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Profile of Dr Lucy Huskinson

Dr Lucy Huskinson
Dr Lucy Huskinson
Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School
+44 (0)1248 382768
T24, Main Arts

My research interests are principally in the tradition of continental philosophy and its dialogues with psychoanalytic studies and religious belief and experience. I read philosophy for my first degree, and then MA in psychoanalytic studie. Following this I undertook doctoral research on the influence of Nietzschean philosophy on the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, with particular emphasis on the role of conflicting impulses that underpin their models of self. After completing my PhD in 2003, I became a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, UK; and later, a research fellow at the Universities of Monash and La Trobe, Victoria, Australia. I was appointed to the Bangor faculty in 2007. During my doctoral and postdoctoral studies I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor (BACP and WPF accredited), and received my qualification in 2005. I am a joint Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies, and continue to lecture annually at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. My spare moments are usually spent watching American football and following its strategic game-play (I follow especially the Cincinnati Bengals, of whom I am a life-long fan; and of course Bangor University’s own team, the MudDogs!).

Research Expertise

  • Continental philosophy (especially Nietzsche; Kierkegaard; Heidegger; Levinas; existentialism; phenomenology)
  • Depth psychology (psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, and object relations: especially Freud, C.G. Jung, Klein, Winnicott, Bollas)
  • Mental health and its relationship to religion/spirituality (especially deconstructing phenomena of ‘madness’, ‘intuition’, ‘inspired states’, ‘creativity’; and psychological diagnoses of ‘religious’ experience)
  • Symbolism, iconography

I am currently writing a monograph, Architecture of the Psyche: How Buildings Make and Break Our Lives (Routledge: London and NY, 2014). This considers the philosophical and psychological relevance of architecture and the design and construction of the built environment.


In 2013 I was awarded the Bangor University ‘Teacher of the Year’, student-led award. I teach and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I currently supervise the following research students.

  1. Joshua Andrews: Nihilism as a cultural phenomenon: Kierkegaard and Buddhism.
  2. Owen Brear: The metaphysical problem of opposites in the work of Aristotle and C.G. Jung.

I have supervised the following successful doctoral theses.

  1. ‘A Kindred Spirit in the Shadows: C.G. Jung’s unfounded rejection of Søren Kierkegaard’ (Amy Cook, PhD 2014)
  2. ‘Transcendent Experience, Process, and Praxis within the ‘Transcendence Movement’ (Keith Beasley, 2013)
  3. ‘The Christian Platonism of George Grant: following Simone Weil from the cave to the cross’ (Brad Jersak, PhD, 2012)
  4. ‘A revised epistemology for an understanding of spirit release therapy, according to the conceptual framework of F.W.H. Myers’ (Terence Palmer, PhD, 2012)

Please enquire about my availability for doctoral (PhD) supervision.

I teach the following undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules.

  • Psychology of Religion (VPR2209/VPR3309)
  • Existentialism (VPR1103)
  • Death of God (VPR1104)
  • Introduction to Philosophy and Religion (VPR/VPC1101)
  • Paradoxes of Self (VPR2203/VPR3303)
  • History of Western Philosophy (VPR4401)
  • Masters of Suspicion (VPR4404)
  • Texts in Context (VPR4402)

Administrative Roles

  • Deputy Head of School
  • Senior Tutor
  • College of Arts and Humanities Research Ethics Board
  • University Mental Health Strategy Board
  • Peer Guide Coordinator
  • Disability Contact

Major Publications

Single-Authored Books

1. Architecture of the Psyche: How buildings make or break our lives. Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Routledge: London and New York. Forthcoming 2014.
2. Introduction to Nietzsche: His Religious Thought, Hendrickson: Massachusetts (2009)/Baker Publishing Group, 2010; The SPCK Introduction to Nietzsche: His Religious Thought, SPCK: London, 2009.
3. Nietzsche and Jung: The Whole Self in the Union of Opposites, Brunner-Routledge: Hove and New York, 2004. [Translated into Persian, Markaz]

Edited Books

1. Analytical Psychology in Conversation with a Changing World (co-edited with Murray Stein), Routledge: London and New York. Forthcoming 2014.
2. Eavesdropping: The Psychoanalyst in Television and Cinema (co-edited with Terrie Waddell) Routledge: London and New York. Forthcoming 2014.
3. Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-edited with Bettina Schmidt). Continuum: London, 2010.
4. Dreaming the Myth Onwards: New Directions in Jungian Therapy and Thought, (sole editor) Routledge: London and New York, January 2008.

Articles in Refereed Journals

1. 'Housing Complexes: redesigning the house of psyche in light of Gaston Bachelard's curious mistranslation of C.G. Jung. The International Journal of Jungian Studies, 5:1 (2013), pp.64-80. Download article here.
2. 'The Self as Violent Other: The Problem of Defining the Self', The Journal of Analytical Psychology , 47:3 (2002), pp. 439-60. Download article here.
3. 'The Relation of Non-Relation: The Interaction of Opposites, Compensation, and Teleology in C.G. Jung's Model of the Psyche, Harvest, Journal for Jungian Studies, 46:1 (2000), pp. 7-25.

Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

1. ‘The Viewer ‘In Treatment’: Erotic Transference and captivation of the audience’ in Eavesdropping: The Psychoanalyst in Television and Cinema, above, 2014.
2. ‘Exorcism and Deliverance in Popular Culture’ in Exorcism and Deliverance: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives (eds William K. Kay and Robin A. Parry), Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2011.
3. ‘Anatomy of Genius: Inspiration through Banality and Boring People' in House: The Wounded Healer on Television (eds. Leslie Gardner and L.J.Hockley), London and New York: Routledge, 2010 [translated into Hungarian, 2012]. Download scan of chapter here.
4. ‘Analytical Psychology and Spirit Possession: Towards a Non-Pathological Diagnosis’ in Spirit Possession and Trance, above, 2010.
5. 'Ordinarily Mythical' in Dreaming the Myth Onwards, above, 2008.
6. 'Archetypal Dwelling, Building Individuation' in Psyche and the Arts: Jungian Approaches to Music, Architecture, Literature, Painting and Film edited by Susan Rowland, Routledge: London and New York, May, 2008.
7. 'Holy, Holy, Holy: The Misappropriation of the Numinous in Jung', in The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, edited by Ann Casement and David Tacey, Routledge: London and New York, 2006. Download scan of chapter here.

Editorial Roles

1. Editor-In-Chief, International Journal for Jungian Studies (ISSN 1940-9052/1940-9060)
2. Guest editor, Behavioral Sciences, 2014 (open access) (ISSN 2076-328X)
3. Editorial board of: Spring, Journal of Archetype and Culture (ISSN 1934-2039/1934-2047); Quadrant (ISSN 0033-‐5010).


  • 2013: Mythos Grant, visiting scholarship, Opus Archives and Research Center, Santa Barbara ($4500).
  • 2013: Teacher of the Year, Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Award.
  • 2013: Shortlisted for Outstanding Pastoral Care, Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Award
  • 2013: Shortlisted for Dissertation/Supervisor of the Year, Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Award.
  • 2012: Artellus Small Grant.


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