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Giovanni V. R. Sorge

Giovanni V. R. Sorge, Dr.

  • Lehrbeauftragter
  • Seminar "Asia-Europe Encounters in the 20th Century: The Role of Switzerland"


1994-1999 Laurea magistrale, University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Faculty of “Lettere e Filosofia”, Department of Religious Studies.

2005-2010 PhD in History, Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Research Centre for Social and Economic History]. Archival researches in Switzerland, Germany, and UK.

2015-2016 Postdoc at the Chair for Literature and Cultural Studies, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich. Creation of an inventory of a section of the C.G. Jung Papers Collection at the ETH Library, Zürich (ETH Research Collection, 2016).

Giovanni is Lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich/Küsnacht and editor of the Philemon Foundation. He has been scientific advisor of the Eranos Foundation in Ascona and of the Stillpoint Zurich. Giovanni is also co-vice director of the Mercurius Prize and works as a freelance journalist and as a counselor in a private clinic.


History and Theory of Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychology, History of Ideas, Spiritual disciplines.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

"The Construct of the ‘Mana Personality’ in Jung’s Works: A Historic-hermeneutic Perspective", in: Journal of Analytical Psychology, 65(2) 2020 [Part I], 136-152, and 65(3) 2020 [Part II], 519-537. German version: "Die Theorie der ‚Mana-Persönlichkeit‘ im Jungschen Werk. Eine historisch-hermeneutische Perspektive", in: Recherches germaniques. C.G. Jung: arts, sciences et cultures. Pour une réévaluation de l‘œuvre / C.G. Jung: Kunst, Wissenschaften, Kulturen. Ein neuer Zugang zum Gesamtwerk, ed. by C. Maillard and V. Liard, Vol. 9/2014, 205-238

Psicologia Analitica e Anni Trenta : il ruolo di C.G. Jung nella ”Internationale Allgemeine Ärztliche Gesellschaft für Psychotherapie” (1933-1939/1940), University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts, 2018.

"Carl Gustav Jung and India", in: On the Paths of Enlightenment. The Myth of India in Western Culture 1808-2017 (2 Vols.), Skira, Milano 2017, 276-291.

"Notes on the Hermeneutic and Heuristic Potentiality of Analytical (Complex) Psychology", in: The Analyst in the Politics Vol. I. Proceedings from the Second Conference on Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology, ed. by S. Carta, A. Adorisio, R. Mercurio, Streetlib, Lexington KY 2017, 193-210.

"Il giovane Mircea Eliade. Psicoanalisi freudiana, religiosità e storia", in: Storiografia. Rivista annuale di storia, Vol. 20/2016, 47-80.

Bestandbeschrieb der Akten zur Geschichte der Präsidentschaft von C.G. Jung in der Internationalen Ärztlichen Gesellschaft für Psychotherapie, 1933-1940 im Nachlass von C.A. Meier – C.G. Jung-Arbeitsarchiv, ETH-Bibliothek, Hochschularchiv der ETH Zürich, 2016:

"Between Trans-historical Archetype and Manipulated Narration. Reflections on Myth in Postmodern Society", in: Creating Myths as Narratives of Empowerment and Disempowerment. International Conference Proceedings, ed. by S. Arfaoui, J. Bacha, M.K. Igoudjil, S. Ludwig, and J.S. Mackley, CreateSpace I.P.P. 2016, 3-19.

"Considerazioni intorno al rapporto fra Eliade e Jung alla luce della corrispondenza. Con particolare riguardo alla discussione sul simbolismo del mandala (1955)", in: Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni, Vol. 80, 2/2014, 741-778.

"Jung's Hermeneutic of the Yantra and the Mandala. The Influence of Heinrich Zimmer's Book Kunstform und Yoga im indischen Kultbild", in: Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 90/2013, 77-104.

"Love as Devotion. Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn’s relationship with Eranos and Jungian Psychology", in: Eranos Yearbook –Annale di Eranos 70, 2009-2010-2011, Love on a Fragile Thread, ed. by F. Merlini, L. E. Sullivan, R. Bernardini und K. Olson, Daimon, Einsiedeln 2012, 388-434.

"Jung’s Presidency of the International General Medical Society of Psychotherapy. New Insights", in: Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, Vol. 6, No 4, Fall 2012, 31-53. German version: "Jungs Präsidentschaft in der Internationalen Allgemeinen Ärztlichen Gesellschaft für Psychotherapie. Neue Erkenntnisse", in: Analytische Psychologie. Zeitschrift für Psychotherapie und Psychoanalyse, Jg. 42, N. 4/2011, 152-181.

"Tra sintomatologia e simbologia. Sull’interpretazione junghiana del nazismo negli anni prebellici (1933-1936)", in: Simbolo e sintomo. Quando la psiche prende la via regressiva del sintomo o quella progressiva del simbolo, ed. by C. Widmann, Edizioni Scientifiche MaGi, Roma 2011, 189-222.