Jungian Arts-Based Research and
1st Edition

Jungian Arts-Based Research and "The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico"

ISBN 9781138310797
Published July 27, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Jungian Arts-Based Research and "The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico" provides clear, accessible and in-depth guidance both for arts-based researchers using Jung’s ideas and for Jungian scholars undertaking arts-based research. The book provides a central extended example which applies the techniques described to the full text of Joel Weishaus’ prose poem The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico, published here for the first time.

Designed as a "how-to" book, Jungian Arts-Based Research and "The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico" explores how Jung contributes to the new arts-based paradigm in psychic functions such as intuition, by providing an epistemology of symbols that includes the unconscious, and research strategies such as active imagination. Rowland examines Jung’s The Red Book as an early example of Jungian arts-based research and demonstrates how this practice challenges the convention of the detached researcher by providing holistic knowing. Arts-based researchers will find here a psychic dimension that also manifests in transdisciplinarity, while those familiar with Jung’s work will find in arts-based research ways to foster diversity for a decolonized academy.

This unique project will be essential reading for Jungian and post-Jungian academics and scholars, arts-based researchers of all backgrounds and readers interested in transdisciplinarity.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Jung And Arts-Based Research: Introduction

Chapter 2

Paradigms for Jungian Arts-Based Research

Chapter 3

Epistemology and Methodology for Jungian Arts-Based Research

Chapter 4

Jung’s The Red Book as Arts-Based Research

Chapter 5

The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico As Jungian Arts-Based Research

Chapter 6

The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico


Preface by William L. Fox

Introduction by Joel Weishaus

Accidental H-Bomb

Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce

Fusion Reactor

Laguna Cracked

Chaco Ruins


Bradbury Museum

Trinity Site

University Reactor

Radium Springs

Atomic Muse

Goddard High

Kirtland Afb

Homestake Mining


Radiation Therapy

Atomic Wrecking

Laguna With Fish

Sandia Dinosaurs


Nuclear Sushi Museum

Project Gnome

Rocket Lounge

Spies Like Flies

Radon Classroom


Rio Puerco

Cannon AFB

United Nuclear


Mortandad Canyon

Missile Park

Wings Over Trinity

Star Wars

Holloman AFB

Bat Cave



Waste Isolation

Kwahu Kachina

Afterword by Joel Weishaus



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Susan Rowland, PhD, is the author of several books on Jung, literature, gender and creativity, including Jung as a Writer, The Ecocritical Psyche, Remembering Dionysus and Jungian Literary Criticism.

Joel Weishaus is a poet and digital literary artist. He has published seven books, and his current digital and archived digitized work can be accessed at weishaus.unm.edu.



"Arts-based research claims to be transdisciplinary but lacks the methodological foundations. In this context, Jungian Arts-Based Research and "The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico" is a nice surprise. The practical and useful Chapter 6, The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico, blends science, religion, myth, history, poetry and anthropology. This book brings together Jung and arts-based research in the social sciences, showing them both to anticipate and require the methodology of transdisciplinarity." - Basarab Nicolescu, author of From Modernity to Cosmodernity

"Rowland has done it again! Having brilliantly re-visioned Jung’s writing through the lenses of feminism, eco-psychology and literary theory, she now directs her scholarly gaze to arts-based research. The results are illuminating. It reveals Jungian psychology as a mode of poetic enquiry into being human. In so doing, Rowland offers arts-based researchers a fresh psychological perspective within which to frame their practice. This is an indispensable book for everyone engaged in understanding the human condition." - Dr Luke Hockley, UKCP, ADIP, FRSA; Professor of Media Analysis, University of Bedfordshire, UK