great venue for the event. The Roosevelt Hotel is one of those iconic deco ‘palaces’ so characteristic of the city, and offers excellent facilities; and as it is situated in the heart of downtown Manhattan it should also prove the perfect base from which to explore New York.
On the Thursday, as a preamble to the main conference, we will also be running, as we usually do, a ‘Writers’ workshop’. This year we intend to give it particular prominence as, thanks to the generosity of the Michael Horne Memorial Fund in underwriting this event, we have been able to offer it at much reduced fees. As Michael was a former US editor of the Journal, it seems particularly appropriate that, in the wake of his recent death, this fund raised in his honour should be dedicated to encouraging new writers and contributors to the Journal.
Finally, following on from the success of the Musical Soirée at London 2015 in which the performers were all drawn from the ranks of our own registrants, we will be offering, on the Saturday evening, another Gala dinner with a musical accompaniment - a JAP tribute to New York’s Broadway tradition!