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Sulagna Sengupta

Postgraduate Research Student
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Sulagna Sengupta

Profile

Ask me about
  • Jung and India
  • Culture, psyche, myths. Gender and society
  • Indian philosophy & Indian literature
  • Anima and animus, individuation
  • Archival research
  • Group Relations

Biography

Sulagna Sengupta completed her graduate studies from Tagores world university Visvabharathi, and her postgraduate education from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. Her research internship was in social and anthropological field methods in an Indo-Dutch project on gender and poverty in the squatter settlements of Delhi, India. She began her career in the non-profit sector, working in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka delivering human development interventions through research, training and policy initiatives. She has consulted for Dutch, German, Danish and Swiss bilateral agencies based in India for over a decade in her first career. Working in all the major states of India with disadvantaged rural and urban communities in multiple Indian languages, Sulagna has extensive exposure and knowledge of social communities in India, their economies, livelihoods, histories, culture and traditions. In 2004, Sulagna transitioned to her second career through training in Group Relations Method at the Leicester conferences of Tavistock, UK and through experience of human process labs. In 2005, she entered analysis (Jungian) and branched out as an independent scholar in Jungian Studies. Her first book, Jung in India published by Spring Journal Books, USA was based on original archival research of Jungs relations with India spanning over three decades. Sulagna has researched in all the major archives in India, at the Jung archives in ETH and at The Psychology Club (Zurich), at the Jung archives in The Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard, USA and at the Joseph Campbell archives at Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA. She has lectured at Jung institutes in Zurich, Boston and at Pacifica. Sulagna is a member of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS). She is also a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Jungian Studies (IJJS). Her second book, Animus from Routledge is forthcoming in 2021. Publications: Book: Sengupta, S, (2013). Jung in India, Spring Journal Books, New Orleans, USA, 2013 Papers: Sengupta, S. (2013). Samudra Manthan: Reflections on an Ancient Indian Myth, Jung and India, Spring Journal, Fall edition, New Orleans, USA. Sengupta, S. (2017). Paramapada Sopanam: The Divine Game of Rebirth & Renewal in Elizabeth Broderson & Michael Clock (edited) Jungian Perspectives on Rebirth & Renewal, Routledge, UK. Sengupta, S. (2020). Cultural Other in Jung's India, International Journal of Jungian Studies (IJJS), Volume 12, Issue1: Special Issue: Indeterminate States: Transcultural, Transracial, Transgender, Brill, Netherlands. Sengupta, S. (2020). Earth, Ecology and the Feminine in Leslie Gardner & Catriona Miller (edited) Exploring Depth Psychology and the Female Self, Routledge, UK. Sengupta, S. (2021). Katabasis in an Ancient Indian Myth in 'Descent of the Soul: Katabsais and Depth Psychology', edited by Paul Bishop, Terence Dawson & Leslie Gardner. (forthcoming)

Qualifications

  • M.A. (English) Jadavpur University, India (1990)

  • B.A. (Honours) English, Philosophy Vishwabharati, Santiniketan, India (1987)

Research and professional activities

Thesis

The Narrative Myth of Ramayana: The Anima in Rama's Individuation

Her thesis explores the myth of the hero in an Indian epic with emphasis on the role of the anima in a hero's individuation process. She attempts to interpret an eastern myth and the cultural philosophy embedded in it with Jung's concept of individuation. Sulagna brings her familiarity of India’s cultural, historical and philosophical knowledge systems in framing an approach about the unconscious that could be useful for a decolonized Indian context.

Supervisor: Professor Roderick Main

Research interests

Psyche, culture, history

Her research interests are psyche, culture and unconscious, myths and symbols, the concept of self and consciousness in Indian religious philosophy, anima and animus, individuation with particular focus on Jung's inquiries on India.

Contact

sulagna.sengupta@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus