Friday 5 February: 8pm
At Mackillop House Conference Centre,
50 Archibald Street, Lyneham
Psychology, Disorder and Climate Change”
Edited by Jonathan Marshall &
published by the C G Jung Society of Sydney
Also.a special performance and
conversation with Glenda Cloughley on
Climate change and 'the great
chance for poetry'.
Glenda writes, 'As climate diplomacy falters and the ice
caps melt, I have been pondering Jung's statement that "art represents
a process of self-regulation in the life of nations and epochs". To
me, it seems timely - even urgent - to review his assessment of the task of
the artist: of "educating the spirit of the age, conjuring up the
forms in which the age is most lacking". Ideas like these are not
often expressed in the Australian Parliament and they didn't make the
agenda of the UN Copenhagen Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet
several writers take them up in Depth Psychology, Disorder and Climate
Change and they are constants in wisdom traditions and Indigenous cultures.
It is two years since they lodged at the front of my mind when I failed to
produce a promised Canberra Jung Society lecture about climate change and
came with a mythic story-song instead.
This presentation is an
appreciative report to fellow Jung Society members who made possible that
first work-in-progress performance
of The Gifts of the Furies.
Canberra musician Johanna McBride and Glenda will perform The Songman
movement from the two-person version of Furies this will also be an
opportunity to reflect on advice from the Australian environmental activist
and poet Judith Wright.
More than 30 years have passed
since she said that "conservationists, with the world's most urgent
battle on their hands, must begin to enlist not only rational recognition
of the problem, but human concern, distress and love".
"This", she said, "is the great chance for poetry".
Dr Glenda Cloughley
is a Canberra-based Jungian analyst and musician. She sings with A Chorus
of Women and has composed a large body of poetic lyrics and music to
re-sound the participative democratic voice of the citizens' chorus and
retell some of the great teaching stories of the Western tradition. Glenda
has won a New Mythos Grant from the Opus Library and Archives Center at
Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, for research towards The Ethos
Epic, a sister work to The Furies. And A Chorus of Women will present a new
Canberra season of The Gifts of the Furies in 2010 with assistance from an
arts ACT grant.
Glenda’s talk will be based on her
chapter in the book "Depth Psychology, Disorder and Climate