Maria Giovanna Bianchi takes part in a panel at the IAAP/IAJS Joint 2018 Conference entitled ‘Indeterminate States: Trans-cultural; trans-racial; trans-gender’
2-5 August 2018 in Frankfurt, https://iaap.org/conferences/iaap-iajs-conference/
Here is her abstract:
As a United Nations human rights officer and Jungian Analyst, my interest is in bridging the trans-disciplinary State between human rights law and analytical psychology that coexist in parallel with few attempts of integration. Most lawyers are not interested in psychology and most psychologists don’t see an immediate benefit in human rights law. There are many correspondences between the two disciplines and linking the two would enormously help victims of human rights violations, including migrants and refugees.
All individuals have an archetypal sense of justice that can decisively contribute to the healing process in victims of human rights violations. In mythologies gods of justice incarnate both divine and human justice showing the interplay between collective and individual.
Human rights can be analysed through Jungian typology and, as a cause, a movement, interpreted as the transcendent function which integrates the thinking function of the law and the feeling function of justice.
The clinical case of a Syrian asylum-seeker, 11 years old child supports the hypothesis that justice heals by giving voice to the victims, producing accountability of perpetrators, and preventing trans-generational transmission of trauma. The analysis of unconscious material such as dreams and drawings demonstrates the decisive factor of the healing effect on the child of the just recognition of the refugee status.
Individuals who come together moved by the archetype of justice, can engage in social, political, ethical issues initiating a spiritual, numinous, movement such as the human rights one. The human rights and the analytical psychology perspectives offer together the spiritual standpoint necessary for the emergence of a numinous movement which, by integrating collective and individual levels, offers an alternative to the way we face the existing contemporary challenges.
Maria Giovanna Bianchi, PhD, is a United Nations Human Rights Officer and a Jungian psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. She has been working with victims of human rights violations, such as torture and enforced disappearances, both from a legal perspective and as therapist. She authored presentations in international conferences on the trauma caused by collective violence in particular towards asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.