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Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche Conference

Petros M. Nomikos Foundation

Santorini, Greece

August 31 – September 3, 2017

Jungian analysts Tom Singer, Jules Cashford, Craig san Roque and others would like to invite you to participate in a third Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche conference designed to illuminate the influence of ancient Greek thought—mythology, philosophy, art, culture—on our modern psyches. We are bringing together Jungian analysts, and other scholars, for our three-day event at the Peter M. Nomikos Conference Center on the beautiful island of Santorini, ancient Thera, in Greece.

The Peter M. Nomikos Conference Center, with its stunning location at the top of the hill above the town of Fira and its up-to-date facilities, is a splendid site for participants and presenters to come together.

The papers from the 2009 conference were published by Spring Journal Books: Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche:  Archetypes in the Making.

The papers from the 2012 conference were published by Routledge: Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche:  Archetypes Evolving.

An invitation from the organizers:

We would like to invite you to participate in a third conference designed to illuminate the influence of ancient Greek thought–mythology, philosophy, art, culture–on our modern psyches. We are bringing together Jungian analysts, and other scholars, for our three-day event on the beautiful island of Santorini, ancient Thera, in Greece.  Because of the volcanic eruption around 1627 BCE, which created the caldera, a huge crater that drops to the sea, the island has been fabled as Plato’s lost kingdom of Atlantis.

Known for its spectacular views at the edge of the caldera, the island’s Bronze Age site of Akrotiri was first excavated in 1967 by the archaeologist Spiro Marinatos. When Marinatos died in 1976, Professor Christos Doumas took over the direction of the ongoing work. The island offers a unique opportunity to concentrate our studies. The Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center, with its stunning location at the top of the hill above the main town of Fira and its up-to-date facilities, is a splendid site for participants and presenters to come together. The Nomikos Conference Center previously housed the Thera Wallpainting Exhibition, an in situ full-size photographic installation of the Bronze Age site frescoes uncovered and restored thus far. This exhibition has now been moved to the new Santozeum Museum next to the cable car near the top of Fira.

The conference opening in the early evening of August 31 will include a wine and meze reception at the Nomikos Center.

We are limiting the program to provide ample time for discussion. We want to stimulate dialogue and create an intimacy that honors the depth and the breadth of our presentations, the modern Greek culture in which we will be hosted, and the fascinating history of the island. To that end, there will be a maximum of three presentations a day. Two lectures will be given in the morning, one in the early evening; question and answer session to follow each presentation. Presenters will be available throughout the days for further discussion and the last session on Saturday will be a circle dialogue, and then dance instruction for all of us participants.

In the long afternoons, we follow the Greek tradition of lunch and nap as well as explore the local attractions, which include the following: the Bronze Age site of Akrotiri; the modern Museum of Prehistoric Thera that houses the artifacts from Akrotiri; the older Archaeological Museum; the Roman era town of ancient Thera, wineries, black sand beaches, and the hot springs of Nea Kamena.

Please contact Baruch Gould at baruchgould@me.com to register and for any questions you might have about the conference.

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