‘Dionysus and transdisciplinarity, or the role of imagination in research’ Professor Susan Rowland (Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA)
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‘Dionysus and transdisciplinarity, or the role of imagination in research’ Professor Susan Rowland (Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA)

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Given that twentyfirst century crises are global, multinational and multidisciplinary, how can the epistemological divides we have inherited, such as between the humanities, social sciences and the sciences, respond to the dangerous spirit of our times? Transdisciplinarity as formulated by Basarab Nicolescu offers a paradigm responding to these questions, but it lacks what myth could supply, a narrative of trans-human and nonhuman depths. My talk will propose Dionysus as a dynamic model for a transdisciplinary future and give examples of how this might look from Jungian psychology and literary studies. Modernity had its reasons for fragmenting the body of knowing and being to form the multidisciplinary academy. Today a crisis of globalism and ecology could be addressed by re-membering Dionysus, whose somatic psyche is neither limited to the human, nor to the Western (colonial) construct of the Anthropocene.


Susan Rowland (PhD) is Chair of MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, USA and was previously Professor of English and Jungian Studies at the University of Greenwich UK. A researcher and teacher of literature, Jung, feminist theory and creativity, she is author of eight books including Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002), Jung as a Writer (2005) and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Complexity Evolution and Jung (2012) as well as The Sleuth and the Goddess (2015) and in 2016, Remembering Dionysus: Revisioning Psychology and Literature in C.G Jung and James Hillman(Routledge).

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