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Straying From the Path: An Exploration of the Intersections between Queer Theory and Jungian Theory: A Course with David Solem

  • Monday, January 29, 2024
  • Monday, March 11, 2024
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, January 29, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Monday, February 12, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Monday, February 26, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Monday, March 11, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom, Eastern Time



This program WILL BE recorded. More information on recordings below. 

Registration closes at 12:00pm EST the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

Those who cannot perform normative cultural narratives often find their voices silenced.  Queer Theory offers us a new framework – a new way for working with old material.  To queer an experience is to resist defining it.  Queerness is not reducible to the convenience of definition.  In our inquiries, we are listening for what we find resonant with our personal or clinical experience and for what makes us squirm, wish to turn away, or shut down, for herein lies our treasure.  Connections will be made between ideas from Queer Theory and the Jungian concepts of individuation, complex theory, Weltanschauung, and active imagination.

In the first class, we will begin our exploration of the intersections between Queer Theory and a Jungian analytical frame, as articulated by Lee Edelman in No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive.

We will follow this in the second class with a discussion of our understandings of power, hierarchy, kinship, libido, and the costs of “standing outside” of the normative, as well as the necessity of doing so if we are to be conscious of our unique relationship to and within Psyche. Our text for this class will be Judith Butler's  Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death.

Next, we will address complexes at the individual and cultural levels and how individuation necessitates a continual struggle in this realm of the Psyche. We will connect Jungian ideas that pertain to working with complexes with the ideas of Queer theorist Sara Ahmed, as articulated in her book, Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others.

In the fourth and last class, we will try to synthesize what has been unfolding for by working with fairy tales from a Queer Energy perspective. We will hold an open discussion of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Angela Chambers’ The Lady of the House of Love, and Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince.

A complete list of readings and an expanded look at what we’ll discuss in each class will be sent to participants upon registration.

David Solem, MSW, MA, is a diplomate Jungian analyst through the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJ) and the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP).  He is a training analyst on the faculties of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, the C.G. Jung Institute of Philadelphia, and of the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian Seminar.  He holds advanced degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory and in spirituality, pastoral counseling, and social work (three separate degrees) from Loyola University. His publications appear in Psychological Perspectives (2017),  Quadrant (2018), and the Journal of Analytical Psychology (2019 and 2021).  David is a current lecturer for the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and the C.G. Jung Foundation of Washington DC and has a private clinical practice in Santa Fe, NM.

RECORDINGS:  The recording will be sent out 24-48 hours after each session has concluded. You will have 14 days to watch each of the recordings.  

ZOOM LINKS: Zoom links can be found in your registration confirmation email. They will also be shared about 24 hours before the program start time. Registration closes before Zoom links are shared. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


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