The Spectre of the "OTHER" in Jungian Psychology–– South Africa Conference

2017 Multidisciplinary Conference on Jungian Psychology Sponsored by theInternational Association for Jungian Studies


Centre of Applied Jungian Studies South Africa

Conferenece Sponsored by CAJS South Africa

We invite you to participate in a gathering of academics, analysts, students and others interested in exploring a Jungian conceptualization of Otherness, and how such ideas interface with ideas about the Other in broader psychoanalytic and critical theory dialogue.

July 27-30, 2017

“I do not know what Africa is really saying to me, but it speaks.” (Jung in a letter to Emma in MDR)

Confirmed Presenters:  Andrew Samuels, PhD, London, UK 
Fanny Brewster, PhD, New York, USA
Nomfundo Mlisa, PhD, Alice, South Africa 
Renos Papadopoulos, PhD, London, UK
Roger Brooke, PhD, Pittsburgh, USA
Jennifer Selig Ph.D. California, USA 
Jutta Schamp, PhD, Dominguez Hills, USA
John Beebe, San Francisco, USA

We invite you to participate in a gathering of academics, analysts, students and others interested in exploring a Jungian conceptualization of Otherness, and how such ideas interface with ideas about the Other in broader psychoanalytic and critical theory dialogue. 

The conference will be held at the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa, which is located in the center of Cape Town and is encircled by a variety of hotels, gardens, galleries, and museums. Cape Town was the location of the first public speech that focused on the beginning of democratic elections and a new era for South Africa, made by Nelson Mandela on February 11, 1990 after his release from imprisonment during the period of Apartheid. Today, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city that, like many cities across the world, struggles with growth and prosperity alongside ecological change as well as economic disparities and racial divides.

The image for our conference is the African Baobab tree, symbolic of the evolutionary nature of humanity’s individuation—as individuals and at the cultural level. Baobab trees become quite large and hollow out as they grow. Eventually, the tree creates an optical inversion, appearing to be almost upside down — as if its roots are at the top. The tree’s hollowness can be viewed as a metaphor for the development of consciousness and culture: the liminal space that is essential for consciousness and the unconscious to connect. 

In this liminal space of the conference setting, we will present to each other and seek to challenge one another, through papers and discussion, on how we might understand the contribution made by Jung’s work when applied to issues of Otherness which are being grappled with both in South Africa and globally. We seek to discuss questions, such as: What have been the negative impacts of such contributions to indigenous people and to those who identify as post-modern? How have indigenous cultures and others, such as the recent influx of refugees into various countries and people who identify as LGBT, carried the shadow projection of non-indigenous people and those in authority and at what price for both? Additional areas we wish to explore are Jung’s experience of the Self and other core Jungian concepts, which he came to understand while in the midst of indigenous cultures, and whether they stand the test of time or fall short due to not addressing political realities such as European Colonialism, and, later in time, “Apartheid” and our current political issues. Of equal importance, how do these theories and political realities interface with global expressions of humanity’s various spiritual concepts and beliefs?

As we read in his works, Jung had a deep love of indigenous cultures and he described his trip to Africa in 1925 as a spiritual journey, which he associated with the Egyptian Horus Myth. Jung interpreted this mythic drama as depicting the resolution of duality (Horus and Set) and the emergence of consciousness, in which he saw parallels with his own individuation. Regarding the development of the mind through mythological and cultural contexts, and even though he acknowledged the limitation of the term he used, Jung intellectually and conceptually colonized indigenous people with his notions of the “primitive psyche” as archaic and regressive when compared to that of the (modern) Western psyche. In this way, indigenous people constituted an effective foil in Jung’s work and his conceptualization of personhood through the foil of the Other. We might reasonably suggest that in this context, Jung harbored a somewhat dichotomous reverence and patronization toward indigenous people. 


The conference will be held at the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa, which is located in the center of Cape Town and is encircled by a variety of hotels, gardens, galleries, and museums. 

Center for the Book South Africa

Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa
Location >>> Google Maps <<<


The currency in South Africa is the Rand and the exchange rate is around 14 Rand to $1 USD. Check the latest >>> currency exchange rates <<<


We recommend several hotels that range in style and price from cosmopolitan to an original and authentic Dutch influence to native South African. Don't forget the many local choices available with >>> AirBNB <<< Prices on AirBNB start at $36 USD per night

Pepperclub Hotel & Spa
Loop St & Pepper St, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
2017 Rates: from R2390 to R5270 per night depending on room, standard atrium / standard city / deluxe mountain. Includes full breakfast and free tours to the waterfront and to the beaches.

The exchange rate makes travel and accomodation very affordable. A round trip tIcket from Los Angeles to Cape Town and accomodation at the fabulous >>> Pepperclub Hotel & Spa <<< is around $1700 via >>> Expedia <<<

African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel
Orange Street & Grey’s Pass, Gardens, Cape Town City Centre 
2017 Rates: from R2316 to R3950 per night depending on room, standard atrium / standard city / deluxe mountain. 

Dutch Manor Antique Hotel (1km from Company’s Garden)
158 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre
2017 Rates: from R950 to R2500 per night depending on room, standard / luxury / honeymoon.


Ikhaya Lodge
8 Wandel Street, Dunkley Square, Cape Town Central
R950 per person per night


Cape Town City Centre is approximately 20km and about 20 minutes from the airport off peak.

  • Uber – an easy way to get around at a tap of a button.
  • Car – cheap rentals are available, as well as, all international car hires companies.
  • Bicycle – these can be hired. Bicycle racks are dotted throughout the city centre.
  • MyCiTi Bus (Cape Town’s rapid bus service) – airport service and in and around the city.
  • Sedan Meter Taxis – available for hire from a number of locations in and around the city.
  • City Sightseeing Bus – a hop on, hop off option that operates 365 days a year, rain or shine.



  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    The V&A Waterfront has more than 450 stores that offer a wide variety of goods. From fashion and accessories to health, homeware and audio visual equipment, there’s something for everyone.
    V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Canal Walk Shopping Centre
    Canal Walk Shopping Centre is Africa's leading super regional retail mall, with more than 400 shops, restaurants and services.
    Century Blvd, Century City
  • Cavendish Square
    Cavendish Square is an award winning shopping destination in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, boasting more than 200 stores that offer exclusive local and international fashion, cinemas and a selection of premium restaurants and coffee shops.
    Dreyer Street, Claremont



  • Robben Island 
    Visit the World Heritage Site where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
  • Table Mountain
    Table Mountain is proud to be one of the official New7Wonders of Nature, and the only one to be located in an urban area, making it highly accessible.
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Nature reserve with mountain views. It is a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain. The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes.
  • Cape of Good Hope
    The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula.
  • Seal Island
    Seal Island is a small land mass located 5.7 kilometres off the northern beaches of False Bay, near Cape Town. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it.
  • Township Tour
    Enjoy a visit to Langa, meet the people, make lasting memories!
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
    Magical journey, with more than 3 000 enchanting sea animals, like fish, sharks, turtles, octopi and birds, this underwater kingdom can keep everyone enthralled for hours.
  • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat 
    Adventures on the high seas await the mateys on the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, which sets sail every day in the late morning, at lunchtime and at sunset and includes a live pirate show that will have everyone thrilled.
  • Grand West Casino
    Casino gaming tables, slots and cabaret - 24-hour entertainment complex.
  • World of Birds 
    Burgeoning bird enthusiasts’/nature photographers will go wild for World of Birds. As the largest bird park in Africa, it has over 3 000 birds and small animals, 400 different bird species and 100 walk through aviaries.



  • The Crypt Jazz Restaurant
    The live music venue that’s home to a relaxed listening and dining experience.
  • Mama Africa
    Hearty, traditional food in colourful, rustic setting with eclectic mix of bands and drummers.
  • The Fugard Theatre in District Six
    'A little bit of magic'
  • Stardust Restaurant and Dinner Theatre
    The theatrical dining experience that not only facilitates a roaring good time for patrons but has also launched some major singing talent.
  • Cape Town Comedy Club at V&A Waterfront
    Cape Town’s premier stand-up venue.



Multiple publishing opportunities will be available to members and presenters at the conference, including our own publication the IJJS Journal. Details and the submission process will be discussed at the conference. 



100% refund if request is received before April 1st; 50% refund if request is received between April 1st and May 1st; no refund after May 1st  2017.

Please contact Michael Glock with any registration or cancellation issues. Contact Stephen Farah and Marybeth Carter 2017 IAJS Conference Co-Chairs with any conference organization issues.

  • Renos Papadopoulos,

    Renos Papadopoulos, PhD
    'Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees'

  • Mrs. Nomfundo MlisaNomfundo Mlisa,

    PhD, Alice, South Africa

  • Fanny Brewster, Fanny Brewster,

    New York C.G. Jung Foundation

    PhD, New York, USA

  • Andrew Samuels, Andrew Samuels,

    Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

    London, UK

  • Roger Brooke, PhD, Pittsburgh, USA Roger Brooke, PhD, Pittsburgh, USA

    Duquesne University

  • Dr. Jennifer SeligJennifer Selig, PhD, California ,USA

    Pacifica Graduate Institute

  • Jutta Schamp, PhD, Dominguez Hills, USA

    College Professor at California State Universities, Dominguez Hills and Northridge; Santa Monica College


  • John Beebe is a Jungian analyst in practice in San Francisco. He received degrees from Harvard College and the University of Chicago medical school. He is a past President of the C.G. Wikipedia

    John Beebe, San Francisco, USA

    Jungian analyst in practice in San Francisco