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Warren Colman Zurich lectures – „Act and Image: The Emergence of Symbolic Imagination”

Oct 3 & Oct 4, 2014; Zurich, Switzerland

By ISAPZURICH and Spring Journal Books

Warren Colman’s lectures are the part are the part of The Zurich Lecture Series.

Symbolic communication is basic to humankind, but where do symbols come from and how did humans develop the capacity to use them? Perhaps some clues can be found in found in the early flowering of symbolic imagination found in European cave paintings and sculptures from as long as 40,000 years ago and,even further back, in the use of stone tools by our hominid ancestors of 2.5 million years ago.

Looking at the human engagement with material objects in a context of social living leads to a shift of perspective in which symbols are not merely the expression of pre-existing psychic ‚ideas’ — rather, the social use of material objects plays an active role in the constitution of symbolic mind.

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About the Zurich Lecture Series:

The Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology was established in 2009 by the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich (ISAPZURICH) and Spring Journal Books to present annually new work by a distinguished scholar who has previously offered innovative contributions to the field of Analytical Psychology by either:

  • bringing analytical psychology into meaningful dialogue with other scientific, artistic, and academic disciplines;
  • showing how analytical psychology can lead to a better understanding of contemporary global concerns relating to the environment, politics, religion; or
  • expanding the concepts of analytical psychology as they are applied clinically

Each year, the selected lecturer delivers 4 lectures over a 2-day period in Zurich based on a previously unpublished book-length work. This book is then published by Spring Journal Books in a book series of which Nancy Cater, Ph.D., and Murray Stein, Ph.D., are the series editors.


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